Story Part 10

by bdhesse

Supper that night was quiet. Shay was grounded and had lost her TV and computer privileges. Their mother was still upset. Both at Shay and at her principal. Sarah could feel the tension so strongly that she would have sworn than the air was physically heavier. She had little interest in drawing any attention to herself.
“What did you learn in school today?” Sarah’s mother asked her when supper was nearly over.
“Oh, ah…” Sarah stuttered. She hadn’t been expecting the question and had to think about what she had been asked before she could even consider the answer. “I got 100% on a test today,” she said finally.
“Really?” her mother said. “What was the test on?”
“History,” she said. “I finished before everyone else too.”
Her mother smiled at her with a hint of amusement. “What did you do while everyone else was still writing?” she asked.
Sarah shrugged. “I read,” she said.
“What did you read?” her mother asked.
“It was a book about a boy who wakes up a mummy at a museum and he takes the mummy home with him so that he can find out how to said the mummy back to where it came from,” Sarah replied enthusiastically.
“That sounds very interesting,” her mother said.
“It is,” Sarah replied. She looked down at her empty plate for a moment. “May I be excused?” she asked.
“You may,” her mother replied. “Shay, are you done too?”
Shay nodded without looking up.
“Very well,” their mother said. “You’re both excused.”
The girls ran up to their bedroom quickly.
“How’d you write that test so fast?” Shay demanded as soon as the bedroom door was closed.
“I don’t know,” Sarah replied. “I don’t even remember writing it.”
Shay stared at Sarah. “What?” she asked.
Sarah looked around as if she thought someone might overhear her. “You won’t believe what happened,” she said. She quickly began to explain what happened to her sister.
“Are you serious?” Shay said when her sister was done.
Sarah nodded. “I don’t know what happened,” she said. “So what happened to you?”
Shay frowned and shook her head. “I dunno,” she said. “I was just playing like usual, but everybody said I was running faster.”
Sarah thought for a moment. “You didn’t feel anything?” she asked. “Or see anything?”
Shay shook her head again. “No,” she said. “Everything seemed normal.”
“Weird,” Sarah said. They sat on their beds in silence, thinking.