justprompts: Family isn't about whose blood you have. It's about who you care about.
The lights in 13 Bannerman Road didn't go off that first night until the sun had very nearly started to rise. Luke was excited to have Maria around again, and Maria was excited to be back, and as much as Sarah Jane felt that perhaps she should have sent them to bed... Well, they were both perfectly responsible, and after that many years of helping save the world, they had certainly earned the right to choose their own bedtimes.
Luke fell asleep on the couch eventually, not entirely unexpectedly - he'd been nodding off for the past hour. Sarah Jane smiled, and decided it might be best to leave him be. She cleared away the empty tea cups, and returned to gently nudge Maria awake enough that she could walk to her room - a room never slept in before, a bed with fresh, neat sheets made up weeks ago in anticipation of her arrival.
Maria stopped at the door to her bedroom and threw her arms around Sarah Jane's neck, pressing a kiss to her cheek. "Thank for letting me stay, Sarah Jane. I almost forgot how much I missed it here."
Sarah hugged her back, tight, startled - not for the first time that day - by the fact that Maria had grown a good several inches taller than her in the time she'd been gone. "Oh, I missed you too. We all missed you." She released her gently, and stepped back with a fond smile. "Now go to sleep before you fall over, won't you?"
Sarah Jane fell into bed as the sun started to rise, the morning sky lightening through her window. The house seemed just a little warmer than usual, just a little better, with one more member of her family snug under its roof again.
Muse: Sarah Jane Smith
Word Count: 299
Verse: Futureverse with youngxmistress