Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014
Bradlington. Yeah. That was a good choice. Good area, I presume.
Summer glanced around, taking in the sight of the bright and neat town. The streets looked clean and litter-free. There were a fair amount of stores and a large mall. The town was rather quiet at this time of day.
'Looks like a place where rich people live.' Summer thought as she gazed at the enormous mansions running down the whole street. She walked towards the post office.
The door jingled as she headed over to the front counter. A posh-looking, middle-aged woman with a tight, light blonde bun sitting on her head looked up from the bundle of papers on top of her office.
"Why hello, darling. How may I help you?" She greeted Summer with a polite smile.
"Good afternoon, Miss..." Summer squinted at the golden name tag pinned on the receptionist's clean, white blouse. "Miss Harrington." Summer looked up and smiled back at the woman. "Um, I've just arrived here, and I haven't exactly planned for anything, I was wondering if you would know of any places I could stay at while I'm here... I'll probably be staying for a while... and if there are any places accepting new employees... um, I haven't got a resume, and I don't think I've got any good qualifications and... um, yeah." Summer's voice faded into a whisper as she realized that she hadn't carefully thought about her decision.
Miss Harrington noticed Summer's scratches and her bruised, tired eyes.
"Oh, darling, have you gotten any sleep at all? And what happened to your face?"
Summer looked away.
"Oh, I'd rather not talk about it."
Oh, um, okay..." Miss Harrington peered, unsure of how to respond now.
"So, um..." Summer silently panicked.
Oh my gosh, this is so awkward. Think, Summer, think! She's staring at me. Oh my goodness. Oh my gosh, change the subject! Wait, I was asking about a job before she noticed my face!
"Job!" Summer blurted.
Miss Harrington cocked her head at Summer's odd behaviour.
"Oh, sorry. Um, yeah, I was asking you if you could possibly know of a place I could get a job at? Even though I'm not quite experienced at a lot of stuff... Um, I've babysat before?"
I am such an idiot.
Miss Harrington pushed up the sleek, black glasses that were sitting on her nose and looked through a notebook, then back at Summer.
"Sorry, I didn't get your name before, dear. So, your name?"
My name. What's my name? Wait, I can't tell her my real name. I should change my name. I know!
Yeah. Jade. Cause' I totally look like Jade.
"Jade. Okay, Jade. Most of these jobs will need some specific requirements and qualifications... which you don't have. I'm sorry Jade, it will be difficult for you to get some work, since you aren't qualified for most of the job vacancies I have here."
And right at that moment, the phone rang.
"Oh, excuse me." Miss Harrington said as she picked up the white cordless telephone. "Hello, Bradlington Post Office, Charice Harrington speaking, how may I help you?" She spoke into the phone."Mhm... Yes, I see..." Miss Harrington's eyes brightened as she grabbed her pen to scribble into the notebook. "Yes, I may have one possible employee for you... Yes, I will give her the details... Mhm... Name? Oh, name." Miss Harrington covered the speaker with her hand as she looked up to Summer. "I'm sorry, your last name?"
Jade White. How stupid.
"Yes, her name is Jade White. Age?" Miss Harrington looked up again.
"Sixteen." Summer whispered.
"Sixteen." Miss Harrington repeated into the phone. "A new chauffeur? Yes, yes. Let me handle it. Go attend to your wife, I'll make up the arrangements. Of course. Yes. You too. Goodbye." Miss Harrington hung up placed the phone back on its dock and re-read the notebook.
"You're in luck, Jade. That was Mr. Jack Lockwood, one of our locals. He is currently in need of 2 nannies, and I recommended you. He said that his maid will meet you, since he is very busy this week, but I think you'll do just fine. You said you did babysitting. Can you handle newborns?" Miss Harrington took a deep breath. A smile spread across Summer's face.
"I've babysat newborns before. Thank you so much, Miss Harrington. When will I start?"
"Oh, that's right. He said some more things. You won't need a resume, but I must give him your number so he can contact you."
"Thank you. Aaaaaand emailed. Mr. Lockwood also said he is willing to provide food and housing, you will be living in one of his rooms. I do say, you're very lucky, Jade. The Lockwood mansion is stunning, it will be one of the best jobs you can get without high qualifications! Oh yes, Mr. Lockwood said that you can head over to his mansion today, any time. Have you got anything else to do today?"
"Nope. How do I get to his house?"
"You can just walk. He lives right down this street, the first big cream-coloured house you see, number 11. Although in future, you'll probably be taken to and fro' by a chauffeur." Miss Harrington chuckled. "Just knock on their door and say you're there for the nanny position."
