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Cleaning Up

Rachel Stein

“Call if you need anything,” Mrs. Unger directed, running a brush through her wavy blonde sheitel and reaching for her pearl earrings. “Don’t worry, Ma,” Shifra replied. “Everything will be fine. Enjoy the wedding.”

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

A horn beeped outside. “Oh, that’s Tatty, I better go. Okay, kids. Be good! Love you, see you later!” And with a click-clack of heels, Mrs. Unger was out the door. “I’m hungry.” Five-year-old Moishe tugged on Shifra’s skirt, fixing large blue eyes on his older sister. “Mommy just left and you already need stuff?” Shifra shook her head in annoyance. “What do you want?” “Cookies.” Reaching into a Tupperware container, Shifra took out some cookies and plunked them down on the table, her mind whirling with plans for the school health fair the next day. “And milk.” “Anything else, your royal highness?” Shifra’s tone was sharp. “Shifra,” Moishe asked mid-chomp, “will you play a game with me?”

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