Character(s): Peter Petrelli, Claire Bennet
Summary: It's Peter's birthday. He's not really that jazzed about it. (Yes, we went back in time just a little for this one. It's nothing to do with the time plot. Just us feeling bad for the poor bastard.)
Mostly private. If you have a good reason to be there, then ping.
Peter sighed, slipping his fingers through his hair, curling one of his legs up to his chest and wrapping his arm around his ankle to hold it there. It was about eight in the morning and he was curled up on the couch, the news on the lowest volume setting that still produced actual sound and a newspaper in his free hand. He'd been up since three, after dozing for a little while on the couch with Claire. Not really that much but enough to give him enough energy to pick her up and carry her back to the bedroom, tuck her in there, and then retreat back to his spot in the living room.
To stare at the TV and flip through Suresh's book until he become frustrated enough to shove it to the ground and go fetch a newspaper from the stand outside the apartment building.
It took him until the third section of the Times to realize what the date was. His birthday. His twenty-sixth birthday. And he had a sixteen year old asleep in his bed in the next room.
Nathan used to wake him up in the middle of the night when he was a kid and ruffle his hair while sneaking him a cupcake or something too sweet for a kid to be having when he was supposed to be sleeping. The tradition had changed as he'd gotten older, turning into waking Peter up by wrestling him to the ground on his sixteenth birthday. Nathan had started calling him in the middle of the night after he'd moved out.
Right now, Peter would be surprised if he got any call from Nathan today. The simple fact that he didn't get one at two in the morning told that he probably wasn't going to get one. Which was fine. If Nathan wanted to be mad at him, then he'd be mad right back.
Peter sighed to himself, dropping his chin to rest against his knee as he flipped the page in the newspaper and started to read about last minute Christmas shopping tips.