Life's Melody

Elizabeth Satterfield has lived a life of misery thanks to her ever cruel and scheming step-sisters. But one chance meeting with Lord Robert Winston leaves Elizabeth hopeful of a life away from the shadows. A life filled with magic and love; nothing less than a fairytale.

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15. Chapter Fourteen

I had never been as nervous as I was when I walked into the café. I mean it was meeting about a possible recording contract, which let's face it is a really big deal. As it happened, the meeting went smoothly. The producer; Gael Byers, told us that he went to the Summer Performance every year and that he was impressed, that we had chosen to perform an original song. By the end of the meeting, the three of us had agreed that we would love to become an official pop group, and Gael told us that he would be in touch with us through Miranda.

"So." Daniel said as we left the café after Gael. "What's every up to now?"

"I have to meet Em and my cousin." I told him.

"Have you spoken to Robert?" Kayley asked, looking concerned.

"Nope." I told them. "Why should I? He'll only end up telling me that he forgot to mention that he was married, and I can't see how you forget something as huge as that."

"Beth, did you actually read the article?" Daniel asked as we walked towards Emily and Evie. "Because they got married at eighteen, and haven't seen each other for, like, seven years."

"The point is he didn't say anything to me." I said. "Did he think that I'd judge him or something? Because I wouldn't have."

"Just call him ok." Daniel told me, as he and Kayley walked off in the opposite direction. "And get back to us about band names." I shouted 'will do' back before turning back to Emily and Evie.

"So, where do we go now?"

Emily and I decided, that since we spent most of our time in London, that we would let Evie pick where we went. Evie picked Selfridges, so we headed towards one of the most well known Department Stores in the world.

I ran into them in Selfridges. Robert and his wife. Actually, he didn't look as happy as she did. He looked forlorn, like he was missing something. Was he really missing me? I turned away when he looked over in my direction and I legged it to the toilets. I texted Emily to say where I'd got to and that I needed help. Five minutes later, Emily texted back to say that Robert had gone. I unlocked the cubicle door and left the toilets, Emily and Evie were stood opposite waiting for me. "Let's get out of here." Evie said. "We have to start making our way back to the coach anyway." Both of them linked arms with me as we made our way out of the store.

 

"I know it was you that ran through Selfridges today Beth. Will you please just speak to me?" I replayed the voicemail that Robert had left on my phone. We'd arrived at the hotel, and I was trying to pass the time until we went for dinner. I typed his number into my phone a dozen times - I didn't tell Emily that I knew off by heart - but I couldn't hit the dial button. Evie was in Emily's room fixing her laptop so that she could write an article on the trip. I was about to hit dial, when there was a knock at the door. That couldn't be him could it? I asked myself as I opened the door.

It wasn't him. It was Caleb, he said that Emily had told him what happened and thought I could do with cheering up. "Come on." he told me.

"Why?" I asked, a little confused.

"Because you look like you could use a drink." I smiled, he was right. I needed a drink and someone to talk to. Someone that wasn't so close.

 

 Talking about everything to Caleb actually helped, he just sat and listened as everything came pouring out of my mouth. The best part was, that not once did he judge.  "I think you should talk to him." he told me once I'd finished.

 "Really?" I questioned.

"Yeah. I think you'll regret it later if you don't." I ran my finger round the edge of my glass. Is he right? I thought to myself would I regret not talking to him? I wanted Caleb to be wrong, but somewhere deep down, I knew that he wasn't.

When we done talking about me and my messed up love life, Caleb started talking about himself. I don't think that I asked him about himself when we were fifteen. I think I just sort of said 'Hi' and acknowledged that he was there.

Before we knew it everyone else had come out of hiding ready to go to the dining area.

It was a large open space (and obviously there were tables dotted around the room. Emily, Evie and I sat at a round table in the corner next to a window that looked out on a small courtyard. Caleb and his siblings were sat at the opposite end of the room. Dinner was a buffet, the hotel staff were preparing the main course as everyone tucked in to the soup. I had to battle with myself when I spotted Chocolate Fudge Cake, because I remembered that last time I had some, I ended up leaving the tiniest of slices for everyone else.

Once we were full we headed back to our rooms. I changed into my pyjamas before completing a few (well, twenty) levels of Candy Crush. But my mind wasn't totally on the game. I checked my phone to see if I had any message. One, from Dad asking if the coach had got to the Hotel ok. I texted him back to say that we fine, and went back to my game. Had Robert stopped trying to explain?

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