Hankie had a best friend that would always stay with her. If she
moved, so would her best friend. Her best friend's name was Flo.
Flo the Fork.
Sorry to all
those folks who thought Buddy the Butter Knife was Kacey's best
friend. Flo took the "Best Friend" title after Kacey stole her
from Home Goods.
Instead of Kacey
taking a picture of Buddy to school, she now took a picture of
All day and
night, Buddy sat on a shelf in Kacey's room watching her pay
attention to Flo instead of him. Doing so broke Buddy's heart. He
hated not being the center of attention.
Flo loved being
dressed up by Kacey in the little doll clothes that she had
received for Christmas the year before, but she loved being by
Kacey's side all the time even more.
tried his best to avoid Flo and stay next to Kacey, even though
it didn't always go as planned.
Chapter 1: Spilling the Beans
Kacey sat at
her kitchen table writing on a pad of paper, planning her sixth
"Do you think I
should have a disco or a princess theme?" Kacey asked her twelve
year old sister, Morgan.
"I don't care.
Just pick one and go with it!" Morgan snarled as she wrote more
of the middle of her book report that was due that day.
mother, frantically ran into the kitchen.
"You guys are
going to miss the bus if you don't hurry!" Megan cried.
her pen on the kitchen table, flung one strap of her backpack
over her right shoulder, and ran outside to catch the bus.
Morgan, on the
other hand, just continued to work on her report.
asked Megan. "You better go and get the bus because I can't drive
"Can I stay home
today, Mom?" Morgan said.
"Why? Is my baby
"I'm fine. I
just need to finish my book report that's due today."
Megan sighed as
Kacey ran into the house and told Morgan that the bus driver was
looking for her.
"She not going.
She has to finish a book report," replied Megan. "But don't get
any ideas, though. This is the only time I'm going to do
anything like this."
Kacey nodded and
ran back to the bus.
As soon as she
left the house, Morgan mouthed the words, "Thank you."
later, Kacey stepped off the bus and walked into Miss Jane's
Miss Jane walked
over to Kacey with a piece of paper in her hand.
began, "I have a paper for your sister. Whose class is she
but she's not here today," Kacey answered.
"My, my! Is she
alright? She's never absent!"
worry, she's fine. Morgan just didn't finish her book report that
was due today and worth seventy-five percent of her final
Miss Jane stared
at Kacey in disbelief.
"What sick human
being would let their daughter stay home because they waited
until the last minute to do an assignment?" asked Miss
"My mommy," said
with me to the office to call your mother!"
motioned Kacey to follow her as she walked down the
The Wrath of Megan
Miss Jane and
Kacey walked into the office and over to the phone.
dialed her phone number and hoped it would go to message. It
didn't, however. When Megan picked up, Kacey put it on speaker
phone- she wasn't doing this alone, even if it was her own
Hankie," responded Miss Jane, "this is Jane Marriot, Kacey's
"What did Kacey
cut up this time?"
"Believe it or
not, this isn't about Kacey. This is about your other daughter,
"But she's not
even in school today."
"I figured that
out from Kacey. She told me that you let Morgan stay home from
school because she didn't finish a book report."
child has such a big mouth! When she gets home…"
Hankie? You realize that you are on speaker phone and that Kacey
is in the room, right?"
"Sorry. Now what
do you want?" Megan sounded mad.
"I want you to
come and bring Morgan."
Megan hung up,
so Miss Jane did, too. Then she and Kacey walked back to the
A tear rolled
down Kacey's cheek as she walked into the classroom.
Paul Plant, a
child that Miss Jane always yelled at, came up to Kacey and
chanted, "Kacey got in trouble, and now she's crying!" Before
Kacey knew it, the whole class had joined in.
shouted, "Class! That is quite enough! Just for that, you now
have to take out your alphabet workbook, trace the letter 'B',
and color the picture of the beach ball.
groaned as they took out their workbooks.
Kacey tried her
best on her paper, even though her fourth and seventh "B's"
didn't really look like "B's" at all and she colored outside the
lines a little bit on her beach ball, Kacey handed it in
Just as Kacey
opened up her silent reading book, Mrs. Snyder, the school
secretary, came onto the intercom and said, "Miss Jane? Can I
please have Kacey to the office for one moment?"
"Sure. She'll be
right down," answered Miss Jane.
