By Patty Wilber
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CALLIE’S STAR by Patty Wilber
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CHAPTER FOURTEEN-CALLIE’S PARTY
The sweet, warm smell of strawberry waffles wafted into Callie’s room and seeped into her sleep. She dreamt she heard her mother’s cheerful voice calling her to breakfast.
Every birthday since she could remember Callie had awakened to this delicious smell. Callie followed the sweetness down a very long hallway, with lots of doors. The hallway wasn’t straight and Callie wondered if she would ever reach the kitchen.
Suddenly, she was there.
The bright blue candle, surrounded by the red of the strawberries, was burning brightly from the center of the stacked waffles and a cloud of whipped cream graced the edges. Her mother stood at the end of the table, near a flat package wrapped in gold paper and tied with a deep green ribbon. Callie sat down at the table, but before she could eat, her mother moved her plate and made her open the package. Callie carefully untied the ribbon and put it on her head. Her mother laughed. Callie untaped the gold paper and before her lay a beautiful wooden picture frame, but inside, instead of a painting or photograph, there was a wide sheet of clean white paper.
Callie stared at it for a minute and then her mother said, “I hope you like it. I have to go now.” She walked to the doorway and she began to fade at the edges like a watercolor painting. She paused on the threshold and said, “I love you, Callie,” and then she simply vanished.
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