Title: Behind the Waterfall
“Hang them from the moon!” Lissa cried as she stamped her foot and glared at her mother.
“You sound just like your grandmother! I wish you wouldn’t say that, you don’t know what it means,” sighed Lissa’s mother, brushing back a loose wisp of graying, coffee-colored hair. “I’m sorry, Lissa. You go to Grandma Fern and Grandpa Ed’s almost every year and the arrangements have already been made. You always loved it there before.” Lissa ignored the weariness in her voice.
“But I’m older now. I am not a baby any more and Grandma Fern treats me like one with those stupid fairy tales of hers. I’m a teenager and I certainly don’t believe in fairies. Besides, I want to stay here where my friends are…” Thoughts of her with her two best friends beside Nicky’s pool and the following sleepovers at Jen’s spurred her anger. “It isn’t fair!”
Deep lines etched across her mother’s forehead and a hint of tears in those green eyes, so like her own halted Lissa’s tirade. The darkness in their color told Lissa that her mother was very angry. Lissa idly wondered briefly if her own eyes, which were the same color green as her mother’s, were so candid. Not really wanting to upset her mother further, Lissa was momentarily silent, hoping to see that softer green color that came with her mother’s smile. Lissa knew she wouldn’t win the argument.
A big bear hug told Lissa that her mother considered the matter settled.