TITLE: Caught in the Dark 07/05/2019
By Kathy Staton
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Two young girls crept down the carpeted, semi-lit hallway towards the last room on the right. They stopped in front of a slightly open door.
“Meg, are you sure we should be doing this?” Dani Sullivan told her best friend, Meg Brown. She took her cell phone out of her pocket. “Ten o’clock?! My mother will kill me!”
Meg rolled her eyes. “Dani, you’re acting like a baby. Your mother is NOT going to kill you. Ground you, maybe…”
“Thanks a lot!”
“This will take only a few minutes,” Margaret lifted a small black camera case. “Just need to make sure I get this in the same place it was in before I borrowed it.”
“Borrowed…? I think you borrow something after you get permission to use it.”
Margaret looked at Dani. “You’re not going to give me a lecture now, are you?”
“Who, me…but since you mentioned it…”
“Mom and Dad lecture me on everything. I don’t need it from my friends.”
“Ok, but don’t say I didn’t try to warn you.”
Margaret placed the bag on the closet shelf in her parents’ room. As they turned to leave the room, they heard voices in the hallway.
“Oh, no! It’s Mom and Dad…quick, in here!” They ducked inside the closet, then heard the door open.
Meg heard her mother’s voice humming. A moment later, she heard bath water running. Then the closet door opened, flooding light into the scared faces of two young girls.
“What in the world—?”
Meg’s mother stared at the girls.
“What’s the matter, Sarah?”
A middle-aged man with graying temples appeared from the bathroom doorway. He saw his daughter and best friend standing in their closet.
At the sound of her name, she bit the corner of her lip.
Meg looked down at the floor. “I..I’m sorry, Mom and Dad. I borrowed your camera so I could take some pictures outside for art class. I was just putting the camera away.”
“Did you ask us first if you could borrow it?”
“You were too busy,” Margaret said in a small voice. “I didn’t think you would mind.”
“You took something and used it without asking.”
Mrs. Brown looked at Dani. “Your mother is downstairs waiting for you.”
“I’ll call you later, Dani,” Meg said.
As soon as Dani was out of sight, Meg’s father said, “We’ll discuss your punishment in the morning. Now go to bed.”
Dani nodded her head, turned to leave, then stopped. She turned around, saw the look of disapproval on her dad’s face, then walked to her room. She slipped inside and closed the door, leaned back on the door and sniffled. Oh, boy, I’ve done it now.
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