I thought this shot would look great in sepia, what do you think?
This is one of my favorites!
I think she looks like such a prairie girl in this picture!
Now Kirsten and “I bid you all a very fond farewell”, until my next post! 😀
Have a wonderful day!
After I had eaten my breakfast Aunt Bea grabbed my bag and said, “C’mon, I’ll show you to your room. It’s just right through that door! I hope you’ll like it. I made a blanket and mattress for you just as quick as I could!”
“Aunt Bea! I have more luggage outside, shouldn’t you bring those in first?” I asked.
“Oh, no! You won’t be need’n them fancy things! I brought in the chest with your hair things, but everything else you won’t use.” Aunt Bea said with a laugh.
“How dare she say that I will not need my things! What about my shoes?” I thought angrily.
“Here it is! I know it’s small, but it should suit yer needs.” Aunt Bea said as she set my bag on the bed.
“Oh, it is very small!” I said with a nervous chuckle, “Where is my vanity and wardrobe? And a table and chairs?” I asked.
“Well, I only have one vanity and a wardrobe for myself. And as for a table and chairs those go in the kitchen.” Aunt Bea explained.
“Okay, well, is there a restroom?” I asked.
“Oh, surely! It’s outside around back. Only it’s not called a restroom it’s called an outhouse.” Aunt Bea said. “Oh, and I’ve got the CUUU-TEST pajama’s for you!”
“I am officially shocked now.” I thought to myself. “Aunt Bea, I have a nightgown already.” I explained, but I was too late. She had already reached under the bed and was holding up the pajamas.
“Aren’t these just the sweetest things you ever did see?” Aunt Bea asked with a huge smile on her face.
“They’re very nice.” I said, though I didn’t mean it.
“And I have an adorable outfit for you to wear while you’re helpin’ me around the place!” Aunt Bea said and she pulled out another outfit from underneath the bed.
I felt my jaw hang down. “Oh, my goodness. I can not wear that.” I thought as I looked at the boots and the shirt. “Thank you, Aunt Bea.” I said politely.
“Here’s a hat to go with it!” Aunt Bea said as she placed it on my head.
“Awww!! You look adorable!” Aunt Bea exclaimed. “You finish gettin’ dressed now. I’ve gotta go milk the cow.” She said and was gone.
I can not begin to describe to you how difficult it was to get dressed. Those trousers, or whatever they are called, are so hard to get on! Dresses are much more comfortable.
Then putting on my boots was another challenge.
“How do people get these on?” I said aloud.
I fell backwards onto the bed as I tried to put that boot on. Then I realized I was putting it on the wrong foot. Oops!
Then I attempted to brush my hair…That did not go well!
“Ow! How do people- Ow! Brush their- Ow! Hair? OOW!” I asked myself. Each stroke of the brush hurt. “I give up!” I said and tied a ribbon in my hair.
“Oh, hi, honey! There’s a basket on the shelf for ya’, so you go on to the chicken coop and collect the eggs, okay?” Aunt Bea said as she walked through the door. She had just finished the milking. “Why is she making me work? I have never done any work in my entire life! I am princess for goodness sake!” I thought.
I grabbed the basket anyways and headed out the door.
“Hello! I am new to this, so please do not peck me.” I said to the chicken. I had to think of all of the books I had read and movies I had seen for help. I did not know how to do this!
Surprisingly, I was doing very well!
When I turned to go into the house, I saw a rooster! “Hello! I am just going inside now.” I told the rooster.
I moved a little to the side and the rooster kept his eyes in my direction.
The he crowed and lunged towards me!
“AAAAH!!” I screamed as I dropped the whole basket of eggs and moved back.
“AUNT BEA!! AUNT BEA, HELP!!” I yelled.
“Laaand sakes, Andy! What’s got into you?” Aunt Bea said as she picked him up.
“You alright, Ruby?” Aunt Bea asked. I was too startled to speak so I nodded my head. “Good. I’m sorry ’bout that. You best come in the house now.” Aunt Bea said.
After dinner that night, as Aunt Bea poured some milk, I apologized for dropping all of the eggs.
“It’s fine, dear. There’ll be more eggs tomorrow.” Aunt Bea said with a smile. “You drink some of this warm milk and get to bed.”
