“Oh, Hopey, what’s the matter?” Caroline asked the little girl who was weeping in the corner of the playground.
As a first grade teacher, Caroline had a child crying on her at least three times a week, but never with this much anguish in their little faces, and rarely ever during lunchtime.
The little girl just looked at Caroline with big brown eyes, and threw her arms around the teacher, before starting to sob into Caroline’s neck.
“Shh, shh, it’s going to be alright, Hope,” Caroline soothed, stroking her brown curls down.
As the little girl’s heartbreaking sobs subsided, and breathing return to normal, Caroline pulled away from the girl a little to look into her eyes again.
“Do you want to tell me what’s up?” Caroline asked.
“Eva was teasing me about not having a mum,” Hope choked out.
Caroline knew Hope’s family situation was less than normal. The little girl was picked up from school by a different family member every day of the week. From what Caroline had gathered, Hope lived with her father, two uncles, an aunt and an aunt by marriage, but her mom had passed away during childbirth.
“What was she saying, sweetie?” Caroline asked. Bullying was not tolerated at the school, so Caroline needed to nut out the problem to see whether it was a one time thing, or whether it was recurring.
“She said my mummy doesn’t love me, and that’s why I don’t have one. But my mummy’s actually dead.”
It was breaking Caroline’s heart watching the poor little girl confront the fact her mother was dead. Eva was from the third grade, so Caroline would have to talk to Bonnie, who was her teacher, about having a talk with her students regarding bullying, and picking on the younger students.
“I’m so sorry that’s happened, sweetie.”
Just then the bell rang signalling the end of lunchtime.
“How about you stay out here for a little bit, Hope. You can finish your lunch and maybe come in when you feel a little better. Does that sound okay?”
Hope nodded sadly and took a few calming breaths.
“I’ll just be in the classroom if you need anything, okay?”
Hope nodded again, and leant against the nearest tree, and began eating her lunch.
“Cassie, would you be able to take the class for ten minutes,” Caroline asked her teacher’s aid. “I just need to make a phone call.”
Cassie agreed, and Caroline went into the office, picking up the phone and dialling Hope’s home phone number.
“Whoever you are better have a good reason to bother me,” a gruff male voice said irritably on the other end of the line.
“Hello, is that Mr Klaus Mikaelson?” Caroline asked politely.
we got some chickens yesterday! Well, sort of. Four bantam chicks and a pair of Japanese quail… they’re so much fun to watch - better than television! Now we just have to make sure that the snakes/possums/hawks/lizards don’t eat them, and that they all grow up to be female (except for the male quail - he’s allowed to be a boy!), and that they don’t wash away in the wet season.
The house is tiny too, compared to what we had at the old house. Oh well, it’ll do for now - but the lush of my life is going to have to put in a bigger and taller fence sooner rather than later - aren’t you dear?
The ‘I’m trying to study for this stupid exam and that guy keeps staring at me from three tables over’ AU
That was the prompt! I have no idea where I found it though! (Although I think it was from thetourguidebarbie AGGGESSSS ago (but I’m sorry for tagging you if it wasn’t))… I just save prompts I see when peeps are like ‘free-for-all prompts’ or whatever, and then I’m like well whatever. (BTW this is Marina Abramović - she simulataneosly fascinates me and freaks me out)
“Are you sure it’s going to work?”
“Puh-lease, Klaus, I’ve known her since the sandbox. It may take a while, but if you pay her overt amounts of attention, you’ll annoy her and she’ll bite. Stems from her craving attention, never getting it, so when she does she tends to get a little antsy.”
“Whatever you say,” Klaus said tentatively.
Caroline was frantic. As a second year, she’d just finished her third year biology exam, even though it went fine, she was still panicking. She had one to go and it was intermediate physics. Caroline love physics, but sometime the formulae just kicked her butt.
She sat down in the vast library, and tucked a stray hair behind her ear. It was business time. She was going to go through all her unit notes today so, by tomorrow, she would be ready to do practice papers.
Caroline was born to study. She was diligent, and thorough. She could concentrate for hours at a time with caffeinated aid. But today, she just couldn’t focus. There was a funny prickling on the back of her neck. She kept shifting in her seat, trying to get comfortable. After what felt like hours (but was really only 30 minutes) Caroline looked up, trying desperately to refocus her brain.
As she looked up, she caught the eye of a crazy attractive guy sitting three tables away. He had dirty blonde curls on top of his perfectly dimpled face. His rosy lips were perfect kissing size, and the stormy grey-blue eyes seemed to gaze into her, straight to her soul.
She always loved attention, so she gave the guy a flirty smile, but she then went back to her study. She really needed to get through this.
The little flirt seemed to be enough to put her mind at ease, and she managed to plough through a good hour and a half of work.
Klaus picked up his phone and dialled a number.
“Jesus, what do you want?”
“It’s been nearly two hours, and she’s only noticed once.”
“I told you, it’ll take a while. Give it another hour.”
“You better be right, or my brother will find his girlfriend kidney-less.”
“Yeah, yeah, Klaus. Always with the kidney threats.”
Before she knew it, Caroline was getting antsy again. She looked up and the same guy from before still staring at her. Caroline went back to her books, but peaked looks at him every few minutes.
After another hour, however, Caroline was utterly fed up with his little routine. So decided to storm over there and cause a fuss.
I love our backyard chooks, and so do the Tree Change Dolls. Meet our real-life chookies Dame Eggna and her best friend Julayer. The girls were very curious about the dolls and their photo shoot and wanted to get in on the action.
These three dolls will be part of the group I will post for sale on Etsy this Saturday 14th March 10am Hobart time. I will sit down and finalise my prices for each doll tomorrow.
The amazing little knitted chookies have been designed and made by my talented Mum. She told me that are entirely knitted from the beaks right down to their toes. Each one is slightly different, as she improves her design each time. I will work on getting her to write the pattern down and make it available in the future.