Breea's New Friend

Oak Forest is one of the biggest forests known to exist. But this forest is also home to seven year old Breea Sheers. Now bright and early one Saturday morning, Breea woke up feeling quite cheerful.

"Saturday's my favorite day of the week." she said. "Maybe I'll even make a new friend today." She quickly got out of her pajamas and got dressed. Now Breea usually liked to wear dresses, but today she decided to change things up a little bit. She changed into a plain pink shirt, dark jeans, her white socks and her blue sneakers. She then pulled her hair into a ponytail and then she went to eat her breakfast.

"I wonder what I'll have this morning." she said. She checked the cupboard and saw a box of her favorite cereal sitting on the middle shelf so she decided to have that. Right as she finished eating, her mother entered the kitchen.

"Good morning, Mommy." said Breea proudly.

"Good morning, dear." said Mrs. Sheers. "How's my little girl today?"

"I'm doing just fine." said Breea.

"Excellent." said Mrs. Sheers. "So what do you have planned for today?"

"Nothing too much, really." said Breea. "I was going to play outside near the house."

"I see." said Mrs. Sheers. Breea cleaned up her breakfast and then went into the living room to watch some television. At ten o'clock, the doorbell rang.

"I wonder who that could be." said Breea and she went to open the door. A girl the same age as Breea was standing outside. The girl's hair was in a ponytail.

"Can I help you?" Breea asked.

"Maybe." the girl answered. "I just moved to this forest and I'm looking for someone to be friends with."

"Well look no further." said Breea. "I'll definitely be friends with you."

"Thanks a lot." said the girl. "Can I come in?"

"Of course." said Breea and she led the girl inside.

"If we're going to be friends, we should know each other's names." said Breea.

"That's a good point." said the girl. "I'm Rachel."

"I'm Breea." said Breea. "It's nice to meet you, Rachel."

"It's nice to meet you too." said Rachel.

"I think my mommy will like you." said Breea and she took Rachel into the kitchen. "Hey Mommy, I've got a new friend."

"That's wonderful, dear." said Mrs. Sheers. "Who is it?"

"This is my new friend Rachel." said Breea.

"Well hello there, Rachel." said Mrs. Sheers. "It's very nice to meet you."

"It's nice to meet you too." said Rachel.

"So what brings you here, Rachel?" asked Mrs. Sheers.

"Well as I told Breea, I just moved into the forest." said Rachel. "In fact, Breea's the first friend I've made here."

"I'm sure you'll make more friends." said Breea.

"I hope so." said Rachel. "So what are you up to today, Breea?"

"Well, I was watching TV when you arrived." said Breea. "Hey, I've got an idea. How would you like to go jumping with me through the forest?"

"I'd love to do that." said Rachel. "But there's just one problem."

"What's that?" asked Breea.

"I don't know how to jump." said Rachel.

"Don't worry, I'll teach you." said Breea and she led Rachel outside in front of the house.

"Okay, the first thing you want to do when jumping is to keep your hands at your sides." said Breea.

"Like this?" asked Rachel, who proceeded to place her hands against the sides of her shirt.

"Yes, like that." said Breea. "But your hands don't actually need to touch your clothes." Rachel took her hands off her shirt and let them hang down just below her waist.

"That's better." said Breea. "Now the next thing you want to do is bend your knees forward a little bit." Rachel bent her knees and put her hands on top of them.

"Good, but again, you don't need to put your hands on your knees." said Breea. "Finally, you want to jump as high as you can." Rachel took a deep breath and jumped with as much might as possible.

"I did it!" cried Rachel.

"You certainly did." said Breea. "Try taking a couple more jumps first just to make sure you've got this down." Rachel took five more jumps, all of which were successful.

"Thanks for showing me how to jump, Breea."

"You're welcome." said Breea. "Now that you know how to do it, I think you're ready to go jumping with me."

"Can we go right now?" asked Rachel.

"We will in a little bit." said Breea. "But first, we need to make some adjustments."

"What do you mean?" asked Rachel.

"Come with me and I'll show you exactly what I mean." said Breea. She led Rachel into the house and upstairs to Breea's bedroom.