Kacey closed her
book and walked into the hallway, her legs feeling like
Mrs. Snyder held
the door open for Kacey, so she took baby steps down the long
Pete's sake!" shouted Mrs. Snyder. "I'm not getting any younger
over here! Hurry up!"
shouted at, Kacey ran the rest of the way down the hallway and
right into Megan.
"Mom, you got
here so quickly!" said Kacey.
"We only live
two miles away, you know," Megan answered.
beside Megan with a frown on her face and a stack of stapled
loose leaf papers in her hand.
"Did you finish your book report, Morgan?" Morgan said nothing.
She gave Kacey the evil eye, instead.
The evil eye
made Kacey feel uncomfortable.
should get to class, Morgan," Mrs. Snyder said.
Morgan on top of her head and told her to walk Kacey back to
sisters walked back down the hallway.
could drop Kacey off at her classroom and leave, Miss Jane
spotted her and motioned her to come inside.
Morgan," Miss Jane began, "how's that book report?"
"Mr. Souza said
that he'd come by my room to talk to you after he dropped your
class off at art."
At that moment,
Mr. Souza walked into the kindergarten classroom. He
greeted him by saying, "Good morning."
would you like to read Morgan's book report?"
"Yes, I would.
Thank you, Miss Jane."
him the book report and he started reading it.
"It's funny how
it starts out so good in the beginning, but then it turns into
All of the
kindergarten students looked at Mr. Souza, but he ignored them
and kept talking. "At the beginning, it says, 'this book was
truly enriching'. However, the last sentence you wrote was, 'I
liked it. I was good. You should read it. The end'. That's not
the end. That's just where you stopped writing because your
mother had to bring you into school."
"So what's my
grade going to be?" Morgan asked.
grade?'" he mimicked. "I'll tell you what your grade's going to
be. An F!"
shouted, "Oh, cry me a river, build a bridge, and GET OVER
whispered to Mr. Souza, "Hey, Paul? Do you want to go out to
kindergarten class began to make kissing noises, even
Miss Jane's face
"Stop it!" she
yelled. "Alright, Mr. Souza. You can get back to me on that. Now,
why don't you take Morgan back to class.
nodded, left the room with Morgan, and Miss Jane got back to
Home Again, Home Again
Kacey and Morgan
walked in though their front door after they got off the bus.
Megan was waiting for them at the kitchen table.
"How was your
day, girls?" Megan asked.
replied. "I got to see Mr. Souza yell at Morgan!"
Why don't you go work on your homework?" suggested Megan. "I have
to talk to Kacey."
left, Kacey sat down on Megan's lap.
"You do know
that since you told Miss Jane something you shouldn't have, I
have to punish you? You do know that, right?"
"I'm happy you
realize that. Now, what do you think is a fair
her shoulders. "No TV for a week?"
"Oh, no, Kacey.
I don't think you should get off that easy. I was thinking no
Buddy or Flo for a week."
screamed. "Anything but that, please!"
Kacey. But a punishment is not supposed to make you happy. Can
you please get Buddy and Flo from your room and give them to
Kacey sighed and
went up to her room.
Less than a
minute later, she was back in the kitchen with Buddy and
"Hand 'em over,"
Megan ordered as she held out her hand. Kacey obediently gave her
Megan got up and
put Buddy and Flo in an empty kitchen drawer. "Until next
Thursday, one week from now, this drawer if off limits. Do you
Megan. "Why don't we go play with some of your other nice
"No thanks, Mom
I really need to cry right now, so I'm going to go up into my
Megan didn't know what to say next. She just wanted Kacey to stay
with her since Morgan was mad and would stay in her room and
ignore everybody. So Megan said, "How's life been going?"
suggested, "Maybe you should go up to your room and open the
flood gates. I have a headache and would prefer of you didn't
scream and cry down here."
Kacey ran up the stairs, into her room, and slammed the door
This Drawer Ain't Big enough for the two of us
Buddy and Flo
leaned again the walls of the drawer.
"How long are we
in for?" Buddy asked.
Buddy, seven days," Flo answered as she ran her hands over her
pointy tines in boredom.
"What are you in
for, Miss Fork?"
"Same thing you
are Mr. Knife."
"Hey, that's Mr.
