The Richest of allChristmases!!
Book 1: Kateilyn’s Story
By: Danielle Timmons!!
Chapter 1: The Day before the Orphanage
7133 Co. Rd. 56
Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338
It all started on my 13th birthday.(My least favorite birthday!!!
Yayyyyyy!!! That was sarcasm!) The morning of the day before my birthday
I woke up at 4 a.m. I went downstairs and found my parents bickering.
At first I couldn’t make out their words, but then my stepdad yelled,
“We can't afford to keep Kateilyn!!!"
I couldn't listen to the rest of the conversation. I
Was too close to tears. I ran up to my room as quickly and
Quietly as possible. As soon as I got under the covers my mom
And stepdad came into my room. I acted like I was asleep. I
Tried to hold back my tears. But then my stepdad screamed, “Get up
You lazy good for nothing brat!!!! I need to tell you something
About the rest of your life!!!!!!!!!!! NOW GET UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I acted like I was just waking up. But I don’t think it was
Believable. I couldn’t hold it any longer. I just started balling and balling
And balling. My mom asked, “How much did you hear?”
“I only heard the part where we can’t afford to keep me!!!” I said.
“Oh Nick, are you sure we can’t keep her?”
“I’m sorry, Karen. We just can’t afford it.”
She hugged me for like forever. That was the hardest thing ever.
But what I heard Nick say next was shocking. He said, “I love you and I will
Miss you.” Then and there I just about passed out!!! He has never told me
That. I thought I was just a piece of the puzzle to my mom. I thought… I
Thought… and then it hit me. I made judgments about Nick and I didn’t
Come close to who he was. So I started repeating, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry!”
Really fast. Over and over.
“Why are you sorry?” my mom sighed softly, “I’m sorry.”
“ I made judgments about Nick and I wasn’t even close to who he was.
Wait! Why are you sorry?”
“Since it’s my last day with a mom and a father figure, I mean a
Father, can we afford to go to the Three-In-One-Triple-Action?” I continued.
“We can afford that right, Nick?” my mom asked.
“Yeah, I think.” He said.
“That is going to cost $60.” He added. “Are you sure you wanna go there?”
“Yeah.” I said sadly.
We spent the whole day there. I didn’t enjoy myself at all.That day really
Sucked. When I got home I went straight to bed. Without saying goodnight.
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