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! By Hara Chun

“Come get your lemonade!”

Lenny sighed and fiddled with his Bibbo the Bear stickers on his mason jar labeled, ‘Lenny’s $$$’. He grabbed his journal from his Spiderman backpack along with his markers. Flipping through his journal out of boredom, he saw all of his Bibbo the Bear cartoons he created and decided to finish a story he started the other day about Bibbo eating candy. After a few minutes of drawing Bibbo the Bear, he decided to go on a lunch break.

“Is business still slow?” his mom asked him as she made him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Lenny grumbled as he waited for her to finish.

“That bad?” She gave him the sandwich on his spongebob squarepants plate.

“Nobody wants lemonade even though it’s hot outside.” Lenny complained.

“Maybe... they just don’t want lemonade today. How about you close shop for now, and we can watch your favorite movie.” His mom suggested.

“Cars?” Lenny was tempted.

“Mhm. I’ll wake up your sister.” Lenny’s mom walked upstairs and Lenny ran outside to put everything away. As he was grabbing his journal and pencils, he noticed several adults walking around.

“Would you like some lemonade?”, Lenny shouted as he situated himself on his stool.

The adults seemed to take no notice of a little boy desperately trying to make some money. Lenny saw almost every single one of them holding a mug with a butterfly pattern slapped on the front.

“Oh, there’s a new coffee shop down the road over near the big grocery store. It’s a fancy place, I got several of those butterfly cups myself”, an old man said to him as he walked to his car.

“Coffee?! In summer?” Lenny kicked his lemonade stand. He started punching, kicking, and throwing grass at his stand (as if grass would do any damage). He grabbed his Spiderman backpack, the still full pitcher, and his money jar and stormed inside. His mom started ‘Cars’ and his sister was sitting on the floor with a big smile, waiting for him. He took a deep breath and tried to erase the scowl on his face.

Lenny distracted himself during the movie, as he tried to comprehend the logic of buying expensive and hot coffee in 100 degrees weather. After the movie ended, Lenny’s sister, Sofia, clapped with her small little hands-- something she learned a few days ago-- and Lenny clapped with her. They got up from the floor and Lenny plopped on the sofa. Sofia tugged on his feet and as she attempted to get on with him. Lenny grabbed her and struggled to pull her up.

“Here, I got her”, Lenny’s mom said as she saw his face turn color.

Lenny took a few deep breaths and turned to his mom surfing the channels out of boredom.

“Mommy, why do adults like coffee so much?”, Lenny said curiously.

“I wish I knew the answer sweetie” Lenny forgot her passionate hatred for coffee. He wakes up to the smell of coffee everyday, but only because she makes it for his dad.

Lenny took Sofia to his room, and after attempting to carry her on his bed, he apologized and sat her on the floor. He started to clean his room by putting away the plastic dinosaurs and taking the candy wrappers he shoved under the bed to the trash.

Sofia watched him and giggled every time he attempted to make his bed. The blanket was too heavy for him, so it took him a couple tries to get both ends of the blanket on the bed. He shoved the legos in his cubbie, and took Sofia to her room.

“Hm. Mommy must’ve cleaned it. Let’s go Sof!” Lenny grabbed her hand as they went back to the living room.

“Mommy, can I help?” Lenny asked after he sat his sister on her high chair.

“Sure! Grab the flour for me please.”

Lenny grabbed a white, heavy bag with a pink logo on it. He poured some in a bowl but spilled a little. He carefully put the bag back, handed his mom the bowl, and tried to pick up the spilled flour.

Woah, Lenny thought to himself. He looked at how powdery his hand was, and his mischievous ways started to kick in. He patted some flour on his face as well as Sofias.

“Mommy look!”

“No you didn’t! I’m gonna get you”, Lenny’s mom teased. She grabbed a wet towel and started to chase Lenny. Laughing and having the time of his life, Lenny didn’t realize his father had walked in and bumped into him. The flour on his face got all over his nice suit and Lenny’s stomach dropped.

“I’m sorry” Lenny said as he ran back to his mom.

“Are you kidding me, Lisa?” His voice started to rise.

“Calm down. I can wash it for you. We were just playing.” Lenny’s mom nudged Lenny and gave him the look. He grabbed his sister and ran to the bathroom. As he washed the flour off of his and his sisters faces, he heard his parents yelling-- again.

“Playing?! I bet that’s all you do while I break my back at work. I deserve better than this.”

“Don’t even start with me. I’m raising these children alone. When was the last time you gave Lenny a kiss on the forehead or even talked to him.”

Lenny started to get anxious. He needed a night light at night to keep the monsters away, but no night light ever stopped this. Lenny waited for the fighting to stop and sat on the floor of the bathroom with his hands over his sisters ears. He heard his dad going upstairs to change his clothes and walked out of the bathroom with Sofia. Lenny’s mom looked sad and that broke his heart.

After a quiet and awkward dinner, Lenny took his sister to his room. He lifted up two sets of pajamas to her.

“Blue or Red Sof?”

Sofia grabbed the red pajamas.

“How’d you know I wanted to wear the red ones today?” Lenny threw his pajamas on and went to pick out Sofia’s pajamas as well. Lenny’s mom stood at the door and watched him try to fit Sofia into her pajamas. She thanked the stars for two sweet children. Lenny tucked Sofia into bed, gave her a kiss, and crawled into his own bed. His mom turned off the light and turned the night light on. She sat on his bed and said her usual goodnight. Shortly after she left, he drifted into a well-deserved deep sleep. He dreamt about his lemonade business booming with success, his dad smiling at him, and his sister loving him. He smiled throughout his dream and hoped that it would soon be reality.

“Come get your lemonade!”

Lenny sighed and fiddled with his Bibbo the Bear stickers on his mason jar labeled, ‘Lenny’s $$$’. He grabbed his journal from his Spiderman backpack along with his markers. Flipping through his journal out of boredom, he saw all of his Bibbo the Bear cartoons he created and decided to finish a story he started the other day about Bibbo eating candy. After a few minutes of drawing Bibbo the Bear, he decided to go on a lunch break.

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