Merlin has been talking all week about his new friend at school. She is Starling’s age, but she just transferred into the genius class and Merlin couldn’t stop telling me about her. I spotted him chatting with her after school and she was adorable looking. I was highly suspect; why would a cute older girl want to be seen with my lil’ weirdo?
I was happy enough though, since I have been dying for him to stop spending so much time with those odd twins of Margie’s, so when he asked if she could come after school today, of course I said yes. I will say, her mother seemed a bit hesitant on the phone, but I assumed she just didn’t know me yet. I can be a very strategic friend!
Allie was absolutely delightful. I offered them some juice and cookies after school and she very politely inquired if she could have water instead and pulled a portion controlled snack of raisins and carrots from her bag. Wow. I was impressed. The two of them were outside playing some of Merlin’s crazy games with the Wozinski girls from next door for hours and they seemed to have a great time.
They had just come inside and were straightening the playroom when Starling came home and was furious. “What is she doing here?” she asked. I said that Allie was Merlin’s new friend and she informed me that Aliie is, in fact, Fat Alice, and she went to fat camp this summer.
What? I couldn’t believe my ears. Allie seemed so cute and nice, but obviously that can’t be true. Starling ran upstairs crying. She felt like I had ruined her life by having Fat Alice over. Poor Starling.
Would you even recognize her now? She was wearing a trapeze style top which makes her look a little larger but her legs are very slender. I would never have believed it was her if Starling hadn’t wept so hard.
What should I do if Merlin wants to play with her again?