“Wake up darling and help us with the chores” His mom sweetly waking Cuni up with her hands stroking his hair. “But I am still sleepy, and I have no time to do the chores because I have to do my assignments in school later. ” You can do your assignments after dinner, your brothers and sisters would like to help you. ” I can do it myself mom, you know I’m good with assignments. ” “Of course you do, but still you have to help them with the chores, Elena sweeps the floor and Marco mows the lawn, they will be happier if you would join them.
” “They can do it well mom, I’ll just take a nap okay. ” And Cuni dozed to sleep. Cuni woke up as he felt his stomach complaining so he went to the kitchen to find some food. As he nibbles through his favorite crispy creams he noticed a large antique mirror just about his size placed at the corner of their living room. He then moved towards the mirror, take a closer look and was amazed with the designs surrounding the mirror. It gold frame shines and it has crystals glowing with different colors. There are beautiful angels carved at the frame.
Some of the angels have happy smiles, some with a lonely face, some are crying. As he looked closer and closer, a mouse ran through his feet that made him jumped and bumped onto the side of the mirror and fell down forward inside the mirror as if he had been pushed to an open door. He was terrified and was about to get out of the enchanted mirror but he hit himself hard on the solid mirror in front of him. He shouted, tried to break the mirror with his hands and even kick the mirror hard but nothing happened. He tried again and again until he got tired.
He then went further inside the magical mirror and noticed that the place is all the same as with their house. The living room, the kitchen, everything are all identical and the stuffs of the house are moving on its own. He pours the water from a glass to the floor and the water evaporated instantly. He throws some chips in the air but nothing falls down to the floor. He saw the lawnmower trimming the grasses at the garden. The hammer, nails, screws are constructing the tree house as if they have mind on its own.
He went inside the house and saw the oven, the refrigerator and washing machine moving and doing work. He stopped at the front of the stove. “Prepare a cake, turkey and spaghetti just as how mom prepares them. ” The refrigerator and the cabinet open instantly, stuffs came out through the air set itself at the kitchen table. “Bath tab, prepare a warm bath for me please. Amazing! I am still at the house except that no one will tell me to do chores. Everything fixes on its own as if I have an invisible housekeeper! I think I am going to enjoy my stay here.
” Few days he stayed there, doing his assignments, playing video games and ate his favorite crispy creams made by the magical oven. He asked the oven to prepare another cake for him, as he takes a bite of the cake, he thinks of how his mom prepares their cake. She sings while she mixes the icing, she will call him to put icing on his cheek and then they will laugh. He grabs another bite of the cake. It tastes like her mom’s cake but it isn’t really her mom’s cake. Every food that the magic oven prepares tastes well but it does not feel good to eat alone.
He missed their chats during dinner, how Marco won the track and field competition and Elena passed the screening for a singing contest and his mom kisses him with her oily lips for winning a spelling bee. It’s been 3 years since he last helped her mom bake their cake before he got too busy playing play stations. He begun to miss her family, every spring, they go fishing at the lake few meters away from their house. He seat on the sofa, he thought of Goldy sleeping at his lap every time he seats at the sofa and watch TV.
He then turned on the TV at the living room, he glance on the other side of the mirror and saw there his mom, dad, Elena and Marco at the “other” living room. They are all chatting happily. His mom laid the cake she made on the table. Elena is holding Goldy’s newly born puppies. They seemed to be so happy not minding his absence at the house or as if he does not belong to the family at all. “If only I could go back to my family, I would have been happy helping Marco do the chores and ask Elena if they could play with the puppies together.
Mom is good at geometry, she could help me with this difficult assignment. Dad used to call me before I go to sleep so we could climb at the rooftop, showing me the different constellations at the night sky. He used to show me the Orion, the Big and the Small Dipper. He climbed at the rooftop and lay there looking at the sky. “Why aren’t they worried that they could not find me in our home? Do they forget me already? ” Tears begun to fall from his eyes thinking of the times he was supposed to hanging out with his family instead of staying inside the room doing assignments and playing video games alone.
“They are with me yet I have not told them how they mean to me and how much I appreciate the sweet things they do for me. They are just outside this mirror yet I cannot be with them. If only I could get out of here! If only I could turn back time! ” He punched the mirror harder. Until he saw the mirror cracked wider and wider and the mirror burst into tiny pieces. He is now facing a brick wall instead of the mirror, which had been his view and the only connection to his family. “No! Please I wanna see my family! Please give me another chance! Nooo! ” “Wake up sweety, you’re just having a bad dream.
Wake up. Hush now, it’s only a dream. ” Cuni jumped on the bed with tears falling on his face. “I am sorry mom, I love you mom, and Dad, Elena, and Marco. Please I don’t wanna lose you! ” “We love you too darling, we are always here and we’re not going to leave you” He ran to Elena to hug and kiss her and then to Marco and his dad. “Hey bro, what’s up with you? Have you eaten something terrible? ” “I promise I will not spend most of my time in my room playing video games, I will join dinner with you at the dining table and I will help you with the chores.
Marco, let’s finish the tree house tomorrow, dad, let’s go to the rooftop. I wanna see the Orion again and Elena, let’s take Goldy’s puppies to the vet clinic and mom, can you teach me how to bake? ” “Sure, but for now let’s watch this latest movie of Brad Pitt. We’ve been waiting for you to wake up so we could start the movie. ” “And I will call for a pizza delivery. ” While they are all watching the movie, Cuni’s dad and mom glanced at the life-sized thing covered with a white clothe at the left corner of the living room. They looked at one another and smile.
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