TITLE: Fairy Cakes
GENRE: MG Magical Realism
For eleven-year-olds Bobbie and Charlie, the first day of summer is the last day their lives won’t be sticky with frosting, stinky with the smell of brine, and enchanted by the magical world of fairies as they bake their town out from under a pickle spell.
Her stomach rumbling, eleven-year-old Bobbie crashed through the mudroom door, kicked off her sneakers, and tossed her backpack on the floor. Just a step behind her twin sister, Charlie entered the house, slipped off her ballet flats, and brought her lunch bag and homework into the kitchen looking for the note her mom left telling them when she’d be home.
Charlie and Bobbie squealed with surprised delight when they spotted a plate of perfectly frosted mini-cupcakes waiting for them in the center of the kitchen table. Bobbie broke into a run, elbowing Charlie to be the one to get there first.
Charlie savored a bite as Bobbie went in for seconds, but before she could snag another cupcake, their mom and dad, Anna and Jolly Hart, burst into the kitchen looking excited.
“We have big news,” Anna announced, her ponytail bobbing up and down.
“Maybe a bit more vanilla, just a smidge,” Jolly said.
“That doesn’t sound like big news,” Bobbie said eager for another cupcake.
“It actually does have to do with what we want to share with you,” Anna answered.
“What is it?” Bobbie asked licking some chocolate off her finger.
“We bought a bakery,” Anna declared, her voice squeaking. Jolly’s bearded grin reached up to his twinkling eyes.
“That’s cool,” Bobbie said as she thought of all the yummy treats she’d get to eat.
“There’s more,” Jolly said.
“It’s in Maine,” they said together. The old wooden clock on the kitchen wall counted ten seconds in the silence that followed.