Aw, but it was over so quickly! Is the finale here already? Well, here we go…
“Christy, I am sorry for speaking angrily this morning. The journey we’re making together will be hard, and I may not be the best child-raiser. Yet I love you very much, and will do my very best to make the best life possible for you. But you must cooperate, okay?”
I gave a slow nod, wondering what all this meant, and she continued.
“You will have to go to school and get a good education, and learn the right way to act. It’s time for you to grow up from your reckless ways of living, and I know that’s harder than it sounds because that is what you are used to all your life. But I will help you, okay? I promise.”
I looked into her eyes. They held a new maturity I hadn’t seen before. She seemed determined and ready to take on whatever challenges lie ahead in raising me.
I threw my arms around her in a hug. I didn’t know what lie ahead for me, or what new rules I would have to learn and follow, and I wasn’t so sure about giving up the adventurous, dangerous, thrilling – but empty – life for properness and order. But I knew that I would live in a way that honored God, Coconut, and Miss Montoya, who had done so much for me already.
I turned around to see a parcel, tied with a beautiful blue bow, behind the pillow. I assumed it was for me. I untied the bow slowly and set it on the dresser to wear in my hair later – it was time to grow up from my reckless life, I decided. If Miss Montoya wanted me to start being more proper, I could do it.
Out of the package I pulled out a beautiful doll. I gasped, then smiled. I wasn’t really in to dolls, but she looked so beautiful. It would be nice to have a friend to share secrets with, and sleep with, and maybe even take to school tomorrow. Wait, no, I don’t want to damage her or anything, I decided. I would tell her about school instead.
“Darn it,” Chloe mumbled. “She didn’t even go to school yet! Oh, well, there’s always next time. COMING!”