Hiro rushed up the steps and skipped every other one just like Anna did. “Hey, sunshine girl,” he said as he pushed through the door to Anna’s bedroom. “I hear the bug’s got you down!” Hiro hopped on the foot of Anna’s bed and handed her the plate of cookies.
Anna pulled the covers up to her shoulders and smoothed her hair with her fingers. “I think you should have waited to come over tomorrow. I’ll be feeling much better then.”
“No way! I’m gonna chase that bad bug away today so you can get to feeling better now!” Hiro shot back. He danced around Anna’s bed acting goofy trying to make Anna laugh.
“What are you doing?” Anna asked.
“Trying to cheer you up. You look pretty yucky. It looks like you have the mullygrubs!”
“What are the mullygrubs?” Anna asked with a strange look on her face.
“They are teeny tiny bugs that get in your brain and tell you life stinks. You have them really bad,” Hiro insisted flapping his arms and then rubbing his head. “You have to rub your head all over to make them go away. Try it!"
“No I don’t. I do not have the mullygrubs. I have a stomach virus,” Anna told Hiro.
Nothing was working. Anna refused to laugh. Hiro thought for a moment. “I’ve got to go to the bathroom. Where is it?” Hiro asked.
Anna motioned around the corner.
“I’ll be right back.” Hiro unzipped his backpack and took out a beetle costume and put it on. He slowly and quietly crawled on the floor back to Anna’s room. As he rounded the corner of the doorway, Anna saw the large bug and screamed. Hiro wiggled back and forth and scurried towards her and acted as if he was going to crawl up on her bed.
Anna laughed at her friend until she couldn’t laugh any more. Her stomach ached from laughing so much.