|Room vacant. (standard:mystery, 1073 words)|
|Author: Bryn Pearson||Added: May 07 2001||Views/Reads: 2173/1400||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|When Will and Beatrice find they cannot pay the bills, they advertsie for a lodger. The year is 1911, and life will never be the same again.|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story South America, travelling south in search of seals. In the meantime he had sent me a brooch. He hoped I would wear it. I opened the parcel to find a tiny bird mounted on a setting. Feathers colourful, jewels for eyes and the beak was gold. I hardley dared to touch it and I could not imagine ever wearing such a thing: It was too much and I hated to think what he had spent on it. But it was beautiful. I almost wished I had some clothes good enough for wearing it with. I imagined Mr Angarth in some hot, foreign place where all the trees were full of brilliant birds. I watched my resident flock of starlings, and wondered what name the bright foreign thing had, and thought how pretty a whole bird must look. I didnít think about why he had sent it. I knew, but I didnít think about it. With hindsight, war was inevitable, but we spent a long time trying to tell ourselves that it would not come. Will was making engines and there was no question of him being called up. It seemed like a distant threat, looming on the horizon. That year the final letter came, from somewhere in South America. Mr Angarth had seen seals and had found a boat he could go out on. By Christmas I was to have my coat. I never believed that it would happen. I remember one dreary wet day at the end of November. My little son had a cold had was sleeping at last, wrapped in a blanket and curled up by the fire. His coughing had been terrible all morning. I stopped for a while to catch my breath and warm my hands. Above the crackling of the fire, I heard a floorboard creak, and then came the soft padding of feet, back and forth, socks on a thin mat in the bedroom above. I listened, too shocked to mourn or wonder. Tweet
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