Girls and Birthdays
by Cynthia Bugert
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"Pillow fight!" Samantha screamed at the top of her lungs as she smacked Alex in the face with her dolphin adorned pillow.
It had been three months of tortured waiting for this day to finally arrive and Samantha planned to make the most of every minute. There had already been marshmallow shooting, grenade throwing, and slip-n-slides. Not to mention a plethora of tasty foods to stuff in.
The sun had long since fallen behind the horizon and the young ladies were in Samantha's bedroom refusing to allow the sleepiness to win. After all, who sleeps at a sleep-over birthday party? Someone would, they always did, and Samantha and her best friend, Alex, had decided on how to torture the first one to nod off.
When they had exhausted themselves from swinging the bundles of fluff, they all collapsed on the floor in a flourish of giggles and decided it was time to tell stories. Missy loved this tradition more than any of the things that tended to repeat themselves every birthday party. She had a mind that never stopped making up new amazing adventures, and she was ready to spill another one.
As she approached the end of the tail filled with castles, princesses and knights in shining armor, Christina jumped in. She was following another of the traditions and adding to the story before it came to a nice "happily-ever-after" ending. Each young lady was supposed to take a turn adding what they thought should be thrown into Missy's story. When no one spoke after Samantha took her turn, the girls looked at Alex and found that she had fallen asleep.
"Yay!! The first dozer," Samantha whispered excitedly, "and I have just the thing to punish her."
The rest of the girls watched her in anticipation. Samantha tip-toed over to her closet and quietly opened the door. Inside, she had a back pack and she reached for it. Opening the zipper, she pulled out several items and the girls went to work.
Alex slept soundly for a few hours, giving the girls plenty of time to complete their handiwork. She awoke in a panic as it dawned on her that she'd fallen asleep. She looked down and noticed that everything looked okay that she could see. Then she touched her face, "I don't feel anything." She looked around and all the other girls were sleeping soundly.
"The plan," Alex mumbled softly, "was jelly and feathers. Where are they?" She sat in her spot for several minutes looking around, wondering who fell asleep first since it didn't appear to have been her. After a little while, she realized she should go to the bathroom and look in the mirror. When she saw her reflection, she smiled, "Well, I guess it was someone else or they all went to sleep and forgot or something. Cool, I'm going back to bed." She curled into her sleeping bag and went back to sleep without another thought.
"Good morning everybody!" Samantha came bursting into her bedroom carrying a tray filled with soft, warm cinnamon rolls and tall glasses full of milk. They all jumped up for the appetizing breakfast. And then Samantha saw Alex and couldn't contain her laughter. All the girls responded with laughter of their own and Alex stood there perplexed.
"Okay, what did you guys do?"
Samantha held up the classic, "Hold on a minute" sign and tried to compose herself. Then she withdrew her phone from her front pocket and revealed the picture.
"Oh my gosh!" Samantha squealed as she tried to get a look at what they'd done. It was no use, the only way she could see it was with that picture. "I cannot believe you guys! This is crazy!"
"Crazy fun!" Christina laughed.
"Come on, we'll help you get all that stuff out of your hair."
The girls started to remove each tiny rubberband, clip, barrett, ribbon, feather, and bead from the back of Alex's hair. Then Samantha told her she'd be happy to have her mom wash the shirt that had been jellied and feathered in a straight line down the back, making Alex resemble a skunk. The crazy tattoo on the back of her neck would be scrubbed off later.
As the girls got packed up and ready to go, Alex laughed, "That was the best 'first-dozer' trick ever! Samantha, I gotta hand it to you, you out did yourself this year!"
"It was the best birthday party ever! Thank you, guys for coming and celebrating with me! You are all the best friends a girl could have. I can't wait until next year!"
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