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Chapter 12 — Epilogue

By Rita
Sharon opened her eyes and stretched. Though the circus had left yesterday, there was still another week left before the family reunion ended and everyone went home. It had been fun riding Jumbo and seeing all the acts.

“I wonder what time it is,” she thought. The quiet that filled her grandparents’ home made her think it was early.

She stretched again, got out of bed, and began to dress for the day. Soon people would be getting up and her younger cousins would be running around making noise. She wandered through house enjoying the quiet.

“Hi, Sharon.”

She jumped as she entered the kitchen. She hadn’t seen her grandfather.

“You’re up early,” he continued.

“Hi, grandpa. I guess I am. I couldn’t get back to sleep once I woke up.”

“Have you forgiven your old grandfather for your missing the circus parade?”

Sharon caught the twinkle in his eye. “Almost,” she replied, grinning back at him.

“What do I need to do to gain your complete forgiveness?”

“Well. . . ,” she thought for a moment. “How about answering some of my questions?”

“I think I can do that,” he replied, “as long as the questions aren’t too hard and the answers aren’t top secret.”

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