Sunday, May 29, 2016

Raeleigh and the Red Velvet Cupcakes

Raeleigh Villano eagerly rushed over as her older sister, Eden burst through the front door after school. Eden ignored her little sister's excitement at seeing her. "Where's Mom?" she asked Raeleigh anxiously. Raeleigh pointed toward the stairs. Eden hurried upstairs with Raeleigh trailing behind her.

"Mom!" exclaimed Eden hurrying into their Mother's room. "I need a dozen cupcakes for the bake sale at school."

"OOh! Cupcakes!" exclaimed Raeleigh excitedly clapping her hands. Eden gave her a nasty look, and Raeleigh instantly quieted down.

Mom looked up from the desk where she'd been sitting balancing the checkbook and shook her head. "A hello would have been nice." she replied not liking Eden's rudeness.

"Hello, Mom." replied Eden in a not very friendly tone. "I need a dozen cupcakes for the bake sale." she repeated.

"And when is this bake sale?" inquired Mom warily.

"Tomorrow." admitted Eden looking down sheepishly.

"Tomorrow?" repeated Mom glaring at Eden. "And how long have you know about this?"

"For about a month." admitted Eden. "But,I forgot." she added as if that would make it all better.

Mom frowned even deeper, but didn't say anything,

"Please Mom." begged Eden. "We're raising money for the class trip."

"I'll help you, Mommy." offered Raeleigh. Her mouth was watering at the thought of those delicious cupcakes.

"That won't be necessary." declared Eden trying to usher her little sister away.

"She can help if she wants to." replied Mom.

"Yay!" exclaimed Raeleigh excitedly jumping up and down and giving her sister a smug look.

"Get out the cake mix." Mom told Eden pointing to the pantry as soon as they entered the kitchen.

Eden went over and looked inside. She found pancake mix, waffle mix and muffin mix but no cake mix. "There isn't any." she replied anxiously.

"Are you sure?" asked Mom. She could have sworn they had at least two boxes of cake mix just the other week. She looked around but she couldn't find any either.

"Didn't Grandma borrow cake mix for her card game?" pointed out Raeleigh.

"Oh that's right." replied Mom. She quickly ushered them into the car, and they hurried to the store. They picked up red velvet cupcake mix and some icing. Red Velvet was Eden's favorite kind of cake. It was Raeleigh's too. She licked her lips hungrily at the thought of it.

When they got home, they prepared the cake mix. Eden wasn't actually that much help even though the cupcakes were for her. She was too busy texting her friends on her phone. Raeleigh was a big help though. She had a great time helping to measure and pour and mix.

When the cupcakes went in to the oven, Eden went to her room and Mom went upstairs. Raeleigh stayed in the kitchen and kept turning on the oven light to see how they were baking. They looked so good. They smelled so good too. She wished she could have one.

Finally, the cupcakes came out of the oven. Mom put them on the stove to cool down so she could ice them. Raeleigh kept looking at them while they cooled and wishing even more that she could have one.

"Could I have just one?" Raeleigh begged as they were icing the cupcakes a little later.

"No!!" exclaimed Eden angrily.

Mom gave Eden a look. "No sweetie." she replied to Raeleigh. "You know they are for Eden to take to school."

Raeleigh nodded sadly and looked down.

"Maybe, we'll make some soon for us." Mom told her trying to cheer her up.

Raeleigh nodded and smiled weakly at Mom. Soon seemed along way away when they had those delicious looking and smelling cupcakes in their house right now.

Mom packed up the cupcakes in a cake tin and left it on the counter for Eden to take to school the next day. She and Eden went about their business doing other things. Raeleigh tried to keep busy doing other things too, but she couldn't stop thinking about those cupcakes. She went in to the kitchen and stared longingly at the closed cake tin. That didn't really help, Maybe, if she just opened up the lid a little and peaked at them that would make her feel better. However, when she opened the lid that she just made her hungrier and want them more. Maybe, if she just had one they wouldn't notice. That would never work because Eden knew exactly how many there were - a dozen.

Then, Raeleigh had an even better idea, and her face lit up. She would take a little tiny taste from each cupcake and that there way would still be the same amount and Mommy and Eden would never know she had touched them. She quickly went over to the cupcakes and scrapped a little bit of the icing on each one off with her finger and ate it. She had just finished when she heard footsteps coming and she hurried out of the room.

