Cora Peterson smiled at her basket covered with a blue-checkered cloth. The scent of warm apples mingling with cinnamon and sugar wafted throughout the kitchen. Today, her pie would fetch a good price at the Fourth of July Picnic and Barrel Auction. She hoped it would also redeem her after last year’s fiasco.
“Mm, what is that?” The wooden screen slammed behind her older brother when he waltzed in from the barn. Elmer reached a hand toward the cloth, but Cora smacked his fingers with a wooden spoon. “Ow! I just wanted a peek.”
“That would cost you five dollars.”
“Five dollars? Ha. You’re dreaming if you think anyone would pay five dollars for a measly apple pie.”
“This year, I’m going to beat Maybelle Winslow.”
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