If only Lela had listened to her mother in the first place.
|Lela was in a world of hurt. She’d worn her mother’s star earrings to school (without her permission) and lost one of them during the day. Mom already warned her – after Lela broke her mom’s favorite bracelet - if she borrowed anything else without asking first, she’d be grounded for life. Of course she couldn’t do that, could she? Regardless of the length of time, there would be consequences if she didn’t find that earring before Dad picked her up.
“Lord,” Lela said as she retraced her steps, “I promise if you reveal the star’s whereabouts I will never ever take anything else - never!”
Lela’s friend Trish interrupted her search, “Come on Lela. We’re going to be late for practice. You know you don’t want to be swimming those twenty extra laps!”
“It’s twenty extra laps or a lifetime of grounding!” replied Lela.
“What are you talking about?”
“I’ve lost one of my mom’s earrings. And she doesn’t even know I borrowed them.”
“Yikes. Do you remember when you last had them both?”
“For certain? When I was riding in with Dad this morning. I was worried he’d notice them and tell Mom, so I pulled on my hood, but I didn’t think about them after that.”
“I’ll help you look for a few minutes, but then we have to get to practice. Maybe your mom won’t be so hard on you.”
Lela doubted that. The search turned up nothing. As much as she hated to give up, she hated swimming extra laps even more. She’d just have to deal with Mom – or hope she never noticed they were missing.
Lela forgot about the earrings until heading to Dad’s car. Dad grinned as she got in. “Did you lose something?” he asked as he held out the missing earring.