Denise at GirlieontheEdge has the final word and it is “surprise”, and is to appear somewhere within six sentences exactly. I am in with a double, a 12-pac of sentences that continue the story that started here with Verge. You might want to read A Christmas Story HERE prior to reading this episode.
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The Pageant by D. Avery
When it was time for the Christmas pageant and I was down at the front of the church in my lamb costume, I got real nervous, even though we’d rehearsed. I looked out at the pews and there was Daddy and Katie and Bob and Aunt Helen, and they all smiled at me so I felt better.
Then I saw the gray-haired man from the diner sitting at the back of the church and I was so surprised I waved at him, even though a real lamb wouldn’t wave.
After the pageant I went to Daddy and the others but suddenly they all got quiet, their smiles and laughter stopped when the gray-haired man came and stood at the edge of our circle.
“Did I sing as nice as your little girl?” I asked him, and he nodded, said I did good up there, then he nodded to Daddy and said to Katie, “You have a real fine daughter,” and Katie only said ‘She’s real special’, and he nodded again before trudging up the aisle and out into the night.
“She reminds him of her,” Aunt Helen told Daddy quietly, “But I don’t think he knows.”
When me and Daddy went into the diner, Bob was leaning on the counter across from Katie who was sitting on a stool, coffee cup held in both hands, and a man in a suit on the stool next to her.
“Uh-oh, Peanut,” Daddy said, “Looks like we walked in on a committee meeting.”
“Hey, Penelope, I have a new coloring book and crayons for you,” and Katie led me to a booth, away from the counter, but I listened anyway.
“I have a surprise for you,” Bob told Daddy, “I’ve hired a lawyer to help you prove and document your paternity, or at least shore up your case for parental rights, because by gawd, you’re clearly that little girl’s parent and the only one she’s known.”
Bob said what he said to Daddy all in one huffy breath and I think he was afraid Daddy might be mad or something but Daddy just sighed, said ‘Okay’, and he and the lawyer man talked there in the diner and they met a couple times after that at the lawyer man’s office.
Bob took over the grill when the lawyer man drove me and Daddy to a doctor’s office, and even though all they did was put a Q-tip in our noses, when we left there, Daddy was so happy he was crying, which really surprised me and made me cry and laugh too, all the way back to the diner where Daddy and me laughed and cried with Katie and Bob.