Outside, Rebecca looked around the yard, but saw no sign of Cherie. Suddenly, she heard quiet sobbing coming from Janna and Jody’s yard.
Rebecca climbed over the fence and saw Janna and Cherie in the glider swing, with their arms around each other. Cherie was leaning against Janna’s shoulder and crying softly.
Rebecca landed in the yard and hurried over to the girls.
“What’s going on?” Rebecca asked, anxiously. “Cherie, what happened?”
Cherie didn’t answer-she just kept on crying.
“Do you want me to tell her?” Janna asked Cherie gently.
Tell me what? Rebecca wondered.
Cherie shook her head. “I–I’ll tell,” she sniffed.
Rebecca took a seat next to Cherie in the glider, and a few seconds later, Cherie lifted her head from where it lay on Janna’s shoulder. She turned to Rebecca. “You can’t meet my parents,” she hiccupped, “because….because….they’re dead.”
“Both of them?” gasped Rebecca.
Cherie nodded sadly.
“Aw, Cherie, I’m so sorry!” cried Rebecca, hugging her friend. “Have they…have they been gone long?”
Cherie nodded again. “Since I was nine. They died in a car accident. So I’ve lived with Michael and his parents—my aunt and uncle—since then. They’re great, but…it’s just not the same.”
Rebecca nodded sympathetically. Then, suddenly, she thought of something. “Is….is that why you wouldn’t talk to me, or let me come over to your house?” she asked hesitantly.
Cherie gave a nod. “I really wanted to,” she began. “You were so nice. It’s just that…back when we all lived in Melody Valley, once I told my friends about what had happened to my parents, they stopped hanging out with me. I didn’t want that same thing to happen again with you, so…that’s why I didn’t really talk to you much…until now.”
“Cherie, I would never stop being friends with you just because your parents died!” Rebecca exclaimed. “Or for any reason! I really want you—and your cousins—to be my friends. And I know my other friends would like to be pals with you guys, too.”
“Really?” Cherie asked with a smile.
“Yes!” Rebecca cried.
“I’m so glad,” responded Cherie, and Janna agreed. “Living in Songville is going to be fantastic!”
After that day, Rebecca, Janna, and Cherie became best friends. From then on, Cherie didn’t act shy around Rebecca anymore. She was her real, honest, fun-loving self. Rebecca was glad that she had reached out to Cherie, because if she’d stopped trying, she never would have gained her and her cousins for friends…the cousins next door.
Wow! I sure can’t believe the story is over! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.
Now, here’s a question for you: would you like to see more Songville stories? (I have quite a few already written.) Or would you like to see something different? Let me know in the comments! 😀