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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14. Chapter Thirteen

I woke up at five thirty on Friday morning, to the sound of Emily’s alarm. I had tried to go back to sleep, but Emily decided she was in a water throwing mood. So I got up and showered within fifteen minutes, and put on a green dress with my black belt and black ankle boots. As I grabbed my bags to go down and wait for my Uncle, I threw on a black jacket. I hoped that the weather would be nice all day.

At six Uncle Jeff picked us up and drove us to the leisure centre one town over – I don’t know why, but the company that we booked with doesn’t like our little town. When we arrived, there were a few others there waiting, not many, but then I didn’t expect there to be. Actually, I didn’t anyone to get there before us. We said thank you to Uncle Jeff; who took our bags out of the boot and then to work. While we waited we were surrounded by parents who clearly could not control their three year old off spring. I had to stop on little girl from running into the middle of the road, and her mother had the nerve to give me evils.

The coach couldn’t have arrived fast enough. The driver got off and opened up the storage compartment, before looking at his clipboard and making sure everyone that should be there was there. We were last to get on the bus. Emily and Evie had decided that they were going to be best friends – at least for the two days we were on the trip – and had taking the two seats next to each other. I ended up sat next to a girl who can’t have been older than twelve. Her mother, who was the same mother that glared at me earlier, was sat in the seat behind next her sister. “Good Morning Ladies and Gentleman.” The driver said over the tanoy. “I’m Kai Gordon, and I will be your driver.” I peered round the side of the seat in front of me as he went through the itinerary. I hadn’t noticed before, but he was around about Roberts’ age. He wasn’t bad looking either, and he had a mesmerising Scottish accent; though I had no idea what part of Scotland he was from.

As the coach left the town centre, I pulled out my tablet and opened the Kindle app. I flicked through the collections that I’d built up and ordered alphabetically, in search of something to read. In the end though, I chose to open the Wattpad app and read on there.

About an hour and a half into the four hour trip, the coach pulled into a motorway services which was great, because I had foolishly not eaten anything before we were picked up at mine. I headed to Starbucks and bought a cake (don’t judge it was a holiday), and a mocha cookie crumble Frappucino, and then sat and waited while Emily and Evie went and bought sweets and magazines from Smiths. “Beth?” I heard over my left shoulder. I turned and found a tall lad, about my age with bouncing blonde curls, walking towards me.

“Do I know you?” I asked.

“It’s Caleb Hudson. We were on that Durham University summer school thing.” I thought back to year eleven, but just couldn’t place him. He must have sensed it to because he said; “Don’t worry I wasn’t that interesting back then.” He had a gorgeous smile. It was different to Roberts. Brighter. More genuine.

“Ok.” I said. “So what do you do now?”

“I’m doing my PGCE in secondary education.”

Oh. Now I remember him. I thought. “You’re the one that kept talking about how teachers should be teaching Shakespeare.”

He chuckled. “You remember now.” I nodded. I did actually remember that he had some really good ideas and I wanted him to teach me English.

“Are you on the trip?” I asked.

“Yeah. I would have said something on the coach, but I wasn’t sure if it was you.” he told me as Emily and Evie arrived at the table.

“Em, this Caleb.” I told her as she sat down. “He was on that summer uni thing at Durham.” Emily looked as confused as I was, but still managed to say ‘Hi’. “This is my cousin Evie.” I told Caleb.

“Nice to meet you.” he flashed her a smile.

“Hi.” Evie breathed, before hiding behind her magazine.

“SHAKESPEARE BOY!” Emily blurted out. She had clearly remembered who Caleb was.

“That’s me.” He chuckled. We sat there while Emily and Evie bought Frappucino’s and then headed back to the coach. The weather was gorgeous, for June in the UK and I ended up taking my jacket off.

Once we were all sat back down on the coach, Kai put a film on which wouldn’t have been so bad, if the film wasn’t Frozen. I don’t mind the film, but when you have to sit and listen to it over and over again, you’re driven to the brink of insanity. The coach ride to London was no exception.

I plugged my headphones into my tablet to listen to music as I read, but even with the music on full volume, I could hear the kids scream the words to Let It Go at the top of their lungs. When we arrived in London, I couldn’t have got off the coach fast enough.

 

The first thing that I needed to do in London was to meet up with Kayley and Daniel. We’d agreed to meet each other – and the producer – at a café. Unfortunately, it just happened to be the same café where I had my first date with Robert.

Caleb joined us on the way to the café; he was travelling with his younger brother and sisters who couldn’t stop talking about Harry Potter. Georgia, who was eleven, told about how she cried when Dobby died and didn’t want to carry on reading the last book. I also found out that Caleb had told her to put the book in the freezer – I don’t know if she realized the Friends reference – then Paige started to tell us about how long she begged Caleb to take them to Harry Potter Studios, especially since it was Hayden’s birthday.

Hayden, who was sixteen, had taken a shine to Evie. He was ignoring the rest of us, and talking to Evie about how he hoped to build his own business empire one day. I could tell that Evie felt uncomfortable, but I didn’t want to say anything, because it would do Evie good to talk to a human being that isn’t related to her.

I told them that I would meet up with them round the corner, once Daniel, Kayley and I were done with the producer. As they walked off, I took a deep breath and walked into the café. 

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