Eden went into the kitchen to check on the cupcakes. "Mom!" she screamed at the top of her lungs when she saw the tiny holes in each cupcake.

"What's the matter?" asked Mom entering the kitchen at the sound of Eden's loud voice. "Why are you yelling?"

"Look at this!" exclaimed Eden angrily pointing to the hole filled cupcakes.

"Raeleigh!" exclaimed Mom and Eden at the same time. Raeleigh knew better than to come out. Mom went upstairs and found her hiding under her bed. "Raeleigh." Mom said sternly. "Did you stick your finger in all the cupcakes?"

At first, Raeleigh tried to shake her head no, but when Mom gave her an angry look, she nodded. It was hard to deny anyway since she still had a face full of icing.

"Raeleigh." declared Mommy disappointedly. "You knew this cupcakes were for Eden's school and not for us. Why did you stick your finger in them?"

"I'm sorry, Mom." replied Raeleigh, and she really was. She was actually starting to get a tummyache from all the icing she had eaten. "Can't we make some more?"

"No, we can't. We don't have any more cake mix, and we don't have time."

"Then, what are we going to do?" asked Eden anxiously entering the room and glaring at her little sister.

"We are going to go to the bakery and buy a dozen cupcakes." announced Mom. "But you're not off the hook, young lady." she reprimanded Raeleigh. "The money for the new cupcakes is coming out of your allowance."

Raeleigh nodded in agreement. She didn't have a choice anyway.

"But what about the other cupcakes the ones Raeleigh ruined." inquired Eden. "Are we just going to throw them all out?"

"No. That would be a waste." replied Mom. "We'll just keep them for ourselves."

Raeleigh couldn't help smiling. Nobody else was going to want to eat cupcakes with her finger marks in them. It was so worth it even if she had to pay for the cupcakes for Eden's school.

"No cupcakes for you today." replied Mom as if she could read Raeleigh's mind." And no more than one a day and if something like this happens again you won't be eating any cupcakes for a good long time."

Raeleigh nodded. "Yes, Mommy." she replied, but she still couldn't help smiling at the thought of so many days of red velvet cupcakes awaiting her in the not too distant future.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Brenna Wants A Baby

Brenna Wyman adored babies. She always wanted  to be around them. She liked their soft baby skin. She loved their sweet baby faces. She marveled at how tiny and fragile they were. She was just crazy for everything to do with babies.

When Brenna was five, a lot of her friends mother's started having babies. Brenna was jealous of all her friend's little siblings. "I think that you should have a baby." she announced to her mother one day.

Mommy looked up from the desk where she'd been sitting and doing paperwork and laughed.

Brenna glared angrily at her.

"Oh." replied Mommy. "You're serious."

"I need a brother or sister." insisted Brenna nodding her head to emphasize her point.

"Oh you do, do you?" replied Mommy. "What about Jeremy?"

Brenna wrinkled her nose in disgust. Jeremy was her older brother. He was a big slob. All he and his friends ever seemed to do was sit around in his messy room playing video games. "That doesn't count he's older. I want a baby brother or sister." she explained.

"Even if you had a baby brother or sister they'd get older you know." pointed out Mommy.

Brenna nodded. "Yes." she replied, "but they would always be younger than me."

"That's true." Mommy agreed. She didn't say anything else. She thought the discussion was closed.

However, it wasn't to Brenna. "Then, we agree?" asked Brenna.

"Agree on what?" asked Mommy warily.

"That you and Daddy are going to have another baby."

Mommy quickly shook her head. "Oh no." she replied forcefully. "This baby factory is closed. You and you're brother are enough for this family."

Brenna frowned.

Mommy smiled at her. "Don't worry. Someday, you'll grow up and have your own children."

Brenna instantly brightened up. Having her own children would be even better than having a little sibling. She couldn't wait to grow up.

From that day on, Brenna couldn't stop talking about the children she was going to have when she grew up. "When I have my baby .." she would announce as though it were something that was going to occur in a matter of days rather than a matter of years. She would even walk up to strangers in the store and announce "I'm going to have a baby."

Other people would always think that it was Mommy who was going to have a baby. "Oh that's nice, dear." they would say smiling at Mommy. Mommy would quickly usher Brenna away while the people would marvel at how thin Mommy looked for someone who was going to have a baby.