Butter Knife to you."
growled. "I'm hungry," she complained. "Kacey's banned from this
drawer so she can't give us food."
"We could sneak
out into the kitchen and get something to eat when everyone's
Buddy smiled at
Flo's great idea.
"How long until
everyone's asleep?" he asked.
Flo opened the
drawer just a little crack and looked out.
"It's dark," she
reported. "No lights are on anywhere and there's no one down
here. We have to make our move now. You jump first!"
Buddy took a
deep breath and leaped down onto the hard tile floor. He made a
loud clinking noise- loud enough to be heard upstairs by anyone
who had been lying awake trying to fall asleep.
At that moment,
the stairwell light came on and Megan walked down the stairs in
closed the drawer, leaving Buddy lying on the cold kitchen
into the kitchen and gasped at what she saw on the floor. She
picked Buddy up and shouted up the stairs, "Kacey Lynn Hankie!
You get down here this instant!"
didn't come down a few minutes later, Megan screamed at the top
of her lungs. "KACEY LYNN HANKIE! I WANT YOUR BUTT DOWN HERE THIS
A tired Kacey
walked down the stairs.
"Mom, it's three
in the morning," she complained. "Can't we do this in like five
"THERE'S NO TIME
LIKE THE PRESENT!" Megan continued to scream.
You're going to wake Morgan up!"
"WELL WHY NOT
LEAVE HER OUT OF THE PARTY! MORGAN MEGAN HANKIE! PLEASE REPORT TO
into the kitchen.
"I found a
certain piece of silverware on the kitchen floor." Megan held up
Buddy, also known as the evidence. Kacey gasped in shock. "Who
did this? Was it Kacey? Or was it Morgan? Or did they finally
work together on something and be partners in crime?" asked
Kacey rolled her
eyes. "None of us did it. Can we please go back to bed now?" she
screamed. "NO ONE IS GOING ANYWHERE UNTIL I FIND OUT WHO DID
"Um, I did it,"
Morgan confessed. "Yup, it was all me. Can I go back to bed
"You swear you
"I swear. I did
it all by myself and Kacey had nothing to do with it."
Girls, up to bed! Let's go!"
and Megan walked upstairs and went back into bed.
Megan and Willy plus One
Five hours after
the early morning incident, Kacey, Morgan, Megan, and Willy,
Megan's boyfriend, were sitting at the kitchen table eating bacon
breakfast, Willy!" Morgan exclaimed.
"Oh, anytime, Morgan. It's the least I can do for letting me move
in with you. So Megan, did you tell Kacey and Morgan the big
"What big news?"
"I didn't tell
them yet. I was going to tell them when they got home from
school, but I guess I'll have to tell them now," Megan
sighed. "In about three months, I'm going to have a baby
"So that's why
you're getting so fat!" Kacey realized.
"Yes, that's why I'm getting so fat."
Everyone ate the
rest of their breakfast in silence.
As they were
washing the dishes, Morgan was looking for something to say.
Finally, she said, "So what are you guys going to name the
Willy wiped his
sudsy hands on a dish towel.
thinking either Violet or Jessica," Willy said.
"Those are great
names," answered Kacey, "but I have another name that might be
"What is it?"
"But that's your
"That's why I
Megan laughed as
she rubbed her stomach. Then she began talking to the baby that
was inside of it. She said, "Do you like those names, Baby? Huh?
How would you like to be named Violet or Jessica? They're both
such pretty names, I bet you'd like them both."
Kacey looked at
Morgan and made the cuckoo sign. This time, Morgan
That was the bus that came to pick up Morgan and Kacey.
good-bye to Megan and Willy, grabbed their backpacks, ran
outside, and climbed onto the bus.
Spreading the News
into Miss Jane's classroom with a huge grin on her face.
"Why so happy?"
her friend, Rosa, asked.
"You'll find out
soon enough, at sharing time," Kacey responded.
After Kacey put
her backpack in her cubby and took her lunch box out, Miss Jane
called everyone over to the rug.
sharing time is about to begin. Who would like to go first?"
asked Miss Jane.
in the class raised their hands. She called on Kacey and Kacey
"Is this about
your mean mommy again?" Paul asked.
