Hope was excited. She had a classmate coming home with her after school. They had a project to work on together.
Zaiden was glad that his little sister was finally happy about something school related. He hoped that it would last once they finished with the project. He didn’t like that she was having such a hard time at school.
Zaiden’s happiness ended when he saw who Hope’s classmate was. Anne’s little brother. He really hoped that Anne would not be picking him up. He wasn’t ready to face her yet.
Zaiden worked on fixing dinner while watching the two of them work. They shared the work load evenly which Zaiden liked. He had been afraid that Hope would do most of the work just to gain a friend. That didn’t seem to be the case.
Emma came in and took a cookie from the plate of snacks. “When is dinner? I am starving.”
“When aren’t you?”
“When I’m already eating.”
Zaiden laughed when she said that. “Dinner is at the usual time. We are having spaghetti tonight.”
“With your homemade sauce?”
“I don’t know who taught you to cook, but they did a great job.”
Zaiden thought about all the time that he had spent in the kitchen helping Callie and smiled. He missed those days. Now they were part of the distant past.
“I wish I could learn more from her. She was a great cook.”
Emma saw the look in her brother’s eyes. “You miss her, don’t you?”
Zaiden shook his head and held up the onion he had been cutting. “It’s the onion.”
Emma knew better. She hugged her brother. “Damn onions.”