In response to the Daily Post’s Daily Prompt: Cake
Cake No. 1
It was my 19th birthday. I was sitting on my bed; silently counting the minutes till I turn 19; an age that I thought was practically ancient at the time. One of my roommates had gone out of the room; she did it so stealthily that I didn’t even know she wasn’t there until I looked around and found her gone. Another roommate was sitting at her desk not doing much of anything while the third was on her bed across the room from mine. She kept looking up at me from her add maths textbook, then at our roommate who was idling at her desk, then at the door, and finally back at me. Something was up, I just wasn’t sure what it was.
It was 12 midnight when the idling roommate sprang up from her desk and skipped to the door. I thought it odd at the time because I didn’t hear a knock at the door. The lights went out suddenly and I was just about to say, “Hey…” when the door swung open and Ninja Roommate, came in with a cake with all 19 candles lit, which made the cake look like it was on fire. Behind my Ninja Roommate were the rest of the girls and they were singing Happy Birthday as they walked towards me. I felt tears well in my eyes as I leaned down to blow out all the candles. So many candles. The girls and I ate cake and yakked. They also tried to shove my face into the cake. Cheeky.
Cake No. 2
It’s the evening of my birthday, and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum brought me out for dinner at a Chinese coffeeshop on the way to our ‘favourite’ supermarket, Warta. Then after, they led me back to one of the classrooms in the academic block and this time, the guys had arranged a little get together where another cake was waiting. Yay! Cake! Predictably enough, I had another close encounter with the cake. Not much cake was eaten as everyone decided to get in on the action and smear everyone else with cake. Unfortunately, no photographic evidence exists of that messy activity. Darn.
Cake No. 3
It’s nearing the end of my 19th birthday. I returned to the hostel and found cake No. 3 waiting. I squealed in delight, beyond delirious to have so many cakes in one day. My squeals soon turned into groans as I was faced with the dilemma of eating yet another cake. I looked at the cake and at my stomach and thought Nope, I don’t think anymore cake can fit in me tonight. In the end though, I cut the tiniest slice of cake ever known to mankind, had a taste and sent the cake on a tour of as many rooms as possible. Cake for everyone!
I went to sleep that night – happy, full of cake, 19.