Kacey shook her
she ordered. "This morning during breakfast, my mommy…"
"Was mean?" Paul
shouted Kacey. "Now, where was I? Oh, yes. During breakfast this
morning, my mommy told me that she's going to have a baby girl in
a few months.
was suddenly filled with "ooh" and "ahh" and claps.
A light bulb
suddenly went off in Rosa's head. "So that's why your mommy was
so fat when she came in on career day!"
giggled and then asked, "Did you pick out a name yet?"
"Well, my mommy
and her boyfriend, Willy, are choosing between two names, Violet
"Those are stupid names," he snickered. Kacey stuck her tongue
out at him.
you two! You guys fight like a married couple!" exclaimed Miss
Kacey and Paul
looked at each other. In unison, they said, "Ew!"
time was over, there was snack break and math. Before Kacey knew
it, it was time for lunch and recess.
After a peanut
butter sandwich, a bag of pretzels, and a juice box, Kacey, along
with the rest of the kindergarten, went outside to have recess.
The whole school had recess together, so the playground was
always crowded. Because of that, Kacey usually stayed on the huge
field that was right next to the playground. However, today, she
wanted to venture onto the playground to look for Morgan.
Morgan's Little Secret
Where are you?" Kacey shouted. She was pushed and shoved by the
sixth graders who thought that just because they were the oldest
ones in the school, they could control the playground.
people dressed all in black crossed Kacey's path.
"Aw, guys!" one
of them exclaimed. "Look at the little baby!"
"Who are you
idiots?" asked Kacey.
The same one
that called Kacey a baby said, "I'm Carol. My friends are Matt
and Paula. Now, what is a little baby doing on the
"I need to find
Morgan. Morgan Hankie."
Carol clarified. "That loser? She's probably in the reject corner
with her nerd friends."
shocked. She'd have guessed that Morgan was the life of the
playground, not in the reject corner with a bunch of nerds that
couldn't get their noses out of their textbooks.
Morgan," Matt ordered as he, Paula, and Carol walked over to what
Kacey guessed was the reject corner. "Your sister's right over
When they all
arrived where Morgan was, she was found sitting in a circle of
tree stumps with three other people.
Kacey exclaimed. Morgan turned around, looking terrified. "I
didn't know you were a reject!"
Morgan was quick to respond. "I'm just helping these
and Roberta… not that I knew them before! They just told me their
names like two seconds ago."
One of them
she told Kacey, "and I've known Morgan all year. Every recess, we
do Algebra together."
"No we don't!"
"Yea, we do!
Remember you called me Kendra the King of Math and then you said
you wished you were me."
"Do you have any
proof? I don't… alright! I'll admit it! I love Algebra! It's so
fun and I feel so free! Numbers are my best friend because people
change all the time, but numbers have to stay the same
quietly for a few moments before smiling and walking away.
Just as Morgan
began to think that she was off the hook with Kacey and that she
would never have to talk about it again, Kacey started running
around, chanting, "My sister's a nerd! My sister's a
Dr. Matthews to the Rescue
Buddy and Flo
still sat against the walls of the kitchen drawer.
"I can't believe
you didn't get us food when you jumped out of the drawer!" Flo
"It's not my
fault," answered Buddy. "I'm a butter knife jumping onto tile
floor. What do you think is going to happen?"
Flo shrugged her
put her hand over her stomach and shouted, "Ouch! That really
"I have cramps
in my stomach!"
"No, this is
different from the last time this happened. These hurt one
million times worse and I don't think they'll pass soon! It's
feels like I'm having a baby!"
"So that's why
you were getting so fat! I trust your judgment, though. I'm going
to call the doctor."
hand took out his Blackberry and dialed the doctor's number. Once
somebody picked up, Buddy shouted, "Hurry over to my
"Hello, this is
Dr. Matthews. How can I help you?" asked Dr. Matthews.
having a wife!"
"I mean my
wife's having a baby! Please get over to 1823 Sugar, Spice, and
Everything Nice Street, Kitchen Drawer Number One!"
someone over as soon as possible!"
hung up the phone and ran over to comfort Flo. She was sweating
taking deep breaths, Flo managed to say, "Buddy, we're not
married. Why did you tell the doctor we were?"
"So I could ask
you this after I hung up." Buddy paused and took out a box from a
jewelry store. He opened it and continued to talk, "Flo Frances
Fork, will you marry me?"
screamed. "You're asking my now? Uh, alright! I'll marry
Buddy placed the
shiny diamond ring on Flo's finger and she began to cry.
