Kyle and I held Reginas hands on either side of her as she walked across a fallen tree. One foot in front of the other, she walked in a straight line demanding we let go of her hands.
"I'm fine! Stop, let go!"
So we did. We sat down on a rock near a rivulet behind my house. I traced the small cracks along the stone when Kyle spoke, "So whats gunna be Regina's adventure?"
I rolled my eyes, "I don't know, you were the one who brought it up." He bit his lip in response. I pitied the way he was feeling. he was trying so hard. I cracked a smile, "You know, we could go to the beach."
He raised an eyebrow. I winked. Sighing, he admitted he didn't have a car yet. I rolled my eyes for the second time.
"You're so stupid, Kyle."
He winced, "Ouch."
I laughed at his response. "Come on, I'll drive."
I drove, Kyle took the passenger seat, and Regina sat in the back. She practically had her entire face pressed up against the window while she begged and begged for us to go to the pet store.
Kyle glanced at me with a pleading look. I lifted my hands off the wheel in frustration. "Fine! We'll go!"
Kyle and Regina both cheered. "God, I'm surrounded by toddlers," I thought to myself.
We pulled into the PetSmart parking lot and Regina and Kyle basically flew out of the car to get to the front doors. I laughed despite my frustration. I grabbed my wallet and counted fifteen dollars. "Maybe we could just look around," I thought. But I was mentally preparing for the worst.
"LOOK AT THIS PUPPY!" I practically screeched. My eyes bulged out of my head. I had never really liked big dogs, but this little baby German Shepard was definitely going to be mine.
At the same time, from across the store, I heard two more screams of joy.
"LOOK AT THIS FISH IT IS A FISH FROM ADORABLE-LAND OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. CARRIE WE JUST HAVE TO GET HIM!"
I took one last glimpse at the puppy and the price. $800. I didn't have enough for him anyway. I sighed and started towards the fish section.
"I'm coming, I'm coming."
When I got there Kyle and Regina were both anxiously pointing at the fish. "Can I get it please please please?"
I looked at them then at the description of the fish.
Salt-water. Male. Best in tanks. Ask for assistance. $20 each.
Regina's face pleaded and Kyle looked like he was trying his best to hold in his laughter-he was having the time of his life.
I got down on my knees, "I'm sorry, hun, but I've only got $15 and-" Tears started to form in her big brown eyes. I pushed her hair behind her ear as I looked at Kyle for help.
He got the message. "But you know Regina, I have some money too. I could pitch in some money if you let me feed him sometimes..."
Her last tear rolled down her cheek as she brushed it away with her pudgy hand and gave us both the famous Regina Smile. "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!" She squealed as she gave us each a big hug.
We bothed laughed as she ran up to an employee to get her her fish. I mouthed a quick "thanks" to Kyle. He shrugged like it was no big deal.
Regina pointed at the fish from adorable-land and gasped in horror the way the worker used the net to get her fish. But sighed in relief when it was in its plastic bag, happily swimming around. She grabbed the bag and clutched it close to her chest all the way to the car.
When we got to the car, she put the fish in the middle seat, secured the bag with the seat belt, and gave us the thumbs up when her and her new best friend were all strapped in.
I parked at the end of our driveway to let Regina out. She held the bag close to her heart as she ran to the house yelling, "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!"
Kyle and I chucked as we went back out on the road. He turned on the stereo. And we sang while he gave directions to his house. it wasn't that far away, just a few houses down. But we sat in his driveway to finish singing the song.
We laughed as the song ended and I turned down the volume.
"So I'll see you around?"
He shrugged comically, "I still have to feed that fish."
I giggled, "Yeah, I guess you do." I smiled at him, "Thanks so much. My brother will pay us back, don't worry."
He smiled back, "Naw. I had fun today and thats worth $5."
I looked at the time, not even 4 o'clock. Do you wanna go get an icecream or something? I'll have to collect my $15 dollars again, but..."
He laughed, "Sure, why not? Let me go get some more cash. I can meet you there." I smiled as he got out.