The Little Queen

July 25, 2011
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“I’m queen of the world, Daddy!”

“To me you’ll always be my little princess,” Mr. Olsen replied. Like the typical dad on a Sunday morning, he wore his robe, and his eyes were glued to his open newspaper while his left hand stirred his mug of coffee.

“Daddy, I’m really queen of the world. Look!”

Mr. Olsen looked up. It wasn’t unusual for little Cari Olsen to be playing dress-up, wearing tutus and feather boas, but this time, something was off. In the middle of the living room was a humongous papier-mâché globe, and on top of it was Cari, wearing a crystal tiara in her auburn hair.

“Cari, pumpkin, where’d you get all that?”

“It appeared in our living room when I said I was queen of the world,” Cari said, smiling sweetly. Little Cari was one of those kids with had a smile that could melt your heart. Her freckles were plastered on her nose, and the corners of her lips looked like they were going to touch her ears.

“That’s not possible, Cari. I was in there just a few minutes ago.” Mr. Olsen felt terrible once he saw his daughter’s face fall.

“But it’s true,” Cari replied. Her lip quivered for a second, but then her face lit up again. “I can show you. I’ll make up some rules for my world, and then you’ll see that I wasn’t lying.”

“Sure, darling.”

“My first rule is that we eat Mom’s apple pie for breakfast. With hot cocoa.”

Mr. Olsen felt compelled to at least give her something, so he grabbed the last slice of pie for Cari. As she ate, she smiled and said, “While you make that hot cocoa, I’ll tell you my second rule. Every weekend, I get to play with my pony in the backyard. Her name’s Buttercup.”

“Where would you get a pony?”

“Buttercup is waiting for me in the backyard.”

To Mr. Olsen’s surprise, a spotted Shetland pony galloped around the pool. “Cari, where’d that come from?”

“Daddy, you have to watch it appear. That’s the point,” Cari said, leading her dad to the backyard. “Is there anything you want while I’m queen?”

“How about a unicorn for you, princess?”

“Queen,” Cari corrected, “and unicorns don’t exist, silly.”

“Then how about a Ferrari 458 Italia? You know I’ve always wanted a red one.”

Cari Olsen led her father to the driveway and said, “My third rule is that Daddy drives a red Ferrari, then.”

Mr. Olsen’s jaw dropped when he saw his dream car appear. All because of his silly eight-year-old daughter. “Did that just happen?”

Cari nodded, and Mr. Olsen locked her in a bear hug. “I love you, Cari.”

“I love you too, Daddy.”

“I believe you now.”

“I know.”

“Do you want anything else? You’re queen of the world now.”

“Daddy, I have one more rule.”

“What’s that, honey?”

“No boys. Sorry. I can’t risk catching cooties.”

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Harebelle This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm
That was so, so sweet! Very entertaining to read, and makes me think that maybe my dreams will come true someday too...
Timekeeper This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 10:46 am
This definitely brought a smile to my face. You captured the interactions between a father and daughter perfectly!
Garnet77 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm
Cuuuuute!!! That ending was so perfect. You definitely have a talent. Keep writing! I'd love to read more of your work. :)
CarrieAnn13 said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm
Great story! :)  I love how you portray the innocence of a childhood wish.  That was great and it had no grammar or spelling errors!  Good work!
MorenSore said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm
HA HA i like the ending. i love that you made the invincible power that would make a man go crazy and become a tyrant, to a innocent little girl who wants nothing more than to have fun.
photolover26 replied...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm
So cute! I like the way you portrayed Cari, so sure of herself and believing anything. Great job!
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