Even though Vanessa’s mom had only sent us to our nap ten minutes ago, Vanessa – the other Vanessa

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Even though Vanessa’s mom had only sent us to our nap ten minutes ago, Vanessa – the other Vanessa – twisted miserably in her pink pony sheets. She sighed and flopped over onto her stomach. She coughed once and then made a small whining noise. Down on the floor, I turned my back slowly to the bed. I knew she might look over the edge soon and I wanted her to think I was asleep. I didn’t want to see her big blue eyes and the face I knew would be wide awake. I never slept, but I wanted to pretend I did now. If she believed I was asleep, she’d be less likely to – “Hey,” whispered the other Vanessa, her voice wide awake and still sounding like the smell of grass against the rough plastic sides of a cheap orange slide in the backyard. I…show more content…
She laughed quietly, still in a whisper. “You’re a scaredy cat.” I pushed her hand away from my face, stood up, and straightened my blue Little Mermaid shorts. “I’m not. But I don’t want to get in trouble.” She balled up her fists and put them against her bony hips. “Come with me or I’ll tell her you bit me.” I followed the other Vanessa out of her creakless bedroom door. In the hallway we passed under happy photos of her with parents at the park, at Disneyland, in their living room, at a birthday party with pink ponies, in front of a huge Christmas tree, golden and lit. I thought about my hallway at home and the pictures my mom had hung there – my brother and I in our preschool and kindergarten photos with the marbled gray backdrops. I thought about our green carpets and wished they were white like the other Vanessa’s. We’d moved a few times now, the moves I could remember, and we’d never had white carpets. Once we almost moved into a house that had white carpets, but someone had built it by a highway and my dad said that was bad and my mom said it was too expensive anyway. I’d accidentally left my coverless songbook in one of the rooms there. We never went back for it. And then there we stood, in the kitchen, undetected. The other Vanessa put her finger to her lips. “Shh, we have to be quiet.” “I thought you said your mom was gone,” I tried to mouth without using my voice. “Shh.” She pulled open a side cupboard, shut it. She pulled open the cupboard next to it,

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