Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Storm

It was a cold and rainy night. The sound of the rain splashing against the window woke up  four year old Mailee Rhinehart. She hated the rain. She was afraid of it. Whenever it rained, she was afraid it would turn into a thunderstorm and start thundering and lightening. She tried to go back to sleep, but she couldn't. Finally, she got out of bed and quickly scrambled down the hall to her sister, Quinlee's room. Quinlee was six. She wouldn't be afraid.

Quinlee was fast asleep under her big flowered quilt. "Quinlee!" Mailee said shaking her sister. "Quinlee, it's raining!"

Quinlee sleepily opened one eye and glared at her sister. "So!?" said Quinlee. She rolled over and went back to sleep. Mailee climbed up in the bed next to her sister. She sighed contentedly. She felt so much better and safer not being alone anymore. She closed her eyes and went back to sleep too,

A little while later, it started raining harder. Quinlee sat up in bed. Mailee sat up in bed too. They listened to the ran for a few minutes. It was really loud and really scary sounding. "I don't like the rain." whispered Mailee.

"I don't either." replied Quinlee. "Come on." she said. She helped her little sister out of the bed and took her hand. They hurried down the hall to their big sister, Bailee's room. Bailee was eight. She was brave. The rain wouldn't bother her.

They went in Bailee's room. They climbed into bed with her. They snuggled close to her. Bailee opened her eyes for a moment and saw them. She sighed and went back to sleep. Quinlee and Mailee went back to sleep too.

A little while later, it started thundering and lightening. The loud crashes of thunder woke up the all three girls. They sat up in bed. Mailee was really scared. Quinlee was too. They grabbed Bailee's hands. Bailee stared out the window. By now, she was scared too. She didn't mind rain, but she didn't like thunder and lightening.
"Come on." she said quickly scrambling out of the bed. Quinlee and Bailee followed her.

They all hurried down the hall to their parent room. They climbed up in the bed with their Mom and Dad. Even though Mommy and Daddy had a big bed, it was crowded with Mommy, Daddy, and all three girls in it. Mommy and Daddy kept getting pushed further and further to the edges of their own bed.

The next morning, Mailee woke up first. She looked out the window. It had stopped raining, and it was quiet. She sighed with relief. She looked around her. She saw Quinlee. She saw Bailee. There was no sign of Mommy and Daddy. "Quinlee! Bailee!" she called worriedly. "Mommy and Daddy are gone!"

Bailee kept her eyes closed and buried her face under the pillow. Quinlee sat up and rubbed her eyes sleepily. "What are you talking about?" she said. She looked around. She didn't see Mommy or Daddy either. She looked around again. She still didn't see them. "Bailee!" she said shaking her older sister. "They're really not here!"

Bailee sat up and glared at her little sisters. Sometimes, she really wished she were an only child. "Of course, they're here." she said. She looked around, but she didn't see them either.

"They're gone!" said Mailee again. She looked as if she were going to burst into tears any minute. Quinlee took her little sister's hand, but she looked as though she were going to cry too.

"Don't worry." Bailee assured them both, but she was a little worried herself. She helped her sisters out of the bed and took their hands. They tiptoed out of the room and down the hall.

"Look!" said Quinlee pointing in to her room. There was Mommy fast asleep in Quinlee's bed.

"Look!" said Bailee pointing in to her own room. There was Daddy fast asleep in Bailee's bed.

All three girls burst out laughing.

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