TITLE: Goodbye to Grandma
GENRE: Middle Grade Literary
For the fourth time that night, I heard the creak of my bedroom door being opened and the tiny footsteps of someone entering my room.
"Haiwey?" It was my little brother Barry. Again. "Haiwey? Are you awake?" Barry is only five and he has a way of mispronouncing my name that would be adorable if he wasn't so annoying.
I was lying on my side with my back to Barry, so he couldn't see that my eyes were open. I stayed very quiet and still, hoping Barry would think I was asleep and go away.
"Haiwey?" Barry poked in me the back with his finger.
"Haiwey?" He poked me again, harder.
"What?" I groaned and rolled over to face him. I had to squint to see because bright light from the hallway was flooding into my dark bedroom through the open door. Barry was wearing his Batman pajamas complete with the stupid cape and the dorky little footies made to look like boots. As usual, Ralph was clutched tightly to his side. Ralph is a stuffed-animal lizard that Barry carries everywhere he goes.
"What?" I repeated.
Barry frowned and clutched Ralph to his chest. "Haiwey?"
"What do you want, Barry?"
"Haiwey, are you awake?"
"No," I said, burying my face in my pillow to block out the light from the hall.