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7:00 (to the 8 year old) Are you awake? It’s time for summer school. You’re right. Your father and I are monsters to make you go to school on vacation. Get your clothes on.
7:30 Do you have your towel and your suit? What do you mean you forgot to put them in the dryer last night? I bet it’s cold. Next time hang them up when I tell you to.
7:40 Have you put on sunscreen? Why? Because skin cancer is more painful than the burn you’ll get if you don’t put it on.
7:50 Do you want to miss breakfast at school? I don’t care if you already ate breakfast. Eat another one when you get there. It’s time to go!
7:51 Did you shut the door?
10:00 (the 13 year old shuffles out of her room) You’re finally awake? Good. I’ve got some chores for you.
10:30 How hard is it to empty the dishwasher and fold a load of laundry? Don’t roll your eyes at me.
11:00 So now you want to hang out with your friends at the pool? Not until your chores are done and you’ve read for 20 minutes.
11:01 Is reading that horrible? Sue me for wanting you to be literate. Don’t you slam your door!
12:00 (to the 8 year old) You’re cold? Next time take off your wet suit and get dressed in the locker room before coming out.
12:10 Lunch? (Look in fridge at various leftovers) It’s a surprise!
12:15 Is that a fly? Who left the door open?
12:20 Did you hang up your towel and suit? (See them on the kitchen floor) What did I tell you about leaving wet clothes lying about?
12:25 Where are your clothes? No, nude day does not exist. I don’t care if you want to let everything air dry. Get your clothes on.
12:30 What do you mean what’s this? It’s lunch. If you are unhappy with the service you can make lunch tomorrow.
1:00 (to the thirteen year old) Do you have your cell phone? Sunscreen? Be home by 5:00.
1:01 How many times have I told you to shut the door?
1:03 You want a ride? What do you mean it’s too hot? Why did your father and I buy you a bike then? Fine. Let me get my purse.
1:25 (to the 8 year old)What library program? Oh, that library program. Of course I didn’t forget. Let me get my purse.
3:30 (to the 13 year old) What’s wrong? Stop crying, so I can hear. You and your friend had a fight? You want me to get you from the pool? No, that’s not a problem. I wasn’t doing anything anyway.
4:00 (to the both of them) Who wants ice cream?
5:00 (my husband comes home) What have you been doing all day? Must be nice to sit around and relax. So, what’s for dinner?
Amelia Westby always tells the truth, a terrible curse in a society that values little white lies. When she meets Tavis McGuire, she finds a way to escape the scrutiny of London’s jaded ton. Tavis is passionate and caring, offering Amelia a chance at a new life, but when a dangerous secret threatens to destroy their happiness, Amelia must break her curse or lose the man she loves. After his brother’s death, Tavis McGuire returns from the continent to inherit the Earldom of Stanton, an estate near financial ruin. To save his home and clear his family’s name, he becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of espionage. When his investigation leads him to a beautiful woman who holds information he needs to catch a traitor, Tavis must decide whether to honor his duty to his country or to follow his heart.
About the Author: Sara is a teacher by day and a writer by night. Little White Lies is her debut novel.