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"It's not fair," complained Joss Langton to her mother as she flopped down onto the couch.

Anna resisted the urge to smile at her fourteen year old's dramatics.

"Why don't I have a date?" the teenager continued. "Jude gets a hundred offers easily and Jack doesn't matter cos he just doesn't care."

Anna brushed the long fringe from her daughter's forehead, as red as her own. "It doesn't have to happen here and now," she soothed. "Sometimes waiting is a good thing."

"Yeah, yeah," the teen muttered. "Good things come to those who wait."

"Mm," agreed Anna. "After all, it took your father and I five years to get together and get married."

"Five years?" Joss was horrified. "That is ages!"

Anna had never felt so old as she did in that moment. Ignoring her daughter's sulk, she pulled Joss in for a hug, pressing a kiss to her forehead. "Your life isn't over sweetheart."

"It hasn't even begun," came the resigned response as the teenager disentangled herself from her mother's embrace and left the room.

Anna rested her head on the back of the couch with a groan.

She was pretty sure she hadn't been this much trouble as a teenager.