One day, Mommy and Brenna were shopping at the store. Mommy reached up and lifted a heavy package off the top shelf. An elderly woman quickly approached them or at least as quickly as her tired old legs could carry her. "Should you really be doing that in your condition?" she asked Mommy harshly.

"What?" asked Mommy starring at the woman in confusion.

"Shouldn't you be more concerned about the safety of your unborn child?" pointed out the woman.

"My what?" replied Mommy still confused. Then, as she realized what was going on, she frowned at Brenna. "I'm not pregnant." she declared turning back to the woman.

"Oh but  I thought..." sputtered the baffled woman. "You're little girl said..."

Mommy just shook her head at Brenna.

"Mommy's not having a baby." announced Brenna. "I'm having a baby."

"What?" exclaimed the woman even more confused than ever.

"After I graduate from kindergarten, and go to first grade and then get married." explained Brenna as though it were going to happen precisely in that order without anything else in between.

The elderly woman looked at Mommy apologetically as she realized her mistake. Then, she smiled at Brenna. "Well, good luck with your future babies then." she said.

Brenna smiled back. "Thank you." she said.

As the woman turned and walked slowly away, Mommy turned to Brenna and declared. "Let's just keep our future babies to ourselves from now on. We don't have to share them with everyone."

"Okay, Mommy." replied Brenna.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Only Children

Colbie Unger had an annoying little sister named Cherisse. Cherisse thought that Colbie was the annnoying one. The two girls were constantly fighting.

"You took the last lemonade!" exclaimed Cherisse angrily one afternoon.

"I did not." replied Colbie just as angrily.

Then, suddenly they were off screaming and yelling until Mom had to come and quiet them down

Other times. it was Colbie who started up with Cherisse.  Often she would accuse Cherisse of getting into her stuff.  A typical fight would go something like this.

"You were in my stuff again, weren't you?" Colbie would declare accusingly pointing her finger in Cherisse's face.

"I did not! What would I want with your stupid stuff?" Cherisse would reply defensively. "And get your finger out of my face." she would add pushing Colbie's finger out of her face.

"Don't touch me!" Colbie would shriek.

"You touched me first." Cherisse would reply defensively.

"Did not!"

"Did too!"

Then, they would be off screaming and yelling again.

However, Colbie and Cherisse didn't always fight. Sometimes, they actually played together peacefully. To, Mom, it seemed like those times were rare while the fighting, yelling and screaming happened quite a lot.

One afternoon, Colbie and Cherisse had a particularly loud argument. There were yelling and screaming for over ten minutes. It went so long and got so loud that Mommy was pretty sure that they had no idea what they'd been arguing about in the first place. She knew she didn't. All she knew was that she'd had enough.  "Okay!" she proclaimed loudly over the two girls yelling. "That's quite enough yelling. "

"She started it!" cried Colbie.

"No!, she did!" replied Cherisse.

"I think you both need some time in your rooms." replied Mommy calmly pointing them in that direction.

"Now, you got me in trouble," Colbie declared angrily. "I wish I never had a sister!"

"You got me in trouble." replied Cherisse equally as angrily. "I wish I never had a sister too."

"Well, that's it then."  stated Mommy. "If you can't learn to get along and stop fighting all the time just stay away from each other. Pretend that you never had a sister. You can be two only children."

Colbie and Cherisse were confused for a minute. They couldn't understand how that was going to work. However, then they were filled with joy. They didn't care how it was going to work. They were just so happy not to have to deal with each other anymore. It was going to be so great to be an only child even if it was only pretend.

Mom still send them to their rooms. It would be easier to stay away from each other if they were in their own rooms. For about an hour, they each played happily in their rooms. Colbie was so happy not to have Cherisse in her things. Cherisse was happy not to have Colbie bossing her around.

After a while, it got boring, Colbie started reading a joke book. There were a lot of funny jokes in it that she wanted to share with somebody. She started to go toward Cherisse's room, but then she remembered she was supposed to be acting like she didn't have a sister, and she went back in her own room. She sat back down on her bed disappointed that she didn't have anyone to share the funny jokes with.

Cherisse was bored too. She wanted somebody to play with. She rushed out of her room without even thinking about it and headed straight for Colbie's room.

"Where are you going?" inquired Mommy.

"I'm going to play with Colbie." replied Cherisse.

"Colbie?" asked Mommy as if she had never heard the name.

"My sister." reminded Cherisse looking at her mother as though she were crazy.

