“Haley, can I borrow your..” I paused, halfway through my sentence, as I entered my room.
“Borrow my what?” Haley asked joining me in my doorway.
I couldn’t answer her. I was more fixated on the buzzing noise that my electric toothbrush was making.
“Ruby? Why didn’t you turn off your electric toothbrush? You know how Mum and Dad get about us wasting power like that.”
I nodded my head. “I could have sworn that I turned it off and it doesn’t usually make that sort of buzzing noise.” When on and not in use, my toothbrush usually made a loud buzzing sound. This was more of a quiet whirring sound.
“Well, clearly, you did leave it on. Quick!Go turn it off!” My older sister, Haley, always became bossy when giving orders.
I rushed over to my toothbrush. Haley was right, if Mum and Dad thought I had left it on when I wasn’t using it, they wouldn’t be happy and would probably try and make me pay this month’s power bill out of my wages. When you lived with Haley, paying the power bill wasn’t something you wanted to do.
I picked up my toothbrush, glanced at it, then threw Haley a confused look.
“It’s off. The power switch is flicked to off.”
“It can’t be! It’s buzzing!” Haley told me, as if I was dumb.
“Yes. Thank you for that, Haley,” I shot back, rather sarcastically.
Haley strode across my room and I smirked. She thought she could handle any situation so let’s see how she took care of this one.
Haley snatched the toothbrush from me and I rolled my eyes. Our parents had brought Haley and I up exactly the same and yet I had manners but she didn’t. Haley flicked the off button back and forth but the toothbrush stayed on the whole time. She proceeded to keep flicking the button, but faster.
“Careful, Haley! You’ll break it!”
Haley rolled her eyes at me. “Ruby, it’s clearly already broken.” I blushed in embarrassment. Haley did have a point.
The toothbrush seemed to take on a mind of its own, it started to buzz violently and Haley dropped it in shock. It started to roll furiously back and forth across the floor and we stepped back out of its way, confused as to what was happening.