”Okay, kids. Go ahead and gather your supplies. Since this is your last day of camp, you are free to make whatever you wish.” The camp counselor said as she gestured to all the art supplies in the room.
Eight year old Jane Rizzoli looked over a little sadly at the little honey blonde girl beside her. “I’m sure gonna miss ya, Maura.” She said, offering up a toothy smile.
Maura smiled back softly and nodded. “I’ll miss you too, Jane. Let’s get our supplies now. What are you going to make?” She mused as she stood up from the wooden table and grabbed Jane’s hand and lead her to the table.
Jane smiled and laced their fingers. “That’s for me to know, and you ta find out.” She said as they came up to the table of art supplies.
The honey blonde eyed her skeptically but decided not push her friend further. Releasing Jane’s hand, the two set about gathering the needed art supplies.
Jane was crafty when it came to keeping Maura from knowing what she was making. She had went so far as to grab an art book and stand it up, hiding her creation from the girl beside her. In turn, Maura frowned and rolled her eyes.
The two girls made idle conversation, laughing and giggling every now and then before time was up. Maura had chosen to paint a picture of something brown in the grass. “What’s that?” Jane asked looking down at the painting.
Maura smiled at the picture fondly. “It’s my pet tortoise, Bass. Remember I told you about him?”
Jane nodded as she now saw the ‘resemblance’ “Oh right, your turtle. Who has a turtle for a pet?” The brunette chuckled.
“Tortoise, Jane.” Maura automatically corrected with a scowl.
Jane just laughed. “Whatever.” She said as she looked down at her own creation with a dimpled grin. Maura went to stand and look over the book, but Jane turned with the item in her hand. “Wait a sec. Let me just—there.” She took a breath and quickly hid the item behind her back before she held it out for Maura. “So, I made this for ya. It—it’s a friendship bracelet.” Jane said a little bashfully.
Maura looked down and let out a little gasp. “Oh my goodness, Jane!” The little girl beamed as she reached out to touch the bracelet. It was made of 4 different colored string, yellow, purple, pink and white and spaced out in different shaped ABC beads were the words, ‘I love you’. Maura ran her fingers over the perfectly knotted and twisted strings and then the beads before she suddenly threw her arms around Jane’s neck, causing the young girl to stumble back. “I love you too, Jane. You’re the best friend I’ve ever had.” Maura whispered into her ear.
Jane’s face flushed as she awkwardly hugged back, ignoring some of the stares that the other kids were giving them. When Maura pulled back, she grinned and held out her wrist. “tie it on!” Jane obliged, her little heart ramming against her chest.
Later that day, the two girls were hugging tightly, not wanting to let go. “Miss Isles, your parents are waiting for you back home…” Her driver said.
Maura pulled back, tears welling up in her eyes. “I’ll miss you so much, Jane. Thanks for being my friend and—and sticking up for me.” She said as she sniffled.
Jane swallowed her own tears and nodded, kicking up dirt. “‘Course w-what’re friend’s for?” She mumbled shyly. Maura smiled before she leaned in and kissed Jane’s cheek, slipping a piece of paper in Jane’s hand.
When she pulled back, she giggled as Jane stared dumbly at her, cheeks turning three shades of red. “I’ll see you next summer?” She asked hopefully.
Jane blinked a few times before she nodded and looked down at the paper in her hands. It had an address on it with a heart. “Your address?”
“Don’t forget to write me, Jane Rizzoli.” Maura said as she brought the girl in for another tight hug before she turned and hurried into the limousine.
Jane watched with a heavy heart as the car drove away. Just when she was about to turn, she saw the window roll down and Maura stuck her head out. “I love you, Jane!” Maura called out. Jane grinned and wiped away a tear, yelling the words back.
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