Hello, dear readers! Today, I'm here with Alynn McNeil, everyone's favorite thirteen-year-old shieldmaiden. Fortunately, I was able to record our conversation. I hope you enjoy it!
M.J.: Thank you for meeting me, Alynn. It's always so nice to talk to you. How are you doing?
Alynn McNeil: (Sips tea) I'm grand, thanks. But this isn't tea.
M.J.: You're in Texas, hon. I don't care much for sweet tea, either, but good luck finding anything else.
A.M.: Grand, pure grand....
M.J.: Anyway, do you mind if I ask you some advice?
A.M.: Of course not.
M.J.: I've got a little sister, and she doesn't like me very well. We don't have too much in common--she's loud and athletic, I'm a nerd--and Mom wants us to spend some time together today. What do you suggest?
A.M.: I'm sure ye've got more in common that you think ye do.
M.J.: We share a bathroom. And a last name. And we both talk louder when we're excited.
A.M.: What else?
M.J.: Um...we both like How to Train Your Dragon. I guess we could watch that together.
A.M.: How does learning about flying lizards bring ye closer together as siblings?
M.J.: It doesn't, really. It might give us something to talk about, and laugh over, but unless we're cuddled up together on the couch, you're right. And my sister even hates snuggling.
A.M.: I don't see how anyone can hate cuddling. But I am a figment of your imagination, so if you can't see how anyone would hate it, neither can I.
M.J.: You and your brother, Tarin--how alike are you?
A.M.: We both enjoy being outside, but I don't get much of a chance to, since I have to keep house. We both love hearing stories, and we'll tickle each other, and he lets me cuddle him. And we both hate black pudding. We were never two peas in a pod, but we came from the same vine.
M.J.: I feel like my sister and I aren't even two peas from the same plant. I don't even know if she's a pea!
A.M.: Of course she's a pea. If anything, you're the odd one out of the two of ye.
M.J.: I don't doubt it.
A.M.: Sometimes, it's hard to find something Tarin and I both enjoy doing. One of us has to give something up. Typically, it's me, because I'm the eldest. And if it comes to it, M.J., you ought to give things up for your sister, too.
M.J.: I know that, I just can't see why I never do that. You're right, of course. I need to buck up and sacrifice for my sister. I just never seem to be able to make the right decision.
A.M.: I know it doesn't feel right when you decide to do something you don't want to. But I promise you, it's worth it.
M.J.: I know my sister loves going out for snow cones. I wouldn't mind taking her, but I don't have much money.
A.M.: Do you think we ever had money? Of course we didn't. Some of the best things in life don't involve money. Like wildflowers, and warm breezes, and hugs.
M.J.: And tickle-fights. Those are the best.
A.M.: I knew you'd think of something.
M.J.: Thanks for your help, Alynn! By the way, I've got some peppermint in the garden if you want some real tea.
A.M.: (Looks at empty cup and sighs) Now you tell me. Pure grand...
M.J.: Sorry about that! (Turns to Dear Readers) What do you enjoy doing with your siblings? I'd love to know in the comments below! God bless, and don't forget to Like us on Facebook!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.