"If we're going to go jumping, then we need to look nice." said Breea. "What are you wearing right now?"

"Just a plain red shirt, my blue jeans and my sneakers." said Rachel.

"Well, I suppose that outfit could work." said Breea. "But I think you can do better. We'll start by focusing on clothing. Now I usually like to wear dresses a lot of the time. Have you ever worn a dress before?"

"No I haven't." said Rachel.

"Well there's a first time for everything." said Breea. "I've got a whole bunch of dresses that I never wear. I'll give you one of them to wear." She reached into her closet and pulled out two dresses. One was a blue rose dress with puffed sleeves and a white peter pan collar. The other one was a white rose dress with puffed sleeves and a blue peter pan collar.

"You can wear this one." said Breea. She handed the white dress to Rachel, who started to put it on over her current attire.

"I think you're supposed to take your other clothes off first." said Breea.

"Oops." said Rachel sheepishly. "I told you, I've never worn a dress before."

"That's why I'm here, to walk you through the procedure." said Breea. She took off her shirt, shoes and pants and changed into the blue rose dress. Rachel did the same thing with her clothes and put on the dress that Breea had given her.

"How do I look?" asked Rachel.

"So far, you look pretty good." said Breea. "But once we finish making the adjustments, you'll look even better. Now that you're wearing the right type of clothes, we'll focus on the next part of your attire. Now this is completely optional, but whenever I wear dresses, I like wearing tights underneath them. I recommend that you do the same thing, and that means taking off your socks."

"What's wrong with my socks?" asked Rachel.

"Again, there's nothing wrong per say, but I like tights better." said Breea. She took out a pair of white cotton lace tights as well as a pair of white cotton tights from her closet and handed the cotton tights to Rachel.

"What am I supposed to do with these?" Rachel asked.

"You put them on under the dress, silly." said Breea. She took off her socks and put on the lace tights. Rachel did the same with her socks and put on the tights Breea had given her.

"Are we finished yet?" asked Rachel.

"Not yet." said Breea. "Next, we'll focus on footwear. With dresses, the logical shoe to wear would be black Mary Jane shoes. Do you own a pair of those particular shoes?"

"No I don't." said Rachel.

"Don't worry, I've got tons of those shoes." said Breea.

"How is that even possible?" asked Rachel.

"Because dresses are pretty much all I wear." said Breea. She took out two pairs of shiny black Mary Jane shoes and handed one of them to Rachel.

"Wear these." said Breea, who put on one of the pairs of Mary Jane shoes. Rachel did the same with the pair Breea had given her.

"How do I look now?" asked Rachel.

"You look very nice." said Breea. "Now all that's left is mirror inspection." They both stood in front of Breea's mirror and looked themselves over.

"Well, aside from the difference in dress colors, we kind of look like twins." said Breea.

"I think you're right." said Rachel.

"Anyway, now that you're dressed properly, we can go outside and go jumping." said Breea. The two girls left Breea's bedroom and headed downstairs.

"Well, you two certainly look nice." said Mrs. Sheers. "Where are you both going?"

"We're going jumping through the forest." said Breea.

"I see." said Mrs. Sheers. "But I don't think you girls need to dress like that just to go jumping."

"Breea said we have to." said Rachel.

"Well if that's what she said, I won't argue." said Mrs. Sheers. "Anyway, I think those dresses need one final touch." She went into the front closet and came back with two sashes.

"I made these sashes last night before I went to bed." said Mrs. Sheers. "The white one's for Breea and the blue one's for Rachel. I'll put the white one on you first, Breea." Breea stood still while Mrs. Sheers stood behind her and placed the sash on Breea's waist. She tied the back part of the sash into a tight bow and then did the same with Rachel.

"What do you girls think?" asked Mrs. Sheers.

"These are great, Mommy. Thank you." said Breea.

"You're welcome." said Mrs. Sheers.

"You know something Breea?" said Rachel. "You're not just my friend. You're my best friend."

"Oh wow. I feel very honored." said Breea. "Well I'm glad you think I'm worthy of being a best friend."

