BREAKFAST WITH CHLOE
Chloe did not want to go to breakfast with Drew and Jerry. She cried and cried and cried. She didn’t understand why she couldn’t go out with her parents instead.
“Mommy and Daddy have to go visit their friend in the hospital,” Drew explained. “He’s very sick.” Chloe did not accept this explanation. She continued to cry and pout and complain.
“This restaurant has cupcakes,” Drew said. “I know Mommy and Daddy don’t let you have treats for breakfast, but that’s what’s great about coming to breakfast with us. You can eat whatever you want!” Chloe did not stop crying.
Finally, Drew picked Chloe up and carried her to the car. “No, no, no!” she screamed. The neighbors watched as this little girl was dragged against her will into a car by a strange man promising her cupcakes.
Once she was in the car, Chloe stopped crying. She wanted to hear more about the cupcakes. Jerry and Drew breathed a sigh of relief.
Jerry and Drew and Chloe arrived at the restaurant. Drew took Chloe to examine the dessert case so she could pick out the cupcake she wanted. But much to Drew’s dismay, there were no cupcakes at all. The restaurant was sold out of them that day.
Thankfully, Chloe did not know the difference between a cupcake and a flourless chocolate cake. The flourless chocolate cake did not look much like a cupcake, but it made Chloe very happy. “I got a cupcake for me and a cupcake for you!” she told Jerry. “Yours is the broken one.”
Chloe ate her cupcake, and soon the tears were all gone. Now she was very happy and excited. She began talking very fast and bouncing up and down in her seat. She talked of how she wanted to be a rock star when she grew up. She invited Jerry and Drew to come to her concerts and assured them they would not need tickets, because they know her.
“Can I have french fries for breakfast?” Chloe asked.
“Yes, you can,” said Jerry and Drew.
Jerry wanted to take a picture of Drew and Chloe, but Chloe did not want to have her picture taken.
Chloe later agreed to have her picture taken, so Jerry tried again.
Chloe looked at the picture and was not happy. “I want a picture by myself!” she demanded. So Jerry took another picture.
“Look! Isn’t that a nice picture?” Jerry said, showing Chloe the screen on his camera phone.
“That is not what I asked for!” Chloe complained. “You can see Drew’s arm in that picture! I wanted a picture of me alone!”
“It’s okay,” Jerry said. “I’ll cut the arm out on the computer at home.”
Chloe was happy. Drew told Jerry not to show the picture to Chloe’s Mommy and Daddy, because they would not be happy to see her eating french fries for breakfast.
As Jerry and Drew and Chloe were finishing breakfast, the man from the kitchen brought out some new cupcakes he had just baked. “Yay! Cupcakes!” Chloe said.
Chloe picked out a cupcake that she wanted to have later. She also picked out a pink one for her mother because she’s a girl, and a white one for her father, because he’s French. Drew bought the cupcakes and handed them to Chloe to carry.
Jerry and Drew took Chloe back to her house and played games, wondering how long it would be before her parents came home and they could leave.