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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10. Chapter Nine

I told Dad that I would help him out with the café while I was at home, so I found myself doing the morning shift with Tanya; a tall blonde girl in the upper sixth at my old school, and Daisy; a short but slim girl who’s doing an apprenticeship with Dad. It’s not so bad working at the café in the morning actually, because people are in a rush to get to work and school, so they don’t have time to stand around having a chat to one another. Plus, Dad always insists on putting some kind of upbeat music on.

Then it gets to half eleven, and you start to get the first signs that lunch time is fast approaching. Thankfully, I only had to deal with three customers before Dad turned up to rescue me. Tanya was thrilled when my stepmother showed her face as well, because it meant that she could get to the school for her afternoon lessons. I grabbed my things and headed out into the town centre, I felt like taking a look around the few shops we actually have.

As I browsed one of the many charity shops, Marti phoned me. I hit the reject button when I saw who it was because the only time that she calls me, is to ask me to pick something up for her or to just generally complain about me to me.

 

As I got to outside my old school, Dan phoned. This time I did pick up; I still remember the last time that I ignored his call – he ignored me for a month, it was the longest that Dan had gone without talking but it was horrible not being able to talk to one of my friends. “Hey, Dan.”

“Hi.” Dan answered, and I could tell he was wearing his ‘guess what’ grin. “So, Miranda phoned me earlier.”

“Really?” I was curious about why the Dean would phone him, but knowing Dan, it was because he left something out of one of his assignments. “What did you leave out this time?”

“What? Oh, no. Not this time.” He said. He sounded hurt actually, like he couldn’t quite believe that I’d assumed that the only reason why the Dean would phone him is to ask about his missing work.

“So what did she want?”

“Well, there was this music producer at the Summer Performance and he liked ours.”

“And?” I had feeling I knew where he was going.

“He wants to meet us and talk about us maybe releasing a single.” I knew it. I had always known that I enjoy singing, but my heart has always been set on acting. Like, I have been in every school play since I was five, and singing was more of a hobby. Now though, I felt like I was about to betray my heart.

“I guess there’s no harm in talking to him.” I told Dan.

“I knew you’d come around to the idea.” He told me. “I promise that you won’t regret it.” we talked about where we would meet the guy, I told him that I would be in London a week on Friday, so we agreed to meet up at a restaurant then.

After I’d hung up, I spotted Evie walking out of the school gates on her own. I ran over and walked with her. She’d just finished an exam, and while everyone else had decided to wait for friends sitting a different exam in the Dining Hall, Evie had decided that she was better off going home to revise for her next exam.

She’s not a loner – she’s the exact opposite in fact – she just prefers to sit in a quiet corner, hunched over a good book instead of sitting outside in the freezing cold ‘making the streets look untidy’ as Gran calls it. Plus, she’s working on this app thing that she’s been planning; have I mentioned how insanely awesome she is with computers. I mean, I can turn them on and use Word, Chrome, Twitter and all that, but Evie can fix your laptop for you within a couple of hours.

“Hey Beth.” She said as came up beside her.

“Last exam?” Evie shook her head taking a sip from the water bottle in her hand.

“That’s Friday.” She told me. “and next week I am free until September.”

“It sucks being in year eleven.” I told her as we walked to her house. “You want to be free from any kind of education, but you know that you need apply for academic or vocational college courses.”

“I’m going with A Levels.” She told me. I already knew, Evie had made sure that the whole family knew that she wanted to start her own tech business in the future. She always said that she would create something better than an ipad; and she will, our family has a history of stubbornness and everyone has refused to back down from a project at some point. “So, what’s new with you?”

“Oh, nothing special. Except Dan, Kayley and I have a meeting next week with a music producer.” I told with the biggest smile on my face.

“Beth, that’s brilliant.”

“Yeah, it is.” I told her. “But, I’m not sure it’s what I really want.”

“Well, you’re only going to meet the guy, so you don’t need to decide just yet.” The best thing about Evie – and Emily – is that they always listen to me when I have a problem or if I’m trying to figure out what I should do.

As we got to Evie’s front door, my phone went off again, this time it was Robert. “Is that him?” Evie asked.

“Huh?”

“You have a weird smile on your face. So it must him.” Damn. I really need to learn how to control my facial expressions.

“Oh. Yeah.” I opened the text and read; Hey, sorry I can’t make it up there this week. My father’s got worse and I have to fill in for him. I was upset, yeah, because he wouldn’t get to meet my Dad. But if his father’s not well, then he needs to be close by in case anything happens. I turned my phone off and entered Evie’s house. 

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