The very next week Betty’s younger daughter Sandra was wearing one of them at her friend’s party, which April was not invited to. April felt miserable and angry towards Betty, April argued with Betty, Blurting out, “They are mine, it’s not fair!”, Betty hit her and told April not to be selfish. She was once again sent to her room. April ran upstairs and cried for a while. All April ever got was shoes that did not fit and clothes no one else wanted, she had the least food on her plate and it was often cold by the time she was able to eat as she was told to serve drinks to her ‘family’. She was always hit for no reason, she often wondered why, as she tries to be good and kind, it did not make sense to her at all. It was now Eastertime at school, all the children were given a tiny chocolate egg. Then, in assembly one or two were called out in turn for achievement awards. April was called and received an award for being best mathematician in the whole school. She was awarded a giant Easter egg nearly as big as her. April, feeling so happy, took it home with pride looking at the egg with awe. On her arrival home, feeling quite proud, told her step mum all about it. But Betty
36 made no remark just put it away in the cupboard. April wanted a piece of the egg and tried to reach the cupboard but was too small to open it. A day or two after, April built up the courage and asked to have some of her egg. Everyone had been eating it in front of her and there was just a tiny bit left. Although April didn’t much care about sweet things, she felt upset that all hard work benefitted her evil family, but she eventually let it pass.