"But you don't have a sister." pointed out Mommy. "Remember?"

"Oh yeah." Cherisse replied quietly stopping in her tracks. For a minute, she stood there silently. "But I want to have a sister." she insisted finally.

"I want to have a sister too!" exclaimed Colbie hurrying out of her room.

Mommy smiled. She knew they would not be able to stay away from each other for that long. She just wanted a more peaceful house. "Well, then." she replied. "You two are going to have to try to get along better and not yell and scream so much."

"We'll try." promised Colbie and Cherisse.

Mommy nodded. That was all she could hope for. They were still siblings living in the same house, and there was always going to be some fighting.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

It Followed Me Home

Baya Middlebrook loved animals. She loved them more than anything. She always wanted a pet of her own, but her mother would never let her get one. "Please, mommy, please!" she would beg, but her mother always said no.

"Maybe, when you're a little older." Mommy would say.

Baya  asked  and asked all the time, but her mother kept saying the same thing. She did not think she would ever be old enough for her mother's no to turn to a yes.

Still everywhere, she went Baya would find animals and want to take them home. When she was at the park, she went over to the pond.  She saw all the little tiny fish swimming around. Then, suddenly she saw a little green frog. She chased it around. She finally caught it just as she heard her mother calling her.

"Baya! It's time to go." called Mommy.

"Coming, Mommy!" answered Baya quickly.  She slipped the little frog into the pocket of her jacket and hurried over to her mother.

At home, Baya took off her coat, but she didn't hang it up. She just left it on the floor. It was still there when her mother send her to get washed up for dinner. As soon as she left the room. she heard her mother calling her again.

"Baya!" called Mommy in a not very happy voice. "Why is there a frog jumping around n my kitchen floor?" She frowned at Baya.

Baya looked at the frog. Then, she looked back at her mother. "It followed me home." she said.

"Oh, it did it?" replied her mother.

Baya nodded. "Yes it did, " she announced. "Can we keep it?" she asked eagerly.

Mommy shook her head. "I'm afraid not. We'll have to take it back to the park tomorrow."

Baya frowned disappointedly.

The next day after they took the frog back to the park, Baya was playing in her back yard. She heard a noise coming from under the deck. It sounded like crying. She crawled under to see what it was and found a little gray kitten meowing.

"Aw!" she gushed scooping the kitten up into her arms. "You're so cute!" She took the kitten into the house.

Mommy's raised her eyebrows when she saw, Baya walk in carrying the cat. "Why is there a cat in my house?" she inquired.

"It followed me home." replied Baya. "Can we keep it?"

Mommy frowned and shook her head no. "Take it back outside." she demanded. "You don't know where that cat's been. It could have a disease or something."

Baya sighed disappointedly and took the little kitten back outside. Afterwards, she sat down on the porch and thought about all the pets she wished she could have. Her thoughts were interrupted when she heard barking.  She ran over to to the sidewalk to see where it was coming from.

Suddenly, a big brown dog appeared. Baya happily petted the dog. "Aren't you sweet?" she gushed.
She hurried off when she heard her mother calling once again.  The dog trotted after her right up the steps and into the house.

"Where did that dog come from?" asked Mommy.

"It followed me home." replied Baya. "Really!" she added. "Can we keep it?"

"Isn't that the neighbor's dog?" asked Mommy.

"Oh yeah." replied Baya suddenly noticing that the dog had a collar.

Mommy went with Baya to take the dog home. Afterwards, Baya sat out on the front porch feeling sad and sorry for herself that she didn't have a pet. She was still sitting there by the time Daddy came home.

"Hi, Baya." Daddy greeted her stepping out of the car.  "I hear that animals keep following you home."

Baya shrugged. "It doesn't matter." she replied sadly. "Mommy won't let me keep any of them."

"Why don't you come and see what came home with me." Daddy suggested.

"What?" asked Baya wondering what Daddy was talking about. She followed him over to his car. Daddy reached into the car and took out a box and handed it to Baya. She peeked inside. Inside the box was a tiny hamster.  "Oh!" cried Baya. "It's so cute! Whose is it?"

"It's yours." Daddy told her just as Mommy came out of the house and joined them.

"Really?" exclaimed Baya excitedly.

"Really." he replied as Mommy nodded in agreement.

