“Maaaaaaaaa didn’t you buy food?” she yelled up the stairs.
“In the fridge!” her mother shouted back.
Rebekah opened the fridge door again. There was still nothing edible there. Not even rudimentary stuff like bread and butter. And eggs. What she saw instead was a bunch of ranunculus, though what the flowers were doing in there was rather puzzling. Maybe the rambunctious twins had something to do with that.
“Robbie! Randy! Where are you?”
Robbie’s head popped up from behind the kitchen table, whilst Randy peeked in from the open door.
“What?” Robbie asked.
“What have you done with the food?” Rebekah asked, putting her hands on her waist, her arms akimbo.
“Ate them,” Randy replied.
“All of them?”
They nodded in unison.
“That’s ridiculous!” she said with righteous anger. “How could you eat all the food in the fridge in one day?”
“We were ravenous. Rock wallabies eat a lot, you know,” Robbie answered with a sharp nod of his head.
“And red-bellied black snakes need to stock up on food before they hibernate,” Randy said, rubbing his belly.
Rebekah scowled at them. “You—do you even know what you’re talking about?”
The twins shrugged.
“Dunno, but rock wallabies are probably bigger than me and do a lot of rock climbing so they must eat more than me too.”
“Yeah, and snakes hibernate in winter. Don’t they?”
Rebekah sighed. “Okay, then what are the flowers doing in there?”
“Flowers?” they echoed, running up to the fridge.
They stared at the pink and yellow blossoms and then at each other.
“Oops,” Robbie said.
“Whoops,” Randy replied.
They grabbed the flowers and backed out of the kitchen.
“Bye Bekah!” they screamed as they ran away.
Rebekah stared at the now-empty fridge. She’d just have to go out and eat if she didn’t want to die of hunger. She went upstairs to change, coming down minutes later in jeans and a clean t-shirt.
The doorbell rang.
Rebekah went to the door and opened it to find her boyfriend standing there with a bunch of very familiar flowers in his hands. She stared suspiciously at him.
“Oh, uh, hey. Wanna take a walk down the block with me?”
“What’s going on, Jake?” Rebekah folded her arms across her chest.
“Just to the park.”
“Twins! Why is Jake holding the flowers!” Rebekah yelled.
There was no reply from either Robbie or Randy, though, so she sighed, rolled her eyes, and nodded.
“Fine. But only if we end up somewhere with food. I’m dying of hunger and there’s nothing in the house.”
“Okay,” Jake said.
She took his hand and they walked down the block to the park, where all her family and friends had gathered with a great feast and a banner saying “HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEKAH!”
She’d totally forgotten it was her birthday.
Today's words were:
- ranunculus, from Barbara Harrison
- rambunctious/ramble/rudimentary /righteous/ridiculous, from Cherie Osier
- rock wallaby/red-bellied black snake, from Sharna Steinert
- ravenous, reviled, from Donna Smith
Are the words getting harder or is it just me?