What Am I Thankful For?

by Mallory

AUTHOR'S NOTES: Thanks to Lisa S. for the dialogue suggestions and Lisa O. for the great beta!

DISCLAIMER: Mag7/Las Vegas alternate universe was created by Sarah (aka Midnight Profit) and is based on the "Las Vegas" TV series. This AU is not related to the Mag7/Las Vegas RPG created by Lisa O. and Ruby. Trilogy, MGM, and the Mirisch Corporation own "The Magnificent Seven" characters. NBC Studios, NBC Universal Television, DreamWorks Television, and Gary Scott Thompson Productions own "Las Vegas." They are not mine. The only purpose of this story is for entertainment. No money is being made.


Sitting around the large dining room table eating Thanksgiving dinner, Josiah called for the attention of the six men whom he thought of as brothers.

"I was reflecting as I normally do around the holidays, but particularly this one, as to what I am most thankful for. I'd also like to hear about everyone else's gratefulness." He paused at the silence and then continued with a grin, "and I'll get the ball rolling. I am most thankful to be here today among friends. If I may quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them'."

All the other men laughed at Josiah's remark.

Buck took up the challenge next. "Well, I'll tell you what I'm thankful for... Friendship definitely, but I'm thankful to be living in a place where lovely ladies abound."

JD shook his head. "Don't you ever think of anything else, Buck? I'm thankful for all of you, too, but I'm also thankful to have my job. I look forward to coming to work every day!"

Vin grinned and said, "I'm just thankful for the food." All the boys chuckled as Vin stuck a forkful of stuffing into his mouth.

Nathan said, "You know how the saying goes, 'you can pick your friends but you can't pick your family'. Well, I was very fortunate to pick friends that I consider family."

Chris added softly, "You all know what I've lost in the past. I never thought I would be lucky enough to be part of a family again, but I'm glad I was proven wrong."

Finally, Ezra raised his glass and looked around at his friends and co-workers. "What am I thankful for? I'm thankful that my mother has decided to celebrate Thanksgiving in Hawaii."

All the boys laughed and raised their glasses to echoes of "Here, here!"



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