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I awoke to my dad rushing into my room. He shook me awake and laughed when he saw the shock in my eyes. "Get up girl! Why am I up before you? Its your birthday, not mine." I grumble and try to hide under my blanket. He reveals the cupcake hidden behind his back. The taste of cake and the sting of sugar makes my mouth water. I scramble trying to sit up. "Happy Birthday to you." He starts to sing his knee planted into the mattress.
"Wait dad! Don we have to wait for mom?" The smile on his face falls for a second. He quickly recovers and pinches my cheek.