Meeting Lizbeth - Chapter Two Part III

Lizbeth
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A Close Brush With Boarding School

No boarding school! Hooray! Lizbeth wanted to kiss her father and jump up and down but the look on her mother's face told her to act refined or she would go to boarding school. Boarding school really? Where in the world did that thought come from? Nobody went to boarding school anymore. Well, nobody that wasn't disgustingly rich anyway. She knew her parents were rich but not disgustingly like some of her classmates.

Maddy drove her to school every day, not the chauffeur. It wasn't that they didn't have one it was just that he didn't do all of their driving. He took Mommy shopping more than anything. Probably because she couldn't carry all her packages herself, Lizbeth thought suppressing a giggle. Really, Daddy even drove himself to work. She didn't know anyone who went away to boarding school. It even sounded funny when you said it. Boarding school, boarding school, any way you said it was bad. Imagine having a housemistress for a mother! Lizbeth was just happy Daddy said no!

It seemed Daddy was always on her side. He almost never agreed with Mommy on things concerning Lizbeth which was lucky for Lizbeth and she knew it. It was hard to figure Mommy out. She was nice enough, but not very cuddly or warm like other mothers. She was very pretty, but Lizbeth got the feeling she didn't like kids. Now that is just silly Lizbeth, told herself. You're living proof she likes kids. Sometimes her conscience talked to her to straighten her out when Daddy or Maddy wasn't around.

Maddy was the best. She was only a nanny, but she sure could be a Mommy. Lizbeth overheard a conversation between Maddy and her Daddy and it seemed they knew each other for a long time. Maddy was pretty, though not as pretty as her Mommy, but she had to admit Maddy was nicer. She wondered if they had a torrid love affair and it broke off. Who gave who the gate? She couldn't imagine Maddy letting her Daddy go.

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Maddy Lost Tom

While Lizbeth was wondering about any love affairs between Maddy and her father, Maddy was doing some wondering of her own. She knew all about the Porters and their constant fighting. What a horrible life it must have been for little Louise. Boarding school wasn't any better and then to come home to her mother's horrible death. All of that would surely mess up any person. In spite of it, Louise always seemed in charge. She had a way of charming the boys and making them do everything for her.

Sure Maddy had a crush on Tom, who didn't? It wasn't just his good looks it was his winning personality. Tom genuinely cared about everyone and he loved children. He'd go out of his way to make you feel comfortable and if he thought you were hurting well then you were on his radar for constant attention. Growing up together brought the two of them close together. She knew Tom better than anyone else on earth. Well, she thought she did.

Their relationship grew over the years and when it was time for high school she felt it was their time. She thought for sure it would be Maddy and Tom. She didn't, however, factor Louise Porter into the equation. It seems he was totally enamored of those copper brown eyes of hers. Of course he felt sorry for her losing her mother in such an awful way. He started out just trying to comfort her and help her fit in in high school but Maddy saw the way Louise looked at Tom. She never looked at any other boy that way. Maddy knew the die was cast and it would be Tom and Louise.

“Maddy, she's just so beautiful and fragile. Like a flower you need to protect so it won't lose its petals” Tom said to her one day. He went on, “it's funny Maddy, I always thought it would be you and me but I realize now we're friends. We'll always be friends, but this is different. You understand right?”

Maddy truly wanted to slap him but instead said, “Of course Tom. I've seen you sick and beaten up, I've seen you when you're down and I've seen you when you're up. Who but a friend could stand by you?” She ached so badly inside but couldn't hurt the man she loved. It seemed the death of Louise's mother had sealed her fate as well.

A Talk With Maddy

“Maddy,” she said for the third time.

“Where were you?” Lizbeth asked.

“Just daydreaming little one. What's up?” Maddy replied.

“I have a deep question for you Maddy. It's one you can never repeat but only answer to me. Do you understand?” Lizbeth said.

“Lizbeth you know I never share our private talks, why would I share this one?”

“Well, it is super secret and I wanted to be sure you wouldn't tell anyone, ever!”

Maddy was a bit nervous wondering what Lizbeth wanted to talk about. She hoped nothing bad had happened and finally decided the best way to find out was to stop thinking and start talking.

“What do you need to know Lizbeth?”

Lizbeth looked down at the floor and in the lowest whisper asked, “Is Louise really my Mommy?”

Maddy's mind started spinning and she felt sick to her stomach. She had never lied to Lizbeth before, but she didn't think it was her place to tell Lizbeth the truth. She always believed they should have told Lizbeth from the start, but Tom refused. Her only recourse now was to lie to her beloved Lizbeth for the first time in ten years.

She asked, “Why would you even think a thing like that?”

“Well, first off I don't look anything like her and second she doesn't seem to like me. It's been making me wonder, especially when I see other girls and their mothers.”

That was a relief, Maddy knew she could waltz around that one without really lying.

“Louise is a special person Lizbeth. She's had a lot of heartache in her life and sometimes she seems like a hard person. Her parents had a hard time in this town and her mother's death hit her very hard and besides you do look like your father.”

Another truth that was stretching things a bit but necessary at this moment.

Did Grandpa kill Grandma?” Lizbeth asked innocently.

“Honestly Lizbeth, nobody knows. Both of your grandparents loved your mother and it is hard to think your Grandpa would do a thing like that. You know how gentle he can be.”

