Tonto ran as fast as she could up the dirt path towards home. As she reached the front door she burst through, shouting excitedly. “Sabio, come quick!” When there was no answer, Tonto raced down the stairs to the basement and threw open the door.
Sabio spun around “Tonny stop!” He shouted. But it was too late. Tonto couldn’t stop in time and collided with a table, sending everything on it toppling to the floor. She raised her hands to her mouth and mumbled through her fingers. “Oh no! I’m really sorry!” Sabio started scooping up soaked books and broken cylinders and throwing them into the bin. “Let me help.” Tonto reached down. “No!” Sabio pushed her hand away. “Just get out.” He turned away from her and she ran back up the stairs, tears bursting out of her eyes.
Sabio and Tonto sat quietly at the table as their mother placed their dinners in front of them. She noticed the angry look on Sabio’s face and Tonto’s red puffy eyes. “What happened?” Sabio picked at his food. “I accidentally broke Sabio’s science stuff.” Tonto’s eyes started welling up again. “I didn’t mean to, I swear. I just wanted to show him something.” Alessandra looked at her son, who was pushing his food around with his fork. “Sabio?” She placed her hand on her son’s shoulder and he looked up at her, tears filling his eyes. “I didn’t mean to yell at her. I’m really sorry.” Sabio whispered, his voice catching. Alessandra gave a little smile. “I know, honey. And I’m sure Tonny didn’t do it on purpose.”
Sabio looked over at his sister. “It’s okay, Tonny. I forgive you. And I’m sorry I got angry at you.” Tonto jumped up and threw her arms around her brother. “I love you Sabio!” Alessandra looked at her children and felt a wave of pride wash over her. “I love you too Tonny.” Sabio whispered back. After finishing their meals, Tonto and Sabio washed the dishes. “What did you want to want to show me?” Sabio asked. A grin appeared on Tonto’s face. “Come with me!”
Tonto took her brother’s hand and led his outside and back up the dirt path. After a few minutes, they reached a clearing. “Over here!” Tonto ran towards an apple tree. Sabio looked at her with a puzzled expression. “These apples are special. They’re magical.” Tonto gestured towards the red fruit hanging from the branches. “There’s no such thing as magic, Tonny. Let’s go home.” Tonto frowned. “They are too magic!”
Sabio turned and started back towards home. “It’s getting late. We have school in the morning.” Tonto looked down at her feet before picking one of the apples and slipping it into her pocket.
The following morning, Sabio opened his eyes to see Tonto sitting on his bed with a smile on her face. “Morning, Tonny.” He rubbed his eyes. “I told you so.” She pointed to the apple, which was sitting on the desk. Sabio looked at it, then back at his sister. “What are you talking about?” She sighed, frustrated. “It grew.” Sabio sat up. “Yeah. That’s generally what fruit does.” He put on his slippers and made his way towards the bedroom door. “But I picked it last night and now it’s bigger.” Sabio ignored her and walked out.
That night, Sabio and Tonto got ready for bed. With just a couple of hours sleep, Sabio woke suddenly. He heard a rustling sound at the other end of the room. “Tonny, go back to sleep.” He looked over at Tonto, who was fast asleep. The rustling sounded again and his eyes shot over to the desk. The apple began to shake and then doubled in size. It continued to grow until the wooden desk cracked under its weight.
Sabio shook Tonto awake. “Tonny, you were right!” Tonto rubbed her eyes and looked over at the desk where the giant apple was sitting. Her eyes grew wide and he jumped out of bed. “Wow, Sabio! It’s amazing!” Sabio looked at his sister. “What are we going to do with it?” Tonto rubbed her chin. “Ooh, I have a great idea! Apple Pie!” Sabio raised an eyebrow. “I don’t think we could fit all that into an Apple Pie.” Tonto thought harder. “What if we make Apple Pies for everyone in town?” Her brother smiled at her. “That’s a great idea, Tonny.” She looked at the apple. “We should probably get started… This could take a while.”
The two of them stared at the enormous red fruit. “One question.” Sabio scratched his head. “How do we get it to the kitchen?”
This is my entry for the Monthly Simlit Short Story Challenge – September 2019. The theme this month is Apples. I encourage my readers to take a look at all the entries and, at the end of the month, vote for their THREE favourites from each category (Novice and Veteran). I look forward to reading everyone’s entries this month and I hope that you enjoyed reading my entry 🙂