I lied down in bed and waited for Aunt Bea to come cover me.
After about 5 minutes, she still hadn’t come. “I guess I have to cover myself as well.” I said aloud.
I reached down to the foot of the bed and grabbed the blanket. “How strange to not have someone doing this for me!” I said.
“I wonder what tomorrow will be like?” I thought as I drifted off to sleep.
That’s the end of Part 3! Look for Part 4 coming soon!
If you missed Part 1 you can see it here:
About an hour later I went into my bedroom to get changed.
“Lizbeth, please bring Ruby’s dress at once.” My mother ordered. She was getting stressed. The coach was all ready aside from a few chests that needed to be loaded on and I needed to leave as soon as possible.
“Here it is Your Highness.” Lizbeth said as she held up my dress.
“Mother, isn’t that a bit too fancy? I am going to be in the country after all.” I said.
“Well, perhaps it is, but this is your plainest dress. Lizbeth, Maggie, please help Ruby into her dress.” Mother said.
After I was changed and the servants had gone to load up the coach, I hugged my mother for a long while.
“When will I be able to return?” I asked, my eyes swelling with tears.
“Soon, my dear.” Mother replied, I could tell she was trying to hold back her tears.
My mother took off my crown and placed it on my vanity. “It will be waiting right here for you.” Mother said.
“Ruby, I have something I want to give you. My mother gave it to me when I was married.” Mother said.
I unwrapped the little handkerchief to find a beautiful golden necklace. The heart was a locket with pictures of my mother and father.
“Oh, Mother! It’s beautiful! Thank you!” I said. Then my father walked in to say that the coach was ready.
As my father held my hand to help me up into the coach, I turned around and said, “Please don’t make me go! I want to stay here with the both of you!”
“Ruby, you know there is no other way. You must go, it is for your own protection.” Mother explained.
“Remember the poem, daughter. We love you.” Father said as the door closed.
My mother and father watched me drive off with tears in their eyes. None of us knew how long it would be before we saw each other again.
The next morning I woke up to the sound of chickens. “This must be where my Aunt Beatrice lives!” I thought to myself. “My it is certainly a very small house.”
As instructed by my father, the driver and guards unloaded the coach and drove off. I had to carry all of my own luggage. “Well, perhaps I could just bring in one small bag for now.” I thought.
“Hello? Are you Aunt Beatrice?” I asked with a grunt. That bag was not as small and light as I thought!
“Weeeelll!! Howdy! You must be Ruby! Yes, I am your Aunt Beatrice, but you can just call me Aunt Bea. Well, landsakes alive, you are just the spittin’ image of your ma!” Aunt Bea said. Wow, she was a talker!
“It is nice to meet you, Aunt Bea! Wh-where can I put my things?” I stammered as I took off my cloak.
“Oh, just set ’em down right there! That’ll do fine. I expected you to have a huge movin’ truck bringing in tons of chests, suitcases, and the like.” Aunt Bea laughed.
“Oh, I have more outside, but I’m not used to carrying my own luggage.” I said and then all of a sudden a dog came charging and jumping at me!
“AAAAH!! AAAH!! AAH!! Get away!! Shoo! Go on! AH!” I screamed.
“Bandit! Get off of her right now!” Aunt Bea ordered.
“AAH! Whoa-AAH!!” I screamed. He would not get away from me!
“AAAAAH!! Oof!” I screamed.
Just as Bandit jumped on me Aunt Bea said, “BANDIT!! RIGHT NOW!” Then he stopped.
Aunt Bea helped me up and told Bandit to go lie down.
“Wh-what was wrong with him?” I stammered.
“Oh, it’s just cause you’re new. He’ll get used to ya’, don’t fret. If he can get along with my cat, I’m sure he’ll get along with you.” Aunt Bea replied.
“Come over here and sit down. I’ve got some eggs and toast made for ya’.” Aunt Bea led me over to her table.
“Well, don’t worry none about how you’re eatin’, no need to impress me. Go on and dig in!” Aunt Bea said with a laugh.
“Oh, no thank you, I’m fine.” I said. It was going to be very strange living in this small house. What on earth was I going to do here?
That’s the end of Part 2! Look for Part 3 coming up soon!