Maddy was getting nervous about this conversation and afraid she was overstepping her bounds.

“Yeah, I know but the kids in school say he did. They say their parents remember it and that Grandma and Grandpa were always fighting about money they didn't have. Why do people have to mind everyone else's business?”

Maddy thought this was a good time to change the subject completely away from Louise and her parents and was very happy Lizbeth was a ten year old. Ten-year-olds bounce from subject to subject in the blink of an eye.

“Lizbeth you know how nosy and gossipy people can be. Remember how everyone said you were going to boarding school when you weren't even sure yourself? They have nothing better to do so they start rumors or even make up complete lies. Now young lady its time for you to wash up. Dinner will be in an hour.”

Thankfully Lizbeth turned and headed toward the bathroom. Maddy knew these two conversations weren't over but at least she had time now to talk to Tom about how he wanted them handled.

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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

It's fun to watch the transformation as you start out and then gain confidence and voice. This chapter is infinitely better than the first. The flow is better, the dialogue improved.....very nice work, Mary.


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Well now, Til...it seems Lizbeth may have been listening to the whispering rumblings of your readers! At ten years old she has the maturity of a young adult. I would not want to be Maddy, having to gracefully answer this child's questions.

Your story is very intriguing, GF...I am being pulled in closely. I know I'm in trouble when I am impatient for the next installment!

Your characters are getting to me as though they're living next door to me, Til.

Only fabulous fiction writers have the ability to do this, my friend!

I promise I won't prod you for Part IV!......Oops, I kinda just did, didn't I? LOL!.......Fabulous!...UP++++


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida

Tom and Louise should have told Lizbeth she's adopted. Something's making her ask these questions and I think it has more to it than Louise's aloofness. I'm still wondering if Tom is Lizbeth's natural father.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Thank you Bill. It seems the writing comes easier as I progress. Its nice to know you think its improving. If this gets to novel stage there will certainly be re-writes. Of course I can't publish the whole thing here but its fun and educational along the way!

Oh dear Effer, of course they live next door to you, they're in my head which by the way, Part IV is! Thank you dear friend for following, reading and commenting oh and voting.

Sha, you've been with me from the beginning of this story too! Thank you so much. Time will tell who Lizbeth's parents are. Be patient.


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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

Mary, I agree with Bill, this is your best. Now, wondering how Tom will handle the adoption story? I'll be back.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Thanks so much Ruby. I have tons of ideas floating around in my head. I'm not even sure which way this will go.


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MartieCoetser 22 months ago from South Africa

I love this story, Mary! Looking forward to the next chapter :)


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Martie. Its percolating in my brain right now ;)


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

“Mary,” he said for the first time. Does the first sentence mean she no longer has to go to boarding school because of the timely death of her mother? And just where are you leading us?


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marcoujor 22 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Exquisite insights into Maddy's past and her skillful ability to answer some pointed questions from this wise child.

You have me hooked like a rug, girlfriend...more, please! Love, Maria


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Mike, you do mean the death of Louise's mother, right? I am leading you on a merry old chase and I hope its worth following.

Oh girlfriend I am so thrilled you're hooked. More coming soon.


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annart 22 months ago from SW England

I'm rushing through all these chapters, wanting to find out more and more. Hope the next one's ready! Well done, Mary; your story is strong and leaves us wondering and concocting all sorts of solutions.

Ann


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Thank you so much Ann. Next one is almost done. I'm hoping as I've said many times, I can keep everyone's interest.


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annart 22 months ago from SW England

You've done it so far, so of course you can!

Ann


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

til your story is showing a truly notable improvement.. but as all stories.. it gets better as it picks up speed.. the conversations are sharp clean.. I meant dialogues.. this story is just getting better period...


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BlossomSB 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

You will certainly keep everyone's interest, I'm waiting for the next instalment and I'm sure others are, too.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Ann. Fingers crossed you're right.

Thank you Frank. I hope I keep up the momentum and your interest. Seems to be working so far.

Oh thank you Blossom. So glad you're enjoying the ride!


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aviannovice 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

This is a great story. It is definitely in the 'could be true' realm.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Deb. Like everyone else I'm waiting to see what happens.


Ghaelach 21 months ago

Hi Mary.

Maddy has certainly got a lot of work on her hands with all Lizbeth's questions. Hope Tom comes up with the right answers.

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


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thanks so much for following this story Jimmy.


Ghaelach 21 months ago

My pleasure Mary.


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btrbell 21 months ago from Mesa, AZ

oops, looks like I'm catching up backwards! This is really going great, Mary!


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

That makes me feel good Randi...it reads good frontwards or backwards ;)


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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Hi Mary,

I love this story and it is becoming more and more intriguing as time goes on! Children are inquisitive, and they can read people so well. She knows something is not adding up. I hope they tell her the truth soon.

I see I have some catching up to do here.

Peace and blessings


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thank you Faith. Yes, she has a lot to learn and so do we. Blessings back to you.


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PegCole17 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Well, kids can certainly put us on the spot at times. Lizbeth is quite inquisitive and I imagine she won't let this subject go quite so easily. You're bringing in more detail and intrigue with each release. On to the next chapter.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Peg. Kids certainly know what's going on, even when we don't want them to. Thanks too for reading.


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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England

She has just got to that age when she is noticing others gossiping! oh wow! you have me hooked! lol!


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Nell, more to come.

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