“Oh miss, whatever is the matter? What has you so upset?” Bessie sat down next to the crying younger woman. Clara turned her face from the covering of the pillow and quickly wiped the moist tears from her cheeks.
“Oh Bessie I am to be sent away. Tomorrow in fact!”
“Yes your father has just informed me. But why the tears? You shall have a marvellous time in London, why all the balls and admirers…” Bessie smiled.
“But I shall miss you terribly and Sam and..” her voice trailed off as she broke into fresh sobs.
“You are?!” Clara asked hopefully.
“Yes miss so do not worry as I shall not be far from you, though I’m sure you'll forget all about me soon enough!”
Clara managed a watery smile, Bessie’s news had relieved her somewhat. With a gentle pat on the back, Bessie rose and began to prepare for the trip, packing Clara’s belongings into the leather cases while Clara soon succumbed to sleep.
The journey to London was uneventful, though the noise and of the city was a relatively new experience for Clara and she spent the latter part of staring out the window absorbing the new surroundings. Soon enough they arrived at the front of her Uncle and Aunts townhouse and Clara was
invited inside by the family butler after saying a hearty goodbye to Bessie.
She had only taken a few steps inside when she saw a red headed girl race down the stairs and towards her, embracing her enthusiastically
“Oh Clara! It has been so long since I’ve seen you, I'm so glad you are here!”
“Yes me too!” She said half truthfully, it was certainly good to see her cousin again.
“Ruby, no running in the house!” came a deep voice from nearby. Clara looked towards the direction it came from where she saw a tall man a few years older than her, stood by the door, his face featuring a broad grin.
“William!” Clara cried as she was greeted by her other cousin as soon as Ruby released her.
“My haven’t you grown. Still look like the little imp I remember mind!” William teased after kissing her on the cheek.