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The Little Queen

July 25, 2011
By Emily.L GOLD, Gilbert, Arizona
Emily.L GOLD, Gilbert, Arizona
10 articles 12 photos 84 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes, we just have to be happy with what people can offer us. Even if it's not what we want, at least it's something. " -Sarah Dessen

“I’m queen of the world, Daddy!”

“To me you’ll always be my little princess,” Mr. Olsen replied. Like the typical dad on a Sunday morning, he wore his robe, and his eyes were glued to his open newspaper while his left hand stirred his mug of coffee.

“Daddy, I’m really queen of the world. Look!”

Mr. Olsen looked up. It wasn’t unusual for little Cari Olsen to be playing dress-up, wearing tutus and feather boas, but this time, something was off. In the middle of the living room was a humongous papier-mâché globe, and on top of it was Cari, wearing a crystal tiara in her auburn hair.

“Cari, pumpkin, where’d you get all that?”

“It appeared in our living room when I said I was queen of the world,” Cari said, smiling sweetly. Little Cari was one of those kids with had a smile that could melt your heart. Her freckles were plastered on her nose, and the corners of her lips looked like they were going to touch her ears.

“That’s not possible, Cari. I was in there just a few minutes ago.” Mr. Olsen felt terrible once he saw his daughter’s face fall.

“But it’s true,” Cari replied. Her lip quivered for a second, but then her face lit up again. “I can show you. I’ll make up some rules for my world, and then you’ll see that I wasn’t lying.”

“Sure, darling.”

“My first rule is that we eat Mom’s apple pie for breakfast. With hot cocoa.”

Mr. Olsen felt compelled to at least give her something, so he grabbed the last slice of pie for Cari. As she ate, she smiled and said, “While you make that hot cocoa, I’ll tell you my second rule. Every weekend, I get to play with my pony in the backyard. Her name’s Buttercup.”

“Where would you get a pony?”

“Buttercup is waiting for me in the backyard.”

To Mr. Olsen’s surprise, a spotted Shetland pony galloped around the pool. “Cari, where’d that come from?”

“Daddy, you have to watch it appear. That’s the point,” Cari said, leading her dad to the backyard. “Is there anything you want while I’m queen?”

“How about a unicorn for you, princess?”

“Queen,” Cari corrected, “and unicorns don’t exist, silly.”

“Then how about a Ferrari 458 Italia? You know I’ve always wanted a red one.”

Cari Olsen led her father to the driveway and said, “My third rule is that Daddy drives a red Ferrari, then.”

Mr. Olsen’s jaw dropped when he saw his dream car appear. All because of his silly eight-year-old daughter. “Did that just happen?”

Cari nodded, and Mr. Olsen locked her in a bear hug. “I love you, Cari.”

“I love you too, Daddy.”

“I believe you now.”

“I know.”

“Do you want anything else? You’re queen of the world now.”

“Daddy, I have one more rule.”

“What’s that, honey?”

“No boys. Sorry. I can’t risk catching cooties.”

The author's comments:
I had fun writing this piece. Kids always have their illogical dreams, so I wanted to write about their thoughts coming true.

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This article has 6 comments.

Harebelle GOLD said...
on Aug. 20 2011 at 5:25 pm
Harebelle GOLD, Vancouver, Other
14 articles 1 photo 118 comments
That was so, so sweet! Very entertaining to read, and makes me think that maybe my dreams will come true someday too...

on Aug. 13 2011 at 12:28 pm
photolover26 SILVER, Napa, California
6 articles 16 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Live to the fullest, laugh your heart out, love forever."

So cute! I like the way you portrayed Cari, so sure of herself and believing anything. Great job!

on Aug. 13 2011 at 10:46 am
Timekeeper DIAMOND, Cary, North Carolina
62 articles 0 photos 569 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A guy walks up to me and asks 'What's Punk?'. So I kick over a garbage can and say 'That's punk!'. So he kicks over a garbage can and says 'That's Punk'?, and I say 'No that's trendy'!"- Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day

This definitely brought a smile to my face. You captured the interactions between a father and daughter perfectly!

on Aug. 12 2011 at 10:38 pm
Garnet77 PLATINUM, Sinagpore, Other
31 articles 6 photos 577 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everything's a triangle." ~ My mother

"Write what you love, write what you care about, because sometimes, it's the easiest way to be heard."

Cuuuuute!!! That ending was so perfect. You definitely have a talent. Keep writing! I'd love to read more of your work. :)

on Aug. 12 2011 at 7:31 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1646 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Great story! :)  I love how you portray the innocence of a childhood wish.  That was great and it had no grammar or spelling errors!  Good work!

on Aug. 12 2011 at 7:15 pm
MorenSore SILVER, Albuquerque, New Mexico
9 articles 0 photos 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought."
~Lord Acton

HA HA i like the ending. i love that you made the invincible power that would make a man go crazy and become a tyrant, to a innocent little girl who wants nothing more than to have fun.