Shea smiled sleepily into her pillow. It was finally here! She rolled over and grinned up at the ceiling.
“Happy birthday to me~”
She slid off of the mattress and onto her knees before pressing her cheek to the ground, peering into the space underneath the bed. A vague shape caught her eye as she adjusted to the darkness, and she reached out towards it. She’d been saving it for a special occasion, and this certainly qualified.
Shea giggled to herself as she tiptoed downstairs, her prize clutched in her hand. She couldn’t wait to see the looks on their faces. She raised the horn to her lips, took a deep breath, and-
“Really? It’s six in the morning, lass.”
She squeaked and dropped the instrument, which promptly rolled under the table. “Leo?”
“Even I didn’t try to pull something like that off, and I’m meant to be the trickster here.”
“Really? I thought that was Lyra,” she said, sticking her tongue out at him.
“Careful,” he said, shaking a finger at her, “if you keep that up your face will get stuck. Then how will you manage to play that thing?”
“You mean you’re not going to stop me?”
“Hey, if you’re willing to risk waking dad and having him stomp around all morning, who am I to stop you? Just… let me get back outside, yeah? I’ll pretend I didn’t see anything.”
He grinned at her, waved cheerily over his shoulder and stepped out into the garden, carefully shutting the door behind him. Shea waited until she heard a splash from the pool before picking up the horn once more. Well, now she had to do it, didn’t she?
She heard a thump from upstairs, followed by shouts of alarm as the bedroom doors opened. She should probably hide. She pulled her dress over her head, thankful that she’d put on her swimming costume underneath it, stashed it and the horn behind a sofa and legged it out into the garden. Hey, if it worked for Leo, maybe it would work for her. She jumped into the cool water, surfacing with a gasp as her older brother looked on, bemused.
I was here the whole time, she mouthed, and he nodded once before returning to his laps. Shea paddled along after him, and by the time Lor had found her, his eyes wide with the panic of the suddenly awake, she was ready. She turned and beamed at him, all innocence.
“Hi, papa. It’s a lovely day, isn’t it. Can we go to the park?”
Lor looked from one to the other, confused. “Did either of you…?”
She tilted her head, eyes large and guileless. He looked between his two children, expression growing more confused by the second.
Today was off to a great start, already.
She’s an absolute sweetheart, and thankfully didn’t get the evil trait – I must admit I was worried. I’ve used a bit of CC for her because I wanted to keep her braids and there wasn’t much choice in game, so here’s what I’ve used!
Bun on Top hair – SheSpeaksSimlish
Braid Series 2 – SheSpeaksSimlish
Satin Bonnet – SheSpeaksSimlish (can you tell that I adore her content?)
Also, Shea’s room got a well needed makeover – it really suits her 🙂
I had this song stuck in my head the entire time I wrote this, hence the title of the chapter. Hope you like it as much as I apparently do! I hadn’t thought about this song in years (I used to listen to it every summer when I was younger – might have to start doing that again!)