Meeting Lizbeth - Chapter Two Part I

Lizbeth Loved School

Lizbeth loved her morning showers. She had the best shower in town with jets all up and down the wall shooting water at her from all directions. It was like being in the rain every morning. She never had to worry about her hair because the ringlets formed no matter what she did. Her mother made her keep it short so it wouldn't get too wild and frizzy. That was okay by her, she didn't want to fuss with it anyway.

Nanny Maddy ushered her into the bedroom when she finished her shower. All her clothes were laid out on the bed as they always were. Then Maddy brushed her hair so it looked presentable. She liked to call her Maddy. Maddy made life so easy. Thank goodness for Maddy. She knew her mother wasn't up yet and she wouldn't see her until school was over. After Lizbeth had dressed, Maddy walked downstairs with her and sat at the table while they both ate breakfast. They chatted about nothing in particular, but it was nice to have Maddy there. She was always the one who made things all better. No matter where the pain was, she knew how to fix it. When Lizbeth had a nightmare, it was Maddy who came into her room to soothe her.

Lizbeth looked forward to going to school. All her friends were there, but best of all there was Suzie. Lizbeth and Suzie were inseparable at school and at home. When Maddy let Suzie come over to play or let Lizbeth go to Suzie's they had nothing but fun. Suzie had a brother Pete. He was a typical brother to both of them, but that's why she liked him. She didn't have a brother. Suzie was the best friend anyone could have. She knew everything and she had a mother who was always home and baked things and played with them. Sometimes she thought she liked Suzie's mother better than Suzie but she knew that wasn't true.

They shared secrets about the boys in their class and told each other everything. Suzie knew Lizbeth liked Maddy better than her mother. Lizbeth had never told anyone else that, not even Maddy. Suzie didn't have a dad so Lizberth shared hers. They would sit on Tom's lap, squeezing so they could both fit. Tom loved having the girls around and loved to read and sing to them. Louise was always busy or out shopping. Tom took them to the movies and then for ice cream after. Once Tom even took them to an amusement park with Maddy. He said they were too much of a handful for one man to handle so he had to bring the troops, they giggled.

Daddy came down for breakfast just before she left for school.

“Morning angel. Hope you slept well.”

“Of course Daddy, I always do.”

She gave him a big good morning kiss which was also a goodbye kiss and headed out the door. Maddy was right on her heels. She always accompanied Lizbeth to school. They rode in the car and Maddy walked her to the school door where Suzie was waiting.

Boarding School Question

When Maddy returned, Tom asked how she thought Lizbeth was doing.

“Why fine Tom. What's the problem?”

“Well, I've never had a ten-year-old daughter before and I know Louise isn't overly involved so I just wanted to check.”

“She's really a well adjusted little lady Tom. You can be proud of her.”

Maddy didn't want to add that she wanted to wring Louise's neck. What kind of mother spends more time shopping than she does with her own child? Each year Maddy hoped Louise would get better, but it never happened.

Tom went on to explain that Louise wanted to send Lizbeth to boarding school. Imagine sending Lizbeth away to spend most of her childhood with strangers! Maddy was stunned. Tom said he had put his foot down and told Louise there was no way. What he didn't tell Maddy was that Louise had attended boarding school and that's when her problems began. The Housemistress at Louise's boarding school knew little about what happened there. The girls had free reign.

They tormented Louise because her father was a politician, not a rich upper-class gentlemen like their fathers. “Lights out” meant time to torture the less fortunate students in your dormitory. Louise suffered from homesickness, no matter how bad a home is, when a child is sent away they miss it. The girls in her dorm picked up on that and used pictures of her mother and father to make fun of her. They distorted the pictures and called her parents names. She tried not to cry, but she was so scared and lonely. They loved it when she cried and pulled the sheets and blanket off her bed so she would be cold and even more vulnerable. She knew she had to remake her bed before the headmistress came to check. As she struggled to get the bedding back in place, the others girls snickered and laughed at her.

When it was time to shower Louise could never find her soap, they always hid it or broke it into little pieces and put it under her pillow. Oh, there was more but that was when Louise, poor little Louise, decided not to show emotion. If she didn't show emotion, they seemed to ease up on her. As she grew older and became an upperclassmen, she was in control. There was no more pushing Louise Porter around.

Yes, in a moment of weakness she had confessed this to Tom. He was heartbroken for her. He held her tight and told her as long as he was alive no one would ever hurt her again. Remembering all of this he wondered, how could she think of putting her own daughter through the same torture she had endured. Tom was afraid in his heart of hearts that was the problem, Louise didn't think of Lizbeth as her own daughter.

He realized Maddy was looking at him strangely.

“I'm sorry Maddy, my mind was wandering. I can assure you however Lizbeth will never attend boarding school.”

“I'm glad to hear that Tom. I once heard Louise had a bad experience there.”

