Here is the first chapter of another story of mine titled Behind The Curtain. Please tell me how you like it!
Oh, before I start I want to let you all know that this is set in modern time. I love history so much that this is my first story set in modern time! It is set in Madison, Virginia, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Now, without further adieu, let the story begin!
Chapter 1 ~ The Trip
I woke up to the sound of my sister Della’s voice calling, “Maddie! Maddie! It is finally time! Wake up!” I laid there for only one more treasured second, then my eyes popped open and I leaped out of my bed. The day is finally here! I thought. We are going to go see Grandpa and Gigi! I had been to my grandparent’s house before, but I was so young I did not remember it well. Daddy had started his own business and we hadn’t been able to travel at all. Daddy hired someone to help him this past year, so Daddy decided we could make the trip to North Carolina to see Grandpa and Gigi.
Della, only four years old, was prancing happily around our pretty green bedroom. Our beds are on the sides of the room, with a window on the back wall. We have one tall white dresser by the door. I pulled open our lacy white curtains. The sun was beginning to rise over the rolling hills in brilliant colors and shone over Madison, our Virginia city. It was a beautiful sight, but I did not have any time to enjoy the scenery. “Maddie, hurry!” Della prompted me, pointing at our matching blue dresses dotted with flowers that Mama had left draped over the dresser. I quickly helped Della dress and then I got dressed. We both ran down the hallway, down the stairs, and through the living room to the kitchen where Mama stood making sandwiches for lunch. Mama is pretty, with dark brown hair and big brown eyes. I look exactly like her, just younger. Some people say that if we were the same age, no one would be able to tell us apart.
“Good morning, girls! Are you all packed and ready to go to Gigi and Grandpa’s?”
“Yes, Mama,” we quickly answered.
“You want just peanut butter. Right, Maddie?” Mama asked.
“Yes, ma’am,” I nodded. I detest eating jelly.
“And I want strawberry jelly!” Della yelled.
“Okay, okay. Not so loud,” Mama said with her beautiful smile. “Now go get some breakfast. Daddy is outside loading the SUV, and he wants to leave very soon.” Della went to the pantry and got out a box of Cheerios while I got two bowls. We sat down at the table with our brother James. We ate our food and hurried outside. Mama and Daddy were loading the final bags into our brown SUV.
“Here is the bag, Maddie,” Mama said, handing me a big black bag full of toys for the trip. Mama buckled Ryan, our baby brother, into his car seat as I buckled myself into the seat beside him. Della was on my other side. James was in the back. Soon we were off to spend a week at Gigi and Grandpa’s. We were all very excited.
Five hours later we arrived in Raleigh, North Carolina, the city where our grandparents live. We enjoyed looking at the tall buildings that rose to the sky of North Carolina’s capital. We drove through the narrow streets until we pulled up in front of a large two-story brick house.
“We’re here!” Daddy called. We all stared at the impressive house. I did not at all remember the house was so big! I grabbed the bag of toys as we all rushed to climb out of the van and ran up the concrete walkway to a long front porch of dark wood spanning the entire length of the house. I boldly rang the bell beside the big front door with narrow windows on each side. I heard footsteps in the house and then the door opened. Gigi stood in the doorway and said happily,
“Welcome, welcome, dears! Come on in.” As we entered the foyer of the house, Grandpa, a very kind gray-haired man with a big smile, entered. We all, including Mama and Daddy who had entered behind us, gave our hugs and hellos to Gigi and Grandpa. It was so very wonderful to see them again! Then we all left the foyer and entered a spacious living room. We sat down on the two low couches at the end of the room. Gigi and Grandpa sat in their recliners and we all discussed what was happening in Virginia and among our relatives. As the adults got into more boring subjects, we children explored the house. There was a short hallway that led to a large bedroom and a nice screen porch at the side of the house. There were definitely more rooms in the big house, but none of us kids knew where they were. When we went back to the living room, Gigi left to make some dinner.
“You must be hungry after the long trip,” she insisted.
“We all ate sandwiches,” Mama said, but Gigi continued to make dinner. We played a game with Grandpa until it was time to eat. The dining room was right next to the living room. Gigi had the wooden table laden with chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans. It was all so delicious! As the meal ended, I looked at Grandpa who was seated at the head of the table and asked,
“Grandpa, where is the rest of the house?”
Grandpa laughed heartily and answered, “Behind the curtain.”