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.

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