Jessica and Jennifer

"This rain sucks." said eight year old Jennifer as she sat at the living room window watching the rain pour down.

"Tell me about it." said seven year old Jessica as she sat beside her sister. It had started raining at exactly nine o'clock, and the two girls weren't too particularly happy because they had planned to spend the day playing with each other in the park. However, the rain and forced their plans to be cancelled. Now it was ten o'clock, which meant the girls had been sitting at the window for a whole hour.

"I don't think I've seen it rain so hard in my entire life." said Jennifer. "Have you ever seen it rain this hard, Jessica?"

"No I haven't." said Jessica. The solid wooden dining chairs the girls were sitting in as they looked out the window at the pouring rain were both different colours. Jennifer was sitting in the red chair and Jessica was sitting in the yellow chair. The clothes they were wearing were both different too. Jennifer was wearing a plain white sweater, her red heart suspender skirt, her white socks and her black Mary Jane dress shoes. Her blonde hair flowed straight down at the back and she was also wearing a white bow hair clip on the front of her hair. Jessica, on the other hand, was wearing her own plain white sweater, her black cat suspender skirt and her black leather ballet flats. At ten thirty, the girls' mother came into the living room.

"I have to go out now." she said. "I'm going for lunch and then shopping after that. I'll be back at about five o'clock."

"All right." said Jennifer.

"Now you two behave yourselves." said their mother.

"We will." said Jessica. "We're probably just going to sit here until the rain stops."

"That's fine." said their mother. The girls watched their mom get into the car and drive off down the street in the rain. Then they sighed.

"I wish this rain would go away." said Jessica.

"So do I." said Jennifer. The girls continued to sit and watch the rain come down. They both hoped that the rain would end soon, but after watching for another half hour, it was obvious that the rain showed no signs of stopping.

"Jennifer, can we get up from our chairs yet?" asked Jessica.

"Not yet." said Jennifer. "We have to wait until it stops raining before we can do anything else."

"What if the phone rings, though?" asked Jessica.

"If that happens, then I'll get up and answer." said Jennifer. "Aside from that, we're staying in our chairs." So they continued to watch the rain. Both of them wanted to do something else, but there wasn't much of anything else that they could do for the time being. So they sat and looked out the window at the rain that was coming down. Ten minutes later, the phone rang.

"I'll get it." said Jennifer. She got out of her chair and skipped over to the phone.

"Hello." she said upon answering.

"Hi Jennifer, it's your aunt Jill." said the woman on the other end. "I was wondering if your mom might be at home right now."

"No, she's out right now." said Jennifer. "I'll tell her that you called, though."

"Thanks, dear." said Jill. Jennifer hung up the phone and skipped back to the window in the living room. She then sat back down in her chair.

"That was Aunt Jill." said Jennifer.

"What did she want?" asked Jessica.

"She wanted to talk to Mom." said Jennifer. "But I told her that Mom's not home right now."

"You're going to tell Mom that our aunt called, right?" asked Jessica.

"Of course." said Jennifer. "I never forget to give Mom phone messages." The girls continued to watch the rain, but after another twenty minutes had gone by, Jessica had a question.

"When is it going to stop raining?" she asked.

"I don't know." said Jennifer. "But the way this rain is going, we'll likely be stuck sitting here for the entire afternoon."

"It's not quite the afternoon yet." said Jessica. "It's only eleven thirty."

"Well that's close enough." said Jennifer. The two of them continued to sit and watch the rain come down. The rain was coming down so hard that it made the girls glad that they were both inside. They watched quietly for a little longer, but at twelve o'clock, they heard a loud knock on the front door.

"Who do you think it is?" asked Jessica.

"I'm not sure." said Jennifer. Then they heard another knock.

"I'm guessing that whoever's at the door is probably someone we don't know." said Jessica.

"I think you're right." said Jennifer. "You remember what Mom's told us about answering the door, don't you?"

"Of course I do." said Jessica. "We're not supposed to answer it unless we know who it is."

