Jan Elizabeth Brady was really missing her father tonight. Mike was out of the house for now, running an errand, but it was not him that she was lonesome for. As a young girl she was very close to her father and she took it very hard when he passed away. Marcia would always tell her to stop being such a crybaby and to be brave, and Jan would always try to. Jan supposed that was where it had all begun with her and her sister's rocky relationship. Marcia could be sad for a while but then find something else to make her happy again. Jan never understood how her sister moved on so easy and Marcia never understood why Jan always had a hard time letting go. That was the worst thing ever, Jan decided, when you were in pain and nobody could help you or want to help you.
Jan looked around the house and realized a very rare happening, she was alone in the house. The house was all hers for a few minutes. Her mother had brought Marcia, Bobby and Cindy out shopping with her while Greg and Peter were at their friend's house for the night. Even Alice was gone, Sam brought her to yet another Meatcutter's Ball. After getting up and roaming through the empty and quiet rooms, Jan decided that she missed all her people and all the commotion. Sometimes a lonely person needs a distraction.
"Dad, I wonder if you're here with me..." She had said out loud.
It was then that she had heard the deck door open. It couldn't have happened at the worst time. The tears were spilling from her eyes and she was trying so hard to make them stop.
"Hello, anybody home?" Mike called out into the mostly empty house.
"I'm right here, Dad," Jan called out with a squeak in her voice. A dead give-away that she had been crying. It didn't take long for Mike to find her now curled up again on the living room couch.
"What's the matter, sweetheart?" He went over to her and began to rub her arm.
"I miss my dad," Jan replied, totally honest. That was when Mike breathed a sigh of all-knowing and pulled Jan up by her feet.
"I'm sorry. I love you but I loved him, too..."
"Baby, you don't think my boys feel the same way about their mother? It's okay."
"I try so hard..."
That was when Mike pulled Jan into his arms. He knew she just needed to be loved right now. Slowly, he began to feel her body relax and then she pulled away from him.
"I want to go take a shower and go to bed."
"Okay," Mike says, giving her a kiss on the cheek and was happy to get a kiss back from her. "You're okay, baby."
"I love you and I'm here for you. Don't you forget that."