"MOM!" I yelled from the bottom of the stairs. My mum, a middle-aged woman with curly brown hair and dark, caring eyes, appeared at the top of the stairs.
"What is it, honey?" she asked in her sweet honey-like voice. "What happened?"
"Peanut said she didn't like my designs!" I whined. Yes, I may be a tattle-tale, but she really hurt my feelings!
"Well not everyone will like what you make, honey." She pointed out. "And, besides, nearly everyone loves your shirt designs!" I nodded sadly.
"I know mommy, but..." I started, but my older sister cut me off from upstairs.
"MUM!" She yelled, "I'M STILL STUCK HERE!"
"JUST A MINUTE, ALLIE!" Mum yelled back at her. "I'm going to have to go now, your sister's hair is caught in the blender again and she can't get up. Go outside and see if Sally wants to play, honey."
"Okay mommy." I nodded and stepped out of the house. I felt kind of angry with my sister- nowadays she took all my attention away from me! Sure, I take all her attention from her, but I can't help it... I'm naturally unstable! At least, that's what Mint says... Was she making fun of me? I sighed and decided to do what Mum had told me to. First I checked her house, but she was out. Why must everybody be out in Mhamai? Why can't they stay indoors where I can find them easily? I decided to wander around the town, looking for her, or anyone else who I knew.
I walked through Mhamai, bored, swinging my net anywhere I could see. Everybody likes Allie, but not me. Why doesn't anyone like me? It can't be because I tell my Mum everything, and because I may be a sort of mommy's boy... Can it? I walked towards the sea, when I saw a sight that I shouldn't see, not normally in Mhamai... A big, metal ship, crowded with animals, with a turtley thing at the helm. A gangplank led up to it. I took a step forward, then a step back. I was filled with curiosity to this suddenly appearing ship. I wanted to get on it- I was fed up with everyone calling me a Mommy's boy. I took a step forward, then I took a step back. I kind of am a Mommy's boy, and Mum, she's a Caitlin's Mommy- she'd freak out if I just disappeared without a trace. I could go and warn her, but then again the ship looked like it was ready to sail- what if it left while I was getting ready? I took a step forward, then I took a step back. What to do... What to do...