Chapter Four: Welcome to Fraitessa

14 Oct

“Yes dear, that is what I am about to discuss, with your parents.”  Lady D’Winter looked at me with a disapproving glint in her eyes.

I understood her point instantly; she was talking to my parents, not me and I was to be seen but not heard. But this was me they were talking about! Was I here for six months or was I here for twelve?  I looked at my parents but they hadn’t seemed to have noticed, or at least neither of them piped up to say that at home they include me in discussions for which I was present and encouraged me to ask questions. Especially when they were about me! Nor did my parents give me a sympathetic look, it was like they didn’t even notice that my future for a whole year was being discussed around me!  I sat back and let them talk it out

“If at the end of her six months here your daughter wishes to stay on, which I’m sure she might, I am more than happy to accommodate this and can keep a place open for her until your return at the end of the summer term. I hope that your young girl might one day be a proud alumni as you are Mrs Hilton.  In your letter you mentioned that your daughter would be unable to join you for the summer break, is this still the case?”

“Yes, it is.”  Father answered.

“She is more than welcome to stay here, but all the other girls will be going home.  Should she be fortunate enough to receive an invitation to one of the girl’s homes for the holidays I am happy to judge the suitability of the girl and be given charge of giving or withholding the permission…”

“Thank you Lady D’Winter, but I give my permission for my daughter to spend the holidays with whatever girl she wishes, provided she has been invited.  I am sure all girls at your school are respectable.”

“Oh, of course, thank you Mr Hilton.”

Well, one point to Father!  At least I could spend the holidays how I wished… provided I made a friend here…  My thoughts trailed off as Lady D’Winter continued.

“The behaviour we expect is what you would expect of any young lady and I am sure no girl would bring the school’s reputation into dispute.  Miss Hilton,” I realised she was actually addressing me now and paid attention, “there are detailed rules to ensure you understand what is expected of you, you will find them on your bed upstairs and there is always a copy pinned to the inside of the bedroom doors.”  She rung her bell again and Gladys appeared. “Would you send for Miss Luxum.”  She said.

“Yes your ladyship.”  Gladys bobbed a curtsey and rushed off.

“I’ve sent for one of the young ladies to escort you to your room and help you settle in.  Miss Luxum is our star pupil and from a very respectable family, I am sure she would be more than pleased to answer any questions you have, Miss Hilton.  Now Captain and Mrs Hilton, I will ask that you give your farewells to your daughter.  My time as headmistress has taught me that parents lingering and extended farewells make it harder on the girls.”

“I quite agree.”  Father said.  “Come here poppet!”

I exchanged my farewells with my parents, I tried to pretend that I hadn’t noticed that Mother’s cheeks were a little damp as the last thing I wanted to do was to cry!

All to soon I was waving to them as they left and then I was alone in the room with my new Headmistress. Not for long, though, because just at this minute a girl entered the palour. She was wearing a beautiful lace dress and I knew her dressmaker as soon as I saw it.  Even a wee lass from the colonies such as myself could recognise the most expensive seamstress in the on the continent the moment I saw her work.

“Ah, Mariah, now how are you settling in?”  Lady D’Winter ased.

“Very well thank you, Headmistress.  I was just finishing putting my drawers in order”

“I am glad to hear that dear.  This is our new student, Roberta Hilton.  Would you be so kind as to show her to her room and help her settle in?  This will be her first term at school and I am sure it will all be very overwhelming for her.”

“Of course, I would be delighted, come along Miss Hilton!”

Before I knew it I found myself following this beautiful girl into the hallway and up the staircase. The prim and proper perfect girl changed out of Lady D’Winter’s presence and she appeared to relax a bit and chattered away.

“We’ve been sorting out our rooms.” She said.  “We have to share, isn’t it shocking?”

“Um.. I—” I’d never had to share a room before in my life, having no brothers or sisters, but I thought he point of going to school was to spend time with other young people. Besides, if I had a roommate then at least I’d get to know one person pretty quickly.

“At the school I wanted to go to each young lady had her own room and two maids, lady’s maids mind, they weren’t there to clean or anything, that was the business of the housemaids.  If a young lady wished she could bring two from home, unless she was foreign in which case she could only bring one.  Of course, Mummy insisted on sending me here, she said a few years with more common folk would help build character.  I suppose she’s right and the education here is actually very good.  I’ll be going to a top notch finishing school of course, Mummy wouldn’t have anything else and I am so glad.”

I listened to her in silence.  Great, a snob, just like I feared I would find.  Despite what Elen and Mother told me the tight knot that had been sitting in my stomach all day must have suspected all the girls would be like this.  “We can put you in With Josephine,” she continued “I think the two of you will get along very well.”

“Oh, thank you!” I said, glad that Mariah was helping me find a friend here, even though she had made it plain she though my company was beneath her without actually outright saying so. “Is she a nice girl?”  I asked as we stopped outside a door

“Oh, well, actually I rather thought she would be a bit of a self esteem boost for you.”

“Whatever do you mean?” I asked.

“Why, I do declare,”  Mariah looked me up then down in a way that made me feel very self conscious. Was it my suit?

