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The Summer of Hope

By @Glitter_Girl08

Chapter 4

“Listen carefully. I have the best idea in the whole entire world!!” Ziv whispered as she pulled me over while I was washing the dishes after dinner. It had been a few months since the gymnastics fiasco, and nothing like that had ever happened again. I rolled my eyes, bracing myself for ‘the best idea in the whole entire world.’

“What is it, Z?” I asked, still washing the dishes.

“So, you know how Imma won’t let us go to Israel this summer?” 

“Yeah.” I said, curious. I dried off my hands. 

“So… I have an idea for us to go! But just the two of us, not Imma, Tzvi, Abba, or Ellie. Deal?” She asked.

“I don’t know. What’s the idea?” I put my hands on my hips, and Ziv dragged me to our room.

“This is my genius idea,” Ziv started, but then asked, “you have connections, right?”

I shrugged, “what kind of connections?”

“With adults. Who have money.”

“Sure. Like Ayala, Ally, and Imma and Abba?”

“Yes to Ayala and Ally, but not our parents. Obviously.”

“You have to explain before you can say something like it’s that obvious.”

“Okay, fine. Basically, they will “lend” us money, right?” I nodded.

“So? They can take us to Israel this summer!!” Ziv exclaimed.

“They probably won’t agree to it. I mean, Ayala might, because she used to live there, but I’m pretty sure Ally has better things to do,” I said, crossing my arms. Ziv sighed.

“Well, then Ayala could lend us money,” Ziv said, and the door slammed.

“Abba’s home. Let’s talk about this tomorrow, at school,” I said, and I went to welcome my father home. 

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“Psst. Naomi,” I looked up from my work to see Ziv in the doorway, gesturing for me to follow her. I got up and told Margaret I was getting water. I left the classroom, and Ziv brought me to the girls’ bathroom. 

“Look. If I ask Ayala, you have to ask Ally. Promise me?” Ziv asked the second all the girls left. I sighed.

“Fine. I give in,” I said. All of a sudden, Steph burst into the girls bathroom.

“You guys are going to sneak off to Israel!?! I wanna come!!” Steph exclaimed. 

“You were listening?” I asked, although I already knew the answer.

“Yup. I figured you might need help, or it would at least be interesting!” My friend said.

“We should have talked in Hebrew,” I told Ziv, in Hebrew. She nodded.

“Wait. I’m not telling your parents about this. They’ll tell mine. So you can’t come,” I said to Steph. Steph shrugged.

“So? Don’t worry. We don’t have to tell them,” when she saw our confused faces, she continued, “they said we can go anywhere this summer, alone. Just Trev and I. They have a ton of work to do, and they’re never home anyways, they said they felt bad. So instead of spending quality family time, they said we could go on a trip this summer, just us. They would pay for everything. I know it sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. Trust me. So… can we come?” Ziv and I glanced at each other and we both shrugged.

“Sure, why not?” Ziv said, and I agreed. We left the bathroom, having decided Ziv would talk to Ayala, I would talk to Ally, and Steph would talk to Trevor. Now, all we had to do was wait. 

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I carefully sneaked into my parents bedroom, holding my breath. My parents were at some party that Alexis’ parents invited them to. Ziv pushed me into the room.

“Naomi! Neither of them are home! You have to stop freaking out. Just take the money. We won’t get caught, you know how neither Abba or Imma will notice.” Ziv convinced me.

“Fine,” I snapped, and grabbed a twenty from Imma’s wallet. Ziv rolled her eyes, and took another fifty. I stared at her.

“What? She won’t notice!” Ziv left the room, and I followed, sighing. 

“You’re going to grow up a criminal, you know that?” When she laughed, I tugged on her ponytail, and her head jerked back. She spun around to face me.

“Stop it.” She pinched my arm. 

“Look, I’m not going to fight you.” I gave up, and grabbed the money out of her hand. I took the money to my room, and put it into the pink wallet my savta, my grandma, made me when I was little. I stuffed the pink wallet into my backpack, so I would have it with me always. I knew that $70 wouldn’t be enough for two plane tickets to Israel, but we got that money covered. This was just a little extra. We would leave on June tenth, so we would have three months there.

My ipad buzzed on my bed. When I saw who it was, I picked it up. 

“Hey Ally!! Hey Ayala!! Hey Steph and Trevor!!” They said hey back, and I called Ziv in so we could finalized our plans.

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