Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Krista Can't Keep a Secret

Krista Farentino couldn't keep a secret. She didn't mean to tell, but somehow she always did. "Don't worry about that ugly old bike of yours." she told her sister, Kyla. "Your getting that pink princess bike you wanted for your birthday."

"Mommy!" Kyla pouted glaring at her sister angrily. "I wanted to be surprised!"

Krista told her Dad about the dent in the car, Mommy got trying to back the car out of the garage. "Look Daddy!" she said pointing to the scratch. Daddy touched the dent and knelt down on the floor beside it frowning.

Mommy shook her head and frowned at Krista. "It's just a tiny little thing. You can hardly see it." Mommy said to Daddy.

Krista didn't mean to tell all the time. She didn't want everyone to always be mad at her. Still, somehow secrets always came bursting out of her before she could stop them. It got to the point where nobody wanted to tell Krista anything. She felt sad, lonely and left out.

It got particularly bad one week when every time, she turned around, Mommy and Kyla seemed to be talking in hushed voices about something. Every time, Krista came near they stopped talking. "What are you talking about so secretly?" Krista asked Kyla.

"Nothing." said Kyla quickly making herself busy.

"Mommy?" asked Krista looking up at her mother with sad puppy dog eyes. She hated being left out.

Mommy tried to be strong, but she just felt so bad for Krista. She knew that Krista didn't mean to blurt out secrets all the time. "We're planning a surprise party for Daddy's birthday." Mommy said finally.

"Mom!" shrieked Kyla jumping angrily out of her chair. "Why did you tell her?  Now, we'll never be able to keep it from Dad. We might as well tell him we're making him a party."

"Give her a chance. Maybe, this time she'll surprise us." replied Mommy calmly and confidently.

"She has had plenty of chances! That is exactly why we don't tell her secrets anymore." replied Kyla storming out of the room.

Krista was so happy to be in on the planning of the party. She promised herself this time she was going to keep the secret. It was hard. "What were you three all whispering about?" asked Daddy one evening after he had seen Krista and Kyla and Mommy all huddled together at the kitchen table when he came home from work.

Krista smiled a little too brightly. "Oh just girl stuff, Daddy." she said.

"Krista?" asked Daddy frowning as though he didn't believe her.

"Gotta do homework." exclaimed Krista hurriedly leaving the room when she felt the secret struggling to come out of her.

The next day, when they were all sitting around the living room watching TV, Daddy said. "I thought we'd all go out to dinner for my birthday next week." Kyla looked worriedly at Krista.

"Oh, Daddy." replied Krista. "Can we go to Cracker Barrel? That is my favorite restaurant."

Mommy smiled at Krista. Then, she looked at Kyla as if to say 'You see there is nothing to worry about'. Kyla didn't seem convinced though. There was still a week left to go plenty of time for Krista to blurt out the secret.

The week went by and there were a few close calls, but Krista never blurted out the secret. Every time, she thought she was going to,  she did something else. She left the room, she bit her lip, she took a drink of water anything she could think of to distract herself and keep the secret inside her.

Daddy was really surprised and happy about the party. He couldn't believe they had managed to keep it such a surprise especially with Krista's reputation for telling secrets. "But how?" he kept asking shaking his head and looking mostly at Krista.

"I kept a secret, Daddy." said Krista happily.

"Yes, she did." replied Mommy. "and we are all proud of her." she added.

"I'm proud of myself too." replied Krista.

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