I creased the edges of the wrapping paper, making the edges sharp and straight. The sellotape was uniformly cut to length, the ribbon perfectly curled. She'd been distant all week, probably to do with getting older, but this gift was going to snap her out of her blues. I hid it behind me as I went downstairs, then held it out with a beaming smile. She glared. "What is this?" "Um, your birthday present? Happy birthday!" She reached out, taking it with a casual disregard. "What's wrong? I think you'll like it." I smiled encouragingly. "My birthday was last week."