It wasn’t long before both The Ella and Alfred got called upon to do mumble mutter whisper whisper SHOUT.

“You really need to work on your whispering skills,” Alfred mumbled muttered to The Ella, but by that time, it didn’t matter much, they were both well on their way to the nation’s capital.

Before they left, however, Alfred had stopped by The Girl’s room to say his goodbyes.  He explained to her that he had to leave for a little while, and then he kissed her softly on the cheek.  She didn’t move an inch, and she probably hadn’t heard a word he said.
“Wake up.”
“Wake up.”
“Okay, I’m turning on the light.”
“I’m about to leave now, so -” he started.
“Where are you going?” she asked.
“I can’t tell you that, I’m sorry,” he said, sadly.
“Well, I’m going on an adventure, tooooooooooo,” she whined.
“Yeah? Where are you going?” he asked, somewhat in disbelief. The Girl had never ventured off on her own, he doubted that she’d being doing so without him anytime soon.
“That’s classified,” she said, pleased with herself.

Alfred began to doubt that she was going anywhere at all, but he couldn’t be sure.  “I want you to have something.”

“It’s dangerous to go alone, take this!”  He snuggled up next to her, draping a purple knit blanket over her.  In the time it had taken Alfred to get the blanket from his belongings, The Girl had already fallen back asleep, even though he had left the lights on in an effort to keep her awake.


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