"Thank you so much, Miss Harrington."
"No problem. Will you need anything else?"
"No, thank you. I'll probably leave now. Thank you, good bye."
"Good bye, have a nice day."
Summer heads out the door and looks around. Spotting the house Miss Harrington described, she walked joyfully, almost skipping, for the first time that day.
Standing on the front steps of the grand, gigantic home, Summer rubbed her hands together nervously, before shakily reaching for the shiny, gold doorbell.
The door opened no sooner than Summer could withdraw her hand.
"Good afternoon!" a slim, fair-skinned brunette dressed in what looked like a housekeeper's outfit greeted Summer cheerfully. "How may I help you this fine day?"
"Hello, um, I'm here for the nanny position?"
"Oh, yes! Jade White, I presume?"
"Yes, that's me."
"Welcome!" The kind-looking young woman opened the door wider and motioned for Summer to come inside. "I'm Tina, the Lockwood's maid and housekeeper. Let me give you a tour of the house. We'll start from the very bottom. This house is very large, and you'll have to learn your way around it quite soon, so be prepared to be pay full attention." Tina chatted along as they descended the stairs leading to the garage. She flicked one of the switches on the wall and the spacious room lit up. The garage was very clean and organized, with a shelf along the far end of the room to hold various types of supplies. There was a door in the wall next to it, which Tina pointed to.
"That there is our storage room. We're not going to go in there, since there's nothing to look at and it's just a room with a big bunch of boxes. We only own one auto mobile, which the Lockwoods have taken with them to the hospital."
"Oh, yes. Cindy- I mean, Mrs. Lockwood, is pregnant with twins, and she was supposed to be due next week, but her water broke and we may be expecting an early birth. By the way, I will be taking the week off next week, so I won't be here to help you out and you might be required to do some light housekeeping as well. I hope you don't mind."
"Not at all."
"So, all the Lockwoods are out at the moment, Mr and Mrs Lockwood left for the hospital this morning, and Carlson- that's the chauffeur- just came back about an hour ago to pick up the boys- that's Jarred, 13, Asher,17, and Isaac, 18. We only have boys, no girls yet. I'm hoping we could get a girl this time. Asher woke up feeling unwell today, and Mr Lockwood wanted the boys at the hospital, so that's where they are now."
Summer listened carefully as the chatty maid babbled on and continued the tour.
"Now this is the living room... These are the children's side of the corridor, there's Isaac and Asher's, and there's Jarred's. And this one will be the twins' room. And this master suite is for the Mr and Mrs... The west wing is for guests, but you'll be sleeping next to my room, in the worker's living area, which is at the back of the house. I'll take you there in a minute... And this is the miniature ballroom, we hold parties here often... This is the kitchen, that's Ricardo and his wife, Fabiana, they're our cooks... This is the garden, and that's the gardener, Juan... and this is your room."
Tina opened the door to a clean, white and empty spacious room. Smaller than the family member's rooms, but nevertheless, spacious. A clean, white queen-sized bed was positioned at the in between two bedside tables over at the centre of the far wall. The blankets were folded and the pillows were propped up neatly. A bowl of fresh fruit stood enticingly atop the left bedside table. There was even a luxury private bathroom and a small walk-in closet and a vanity beside the door. A small, sleek black television was positioned opposite the bed, a simple, clean desk beside it and a mini fridge topped with a microwave.
"Oh, wow... It's really nice. Who's my roommate? Summer stared at the room in awe. It was better than her room, that's for sure. Almost like a hotel room, but way better.
"You don't get a roommate. Can't you see there's only one bed?"
"But this room is so big! Why do the Lockwoods bother?"
"They're just generous people, I guess. It's not that big, though. It's actually rather small."
Summer stared at Tina in disbelief.
"Well, I should let you get settled in. By the way, where are your bags?" asked Tina.
"Oh, it's a long story. Thanks anyway."
"Oh, okay. Say, are you hungry?"
"Oh, I'm starving. I haven't had time to eat lunch yet."
"Oh my, poor you! Here, meet me at the kitchen when you're ready and I'll get Pristine or Gerald to whip something up for you."
"Oh, okay. Thanks so much."
"No problem. Make yourself at home, feel free to watch something or freshen up."
And with that, Tina was gone.
Hey guys, soz if the tour stuff was boring for you or anything lol. This chapter's a bit longer than the previous ones. Anyway, hope yous enjoy it! Thanks-