“I had a dream,” Amidst the sound of the croaking cicadas, the hot summer day was interrupted by a young girl’s voice.
“Mm.” Unlike the energetic one who stretched her hand at the sky and kicked her feet underneath the bench, the other girl sat quietly.
“I stretched~ my hand out to the sky like this!” The energetic girl stretched her hand even higher at the clear blue sky, adjusting the floppy hat on her head so she wouldn’t accidentally knock it. “And then I took some of the brightness of the sky! Then I danced and jumped around with the sparkle all around me.”
“Mm.” The quiet girl said in reply, staring at the cracked dirt below her dangling feet.
“But you know, now that I think about it, it was really more of a nightmare, wasn’t it?” The girl dropped her hand at her side. “After all, it would be very scary if I were to take the sky away just for me!” The girl continued, now looking at her friend who didn’t so much as glance back. “So, I won’t wish, or hope, or take anymore from the sky.”
“Huh.” The quiet one said.
“Instead, I’ll let the sky come to me!” The girl turned back to the cloudless blue sheet, her voice rising out of excitement. “I’ll let the sky give its brightness to me! I’ll shine so bright that the whole wide world will come to me!”
“And in order to shine, I need to start doing… um… now! Hey Violet!” The girl’s black eyes glittered with excitement as she once again turned to her friend. “Do you need any help with anything?” She asked.
“No.” The energetic girl turned back. The two sat in silence for a while, listening to the cicadas chirp and the wheat on the field sway to the beat of the wind, on the hot summer day.
“That was a lie.” Violet said after a long silence.
“I know.” They spent the rest of the day, until dark, getting sunburned under the brilliant sky.