TITLE: Caught in the Dark 05/28/2019
By Kathy Staton
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“I don’t know why I let you talk me into this,” said Danielle Sullivan to her best friend, Margaret Brown. “You know I have to be home by nine o’clock, or else my Mom will come looking for me.”
“This will take only a few minutes,” Margaret replied as she fumbled with a camera case. “I just want to make sure I get this camera back in the same place it was in before I borrowed it.”
“Borrowed? echoed Dani. “I think you borrow something after you ask permission to use it, don’t you?”
Margaret looked at Dani. “Are you going to give me a lecture now? she asked.
“Who, me?” Dani pointed to herself. “No….but since you mentioned it…”
Margaret interrupted her best friend. “I don’t want to hear it. I get lectures here at home; and I don’t want to get them from my friends.”
Dani sighed. “Okay, but don’t say I didn’t try to talk some sense into you.” She looked at her watch. “Oh, no! It’s almost nine o’clock now! Are you almost through with that thing? she asked anxiously.
Margaret fumbled with the zipper on the camera bag. When it was zipped, she put the bag on the closet shelf in her parents’ room. As she turned to leave the room with Dani, they heard voices coming down the hallway.
“Oh, no! It’s mom and dad!” whispered Margaret. “Quick, over here!” she commanded Dani as they ducked behind a dressing screen. Margaret hurried over to the light, shut it off, and groped her way back behind the dressing screen.
The door opened, the light went on, and Margaret’s parents were in the room.
“Did you see a light on in here?” Margaret’s mother asked her husband.
“I don’t think so. It must have been your imagination,” he replied.
They both left the room after shutting off the light. A few minutes later, Margaret and Dani came out from behind the screen. Margaret walked quietly over to the door, pressed her ear to the door, and then motioned Dani to follow her. Margaret opened the door and both girls were startled to see Margaret’s parents standing there, looking down at them.
“Why were you in our room?” Margaret’s father asked sternly.
Margaret looked down at her hands. She knew she had to tell them the truth. “I..I’m sorry, Mom and Dad,” she stammered. “I borrowed your camera so I could take some pictures outside for art class. I was just putting the camera away.”
“Do you know that you are to ask us first if you can borrow something?” her father asked her.
“You seemed to be too busy,” Margaret answered meekly. “I didn’t think you would mind if I borrowed it without asking, I didn’t even break it,” she looked up eagerly at her father, hoping that he would let her off the hook.
“That’s not the point. The point is, you took something and used it without asking if you could use it. “I’m afraid we’ll have to ground you, Margaret,” her father replied firmly.
Mrs. Brown looked at Dani. “Your mother is downstairs waiting for you.”
“I’ll call you later, Dani,” Margaret called as Dani walked to the stairs.
“You can use the phone after one week,” her father told her.
Margaret looked at her father, but the look on his face told her he wasn’t joking. She sighed. A whole week without a phone?! What would she do? She vowed to herself that she would never, never, never borrow anything again without asking.
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