Melody and Silence
Our life is a song. But what tune are we singing?
I’m exhausted from whatever happened last night. Was it a dream? It had to be a dream.
I ride home after school for a quick nap.
Then the purple bandit goes on the prowl again – fearless. I head back to the Wan-Goddard house.
I press the doorbell. *Ding.
It all feels like a routine now.
Fooling Hank once was fun. Fooling him twice would prove just how awesome I was.
*Ding. There’s no answer.
I look around. Maybe no one’s home, or they’re asleep! I’m in luck!
I can clear out the whole front porch!
La de da, a table! La de da, a light! La de la, the purple bandit strikes again tonight!
I head back home, but Erica’s…somewhere else. Again.
And so is Alina.
“I caught a goldfish? I caught a goldfish! I can mount it!”
I go to sleep and dream. I’m in a huge room, surrounded by desks and tables, and they’re all looking at me and laughing at me because I told the best joke ever.
“So he looks cool!”
“HA HA HA ha ha ha ha…”
I haven’t done my homework yet (been busy…making money) so I ask Kimmo for help. He looks reaaaaaly puzzled at first.
He does his best, and somehow we get through it before the school bus drives up.
It must have really stressed him out, cause he heads right for the computer to write another book that he can buy endless copies of. But the computer breaks.
“Do you…still love me, honey?”
“Dear, you broke the computer.”
Maybe he was bored. Maybe helping with my homework put him in a good mood. Maybe it was guilt. But for whatever reason, he grabs a copy of three of his bestsellers and heads off to the local library.
He marches up the stairs – sad, yet determined.
“I can do this. I can begin to turn my life around.”
He walks through the library doors…
…and drops his books in the donation box.
And then complains to a random stranger.
“…and this is the worst library I’ve ever seen…”
After school, I visit the next-door neighbor’s house for a change.
A bald-headed teen answers the door. He acts like he knows who I am.
I just hope he’s got some food. I’m starving.
I find a bowl of soup just sitting on the table. Bald guy doesn’t say a word. He just sits down next to me and starts to do his homework. I figure I should say something.
“I’m Dani Spirro, your neighbor.”
“I’m Sam Sekemondo.”
This is the house Erica took things from for my baby room!
“M…maybe I should leave now! I…I don’t want to bother you with your homework and all and…”
“You’re not bothering me.”
“You stay as long as you like.”
He doesn’t know who I am! I’m so happy.
This Sam guy is nice, but I can’t let that get in the way of why I’m here. I need an excuse to get away.
“You’re homework is all wrong, cause Paris is in South America!”
That did it. He can sulk while I scope out the house.
I wonder if I should steal from this house. It’s already been burglarized once – by my mom!
Nah, I’m gonna finish what’s been started. I’ll show everyone who’s the best little thief in Sunset Valley!
I’ve got a method now. Always steal the lights first, so if you get caught, it’ll be dark.
Easier to take more stuff. Easier to get away.
It’s been a long day.
“The computer’s broken AGAIN?”
“Oh kind ghost, tell me your secrets! Or I’ll never find peace!”
Kimmo’s been in a good mood all evening – quiet, peaceful. I wonder why?
“…Mm-hmm…books…I can do good with books…”
I fall asleep and dream.
“Noo, the books are after me! They’re going to get me and turn me into a story!” I’m the villain now, and Captain Candycane is riding up on a white horse.
He stabs me in the chest. Candy pours from my heart but I don’t die. The licorice people all bow before me. “You’re the real leader of our world!” they cry. “We had no idea what the truth was until you showed up.” They hand me a sheriff badge. “Thank you, bandit. Rule us.”
Erica wakes me up in the middle of the night, because it’s my birthday! I find a huge cake on the kitchen table.
I think this is their idea of a party. I probably shouldn’t complain.
“Make a wish!” “What do you want, sweetie?”
What do I want?
I want a real goal.
I know the truth – I’m a small-timer. I want to be the best thief there is, so I can buy a big house and get away from this family!
It’s a big dream, but I can dream big. I’ve got all the time in the world.