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Lizzie McDonald was sitting on her bed, hugging her legs to her chest crying cause she was afraid of thunderstorms. It was usually Marti, but Marti was at her mom's house and Lizzie always stayed strong for her younger sister. Anyway as the thunder clapped loudly, Lizzie shuts her eyes tightly. "It'll be over soon." Lizzie said to herself.
Just then she heard the door opens, but was to scared to see who it was.
"Shhh, its ok Liz." She heard her older step-brother Derek whispers.
"D-Derek?" Lizzie asked as she opens her eyes.
"Hey kid, its ok." Derek assured her.
"What are you doing here?" She asked.
"Because I'm your big brother." Derek said letting out a chuckled.
Lizzie smiled to herself.
"Beside whenever my youngsters are scared, big bro Derek got ya backs." he added as he smiled softly.
"Even for me and Casey?" Lizzie asked innocently.
"Of course Lizzie." Derek told her. "You, Marti and even Casey are my baby sisters and Edwin is my baby brother."
Lizzie looks up as Derek smiled at her.
"But in my eyes, you kidddos will always be my baby sisters and baby brother." Derek said, assuring her.
Lizzie looks down smiling and back at Derek.
"Thanks big brother." She replied.
"Hey, anytime kid." Derek said kissing her head. "I'm always here for you."
"Come on, try going back to sleep." Derek said.
"Do I have too?" Lizzie asked.
Derek smiled at the innocence in his little step-sister.
"Don't worry, I'm right here to protect you." Derek said comforting her in his arms. "I won't let anything scare you." He promised her.
Lizzie smiled, as she closed her eyes.
"I love you, big brother." Lizzie said.
"I love you, too kid." Derek replied, kissing her head and held her tightly.
Even though Lizzie has an biological sister but she was sure glad she has 2 new big brothers to protect her.