Luna waited and waited. People left followed by others, but it was taking forever to get to place #26. She was still at #32, which had six more people in front of her to get to her goal. It wasn’t even when she could buy anything. She couldn’t even get a peek of the front line!
It was all wrong, and Luna was getting very impatient. Why did people need to take forever to buy something? She glanced at her watch.
Wait what, she thought. I’ve been standing here for an hour and 23 minutes already!
Someone replied to her thoughts.
“I can help you,” A woman offered.
Luna was shocked. She spun around so that the woman’s cap blew off.
Her aunt Mary held a red bag that was made by herself. And inside it was what Luna was going to buy with her mom’s money.
“Here you go, Luna,” Aunt Mary said.
“No, you bought it, not me.” Luna replied, knowing to be polite.
“Take it, Luna! It’s okay.” Aunt Mary protested. Well, kind of in a good way.
“Fine,” Luna said as her heart beat hard. If so, how was Luna going to explain this to Mrs. Keily?
“Here, take the money, Aunt Mary,” Luna whispered, so only her aunt could hear and nobody else.
“Oh? That’s no need!” Aunt Mary replied.
“Uh, mom will get mad at me,” Luna said while she carefully took the money out and slipped it in her aunt’s pocket.
“How can I take that from a family of mine? Explain to your mom that I gave the food to you. If she doesn’t trust you, don’t worry.” Aunt Mary said as she winked.
“Um, okay . . . ?” Luna gulped.
“Alright, you can go home now! I’ve watched you all these two hours. Make sure to rest!” Aunt Mary suggested.
Luna tiptoed out of all strangers' sight and rushed to her favorite place: Starbucks’s Cafe. It was where they served you hot chocolate with marshmallows floating as if in a hot tub. It was also very cheap.
“Small cup, please.” Luna told one of the workers.
“Right away!” A teenager with a nametag replied.
The name tag said “Ivy”, so Luna guessed that was her name.
“Oh, uh, where did you come from?” Luna asked.
“Ireland!” Ivy replied.
They chatted until Luna was done and wanted to go home.
“Well, see you again next time!” Ivy said when she picked up Luna’s hot chocolate cup and threw it in the trash can, but Luna wasn’t paying attention. She was thinking about something else.
“Mom! I’m back!” Luna yelled.
“Luna! Thank goodness you're back. We were waiting for you!” Mrs. Keily said running quickly to meet her own daughter that was out for very long without telling her. Her mother was getting very worried.
“Oh, yes, we were!” Nicole added. Luna grumbled, quietly.
“Mind your own business, Nicole! It was Mom talking to me, not you.” Luna said. She shot her head at Nicole, trying to not make Mrs. Keily mad. Mrs. Keily hated when the two sisters were fighting for nothing. Mrs. Keily was Luna’s mother, and she knew everything about her. Even her littlest tricks.
“Luna!” Mrs. Keily said finally, after the awkward silence.
“Sorry mom,” Luna answered, not wanting to apologize about something she didn’t do. Nicole smiled silently. Luna thought: Yup, a weird day.
“Alright you two. Sit at the lunch table, we’ll have lunch.” Mrs. Keily called, changing the subject entirely.
“Coming!” Luna and Nicole both replied, hearing their tummies rumble. They were hungry, for sure.
“I’ll pull out the things you bought, Luna. Thanks!” said Mrs. Keily.
“Uh, okay . . . ? ” Luna panicked, remembering what her aunt said to her. Luna shivered and she looked pale, so her mom Mrs. Keily asked her why.
“You okay, Luna?”
“Oh, yes, nothing, haha.”
“Really Luna? I feel like it’s not what you say!”
“Yeah, I’m really okay.”
“Okay then,” Mrs. Keily replied. “But if you have something to say, don’t hide it.” Then, she opened the bag, while Luna was still waiting fearfully for what would happen.
A . . . note? From Aunt Mary? Mrs. Keily opened the envelope carefully, then read out loud: “Hello, Jennifer! I bought this for Luna. Don’t get mad at her, please! I saw her waiting for two hours in a line, so I thought that would help her! Best wishes to all of you, Mary.”
Luna freaked out.
“Luna, what’s all of this?” Mrs. Keily asked.
“That’s what she said to me,” Luna answered, her mind filled with what now? She shrugged, trying to not make the lying bigger.
Mrs. Keily sighed, but didn’t fume. Luna spit out the fear, and said quickly, “Mom, yes, can I walk around outside?”
“You know, not a bad idea. You can go if you want!”
After that, Luna walked outside just to chill for a while. She walked past buildings and stores that were here before her mother was born.
Then she saw something.
Something that was interesting and caught her eyes the most.