Ripped at the Seams

This is a story about four children. They have had a difficult life; their father died a few days before their mother ran away and since then they have been taken into care. After years apart they arrange to meet up. This is what and how it all happened. Hope it's good. Xx PS. the sole purpose for this novella was for the Keren David 'Salvage' competition but it expanded as I enjoyed writing it!!


10. The Re-union: Part Two

They had left the café an hour ago. William had been much better than he had been at the train station and everyone was getting along well. Hattie and Fern had wanted to go to a local museum so that is where they had gone first. It was an old museum about life in Warwick through the ages. Hattie was in love with the Victorian section but Fern preferred the Stuart section. Lissa and William weren't that bothered but it was still fascinating.

"Look!" Fern exclaimed, pointing at a painting of a Roundhead cavalier, "That soldier looks just like you William. Strong, handsome and brave!"

William laughed and gave Fern a comic murderous glare. It seemed like Fern and William had never been apart from each other, they were getting on like a house on fire. If either of them had thought that seeing each other again would be awkward and problematic then they had been very wrong.

They spent the rest of the morning joking with each other and admiring the wonderful artefacts which filled every nook and cranny of the museum. On their way out they stopped in the small museum shop. There wasn't much of interest, especially to Lissa and William but Fern bought  small key ring with a picture of Queen Victoria on as a gift for Hattie which Hattie was overjoyed with. This reunion was going superbly so far.

It was time for lunch, seeing as it was half past one and everyone had had to have an early breakfast to leave for Warwick. They decided to visit a different café in the centre of Warwick which sold baguettes and panini's. Before they ordered they found a couch to sit at and attempted to guess what the others would order.

"We don't know what you like, and you don't know what we like," Lissa said. "Why don't we see if we can guess what you'll order?"

"That sounds like fun. I bet you're never going to guess what I want." William picked up a menu and began scanning the sandwich section.

"Right. Fern will have a cheese and bacon baguette, I think." Lissa looked inquisitively at Fern who made no response to Lissa's guess. "Hattie, you might have a tomato, lettuce, cheese and ham baguette and William wants, umm, let me see... a tuna and caramelised red onion panini!"

"And Lissa will have a veggie melt panini." Fern finished off. "Was that correct or not? Lissa is a very good guesser at what sorts of food you like best."

Hattie and William sat opposite Lissa and Fern looking shocked.

"Lissa, are you sure that you don't have any magical powers because you seem to if you can guess what I'm having, and by the looks of it, what William's having too!?" Hattie asked.

"No!" Lissa exclaimed, "I just happen to have a habit of watching and knowing. You'll learn one day!"

Lissa was being very secretive but the others didn't seem to mind. They were a family and, despite the ten years of not seeing each other, they were still able to conjure up the ability to act like one.

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After lunch the Princeton family went to the cinema which was only a ten minute walk from the city centre. Hattie said that there were some good films on at the moment but the others didn't know. William had only been to the cinema once before in his entire life! Fortunately, when they arrived they found that 'The Hobbit' was being shown as was 'Salvage'.

"What do you want to watch?" Hattie asked her siblings.

"'The Hobbit." William and Fern replied immediately.

"I've just finished reading the book." William informed them, as if to justify his choice.

"Well, I'd like to see 'Salvage', if you don't mind." Lissa said.

"I thought we could all go to the same one." Hattie answered. "Maybe we can reach a compromise. If we're going to go and do some shopping later, perhaps you wouldn't mind coming to watch 'The Hobbit'?"

"No, that's ok. I don't want to start an argument when we barely know each other. That really would spoil the day. We'll go and watch 'The Hobbit'."

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Holding empty bags of popcorn and Haribo, they emerged from the cinema.

"Wasn't that absolutely amazing?" William grinned at his sisters, "Lissa, tell me you're glad we went to see that instead of 'Salvage', please."

"Yes, I did enjoy it." Lissa confessed, smiling back. "I'm glad we went."

They continued discussing the film all the way to the shopping centre where they spent another hour rummaging through shops and looking at clothes. They each bought their siblings a gift, something that could be treasured forever.

Lissa bought a pen for Hattie which she asked the shopkeeper to emboss with the words 'Hattie, Fern, Lissa, William. Siblings forever.' It was a navy blue colour with a gold nib and end. When Lissa gave it to her she was awestruck, Hattie had not expected anything so beautiful and commemorative. For William she got a photo frame and inserted an image that had been taken in the museum of the four of them. She also got the photo frame embossed with the same words as were on Hattie's pen. He was very grateful and, for the first time he could properly remember, felt as if he belonged with these people, his siblings.

William didn't have much money, coming from the children's home specially to see his siblings so he made do with going to Thorntons and buying each of them a small milk chocolate slab with their name iced on it in white chocolate. They were all very pleased with the gift which made William feel even happier.

Fern purchased a small teddy bear for Hattie which had a cute baby blue tee-shirt on saying 'With love' on it. She gave William a customised tee-shirt which was dark green and stated 'William: The best big little brother!' When Fern presented it to him a wide smile spread over his face, lighting up his eyes so they shone like stars in the night sky.

Hattie told them to wait a few months and then she would give them their gifts. It'll be a surprise for you, she had said, and I won't be saying anything else till then.

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They spent the night in a small bed and breakfast cottage at the outskirts of the centre of Warwick. It was a nice place and the room accommodated the siblings perfectly. As they were drifting off to sleep Lissa whispered,

"Don't you think that this has been one of the most amazing days ever, one when you feel glad to be alive?"

"Yeah. It's been great to see you all and to get to know you." William whispered back softly.

"We should do it again soon. We need to become a family again. Reunite and bond like we did when we were younger." Lissa said.

"That's a good idea. This reunion has been so smooth and perfect. It's been nothing like I imagined. It's been better, if anything." Hattie joined in their conversation in a hushed voice.

"Ummmm." Lissa grunted in reply, neither Fern nor William made an effort to respond.

It wasn't long before the four of them had fallen into a deep and fitful sleep.

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