“Where are you going to go for March Break this year?” Lil’ Rebel asked her friend, Sally at lunch.
“Dad is talking about going to Florida,” said Sally. “I think my Mom wants to go to Mexico, though.”
“Nice,” said Lil’ Rebel, grinning from ear to ear. “My dad is taking us to California for March Break!”
“Really,” said Sally, almost dropping her sandwich on the floor.
“Yes,” said Lil’ Rebel. “We are leaving this Friday night.”
“Oh wow!” exclaimed Sally. “That is only two days away.”
“I know,” said Lil’ Rebel. “It is going to be so much fun. I can hardly wait.”
Lil’ Rebel got home that afternoon and was surprised to see her dad home from work early.
“Lil’ Rebel,” said Dad. “It looks like we aren’t going to be able to go to California for March Break after all.”
“Why?” asked Lil’ Rebel, all disappointed like.
“I have to work on a big project that just came up today at work,” said Dad. “I’m really sorry but I have to get it done.”
Lil’ Rebel went into her room and slammed her door shut.
“Now what am I going to do?” she cried into her pillow. “I’ve already told Sally that I was going. I can’t just tell her now that I’m not. She will think that I made the whole thing up.”
The next day at school, Lil’ Rebel was very quiet.
“What is wrong?” asked Sally, noticing Lil’ Rebel not saying a word. “Gee, for someone who is going to California, you sure are quiet.”
“What was that supposed to mean?” asked Lil’ Rebel, angrily. “You think I am lying about going.”
“No,” said Sally. “I just thought that you would be more excited about going.”
The week of March Break came and Lil’ Rebel stayed in her room for most of the week. Mother came up and knocked on her bedroom door.
“Yes,” said Lil’ Rebel.
Mom opened the bedroom door and came in and sat on the edge of Lil’ Rebel’s bed.
“You want to talk,” said Mother. “March Break is half-over now and you haven’t done a thing. I thought you would have gone shopping with Sally or out to the movies or something.”
“Sally isn’t home,” snapped Lil’ Rebel. “Her family went away for March Break.”
“They did,” said Mother. “Why that is funny because Sally is downstairs in the kitchen right now?”
“She is!” cried Lil’ Rebel, horrified. “Now she knows I am a liar. Great!”
Lil’ Rebel started crying into her pillow uncontrollably.
“So I take it you didn’t tell her that we weren’t going to California,” said Mother.
“No,” said Lil’ Rebel. “I didn’t. However, that won’t matter now because I would imagine that you told her.”
“Well,” said Mother. “What I told Sally was that we couldn’t go to California this week because your Dad had to work but we are going next week.”
“What!” exclaimed Lil’ Rebel, excitedly. “We are still going.”
“Yes,” said Mother. “I just got off the phone with the travel agency a few minutes ago.”
“Wow!” exclaimed Lil’ Rebel. “Oh but wait! What about school?”
“What about it?” asked Mother. “You are going to take an extended March Break. You get another week off school!”
Lil’ Rebel couldn’t believe it. She quickly went into the bathroom and washed her face and then ran down the stairs to see Sally.
“I heard,” said Sally. “That is wonderful!”
“Sally,” said Mother, coming into the kitchen. “How would you like to come with us? We were able to get one extra ticket.”
The two girls were so ecstatic. They were jumping up and down and holding each other and crying and laughing.
“This is going to be the best March Break ever!” exclaimed Lil’ Rebel.