Marielle had come home from school with Julius. They made friends at recess and he invited her over. Of course the kids all got home and decided to do homework, except for Lizzy who wanted to go outside and play.
“Come on, can’t we do homework later!?” She asked, hands on her hips.
Belinda put down her pencil and looked at her cousin. “We have to do our homework, Lizzy. Especially if we want to try to convince my mom to let us stay here longer than she wants us to.”
Lizzy grumbled. “You have a point, B.” With that she sat down beside Julius and found herself distractedly looking at Julius and Marielle. Belinda had finished her homework and was telling an educational joke she learned in school to Marielle and Julius.
Lizzy thought to herself, suddenly coming up with a genius idea.
“Julius and Marielle, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g…” She sang cheerfully.
Marielle looked up from her homework, alarmed. “Why would you say that?”
“Yeah! Why?” Julius asked, less alarmed than Marielle.
Lizzy smiled smartly. “I just think you would be a cute couple.”
“I’m too young to be part of a couple!” Marielle squealed. “I would honestly rather watch Llama Man vs. Unicorn than think about boys as anything more than friends to play games with.”
“You’d still be a cute couple,” Lizzy offered slyly, standing up from the table and starting to walk outside without even opening her homework booklet.
Julius looked outside after his sister walked outside and started thinking about what she and Marielle had said. Would he make a good couple with anyone? Would he ever have a crush? What if he died alone?
“Do you think that if we’re old and not married yet, y’know, like, 25 or something, that you would like me enough to marry me?” Julius asked Marielle.
Marielle looked at him from across the table. “I don’t know. I don’t even know what I want for breakfast tomorrow.”
“That’s a good point.” Julius conceded.