Too Much Time, Too Much Energy

This scene was inspired by a picture prompt from the WriYe DreamWidth.  It took me some time to figure out what to do with this picture.  It’s really neat and lovely, but… yeah.  Someone had too much time on their hands.

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Konrad wasn’t sure how he felt about the soft laughter that reached his ears as he round the corner. On one hand, at least Liesel was happy. On the other hand… it was never good when she was that amused. Usually, it meant that he medicine wasn’t working the way it was supposed to be.

time and energyHe froze when he saw the staircase that led up towards the school. “Liesel,” he said, his voice soft. The steps were covered with folded papers. He couldn’t make out what most of them were. All he could really see was that Liesel had not only made certain that the color graded from yellow to orange to pink as they went up the steps. She had made certain that the center of the steps was clear – so that no one would slip and fall.

“It’s perfect,” Liesel said. She giggled again and then ran to his side. “I was up all night folding them. There are birds and flowers and… why are you frowning, Brother?”

Konrad shook his head. “Liesel,” he said, smoothing her hair gently. “Night time is for sleeping, not for folding origami birds and flowers. Why did you… do this?”

“It’s the sunrise,” she said, waving towards the stairs. She blinked at Konrad and frowned. “It doesn’t look like a sunrise?”

“I thought it might be a rainbow,” Markus said, as he joined them. He whistled. “That took a lot of time and energy, Liese.”

“I have boundless energy,” Liesel said, nodding firmly. She tilted her head to one side. “A rainbow would have had blues and greens and purples. I didn’t have any green paper, so I made the sunrise instead.”

“You can’t…” Konrad started to say, but he caught himself. If he told her that she couldn’t leave them there, it would just upset her. Besides, what harm did it do? “Take pictures,” he said, ruffling her hair. “If you leave them, the wind might take them away and then they would just be litter.”

“I’ll clean them up, Brother,” Liesel assured him. She locked eyes with him and smiled. “It’s pretty, right?”

“It’s a beautiful sunrise,” Konrad agreed, nodding. He heaved a sigh of relief as she scampered forward and began gathering the folded orange paper at the bottom of the stairs. It was a dangerous thing when Liesel had too much energy and too much time. One or the other was bad enough, both together was just asking for trouble.

“It could have been worse,” Markus said, shrugging. “Last time, she tied all the doors together and it took hours for us to get out of our bedrooms.” Then, he scampered forward and began helping Liesel gather her art project. Sighing, Konrad had to admit that Markus had a point.

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