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- See Also: Minor Characters in Lanie's Stories
- Lanie Holland
- Emily Holland
- Aunt Hannah
Chapter By Chapter Summary
Chapter One: The Bunny Experiment
It is Friday, and Lanie is running home from school so fast that her younger sister Emily cannot keep up with her. Lanie is excited to start her "best-ever" scientific experiment. Their mother looks up from her desk as they enter; before she can greet them, Emily says that Stripey--the first grade class caterpillar--munched on milkweed leaves. Lanie knows about this because she is the fourth-grade helper for the class, and brings the milkweed for the caterpillars. Mom asks Emily is she was brave enough to watch Stripey and Emily says no, but that Lanie told her about it and that he was munching something else. Lanie says it was his skin, as she does not want Emily to tell everything.
Dad looks in from the kitchen and asks if the girls are ready for their Friday snack. The two look at each other--their father has experimented in the past and while the snacks are sometimes delicious, sometimes they are not. The snack is homemade hummus on pita bread made to looks like pizza. Emily is going through a stubborn phase where she will only eat things that look like pizza, so Lanie and her father are running an experiment where they are trying to get Emily to eat other foods by making them resemble pizzas (flat, round, with "sauce" and food for "toppings") and calling them "pizzas." The only one that didn't succeed was the teriyaki chicken and rice. Emily is also entomophobic (scared of bugs) since finding a spider in the sink while brushing her teeth. Even though it's spring and the weather is becoming nice, Emily will not go out to play because of this fear. Lanie wouldn't normally care but her best friend Dakota is gone and so Emily is her only playmate. Lanie feels that she is the only person in her family with "outdoor genes" as the rest of the family does not enjoy the outdoors as much as her. She believes that there was a gene mismatch while she was "gestating" in her mother. Lanie learned about gestation while her friend Dakota's lop-eared rabbit was pregnant as the thirty-one days felt very long to her.