A/N: I am a lot like Mary Anne, but I always wanted to be sophisticated like Stacey. Here's the next chapter! Hope you like it! =)
I was sitting on the train in Grand Central Station waiting for it to pull away from the station. I was going home to see my former sitting charge get married! I can't believe that I remember him teasing his sisters when he was eight years old, but now he's old enough to get married. I was also excited to see my friends again. All through middle school and high school I had a group of friends where we were closer than sisters. We were the Baby Sitters Club. There were nine of us in this really tight group; Kristy Thomas, Claudia Kishi, Mary Anne Spier, me, Dawn Schafer, Jessica Ramsey, Mallory Pike, Logan Bruno, and Abby Stevenson. Shannon Kilbourne was also a member but she went to Stoneybrook Day School so we didn't get to see her as often as Kristy did. They lived in the same neighborhood. I'm so excited to get to see them. I opened up my briefcase and pulled out a piece of paper. It had a drawing of a dress on it. I am a fashion designer back in New York City. I am designing a wedding gown right now for the sister of the Oleson twins. I have taken a break from my work lately though so that I can go to this wedding. I can't wait to see Karen and Nicky. They are in their early twenties and so happy with the idea of getting married. I'm thrilled for them. I helped Karen's stepmother design her dress. I sent the sketches to her and Mrs. Brewer worked with the fabric and created the dress from my plans. The train lurched forward! We were headed for Stoneybrook. It would only take a few more hours and I would be there with my friends again. I haven't seen Claudia in a long time. She's my best friend, but she lives in Washington D.C. now. She has her own art museum down there and everything. I wanted to buy a painting of hers once but they were really expensive. Although, I did get an original picture from her for Christmas. She had taken a picture of us from when we first met and took one of the pictures from high school graduation and put them together for me. She did that when I graduated from college. Then there are the others. Kristy lives all the way up in Boston. That actually isn't very far from me, but we are both so busy that we just can't seem to find a time to get together. So I was excited to see everybody. I sat back on the train and closed my eyes, knowing by the time I opened them we would be in Connecticut.
The train came to a dead stopped. I tilted up forward before I opened my eyes. When I did I saw several of my friends waiting for me at the train station. I got off the train and Claudia came over and grabbed me in a tight hug.
"Stacey! I can't believe it's really you. Oh how I've missed you." Claudia said in a rush.
"It's nice to see all of you." I replied. I looked around to see Kristy and Karen, Claudia, Mallory and Mary Anne's daughter Shannon. "Where's Mary Anne?" I asked.
"She went to the airport. Dawn's plane will be coming in any minute now." Kristy said. I leaned down and hugged Shannon.
"How are you kiddo?" I asked her.
"I'm fine Aunt Stacey. Mom gave me the choice to go with her to get Aunt Dawn or come with Aunt Kristy and pick you up. I love Aunt Dawn, but I decided I wanted to see you." She smiled that big bright smile just like Mary Anne has. It would be hard for Logan and Mary Anne to deny her for anything. Not that they want to. I hugged her.
"Thank you Shannon. I'm glad I got to see you. My you are getting so big." I said. Shannon smiled.
"I know. Mom says I'm going to be big and tall like my dad when I get bigger. Peter is going to be shorter like mom." Shannon said. I nodded at Shannon. Karen walked over to me and hugged me.
"Stacey, I can't thank you enough for agreeing to make my wedding gown for me. Elizabeth and I just love the designs you put together."
"It's no problem at all Karen. I was glad that you all called me." I smiled and hugged her. "Especially since you didn't have to pay for it right?"
"Oh dad would have paid for it no matter what you would have charged." Karen stated. I nodded in agreeance because I know Karen's father and Kristy's stepfather.
"Well, why don't we head to the house Kristy? I'm getting awfully chilly and I haven't eaten anything since I left New York." I said.
"Oh! We can go to my house just like when we would have BSC meetings!" Claudia exclaimed. Kristy and I both laughed.
"We have to go back to my house Claud. When Dawn and Mary Anne get back you know they will come back to my house." Kristy said.
"Okay." Claudia replied. We all piled in Mrs. Brewer's station wagon and headed back to the Brewer's mansion.
When we got back to the house Mary Anne and Dawn still weren't there yet and that worried Shannon. She got a scared look on her face as she searched the house.
"What if she isn't coming back? What if she left me here?" Shannon asked. I laughed to myself and walked over to her. We sat together on the couch and I put my arm around her.
"That will never happen Shannon. Your mom loves you a lot. She wouldn't ever let something happen to you. Trust me." I said with a smile and hugged her. She crawled into my lap.
"You really think so?" She looked up at me with those bright blue Bruno eyes of her and I looked down and kissed the tip of her nose.
"I know so." I laughed. "Come on, there's got to be something we can find that can keep us busy while we wait for them to get back." I looked at Kristy. "What's still here? Anything that I can entertain her with?" Karen nodded.
"There is a bunch of my old stuff up in the attic." Karen looked at Shannon. "Do you like to dress up? My friends Hannah, Nancy and I used to play dress up all the time."
"Yeah, I like to play that at school." Shannon replied quietly.
"Wanna play? I'll take you upstairs." Karen walked over and held her hand out so that Shannon could take it and they walked up the stairs to play together.
"That was awfully nice of Karen. She will make a great mother." I stated and Kristy agreed with me.
"She learned a lot from me over the years from baby-sitting. Not to mention my mom and hers." Kristy replied. Just then, the door opened and Mary Anne walked in.
"Where's Dawn?" I asked.
"She's coming." Mary Anne replied. I walked towards the steps ready to call up to Shannon and Karen when Claudia came over and put her hand on my shoulder.
"She's having fun Stace. Let's let her play and she can come back down when she's done. Mary Anne and Dawn won't leave without her." Claudia stated and I nodded in agreement. I walked back over to the couch where Kristy, Mary Anne, Dawn and Mallory were sitting. Claudia and I sat on the floor.
"This feels like old times." I stated. Everybody laughs. Mary Anne was holding onto Dawn's arm for dear life. It's understandable though because they are step-sisters haven't seen each other in a long time.
"It sure does. I wish it didn't have to end. I like us being the BSC again." Claudia stated.
"Reunited forever and ever." Mallory said.
"I can't wait for the others to get here so we can all be together. We're missing Jessi, Abby and Shannon. I wonder what they are up to now." Kristy stated.