Two younger siblings? Maggie couldn’t help but be a little bit jealous. She had always wanted more siblings, but Mama always said no. And now that it was just her and Mama, that was pretty darn out of the question. Although Ika had just had her baby - ugh, Maggie missed that little pumpkin so much already! - and she didn’t have a husband, so it wasn’t impossible. Mom said that Maggie was already perfect and she didn’t need to try again, but Maggie always felt like there was something else there. Something Mama didn’t want to talk about.
Just like Dad. They never talked about Dad anymore, and Maggie still had no idea why. There were no letters, no note that had said he would come back. He was just gone, and she didn’t know where or why. It had been a few years now, so she tried not to think about it too much, but how her dad just got up and left was beyond her. It still stung, when she let it.
“Yeah, there are a lot of siblings around here,” she answered Dmitry. “It’s pretty common for a family to send all their kids here. I don’t have any siblings or cousins or anything, though. My mom and I live with her friend Ika, and she has a baby, so that’s kind of like a little brother? But it isn’t really the same thing, I guess.”