Chocolate cake and tomato soup
I followed him up the stairs to the second floor. There were two rooms there. One on the left side of the corridor and one on the right. We entered the one on the right. The room was bright and colorful. There were four beds, two on each side of the room. On the other end of the room, there was a big window which looked out over the yard at the back of the house. On one of the beds sat a girl. She had bright red hair and was wearing a pair of sweats and a jumper. “Ah, you must be the new girl. Welcome in the house of Ann. My name is Kate, and you are?”
“Jen. Nice to meet you.”
The girl stood up from her bed and took one of my bags out of my hand. “This will be your bed,” she said while putting my bag on the bed next to hers. “I think you’re in good hands here, so I’ll be going then. I’ll probably see you around,” Dave said as he walked out of the room.
“Are we the only ones to sleep in this room?” I asked.
“Not really. But the other girls are probably playing outside. On that bed, the one opposite of yours, sleeps May,” and pointing towards the other bed she said “and there sleeps Ellie. Her name is actually Elizabeth, but we call her Ellie.”
“Well then I won’t be feeling lonely. Say, could we go and check out the yard? I’m getting rather curious now I’ve seen it from above.”
“Maybe later”, Ellie said. “I think Miss Ann has your dinner ready by now and if you don’t hurry the boys will eat it before you had the chance to smell it”, she said. “Well we better hurry then”, I said. We both jumped up and sprinted down the stairs towards the kitchen.
“This is not for you boys. You already had your dinner today. Now go upstairs and brush your teeth, it’s almost bedtime.” Three young boys ran out of the kitchen and up the stairs to the room on the left. “No running!” I heard Miss Ann shout from the kitchen, but the boys were already too far away to hear.
“They never listen”, Miss Ann laughed. “Now, time for dinner”.
Miss Ann lifted up the lid and the smell of a rich and creamy tomato soup found its way to my nose. And it tasted even better. Kate was looking at me like she has never seen anyone eat before. “What is wrong?” I asked. “I, just, I have never seen anyone who could eat this much in one go, not even Dave”.
“Yes, and he is quite a big eater”, Miss Ann replied. “But I’m glad you like it. Wait till you taste the chocolate cake I made”, she said with a sparkle in her eyes. “I will be bringing the boys to bed now, I’ll be back on time for desert.” And Miss Ann left the room.
“You really have to try the chocolate cake. It tastes like it was made in heaven.” Kate almost started drooling even thinking about it.
“Oh, but I will”, I said laughing. “You might get a piece if you take me to see the yard afterwards.”
“Deal”, Kate shouted, almost falling off of her chair out of excitement.
A few minutes later Miss Ann returned. “Time for desert”. She opened up the oven and a gulf of chocolate heaven poured into the kitchen. “I hope you like it”.
“Well, if it tastes as good as it smells I definitely will”, I said while sitting on the tip of my chair barely able to wait. Miss Ann laughed. “Here you go, sweetheart”.
“Can I have a second fork please?” I asked.
“Well, I promised Kate a piece of cake if she promised me to show me the yard after dinner.”
“I don’t think it’s a wise idea to go into the yard after sunset, so you better do that tomorrow.”
“Well okay then, well do it tomorrow.”
“But am I still going to get a piece of cake then?” Kate asked.
“Haha, sure, here you go,” I said as I split the cake in half.
“After you’ve finished the cake I would like you to go upstairs and get ready for bed ladies. Tomorrow will be a bright new day and you don’t want to be sleeping through it.”
“Yes Miss Ann,” Kate and I replied.
We sat in the kitchen enjoying our cake for another thirty minutes before we went to bed. I brushed my teeth and put on my pajama’s. Today had been so exhausting that I fell asleep the moment my head touched the pillow.