By Patty Wilber
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CALLIE’S STAR by Patty Wilber
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CHAPTER FIFTEEN–THE EVE OF THE ROUND-UP
“I’ll get the canteens, if you get the sleeping bags out of the closet,” Callie said.
“In a minute,” said Jeff, his voice floating down from upstairs. “I’m packing my clothes.”
“Oh!” said Callie, setting down the canteens and running upstairs. She stopped at Jeff’s room. “I think I’ll pack my clothes, too. How many long sleeved shirts again?”
“Two cotton, ‘to keep from getting sunburned”‘ said Jeff, imitating Aunt Martha. “One flannel and one sweater,” he said in his normal voice, “Plus, don’t forget a windbreaker. It’s cool at night even though it’s boiling during the day.”
Callie finished stuffing clothes into a duffle bag in 15 minutes. Then she hurried to gather up the canteens she had abandoned and find a few more. She checked the list of other equipment Uncle Bob had given them. Finally, she had a pile of things in the living room, and she handed the list and an old headlamp to Jeff. “I’ve got everything on here, except a headlamp that works.”
“Cool,” said Jeff. “Trade you the sleeping bags for the headlamp.”
Callie sifted through the pile once more and pulled her new hat off the top. She put it on her head, and pulled it down low and snug, and smiled. Then she went into the kitchen. She leaned against the refrigerator and rambled happily to Aunt Martha about Cloud and Flower and the round-up. Aunt Martha listened with a tiny smile at the corners of her mouth. She didn’t need to reply. Callie was talking for three.
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