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"Laura, the baby just hit me!" wailed a voice from the living room.

Laura sighed and left her spelling homework on the dining table.

"Okay, what happened here?"

"I was building a castle when baby knocked it over and hit me!" Her brother said, face red.

"A-guh?" Cora gurgled, and threw the wooden block she was gumming.

It hit Derek’s leg, and his face crumpled. "She did it again!"

"Derek," Laura put on her long-suffering big sister voice. "You're five. How will you survive kindergarten if you let Cora bully you?"

Derek rubbed his eyes. "But you'll be there, Laura."