TITLE: FAIRY CAKES
GENRE: Middle Grade - Magical Realism
On a sunny spring afternoon, down a quaint suburban street, Charlie and Bobbie Hart, two ordinary girls, returned home from school expecting the usual plate of dry carrot sticks with hummus to keep them company while they did their homework. But little did they know their lives were about to get sticky. And stinky.
Starving, Bobbie crashed through the mudroom door, kicked off her sneakers, and plopped her backpack on an empty chair. Just a step behind her sister, Charlie entered the house, slipped off her ballet flats, and brought her lunch bag and homework into the kitchen.
Usually not a thing alike, except that they were twins, Charlie and Bobbie squealed with surprised delight as they each reached for a perfectly frosted cupcake on the kitchen table. Just then, their mom, Anna, and Dad, Jolly burst through the door looking excited.
“We have big news,” Jolly announced reaching for a cupcake. After he took a bite, he wore a bit of chocolate frosting on his salt and pepper beard.
“We bought a bakery,” Anna squeaked gleefully.
“That’s cool,” Bobbie said as she thought of all the treats she’d get to eat. Charlie carefully studied her parents as they looked at each other, beaming.
“There’s more,” Jolly said. Then they nodded at each other as if confirming some unspoken agreement.
“And it is? Charlie asked with growing uncertainty.
“It’s in Maine,” they said together. The old wooden clock on the kitchen wall counted ten seconds in the silence that followed.