Gratitude

Gratitude

April 20, 2022
'This is for you,' said the black-haired girl.
'Oh,' said the ponytail girl. 'It's not my birthday!'
'No,' said the black-haired girl. 'That's not the point.'
'But I haven't got anything for you,' said the ponytail girl.
'Doesn't matter,' said the black-haired girl.
(Pause.)
'Why are you giving me a present?' asked the ponytail girl.
'Because it makes me happy,' said the black-haired girl.
'But why? I didn't DO anything,' said the ponytail girl.
'You ARE,' said the black-haired girl.
'Oh,' said the ponytail girl.
(Pause.)
'I didn't expect...' said the ponytail girl.
'I know,' said the black-haired girl.
'I didn't want you to...' said the ponytail girl.
'I know,' said the black-haired girl.
'What is it?' asked the ponytail girl.
(Pause.)
'The owls collected it,' said the black-haired girl.
'Did they!' said the ponytail girl.
'Collected it to give away,' said the black-haired girl.
'Really?' said the ponytail girl.
'Open it,' said the black-haired girl.