A Lost Brother's Birthday

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

A sister gets ready for her younger brother's birthday two years after his death in the war...

My alarm clock went off at 12:00 AM sharp. I reached over and turned it off before switching on the bedside lamp. I made my way down to the kitchen after dressing. I opened the cup board and pulled out two boxes of chocolate cake mix. After reading the instructions, I pulled the required ingredients out of the fridge and mixed everything in a large mixing bowl.

I poured the batter into two cake pans and placed them into the oven. Punching in the baking temperature, I welcomed the beeping that broke the suffocating silence. As the cakes baked, I filled the balloons and tied them to small weights. After placing the balloons around the dining room, I finished decorating the dim room with brightly colored streamers and flashy signs that boasted the words Happy Birthday!!

I pulled the cakes out of the oven and set them on a wire rack to cool. I took the chocolate frosting out of the fridge and set it by the cakes to soften. Waiting for the cakes to cool, I wrapped all the presents carefully and placed them at one end of the table, stacked a certain way. When the cakes were cool, I stacked them and frosted them. I wrote Happy Birthday, Robby! with white frosting on top of the double chocolate cake.

I arranged twenty-three candles on the cake and brought it out to the dining room. After lighting the candles, I put the cake next to a picture frame that held the picture of a young man dressed in a military uniform. I sat in a chair and picked up the frame.

"Happy birthday... Little brother..." I whispered as a few stray tears splashed on the glass. "Everyone misses you so much..."


Submitted: July 25, 2013

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Wow, this was so sad! Which is why I love it so much! I love sad stories like this! I also thought this was sweet. I feel like there should be more detail about the older sister, but I understand if you were trying to capture the younger brother's life a little more. I like the description of the "23 candles." By reading the summary, I know he died two years prior when he was 21 (really young age) but now he is 23. It makes me wonder why she is the only one celebrating? What happened to the parents? She's older than 23 obviously, so she could be living alone, but does she have a family of her own? Again, I understand that you probably weren't capturing her life, but her brothers, but that's the things I want to know, you know what I mean? However, it could be a mystery which I love as well. I'm not making too much sense right now, but that's okay because my point is that I loved this. And with a small Story comes no mistakes at all. Nicely done, my friend! Good luck in my contest! :D

~future author

Mon, August 12th, 2013 6:48pm

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Thank you very much! I had a hard time writing this because every time I thought about it I would start tearing up.

Mon, August 12th, 2013 12:42pm

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P.S. Since I love birthdays and this is a birthday contest, when is your birthday?? :D

~future author

Mon, August 12th, 2013 7:03pm

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July 16th.

Mon, August 12th, 2013 12:42pm

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