Summer Camp in Windenburg, pt. 2

I called up Rory and invited her to visit us at camp.

I told her that I wanted to get her insight on one of the boys who’d just joined us, and, as his fairy godmother, Rory was the best person to shed light on his situation.

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But I really had a completely different reason for asking Rory over.

“So what do we need to know about Blake?” I asked Rory, as we sat in the orangerie.

“He’s a really sweet kid, first of all,” she said. “But something kind of shocking happened.”

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“Yes?”

“At his recent birthday, a neighbor died. So sad. His mom bargained with the Grim Reaper, and even brought the neighbor back!”

“Really? That’s fantastic!” I said.

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“I know! Amazing!” said Rory. “But still. The whole thing was pretty shocking for him, and I just feel that he could use some cheer.”

“Well, cheer is something we can probably offer,” I said. “I mean, Joel is here! And if anybody can cheer up anybody, it’s Joel, Mr. Happiness Cupcakes, himself!”

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I excused myself, saying that I needed to check on the kids. But really, this was just an excuse for the real reason we invited Rory over.

Once in the kitchen, the kids and I whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, really quickly. We made a vegan recipe, added extra chocolate, and a little bit of extra vanilla beans, just so it would they would be extra delicious.

“Do you really think she’ll like these better than a cake?” Cadence asked.

“Of course!” said Joel. “Cookies are the best birthday treat ever.”

“Shhh!” I said. “Now keep it a surprise until I say the magic word!”

“What’s the magic word?” asked Hahon.

“Chocolate chip!”

“That’s two words,” said Waikiki.

I called Rory into the kitchen, and we all sat down to a cookie feast, each of us trying not to giggle from the secret.

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“Mmmm! These cookies are delicious!” said Rory. “What kind are they?”

“Umm,” said Joel, “They’re not oatmeal. Could they be…?”

“Shhh!” I shouted. “Not yet!”

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“Did you help make these cookies, Waikiki?” Rory asked.

“Yup,” said Waikiki.

“Then I bet you know what kind of cookies they are,” Rory said.

“Nope,” said Waikiki.

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“You guys are acting awfully secretive about these cookies,” Rory said.

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“Say the secret word!” Blake begged.

I couldn’t stand it any longer; I was dissolving in giggles.

“They’re chocolate chip!” I said.

And everybody blurted out, “Happy birthday, Rory!”

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“You know,” I told Blake, “I think summer camp must be the fairy godmother birthday center!”

“What are you talking about?” Blake asked.

“Yeah,” said Waikiki.

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“Oh, nothing much,” I said. “It’s just that some people are a little extra special. They’ve got a special connection of magic to you, like Madison to Waikiki, Cadence, and Hahon, Sunny Day to Tre, Lovesstorms to Gerald, and Rory to you.”

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Rory looked at Blake. “It’s like a special fondness,” she said. “Or maybe a special power in your life.”

“Like when Mom pleaded with the Reaper and my neighbor stood up?”

“Sort of,” said Rory.

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The kids ran off to play, and Joel, Rory, and I hung out in the kitchen.

“I guess we sort of do hold the power of life and death,” said Rory.

“Well, I’m not sure we’re all that mighty,” I said.

And Joel laughed. “Depends on the rules we’re following, I guess.”

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Happy birthday, Rory!

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