"Am I here to stay?" she asked, looking around.
"Of course! You can stay here as long as you wish."
Gemma looked around, hesitant. "Should I start cleaning the bathroom, first?" she asked.
"No!" Mark exclaimed. "You're here as my daughter... Gemma Grocer!"
Then with a wave of his wand...
Mark lifted his daughter up to watch the spectacular show, squeezing her tight. He'd been a fool to entrust the care of his only daughter with Debbie. That woman looked out for no one but herself. Perhaps if she'd only come here to the Abbey, her life could have been turned around - as his had!
It was quite a difference from the little hut she grew up in!
Orb's Year 922
"Of course! I couldn't go that long without seeing my other half!" Farrah giggled. "So tell me about the Abbey," she sighed, wishing that her brother Cade had seen fit to drop her off here. Something about it called to her. "Is Abbess Abigail as spectacular are she seems?"
Fiona scrunched her face. "I wouldn't know. Most don't deign to speak to me here. Not because they're rude, but because their noses are buried in their books!"
"What about you? Tell me all about the Consuls!"
"Come visit me soon!" Farrah called as she started the long walk to her new home.
Orb's Year 923
She should've cleaned up a little more... been less of a hoyden! Perhaps if she had behaved better, they wouldn't have felt the need to take her away.
Not that she minded living here. She had nice, laundered clothing, baths daily, and good food to eat. But she was lonely.
Bleh! Gemma thought sourly.
Belinda was almost just as bad! Even though it gave Gemma a pang of guilt for thinking such a thought. Belinda was kind and sweet and made sure that Gemma always did her instructional work, attended school & studied. But, there was no fun and games! It was all a lot of sitting quietly and being patient.
And adults always knew when she started misbehaving because her steps echoed down the empty halls.
That was if someone decided to pay attention. Generally, there was some sort of "enlightenment" that the adults here were distracted by...
Gemma sighed and pushed her food around her plate. What she wanted was a friend!