"That's right." said Jennifer. They heard a third knock on the door, and this one was the loudest so far.

"Considering that this person's knocked three times already, I'm pretty sure we don't know who it is." said Jennifer. "That means we don't answer it."

"The person's going to leave, though, right?" asked Jessica.

"They'll have to once they realize that we're not going to answer the door." said Jennifer. The person that was at the door knocked one more time before walking away down the street in frustration.

"He's gone." said Jessica.

"I hope he has an umbrella with him because it's coming down in sheets out there." said Jennifer. The two of them continued to watch the rain, but after another fifteen minutes had passed, Jessica began to feel a bit hungry.

"Can we have some lunch?" she asked.

"No we can't." said Jennifer. "It's still raining, which means we can't leave our chairs yet." Jessica sighed, but she knew better than to argue with someone older than her so the two of them continued to sit and stare out the window at the heavy rain that was coming down.

"That rain is really something, isn't it?" asked Jessica.

"I'll say." said Jennifer. After another fifteen minutes had passed, Jessica had another question.

"Do you think this rain is ever going to lighten up?" she asked.

"I'm sure it will." said Jennifer. "Even if the rain doesn't ease off right now, it'll probably ease off later."

"I certainly hope so." said Jessica. The two girls continued to sit and stare out the window at the rain. By the time one o'clock came around, the rain eased off a bit but it was still coming down hard.

"How long have we been sitting here?" asked Jessica?

"At this point, it's been five hours." said Jennifer.

"That's a long time." said Jessica.

"I know." said Jennifer.

"How much longer do you think we'll have to sit here?" asked Jessica as she put her hands together on top of her knees.

"It depends on how much longer it continues to rain." said Jennifer, who also put her hands together on top of her knees.

"I hope we don't have to sit here too much longer." said Jessica.

"I hope not either, but like I said, it depends on how much longer it keeps raining." said Jennifer. The rain continued to pour down and all the two girls could do was to sit and watch. By two o'clock, it was still pouring out.

"I've heard of the expression it's raining cats and dogs, but this is ridiculous." said Jessica.

"I'll say." said Jennifer. "But nonetheless, we have to keep sitting here." Both girls continued to watch the rain pour down, and by four o'clock, it became significantly lighter.

"I think it's going to stop raining soon." said Jessica.

"I think you're right." said Jennifer. Jessica was right, because at four thirty, the rain stopped completely.

"Is it over now?" asked Jessica.

"Yes, it's over." said Jennifer. Although the rain had stopped, grey clouds still remained.

"Does this mean we can get up from our chairs now?" asked Jessica.

"Normally I would say yes." said Jennifer. "But if you don't mind, I want to sit here for the rest of the day."

"That's fine." said Jessica. "Do I have to sit here too, though?"

"Yes you do." said Jennifer. The rain might have been over, but the two girls continued to sit in their chairs and stare out the window anyway. Half an hour later, their mom returned home.

"I'm back." she said. "What have you two done all day?"

"We just sat here and watched the rain." said Jennifer.

"I see." said their mother. "You know that it's stopped raining now, right?"

"We know." said Jessica. "We want to keep sitting here, though."

"That's fine." said their mother. "By the way, have a look at what I got the two of you when I was out shopping." The girls turned their heads to face toward their mother so that they could see what she had gotten for them. Their mother reached into her shopping bag and pulled out two puff sleeve silk smock dresses, one pink and one red.

"I found these today in a clothing store and thought you'd like them." she said. "What do you think?"

"Those look great." said Jessica. "Can we wear those tomorrow?"

"Of course you can." said their mother and she left the room. The girls turned their heads back and continued to stare out the window.

"You'll be happy to know that tomorrow's forecast is supposed to be sunny." said Jennifer. "That means we can go to the park."

"Not only that, Mom said we can wear the dresses she got us today." said Jessica. The two girls continued to sit and stare out the window. They were happy because of the fact that it wasn't raining anymore and also because of the fact that they both had some new clothes for their wardrobe.

The End