What a strange night! There was a dance at the high school this evening and we were so busy getting the boys ready to go that we failed to notice how late Lirael was returning from her scouts meeting! We didn’t notice her absence until after the boys left. My phone rang, I answered, heard her voice and only then realised how late it was.
"THIS IS AN OUTRAGE" she was yelling, "THEY WON’T LET ME INTO THE DANCE! I told them I was Jai’s sister and they told me to go home as if that name meant NOTHING!"
I was flabbergasted. “Come home right now!” I said, “You are far too young to go to that dance and you know it!”
"Oh please, I start high school next week! This is discrimination, pure and simple!"
So now Lirael’s grounded the week before her birthday. She sulked in her bedroom until the boys got home.
When they did … they came with a little surprise. They’d brought home photographs. As usual I expected to see Jai posing next to his girlfriend Phillepe, but it was Jaden sharing the frame with her this time. I looked to Jai for explanation and he merely shrugged. Jaden said nothing, but retreated to his bedroom with a smile on his face.
What a strange night.