“She’s even fatter than you are!”

And with that Mariah turned on her heel and made her way down the corridor and went into a room a few doors down.  Just as the door was closing I heard a chorus of giggles erupt before they were shut off by it closing.


Posted by on 14th October, 2012 in Future's Present


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12 responses to “Chapter Four: Welcome to Fraitessa

  1. ghekate

    14th October, 2012 at 21:42

    Okay, there is definitely a man in the window. Intentional or Accidental? Awwwww! Poor girl! Oh my goodness. Mariah is a snob but I found a little humor about her as well.

    • kathleen

      14th October, 2012 at 21:50

      Intentional. That first one was so hard to line up! lol. I’m glad you spotted him, I think all my other hidden things have gone unoticed so far, lol. And Mariah, isn’t she? She’s such a fun character to write though. Poor Bobie, it’s not what I’d want as a start at any school, let alone one where I’d be stuck boarding for half a year. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it so far, thanks so much for the comments! The next chapter is scheduled to post in four days. 😀

      • ghekate

        14th October, 2012 at 23:34

        Yay! I can’t wait to see what happens next. And you did a good job of lining him up. I was a little creeped out when I first saw him and thought, “Oh my God! Who is that?” lol. Now I want to go back and see if I can spot more things!

        • kathleen

          15th October, 2012 at 10:41

          Yay. There’s some things still to be spotted in earlier chapters, but while you’ve probably seen them you might not notice them yet as sci-fi elements. So far I don’t think anything slightly “out” that you see is an accident.
          My intent was to creep people out with this guy, so I’m glad I have! lol.

  2. medleymisty

    16th October, 2012 at 11:36

    Haha – I totally didn’t see him until I read the comments and then went back and looked.

    I see my bad feeling has been confirmed. Poor girl. I do not like Mariah.

    • kathleen

      16th October, 2012 at 18:58

      Haha! He’s in the last chapter too. Keep your eyes peeled in upcomming chapters! I have several chapters planned where you can almost see a whole subplot/alternate point of view in the backgrounds of the pictures. We’ll see how I go with that though as I’m yet to take the pictures!Yeah, poor Bobbie, away from home, new environment and everything and she gets hit with Mariah. I do not like Mariah either, though she sure is fun to write!

  3. chosomok0

    8th January, 2013 at 21:19

    What a start at the school she got. A surprise and a snobby girl, just great. Well, hopefully she will find much nicer people to be with.

    Holy macaroni! That dude outside the window is creepy, maybe because he looks as if he don’t belong in that timeperiod. I didn’t notice him at first, then I read the comments and went back to check. Now I surley will keep my eyes open for more “extraordinary” things in the pictures 😀

    Great works so far! 🙂 I really feel myself getting pulled back in time to this age, so I have practically have to turn off my screen to come back to our own timeperiod! XD

    • kathleen

      8th January, 2013 at 22:01

      Yes, poor girl, not the best start to school! I’m glad you find the creepy sci-fi dude creepy, he’s meant to be! 😀 I think his creepiness is a number of factors, he doesn’t fit and thus jumps out at you when you do spot him and he’s, you know, spying in the windows of a girls school?
      It’s like “woah, who are you and just WHAT are you doing?”

      Yes, keep your eyes open because there’s a fair bit to see in the backgrounds of pictures. Also, I give most of my readers this warning, but my characters lie. I don’t, but my chracters do, so all may not be as it seems.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying this so far! Thank you so much for your kind comment 😀

  4. Becki

    22nd January, 2013 at 10:35

    Whoah, what’s with the man in the window? Nothing says creepy like a man staring through the window of an all-girl’s boarding school, lol. I can’t possibly fathom the sci-fi aspect yet – I’m intrigued! This is the good thing about starting a story late – you don’t have the agonising wait to find out what’s going to happen next.

    *Dives straight back in*

    • kathleen

      22nd January, 2013 at 11:05

      Yeah, creepy hey? Yeah, I agree with you about starting stories late, you can just keep on reading! I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far!

  5. daijahv

    6th February, 2013 at 04:00

    Ah poor Bobbie! I had a feeling too she’d meet with snobs but I mean damn, really? Mariah needs a whooping! I actually thought for a minute that the Headmistress was going to be the bitch in this. She seems like the “smile in the parents’ face then turn around and snap at the kids” type of person to me. I hope Josephine is nice though. Screw Mariah and those other snobs.

    There’s a garage door on the home across the street and I recognize that house! 😀 It’s interesting to me how the man outside the window was switching positions often 😛

    So then, now that Bobbie is at the school it will be interesting to see what mysteries and secrets she uncovers on her journey!

    • kathleen

      6th February, 2013 at 12:49

      Ah Mariah, the character we all love to hate! Many times I want to give her a good shake. Tehehe. The garage door! I was trying so hard to line up the guy outside and everyone inside I forgot about the house across the street. But yah, just wat is that man outside up to?
      I hope you enjoy reading about Bobbie’s time at chool, there will be a few mysteries and secrets 😀


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