"Oh, thank you!" she said joyously.   She was so happy she finally had a pet of her own.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Quiet Night

It was the middle of the night. Xadria Kogan suddenly woke up and sat up in bed.She tried to go back to sleep but she just couldn't. She was too wide-wake. She didn't like the silence in her room. It was too quiet. She didn't like the quietness. It was kind of scary. Xadria decided to go to her sister's room. Surely, her sister would be up texting and talking to her friends when she was supposed to be sleeping.

Xadria hurried out of her room and tiptoed down the hall to her sister's Xoella's room. She barged into the room getting ready to bust her sister for being up in the middle of the night. However, the room was silent.  Xoella was lying asleep in her bed. Xadria crawled into bed with her sister. She lay there for a while, but she still couldn't sleep. She got up and picked up her sister's phone. She turned it on. It started beeping loudly to indicate that Xoella had numerous text messages.

The loud noise woke Xoella. Xoella sat up groggily and looked around her room. When she spied Xadria sitting with her phone, she gave her sister a very angry look. "What are you doing with my phone!" she exclaimed in a sleep fogged voice. Before, Xadria could even reply, she stumbled out of bed and snatched the phone out of Xadria's hands.

"Now that you're awake, can I play on your phone?" asked Xadria cheerfully.

Xoella's eyes burned like fire. "Get out!" she screamed pointing to the door.

Xadria frowned. "You sure aren't pleasant in the morning." she replied disappointedly.

"The morning?" shrieked Xoella. "It's the middle of the night. Now get out." She threw a pillow at Xadria's head, but Xadria just managed to leave the room before it hit her.

Xadria decided to go into her brother, Xander's room instead. Xander never went to sleep. Surely, he would be awake playing video games. She hurried down the hall  to her brother's room. When she got there, she couldn't see any light under the door. That was unusual. She went into the room. Her brother was lying on his bed. He was fully clothed and he was not under the covers, but he was fast asleep. Xadria lay on her brother's floor for a while. It was too uncomfortable, and too quiet. She still couldn't sleep.

Xadria got up and went over to her brother's computer. She saw a new game he had gotten lying open on his desk. It looked like fun. Xadria wanted to play it. She quietly went over to the computer and turned it on. It started up loudly.

Xander's eyes opened at the sound, and he woke up. He was surprised to see his little sister in his room, but he wasn't as angry as Xoella had been. "What are you doing here?" he asked curiously.

Xadria smiled at him. "Let's play a video game, Xander." she suggested.

Xander looked at the clock. "Not tonight." he replied. "I have to work tomorrow."

Xadria frowned. She forgot her brother had just started at a part-time job working at the gas station. "Then, can I play?" she asked hopefully.

Now, it was Xander's turn to frown. "It's late." he replied. "Do you think Mom and Dad would like you up playing video games at this hour?"

Xadria started to nod her head yes but when Xander gave her a look she shook her head no.

"Come on." said Xander. "I'll take you back to your room." Before, she could utter a word of protest, he'd scooped his little sister up into his arms and carried her down the hall. He deposited her back in her room onto her own bed. "Goodnight." he said as he turned and headed back for his own room.

"Goodnight." Xadria called after him disappointedly.

As soon as the sound of Xander's footsteps going down the hall faded away, Xadria got out of bed again. She went back into the hall. She went into her parents room. They were both fast asleep too. It was really quiet in their room. Neither one of them was even snoring which was unusual.

Xadria quickly went over to the TV and turned it on. She sat on the floor and listened to it quietly for a few minutes. Then, a loud commercial went on and Mom and Dad both woke up.

"Xadria!" they exclaimed. "What are you doing here?"

Xadria smiled at them. "It's too quiet. I couldn't sleep so I came in here to watch TV." she explained.

Mommy frowned. "It's much too late to watch TV." she replied.

Daddy nodded in agreement. "Come on." he said. "I'll take you back to bed." He scooped Xadria up in his arms, and for the second time that night she was carried back to her room.

Daddy put Xadria into her bed. "Goodnight." he said kissing her. "I'll see you later."

"How much later?" asked Xadria.

"Not before 8:00." replied Daddy.

When Daddy left the room, Xadria listened to the sound of Daddy's footsteps retreating down the hall.

The house was still quiet, but Xoella and Xander lay awake in their beds. Mommy and Daddy lay awake in their bed too. None of them could get back to sleep after Xadria had woken them up.
Xadria yawned. She was kind of tired from all that wandering around. She closed her eyes and fell right to sleep.