“Yes, Maddy, she did.”

“Then why Tom, would she want to send Lizbeth?”

“Maddy, Louise is a puzzle. Every day I try to fit the pieces together so I can come up with answers.” "No one knows how much there is to Louise Porter Sanders."

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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

Always leave the reader wanting more at the end of a chapter. That's what you've done and done well.

Are you going to publish this? If so, drop me a note so I can mention one thing about format. :)

Really, nice job here...great flow.

bill


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida

Now I know why Louise is so cold and doesn't like children - especially little girls. But she's got a mean streak. I get the feeling she's jealous that Lizbeth has a happy loving, home (at least in Tom and Maddy) and wants her to suffer as she had. It would also be a good way to put Maddy out of the picture. I sure hope Tom sticks to his guns!


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mckbirdbks 22 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Mary. New characters here in this one, so you have added some depth. Louise is not cool. You still have so many options and I have begun to wonder about the title.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

I am not at my computer Bill, but will drop you a note when I get home. So glad you think things are moving well. Hopefully a book is in Lizbeth's future ;)

Thanks Sha. So happy to see you so interested in my story and characters. More to come.

Glad you picked up on the title Mike. The more I write the further I get from the original title.


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marcoujor 22 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Mary,

Your pace and detail is just perfect to me...I'm getting strong feelings in both directions for your characters...you are drawing me into the story 'hook, line and sinker'.

Keep it coming! Voted UP and UABI. Have a peaceful weekend.


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

Okay now that I had to reread the other parts in chapter one.. this comment belongs here..:) sorry about my mis-comment

Til I think i'm waiting apprehensively for something distressing.. at this point the story can go any which way.. and what I like about it so far is that I'm thinking ahead.. like I use to do with those Christie novels.. :)


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

I guess you and I move at the same speed Maria. Thanks for the votes. Hope you weekend is a little less white than ours.

You can mis-comment anytime Frank. Hope I keep you coming back.


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Phyllis Doyle 22 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Now I can see why Louise is so cold. Too bad she cannot be close to her daughter. Your last sentence by Tom is very ominous, Mary. Whatca got in that creative mind of yours -- hmmmm?


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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

After reading this, I feel a little better toward Louise, but the love is definitely missing for Lizbeth. Great chapter! See you next time...


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BlossomSB 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Interesting story. I'm so glad that Louise did not get her way and send Lisbeth to boarding school.


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Genna East 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

I was looking forward to the next chapter, Mary. With Louise for her mother, thank goodness Lizbeth has both Tom and Maddy to give her love. How typical that Louise wanted to send her daughter away to boarding school – for all the wrong reasons, of course. But how tragic about Louise’ experience in the same situation. Children can be so cruel…but they learn this behavior from someone. This last sentence gave me a chill: "No one knows how much there is to Louise Porter Sanders." I look forward to the next installment. :-)


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Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago

Mary, I think Louise is jealous of Lizbeth being happy when she was so miserable at boarding school.

Looking forward to the next chapter. Does Louise get her way?

Voted-up, UABI and shared.

Blessings and Hugs dear friend


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Ah Phyllis, people will probably begin to see my twisted mind and why I love Stephen King so much! Stay tuned dear friend.

Alwaysexploring I hope to see you next time. No one knows for sure what's next.

Thanks Blossom, Louise doesn't always get her way.

Thanks Genna. I thought an open-ended ending would let me go in any direction. So glad you're finding this interesting.

Ah Shyron, everyone seems to be analyzing Louise! Time will tell what awaits. Thanks for the votes and shares but most of all for the blessing and hugs! May the blessings and hugs return to you twofold dear friend.


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btrbell 22 months ago from Mesa, AZ

It is easier to understand Louise's coldness, now. And probably helps explain Tom's love for her. Thank you so much for this glimpse into their lives! Up++


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Randi, thank YOU so much for reading!


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Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

Another great chapter, Mary. We are beginning to understand Louise a bit more, and I feel for her now being she did suffer as a child. No child should have to endure such torture. I do hope her heart softens towards her own child, and she realizes it is not good to subject her to the same she went through. However, it would not be the same most likely, being she comes from a well-to-family, when Louise did not.

I am trying to catch up and not miss one chapter.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

I'm glad you're enjoying Lizbeth's life Faith. We have so many twists and so many people in our life. It is hard to know what influences what others do.


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aviannovice 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

One excellent and quality part after another. I really like this story.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Deb. I'm really glad you like it.


Ghaelach 21 months ago

Hi Mary.

I wonder is sending Lizbeth away to boarding school a ploy from Louise to getting rid of Maddy. We'll have to wait and see.

Jimmy.............aka Ghaelach


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Jimmy, I love it when my readers come up with twists and turns I haven't even thought of!


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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England

I am totally enjoying this story! lol! as you can see! off to read the next chapter.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thanks so much Nell.

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