Matthews and two other doctors wearing scrubs jumped into the
"Where is she?"
Dr. Matthews asked.
Buddy rolled his
eyes and said, "It's the fork that's screaming and crying!
The two other
doctors knelt down next to Flo and helped her deliver a healthy
four ounce baby.
"Aw, it's a
spoon!" exclaimed Buddy.
"A girl spoon."
"What do you
want to name it, Hon?"
Sally? Sally the Spoon."
As Flo cradled
Sally in her arms, Sally opened her mouth and began screaming at
the top of her lungs. Buddy smiled.
"It's cute now,"
Dr. Matthews said, "but when Sally won't shut up in the middle of
the night, it won't be so cute anymore."
"Of course it
will, Dr. Matthews, of course it will," Buddy replied.
Kacey sat bored
in her classroom, praying for an escape.
Just then, Mrs.
Snyder came onto the intercom and asked, "Miss Jane? May I please
have Kacey Hankie to the office for dismissal?"
"Sure you can,"
answered Miss Jane. When the intercom clicked off, she added,
"Alright, Kacey. Pack up."
Kacey got up and
went to her cubby. After she put her Powerpuff Girl's lunchbox in
her backpack, Kacey waved good-bye to her class and walked to the
surprised to see Willy there.
"Why did you
pick me up early?" asked Kacey.
mother is in the hospital."
dropped, she was speechless.
Morgan came into
view as she turned the corner.
"What up?" she
"Mom's in the
hospital!" Kacey blurted out.
just had her baby," Morgan explained.
and Kacey got into the car and drove to the hospital. The whole
way there Willy was listening to the oldies station on the radio.
No matter how many times Kacey begged him to change it; he always
told her that it was his turn to pick the music everyone listens
to in the car.
later, when everyone was outside Megan's hospital room, a doctor
told them that they could go in.
A smile spread
across Megan's face as her loving family walked into her hospital
"Shh, be quiet,"
Megan warned. "She's sleeping!"
up to her new sister and kissed her on the forehead.
name?" Kacey whispered.
Hankie," Megan whispered back.
Out of the blue,
Willy got down on one knee and took out a box from a jewelry
He opened the
box and asked, "Megan Elizabeth Hankie? Will you marry
answered. "I just had a baby and you're asking me to marry you?
Uh, alright. I'll marry you."
Megan held her
hand out, waiting for Willy to put the ring on it; she'd been
through this before with Kacey and Morgan's first dad.
As soon as the
ring was on her finger, she admired how it glistened in the
Willy then took
something out of his pocket that he said was for Kacey.
sorry, but I'm not marrying you!" Kacey quickly responded.
"It's not that
kind of something," Willy laughed. "It's Buddy and Flo. Oh, and
glowed with excitement.
missing you guys!" Kacey grabbed all three utensils and hugged
them tight. "Even though I don't know who you are, Miss
to Kacey, "I'm a proud father! Flo had a baby girl, Sally. Sally
"So, Mom, when's
the wedding?" she asked.
"Whoa! Hold on
there, Cowgirl Kacey!" Morgan exclaimed. "I'm sure the wedding
will be in a couple of months, right, Willy?"
"Actually, I got
over excited and planned the wedding for this Sunday," he
"What? I won't
have time to get everything I need since they're not going to let
me out of here until Saturday. I still need to get a dress, book
a caterer, book some music, and get flowers. There won't be
"About that… I
did everything while the girls were at school."
screaming and crying.
started rocking her. Within a few minutes, Jessica had quieted
down and Megan began thinking.
about her three beautiful children and about how she would be
married to Willy that Sunday.
Kacey sat in
between Morgan and Jessica, who was in her baby carrier, in the
front row of Megan and Willy's wedding. Kacey picked up Sally and
cradled her in her arms.
Megan got up
onto a podium and began talking.
"Thank you so
much for coming to me and Willy's wedding!" Megan said. "Before
we get started, I would like to say a couple of important things.
First of all, I'm happy to announce that we have two new Hankie
girls, Jessica and Sally."
and stared at Jessica, who Morgan was holding up in her carrier
for people to see.
added, "my daughter's fork and knife are also getting married
today, so if you could all look over to where I'm