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Things have been awkward ever since Josephina found me out. We have to keep us a secret, otherwise, our mission will be a bust. I have to be on my best behavior so that I don’t get sent back to the asylum. Nellie seems confident that she’s going to keep me, but she doesn’t know how big of a pain I am. Thankfully, they seem pretty patient. Well, all except for one…
“MIA!!!!” I hear Rebecca scream from the other room. “GET IN HERE!!”
I trudge up the stairs and to her room. “My name is Amelia, and what is it?”
“LOOK AT THIS MESS!!” Rebecca shrieks. “What about it?” I ask in response to her complaint about the non-existent mess “CLEAN IT!”
“Why me? I didn’t make it! It’s not even in my half of the room!” Rebecca and I are rooming together while my room is being painted.
“It is now!” she says.
Admitting defeat, I move the sock to her dresser with a sigh. “Happy now?” “No, but it’ll have to do,” her highness the Queen said. If she only knew what Josephina, and I were planning, she wouldn’t be this rude to us.
“Is there anything else, your highness?” I question her, sarcastically. “No, loyal and faithful servant,” she replies with complete and utter seriousness, “there is not. Unless you want to give me a foot massage!” “I’m good, thanks,” I say as I head towards the door.
As soon as I set foot out the door, I felt an arm grab me and drag me down some steps and into the basement.
“What IS it Josephina?” I hissed, rubbing at my arm. “Shh, keep your voice down,” she replied. “Why?” I scream. “We could be being watched.” “Yeah, by who?” I reply, testing her limits. She’s really starting to get on my nerves. “Julie,” Josephina told me, “this is why I brought you in here. She spies on people for fun. If she catches on to what we are doing, we will be in deep, deep trouble.”
I finally come to my senses. “Ok, I get it. From now on I’ll be more careful.” “Good. So when we need to talk about the mission, we talk in here with the doors locked, got it?” “Got it.”
We have a nice talk while making out journey back to the kitchen where I am supposed to make dinner and Josephina is supposed to set the table.
“It must be nice, not having to do many chores around the house sue to you, ahem, ‘mental disability’,” I say with the air quotation marks and a laugh.
“Yes it is,” she laughs, “but sometimes I feel kind of useless and bored. In order to feel worth, we need to be needed.”
“THAT WAS SO DEEP!” I say while wiping away a fake tear. “Besides your needed for this mission.” I remind her.
“Yeah, I guess. It’s just not the same. I know that I have more worth than I feel, and I will have a lot more once I reveal myself, it’s just hard. There have been many times that I was going to reveal myself before you came. In fact, I was just about to before I found out that we were getting another sister.” “So in other words,” I say, “I saved your neck…again.” “Shut up!” she says, jokingly, just before we head up the stairs.
“Wait,” I say as I grab her wrist just before we go on the last step, “you’re dressed normally. Should I give you something to change into?” “No,” she said, “Rebecca dressed me today. It’s ok.” “Ok!” I say with a nod.
A few hours later, I am making dinner and Josephina is setting the table.
“Nelly!” I call. “You caught me just in time. I was headed for the laundry room. What’s up?” Nelly asks. “We don’t have any cheese, pasta, eggplant, chicken, or cilantro for the dinner, and we need them.”
“Experfroints!” Josephina says with her hands up in the air, one holding a plate, one holding a cup, with a teakettle on her head.
Both of us ignore her, though I have to stifle my laughter. This is really funny when you know who Josephina really is! “You are going to need to have the groceries delivered. I am going bowling with my friends and all of the other girls are out of the house until late tonight. It’s just you and Josephina until around nine o’clock. Sorry.” “No problem,” I reply.
After Nelly goes to the laundry room I look at Josephina, and with a wink, I say, “It’s just me and you tonight.”
“LOLLIPOPS AND HEARTLAND!!” she says, but I know what she really means.
About half an hour later, the order for the groceries was in and Nelly came in to say goodbye to us. “Bye Nelly, have fun!” I say. “Eat Jolly Ranchers!”Josephina yells! “Thanks!” Nelly says back to us.
A few minutes later, after I am positive that the car is gone and I have checked the house to be sure that nobody else is home, I come back down and start speaking in code. “The house is all clean, do you want me to brush my teeth?” “No, your fine we can talk normally.” “Thanks. You know, our sentences sound very weird when we talk in code.” I say.
“You know that most of my sentences when I am around people are in our code, right?” “Yeah, and I know some of them, but Kinsley was the one who really understood the code.”
“True, it’s too bad that we lost her in that fire.” Josephina said. Kinsley was her best friend, and our partner in the mission (Kinsley was the decoder), but when there was a fire that killed her parents, she was sent to an orphanage, never to be seen again.
“We’ll find her if it’s God’s will, Josephina.” I reassure her. “I know,” she says with a tear trickling down her cheek. Just as I was about to pull her into a hug, the doorbell rang. “You stay here. I’ll be right back.” I say.
I open the door to receive the biggest shock of my life.
“Your groceries, ma’am.” I see a sly grin on Kinsley’s face. I know that she knows who I am. “Thanks, Lee.” I say, “Come on in, I have someone you might want to see.”