"It makes perfect sense." said Rachel. "You're the first person I've met here in the forest so it's only fair for us to be best friends."

"I suppose you're right." said Breea. "Can we go now, Mommy?"

"Not yet." said Mrs. Sheers. "First I want to take a picture of the two of you." She took out her phone and pressed the camera button. Then she snapped the picture.

"There we are." said Mrs. Sheers. "This photo's going to look great on my Instagram."

"Can we go now, Mommy?" Breea asked impatiently.

"Yes, you girls can go now." said Mrs. Sheers. "Just be careful, okay?"

"We will." said Breea and the two girls made their way outside.

"Now remember what I told you earlier." said Breea. "Just bend your knees forward with each jump and you'll be fine. Are you ready?"

"Yes." said Rachel, who was standing behind Breea.

"All right then." said Breea. "Here we go." With that, the two girls jumped away into the forest. Both girls smiled as they jumped.

"Look Breea, I'm jumping!" cried Rachel excitedly.

"What do you think?" asked Breea.

"I love it." said Rachel. "This is a lot of fun."

"Now aren't you glad I taught you how to jump?" asked Breea.

"Yes I am." said Rachel. "I don't know why I never jumped before, but I'm glad I'm jumping now."

"So am I." said Breea. The two girls passed by lots of trees as they jumped through the forest.

"Hey Breea, how much farther do we have to go?" asked Rachel.

"I'm not sure." said Breea. "I guess we keep going until we get to the end of the forest." They carried on, jumping further and further into the forest. They didn't stop until they reached the end of the forest an hour later.

"Well, that was definitely a lot of fun." said Rachel.

"I'm glad you're enjoying yourself, but we're not finished yet." said Breea. "Now, we head back to my house."

"Don't you think we should take a rest first?" asked Rachel.

"I think you have a point there." said Breea. "We'll take a ten minute break and then we'll head back to my house." The girls spent their rest time watching the clouds move across the sky. Once the ten minutes were finished, they lined up to start making their way back.

"I'll lead again." said Breea, and the two girls began jumping their way back to Breea's house.

"I must say, I'm definitely having a great time jumping with you." said Rachel. "I should do this more often."

"Yeah, you really should." said Breea. They jumped onward, and right when they got close to Breea's house, Rachel's stomach growled.

"I'm getting hungry." she said.

"We're almost back at my house." said Breea. "We'll have some food once we get back inside." They carried on, reaching Breea's house five minutes later.

"Would you like to stay over for lunch?" Breea asked.

"I certainly would." said Rachel and the two girls went inside the house.

"Mommy, we're back." said Breea.

"Did you girls have fun?" asked Mrs. Sheers.

"Yes we did, but now we're hungry." said Breea.

"Sit down in the kitchen and I'll make you both some sandwiches." said Mrs. Sheers. Rachel and Breea sat down beside each other at the kitchen table.

"Breea, the next time you decide to go jumping, can I come with you?" Rachel asked.

"You certainly can." said Breea. "I'll call you and let you know whenever I go jumping again." Mrs. Sheers placed the sandwiches she had just finished making in front of the two girls.

"Here you go girls." said Mrs. Sheers.

"Thanks, Mommy." said Breea. As the girls ate their lunch, they talked about their jumping excursion. When they were done, they gave their plates back to Mrs. Sheers.

"Thanks for the lunch, Mommy." said Breea.

"You're welcome, dear." said Mrs. Sheers.

"Well Breea, as much as I enjoyed jumping with you, I think I'll be going home now." said Rachel. "But I think I should give you your dress back first."

"Actually, you can keep it." said Breea.

"Are you sure?" said Rachel.

"Of course I'm sure." said Breea. "Like I said before, I have lots of dresses. I don't mind giving one away. You can keep the tights and shoes too."

"Thanks, Breea." said Rachel.

"You're welcome." said Breea. "Come back again soon."

"I will." said Rachel. She said good bye to Breea and jumped away back to her house.

"Mommy, I think this friendship thing is going to work out just fine." said Breea.

"I think so too, dear." said Mrs. Sheers.

The End