"Ok, now let's eat." Grandma Anne said, noticing that their food had already arrived. They all sat back down, and ate. Soon, everyone was full, and they decided to go home.
Martha drove them back home, and as soon as they arrived, Maggie opened the car door, and went to the front porch, and then looked back anxiously at her Grandma and Mom as they got out of the car.
"What's the hurry?" Grandma Anne asked.
"I want to play with Thomas in the playground." Maggie said.
"Ok, well, we can go to the playground after your mom and I talk alone, ok?" Grandma Anne said.
"Ok." Maggie said, and got the message to leave the two alone.
"So, Martha-" Grandma Anne started.
"Mom, I don't want to talk about it. It was really devastating, and I just don't want to talk about it, ok?" Martha said.
"Maggie!" Martha called, "Grandma Anne is going to take you to the playground now!"
Grandma Anne shook her head at her grieving daughter, and then focused her eyes on her seven-year-old granddaughter.
"Let's go, Maggie." Grandma Anne said, and led her outside.
Meanwhile, Martha called Robert.
"Hello? Robert? Yes, this is Martha, Anne's daughter? Yes, well, she's bringing Maggie to the playground right now. You're already there with Thomas? Wonderful. Ok, thank you. Good bye." Martha hung up the phone, and smiled.
'Maybe Maggie will make a new friend.' Martha thought happily. That would be a great thing, because where they lived in New Jersey, Maggie had no friends at all, and it saddened Martha to see Maggie playing all alone. So, she wasn't going to stop Maggie from making any new friends here, if she had anything to do with it. She hoped Thomas and Maggie would become great friends, and Maggie would have a friend, at least for the summer, anyway.
At the same time, Grandma Anne, and Maggie arrived at the playground. Maggie looked around curiously, and spotted Thomas swinging on a swing.
Maggie looked back at Grandma Anne, waiting for her approval to get out of the car.
"Well, what are you waiting for?" Grandma Anne said to Martha with a smile.
Maggie smiled from ear-to-ear, and she jumped out of the car to run to meet Thomas.
"Hello Thomas." Maggie said shyly, and sat down on the swing next to him.
"Oh, hi! You're here!" Thomas said happily.
"Yes, I am." Maggie said, confused as to what she should say.
They both swung on the swings in silence, neither one knowing what to say next.
"Um, do you want to be my friend?" Maggie asked shyly. She hoped he would be.
"Really?" Thomas said surprised.
"Yeah." Maggie replied.
"Well, then, yes. I want to be your friend." Thomas said, then muttered sadly, "My only friend."
"What did you say?" asked Maggie.