I blinked my eyes open and stood up. The sky was lit up by a warm sun and littered with white clouds. I brushed the dirt off my clothes and glanced at my watch. It was 6 am. I dozed off for 3 whole hours. Aunt Emmeline was going to kill me. Without a moment’s delay I ran out of the clearing.
By the time I reached the main street, the local cafe was open. The delicious aroma of bread wafted out, drawing me in. Just for a minute, I promised myself. Pushing the door open, I stepped in. The cafe was usually crowded with people during office hours but deserted otherwise.
“Blissa! I haven’t seen you in ages. Look at you, you’re thin as a bone! come on, let me make you a cup of tea.” Adrienna, exclaimed, her eyes examining me worriedly.
“It’s only been a few days, Adrienna. I came here last Thursday.” I smiled. “It seems longer. Take a seat, I’ll be back in a minute.” she winked at me and disappeared into the kitchen.
She returned a minute later holding a small cake. It was frosted blue with ‘Blissa’ written in Black icing. Grinning widely she set it on the counter. ” Happy Birthday! didn’t think I forgot it, did you?” she looked at me. ” I can’t take this, its-” I began.
“We are not taking this back. So I suggest you quickly blow out the candles and eat that delicious cake before Betty comes and devours it like breakfast.” Mario appeared through the doorway, his apron coated with flour. I blew out the candles and stuffed cake in their mouths, before they could protest.
“Thank you, I don’t know what to say” I admitted, tears blinking in my eyes, threatening to spill. ” It’s nothing” Adrienna said, her eyes a kaleidoscope of emotions. “It’s everything.” I said and pulled them both into a hug. “Okay, kiddo. It’s fine. I get it. But you should get going, or that devil of an aunt will explode again” Mario said. “Yeah..” I smiled wistfully.
“I almost forgot….your present.” Adrienna muttered and pulled out a small gift bag. I nodded by head in disbelief, and glared at them both.
“Come on, open it” Mario gestured. I threw another scowl and pulled out a light brown colored book. ‘HUCKLEBERRY FINN’ was stamped in brilliant gold letters on the dark cover. ” How did you guys know I wanted this book?” I raised an eyebrow. ” I know everything, darling” Mario said smugly and twirled his mustache. Adrienna and I cracked up and Mario rolled his eyes, but his eyes were filled with humour.
We all enjoyed a cup of tea and sooner than I expected, the first customer walked in and I bid my adieu.