TITLE: The Sibling War
GENRE: Middle Grade Historical Fiction
EMOTION: Young Friendship
Jake (the MC) and Emmy are both thirteen, poor, and live in a remote wooded area that will soon become the setting for a Civil War battle. Emmy has recently moved in, and Jake is smitten.
The eggs in my hands smashed to the ground when I realized it was Emmy. The front of my pants turned goopy yellow. “Aw geez. Now I have to go change my britches.”
“Sorry,” Emmy said. “I didn’t mean to scare you.”
“I thought you were my brother Tom.”
Mischief crept into Emmy’s smile. “You need your eyes checked.”
“If you were my brother, those eggs would be smashed on your face.”
“That’s not very nice.”
“Neither is Tom.” I surveyed the gook on my pants. “I wouldn’t ever smash you in the face with eggs.”
“That’s good to know,” Emmy said. “Seeing as I came over to give you something.” She held out a blue and white checked bag tied with a bow. Inside I found a ring of light yellow rope.
“You brought me a hanky and a ring thing?”
“It’s not a hanky, silly. And that ring thing is your present.”
I poked at it, and noticed the cloth matched Emmy’s clothes. “You tore this off your dress?”
“Never mind that. What do you think?”
“Um... it’s great, thanks.”
Emmy smiled sweetly. “Try it on.”
My heart skipped a beat. I had no idea what to do. Emmy’s eyebrows raised.
“You don’t even know what it is, do you?” Emmy grabbed it and slid it over my wrist. “I made that with my own hair.”
“You lopped off your hair to give to me?”
“Not lopped, but yes, I cut my hair.”