In the Attic

Where did they follow Berling?


Calliope wasn’t sure what she was expecting when they followed Berling.  However, she was sure it wasn’t the place he led them to.  Still, she had to admit that it had potential.  She looked at Berling.  “Are you sure that your dad won’t mind?”

“He never even comes up here,” Berling said, shrugging.  He grimaced at Johannes and Maggie.  “I wasn’t sure how you’d feel about it, though.”

“Why?” Johannes said, frowning.  “Because it’s the attic?  I think it’ll be pretty cool, once we clean it up a bit.”

“Hang curtains,” Maggie agreed.  “Put up a table and a bookshelf.”


A Place for Ourselves

Another series of drabbles…


Johannes looked around the front yard to his friends were sitting.  “We need someplace for us,” he said.  When Calliope frowned, he added, “My sisters and their friends have their playhouse.  We need someplace like that!”

For a moment, they all just stared at each other.  Then, Berling took a deep breath.  “I might know of someplace like that,” he said.  All eyes turned to him and he smiled.  “No one would bother us and it would be easy to get to and we could keep our stuff there.”

Calliope grinned.  Bouncing to her feet, she said, “Lead the way!”

Pushing Their Luck

“Are you done coloring?” Berling asked, nodding towards Johannes’s book.

Shrugging, Johannes said, “I am for now.”  He squinted up at the sky.  Clouds had begun to gather and they had the look of rain about them.  They were dark and looming.  “I think I’ve pushed my luck as far as I should for one day,” he said.

Calliope looked up at the sky and frowned.  “Where’d those clouds come from?” she asked.  She shook her head at Leonas.  “It wasn’t like that when we came out.  That’s why I wore my hat.”

“Hans’s right.  Let’s get inside,” he said.

Together Again

Johannes looked up when he heard feet running over the grass.  “And, you’re back,” he said, smirking at his cousin.

“Did you miss me?  Were you going to cry?” Leonas said, settling down in the grass beside him.  Their friends joined him a moment later.

“I may have done.  I was bereft without you,” Johannes said, nodding.

“Cally pointed out that we shouldn’t leave you alone.”

“I doubt there’s going to be any danger on the school grounds,” Johannes said, rolling his eyes.  Then, he folded his coloring book closed.  “Though, we can’t be too careful.  Right?”

“Right,” Calliope said.

Quite Playing Around

Leonas frowned at the twins.  “You probably shouldn’t play up there,” he said, shaking his head.  His brows furrowed.  “If you fell, you’d hurt yourselves.  If you break the tree, the professors might be cross.”

“You’re probably right,” Fritz said.  He glanced at his brother, who nodded agreement.  Then, they both swung out of the tree and dropped onto the soft turf.

“Where’s Hans?” Erik asked, frowning at Leonas.  “He’s not with you?”

“He’s on the hill, coloring,” Leonas said, shrugging.

“He shouldn’t be alone,” Calliope said, her tone serious.  She waved at the others.  “Let’s go keep him company.”

In the Strong Branches

“Thanks,” Calliope said, as she scooped up her hat.  Looking up at Fritz, she set it on her head.  “Are you going to come down from there now?”

Fritz gave her a playful wink.  “I think I’ll just hang out here for a while,” he said, as he leaned back against the trunk.  He let one leg dangle down and he swung it back and forth.  “It’s a pretty sturdy tree, after all.”

Erik frowned at him for a moment.  Then, he reached up to grab a branch.  After a moment, he’d pulled himself up and settled back to relax.

Rise to the Challenge

Leonas chuckled softly.  Clearly, Johannes wasn’t in the mood to be disturbed.  He turned away from his cousin to climb the hill back towards the school itself.

When he reached the courtyard, he saw that Fritz and Erik were there with Calliope.  “What are you doing?” he asked, as he hurried over to them.

Calliope grimaced.  Pointed at a tree, she said, “My hat blew up there.  Fritz was just going to fetch it down for me.”

“Be careful,” Erik said.

Fritz waved his words away.  Then, he climbed up.  After a moment, he tossed Calliope’s hat down to her.