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...

Submitted: July 24, 2013

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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..."


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