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The Wonderful Adventures of Sophia Hess, Babysitter Extraordinaire

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“… Is that a kid?” Dee asks.

She asked Sophia to meet her on the Boardwalk, and she’s holding a plastic cup full of something colorful in each hand. Sophia came, but brought Eddie. He doesn’t like being left out.

“Yes,” says Sophia.

Dee and her stare at each other in silence until Eddie get bored and starts tugging on Sophia’s hand.

“Eddie, this is Dee. Dee, this is Eddie. He’s my neighbor’s kid.” Sophia says.

“Is there a particular reason he’s there?” Dee asks.

Sophia picks Eddie up and settles him on her hip. He’s used enough to it he doesn’t bother protesting.

“We’re a package deal,” she says.

Dee stays silent a little longer, then shrugs, and smiles wider, and gives a cup to Sophia and the other to Eddie.

“The more the merrier!” Dee says.