The High King’s Daughter Part 3
In Amelia’s point of view
Previously on The High King’s Daughter:
“Hi. I’m Amelia. I’m sorry if Horhay caused some trouble.”
The girl with the long, black hair and the apron was the first to snap into action.
“Hi, Amelia! Welcome home! Here is your chicken, Horhay, did you say?” She said.
“Yeah, thanks. But, I don’t think that I will be here for long. I haven’t ever stayed in one home for more than two or three days.” I replied after I took Horhay back.
The red-head is talking this time, “Well, I-I think that this time will be different. Julie and I will go and get your luggage. Rebecca, why don’t you take her to your room, clean her up, and bring her back down for name games and the welcome gift.” I see one roll her eyes. Maybe that’s Rebecca? “Uh, where is your luggage?”
“Oh, no luggage. I have never stayed in one place long enough to accumulate anything worth keeping.” I say.
“Oh-uh-ok, well, um, why don’t you just go with Rebecca and get clean and dressed.”
“Ok, but I still think that this is a waste of time. I have never stayed in one home longer than three days.” I say while moving over to Rebecca.
“Good riddance.” I hear her mutter under her breath.
“Come on. Let’s go. Just don’t touch me or my clothes. These are designer clothes.” She said with an eye roll while leading me over to the staircase door.
A few minutes later, I am in a purple room with a luxury bed and a full wardrobe.
“Here, go in the bathroom and put this on. After that, we’ll do something about your face”
“What! There’s nothing wrong with my face!” I reply, exasperated.
“Yeah, whatever. Just go change.” Says Rebecca while shoving me through the door.
About fifteen minutes later, I hear Rebecca pounding at the door.
“What are you doing?!? Are you trying to get the water out of the cactus?!” I hear her shriek.
“I’m sorry! Maybe I haven’t worn a dress since my mother ditched me at the adoption center doors!”
“Um-well-uh-” she’s embarrassed. “Just hurry up. If you need any help with the little things, I guess I can help you.” That was kind of nice…for her.
“No thanks, I think I’ve got it,” I say back to her.
“How do I look?” I say when I come out of the bathroom.
“Um, well, just…” I can see the look on her face. She hates it. “Come here, let me fix it!”
After about a half hour later, we are walking down the stairs to the living room.
“What do you think?” Rebecca says, “It was the best that I could do with what I had to work with.”
“Rebecca!” Long blonde girl talking now. “I think she looks wonderful! Don’t you guys?” Statements of affirmation and agreement were heard throughout the room.
“I think that you look fantastic.” Said the red-head. “Why don’t you come sit down and play a get-to-know-you game. After that, we will give you your ‘welcome gift’.”
“Sure, but I think it will just be a waste of time. I don’t think that I will be here very long. I have never stayed in one place for more than three days.”
“Balderdash! Come on and take a seat on one of the pillows of the floor.” Says the red-head.
“Well, ok.” I say as I take a seat.
“What should we play?” Said the girl with the big, brown curls.
“How about two truths and a lie!” Said the girl with medium-length, straight, brown hair.
“Ooh, yeah! I like that one!” Curly black-ish hair girl.
“Ok,” it’s the red-head, “Let’s all say our names, how old we are, then our two truths and one lie. We will start with Amelia, since she’s new.”
“Um, ok, I am Amelia. I was born into a family with a dog, I have been to thirteen different homes, and I have been in the asylum for fifteen years.”
“I think that the one about the homes is the lie. Are y’all with me?” Said the girl with the straight, brown hair. Agreements were heard throughout the room.
“Actually, the lie was the one about being born to a family with a dog.” This made everyone uncomfortable. I could see them shifting their wait.
“Um, ok, well, I guess I’ll go next. My name is Alex, short for Alexia, I have had a service dog in the past, I have never gone skiing, and I built a snowman last week.” The curly one said.
Well, I might as well participate.
“Is it the one about the service dog?” I asked to humor them.
“Nope! It’s the one about the snowman.” Alex said.
A few moments later, we had gone around the room and I knew everyone’s names and a little bit about them. Then, Nelly stood up.
“Amelia,” she said, “we have a tradition in our house. Every new family member receives a special gift from us after we finish the game. So, therefore, we are happy to present you with this, to welcome you to our family.” Is that a tear I see?
“Oh, um, thanks. Are you sure? I shouldn’t be here very long.”
“Yes, I’m sure. Go ahead, open it!”
“Well, ok. Here I go…”
“It’s… it’s…it’s, a diary.”
“Yep! You can write your thoughts in it. I know that moving to a new family can be very hard, so you can write all of your thoughts and problems in it. But, of course, feel free to come to us. We have your room all set up. Julie and Josephina, why don’t you take her up to her room?”
“Actually, I can just do it.” Said Josephina. I thought that she was like crazy or something.
“Um, ok. Are you sure? Do you know where it is?” Said Nelly. All of the others had exasperated looks on their faces.
“Yes,” she nods. “Second door, third floor on the right.” She says.
“Well, ok,” Nelly says.
Josephina looks at me and nods her head towards the door.
“Let’s go.” She says with a smile, while Alex and Samantha share a look.
When I get up to my room, Josephina sits me down.
“Well, it’s certainly been a while. What have you learned about the code.”
I look into her eyes and I remember where I know her from. I feel a rush come over me as a give a slight smile.
“So it was all a game, wasn’t it?”
TO BE CONTINUED
So, what’d you think? The main plot kind of died, but I still think that it was good!