The little girl frowned, having found the dark spots under her bed to be free of red eyes. Her new friend was good….sometimes to good and she often got tired, leaving him where he was until sunup sometimes. But she recalled he couldn’t play when the sun was around. At least not for very long. When she had asked him why, he had simply explained people like himself got very bad sunburns and if he got a very bad sunburn, he could no longer see her. Her answer to that had been to bring him a bottle of the lotion mommy often put on her when they went to the beach.
Frustrated, she scanned her room, clothes now strewn about it as she had torn her closet apart, thinking perhaps he was hiding in there. “Zeeeekey…where aaaaare yoooooou?”
“Sadie honey…what are you doing?”
She glanced up, large eyes lighting up at the sight of her mother. “Looking for my friend. We’re playing hide and seek…he’s hiding…I’m seeking”. Jillian Moore raised an eyebrow. She had become increasingly amused when her daughter had started referring to ‘her friend’ a few days ago. She often would pass by the child’s door and hear her demanding for another story, followed by a groan when she was apparently told no. Of course, Jillian simply took this for regular five year old play and would head to bed with her husband, amusing him in return by telling him all she had heard.
“Well…tell your friend that he should help you clean your room when he gets a chance.”
Sadie nodded, then turned her head and glared at the far corner of her room, having suddenly spotted her companion, though her mother was unable to see. “Your not very good at hiding in places I can find you.” Jillian smiled to herself then shook her head and turned, leaving her child to play her games with her imaginary friend.
Sadie stood, padding over to him and holding her arms up, wanting to be held. She was small for her age, her hair dark and curly and her eyes a soft brown. Her complexion was dark as well, like the color of cinnamon and a light smattering of freckles dusted her cheeks and nose. “Where were you hiding anyway?”