Farrah glanced over at her sister. "I wanna go," she whined.
Eva rolled her eyes at her little sister's persistence. "No, Farrah. You can't come!"
"You never take me anywhere!" Farrah accused.
Eva shrugged as she stood up quickly and crumpled the juice box. "That's because you're so bratty!" she said, hurrying away. "Besides, you're not even done with lunch!"
Farrah grumbled and began eating faster, glaring at her sister as she skipped out the door.
Hearing shouting, she glanced up. What's everyone doing at City Hall, she wondered.
Being an outdoorsy girl, Eva was horrified. "Oh no! That's horrible!" she echoed faintly. "There must be something we can do about it!"
"Can the Mayor stop it?" she asked. Wow, that was a lot of power for one man...
"Sure! He can decline the permit and tell that schmuck to look somewhere else!" Arthur said heatedly.
Eva smiled as she shook his hand. "I'm Eva," she said shyly.
Arthur nodded. "I've seen you around school, I think."
They awkwardly stared at each other for a moment until Arthur handed her his sign. "Want to join us?" he asked.
Eva stared down at the sign in her hand. Could she? she wondered thoughtfully before finally coming to the conclusion: Why not?!
"Alright!" Arthur cheered as he lifted up a spare sign next to her. "Be forewarned! Think of the Unicorn!" he shouted as he waved his sign around.
She glanced over at Arthur and shared a smile.
She rushed to answer it quickly. "Hello?" she asked in a low voice. She frowned as she listened to her mother. "I didn't want to bring her," she hissed into the phone. Sighing, she listened a little while longer before capitulating. "Yeah, okay. I'll watch them. I'm on my way home." Slipping the phone back in her pocket, she handed her sign back to Arthur.
"Gotta go?" he asked.
"Yeah," she said with regret. "But, it was nice meeting you."
"Yeah, you too! I'll see you in school!"
Despite her earlier frustration at being called home to watch her siblings while her mother ran out to meet a client, Eva found herself smiling. She'd just made her very first friend!
Greyson smiled up at her before flopping down on the bed and pulling the blanket over his head.
"No! It's not play-time!" Eva said sternly, pulling the blanket away from his face. "Night-night time!"
Greyson giggled and pulled the blanket back over his head.
Eva sighed. It was going to be a long night!
But, Eva tried to make the most of it...
So, just as Farrah started to cross her arms and glare, Eva reached out and pegged her sister's shoulder. "Last one to the bedroom's a rotten egg!" she called out as she hurried towards the stairs.
Farrah stared in startled silence for a moment before scurrying after Eva, rudely pushing past her to be first. Eva stumbled into the stair railing and fought to catch her balance. "Hey! No fair!" she called up the stairs.
"You snooze! You lose!" Farrah cried out.
"Yeah, but you cheated! You pushed me!" Eva protested. "And you're going to pay!"
"That means I won!" Farrah chirped.
"Sure, you won the Pillow War. But now, it's time to get to bed. School tomorrow," Eva said.
Farrah crossed her arms.
Eva was worn out. "Come on! Just go to bed and I'll take you to the park tomorrow!" she promised with exasperation.
Eva sighed. Well that went well, she thought.