hapter 2 ~ Friday Night
“Oh my gosh, we’re going to have so much fun this week!” Joy said excitedly as they popped popcorn that night.
Katherine stood stirring the melting butter, “Totally!” she grinned.
Emilie sat in front of the movie cabinet trying to figure out a movie for them to watch. “What should we watch, girls?”
“Um,” Joy stared into space. “What about Tangled?”
“Nah, why not Flicka?”
Katherine looked at the girls. “Or Narnia?”
Emilie grinned evilly at Joy and Katherine, “Or should I treat you to Doctor Who?”
They looked at Emilie and laughed.
“Shhh! They might hear you!” Emilie hissed.
Katherine and Joy clamped their hands over their mouths.
“Which one will you torture ius with?”
Emilie thought for a bit before she answered, “Hmm let me think, why not The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances?”
Katherine giggled a bit. “That’s the one with the gas masks, right?”
Emilie nodded and leaned against the couch waiting, “Think of it as a ghost story.” She smiled. Joy looked at Katherine as she took the butter off the stove and set it on the counter.
“That would be fine” Katherine responded, “Right Joy?”
“Yeah, it would be like a ghost story from what I’ve heard.”
“More like a Science Fiction ghost story” Emilie giggled, which set them all off. “Katherine,” Emilie laughed, “is the popcorn ready?”
Katherine giggled, “Yeah it’s ready.” She poured the butter on the popcorn and Joy sprinkled salt all over it. Emilie grabbed the DVD case and headed upstairs followed by Joy and Katherine. Joy plopped onto a pink beanbag chair with butterflies all over it; Katherine seated herself on the floor with a pink swirly long pillow; after putting the disc in Emilie relaxed on her bed amongst the blankets and pillows. The main menu music blared out of the TV making the three of them jump. Emilie leaped off the bed to grab the remote and turned it down, “Sorry guys.”
Katherine giggled. “I’m scared already;”
Emilie kicked her playfully in the head with her foot.
“Would you start!?” Joy playfully lunged for the remote.
“Hey!” Emilie cried out twisting away from Joy to press play. “Okay! Now watch” she flipped herself around so she was on her stomach facing the TV. “This is where it gets scary!” Emilie teased, “The last time I watched this was when it was light out; I've never watched it at night so don’t be alarmed if you find me in one of your laps.” She giggled and then looked at Katherine and Joy who had their eyes glued to the screen.
“Can I have the popcorn?” Neither of them heard her so she lunged for bowl which resulted in a spill.
“Oops!” Katherine mesmerically ate the popcorn off the floor.
“They sure are enjoying it, right, Emilie?” Emilie talked to herself, “Yeah they are really enjoying as you are. Yeah I’m so enjoying it, Emilie! I knew you were enjoying it, Self.”
“SHH!!! Tell yourself to be quiet, Emilie!” Joy said.
Emilie giggled “Sorry girls.”
“So, girls, did you like it?” Emilie looked at Joy and Katherine who sat below her on the floor.
“Oh Yes! It was great!! I loved it!” Katherine burst out.
Joy said, “You were so right! it was fantastic!”
Emilie traced a butterfly on her coverlet with her finger, “I knew you would!” She grinned. “You obviously weren’t too involved with it, you helped finish off the popcorn” they giggled.
“Mummy? Are you my mummy?”
Emilie froze, “Girls what was that?” Joy grabbed their hands tightly
“Mummy? Mummy? I’m coming to find you.”
Katherine gasped out, “It’s coming closer!” they jumped up and ran to the corner screaming. They huddled there until a noise made them look, “Oh girls! That was priceless!” Aden leaned into Angelo, both laughing breathlessly. “That was epic!!”
Emilie marched over to them and stared at them; her face was beet red, but they didn’t notice, “Oh really? Was that really epic? Answer me!”
Aden laughed at her and said teasingly “Yes, as a matter a fact, that was epic!”
Emilie slapped him and he jumped back. “Ouch!” I’m not letting my fourteen year-old sister get to me! he thought angrily. “Now that was uncalled for! Take it back, Emilie Clare Cherveaux!”
“You leave him alone, Emilie!” Angelo cried out.
Katherine and Joy stood at a distance. They had seen this happen before, but never this bad. They looked at each other, should they step in? Katherine didn’t bother to answer that question, she hurried over and stepped between the twins and Emilie; Joy, only hesitating a second longer then Katherine, was right there next to her.
They weren’t listening.
Joy shook her head. “ALRIGHT!!” She shouted.
That had been the wrong thing to do because now Emilie, Aden and Angelo were glaring at her. Okay, maybe we should just let them duke it out? That probably wouldn’t be best Joy decided. After signaling to Katherine, she slipped out and headed down the hall to Mr. and Mrs. Cherveaux’s room and knocked on their door.
“Um Mrs. Cherveaux?”
Mrs. Cherveaux sat up and looked at Joy. “Yes?”
Joy beckoned, “You might want to come here.”
Mrs. Cherveaux followed Joy; as they headed back down the hall you could hear them fighting. Mrs. Cherveaux sighed and hurried past Joy and into Emilie’s room,
“Emilie? Boys? What are you doing?”
Aden, sensing it a “good” time to get Emilie back turned to his mother and said, “Oh Mom, you should have seen their faces it was priceless!”
Emilie snapped. “Shut up!”
Mrs. Cherveaux looked pained, “Emilie Clare Cherveaux! You will not speak like that to your brothers, do you understand me?”
Emilie sighed; the tears rolled down her face silently, ‘Yes Mommy.”
Mrs. Cherveaux looked at the twins, “Go to bed now!” They hurried out of the room. Mrs. Cherveaux put her hand on Emilie’s shoulder, “Get some sleep girls.” She left the room.
Katherine took Emilie’s hand. “C’mon Emilie, let’s go to bed.” She led her to her bed and Emilie climbed into it and laid down; Katherine and Joy walked over their sleeping bags, laid down and went to sleep.