Chapter 1: Keira
Keira rolled over and yawned as her alarm went off. She slapped the button on top of the old wind-up alarm to silence it, and then rolled back onto her bed. Above her, Emily stirred, moaned, and then resumed snoring. Unlike Keira, she was not a morning person. ‘I don’t know why, I love the morning,’ she thought, standing up and peering through the slats in the window. The pale blue sky was slowly becoming brighter as the sun slowly rose, the rays of sunlight reaching through the trees like fingers to illuminate the world.
Keira quickly stripped off her pyjamas and pulled on her work clothes. The old, worn overalls and rough plaid shirt were actually hand-me-downs from her brothers. But they were comfy and fit well and, best of all, they smelled like the farm. To everyone else, the smell of manure and fertilizers was disgusting, but to Keira they were the welcome, familiar scent of home. ‘If only Emily liked farming as much as I do,’ she thought as she looked at her sleeping sister.
It wasn’t that Emily didn’t like farming, she just complained so much whenever they did chores together. ‘It’s so annoying!’ she thought, shaking her head as she put on her thick, wool socks and silently left the room. She stopped at the fridge for a moment and had a drink of milk, then grabbed a muffin and ate while she walked to the mud room. ‘It’s going to be a good day today,’ she decided, feeling energetic despite the early hour.
Keira gasped as she splashed cold water on her face before drying herself with a towel. The old floor boards creaked loudly as she replaced the towel on the rack. This was only fair, considering the mud room was in the oldest part of the house, which was well over 150 years old according to Grandfather. The house was a hodgepodge of additions and renovations, leaving little of the original farmhouse intact besides the mudroom and part of the kitchen. ‘It’s like a big family scrapbook!’ she thought, looking at the old, marked floor as she laced up her boots.
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