“Bye mum!” I waved and watched the car disappear down the long street. Heading towards the door I knocked and I heard bounding of feet.
The door cracked open and out appeared Clementine’s twin brothers, Julian and Benjamin.
“Hi guys! Whatcha been up to?”
“Hey Alex!” They ran to me and sweetly gave me hugs. “We’ve been making airplanes and racing them!” Ben said, pulling me inside. I felt the warmth of the house, though the day was hot already. “Are you?”
He was the somber one of them both. Though they looked exactly like each other, God had tweaked their personalities when creating.
“Where’s your sister?”
“In her room!”
Of course, being Julian and Ben, they had to show me a tour of their ‘airport’ in detail.
I paid attention, though I was itching to see Clementine.
Finally, Clementine’s mother saved me, and greeted me, offering chewy, soft, chunky macadamia nut cookies…my favourite!!
Thanking her and politely grabbing two (the perfect number for cookies, though I felt like I could eat the whole plateful!) and headed up to Clementine’s room.
I politely knocked and entered when permitted.
Clementine was making her bed. I smoothed out the doona as she gave me a hug.
“Thanks for coming over!! How do you feel, being on holidays?”
“Care free! You?”
“Well, I feel a feeling of carelessness….”
“Yep, care free!”
Clementine giggled her sweet laugh. She was a year and two months younger than me, shorter, and a little heavier, but that didn’t stop us from being friends.
“You wanna take a walk in the park?”
I nodded firmly. “Sure!”
She grabbed her jacket and we ran off. The crisp morning air brushed on our faces, and the gentle fingers of the wind pulled our long hair back. I was in utter bliss.
“So, any plans for the holidays?”
I shook my head. “If you count relaxing as a plan, yep, but other than that no.”
Clem nodded biting her lip. “We’re going for a holiday, near the beach.”
“For a month and a bit.”
“But, then we’ll have practically no time to see each other!! Clementine!”
“We’re seeing each other now, isn’t that good enough?”
“Well, not really! What, I’ll see you for a couple of…..Clementine?”
Her flushed cheeks matched her going-red nose. Tears formed in her eyes.
“I didn’t choose to go. My mother said so. My grandfather is dying.”
I put my hand to my mouth. I could’ve killed myself. “I’m so SO sorry.”
Clementine nodded, but sorry wasn’t enough this time. If you didn’t see it, read again to see how selfish I was being. I gave her a hug, but I knew I had blew it.
When would I ever learn?!
TO BE CONTINUED...............
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