So We Could Be Together
By Mallory Quinn
"If London was relate to me…"
The coach arrived at the harbour at Southampton and had barely stopped when Candy jumped out and ran as fast as she could.
Candy’s world came crashing down around her. She missed him! She missed Terry! She felt her heart breaking into a thousand pieces. She loved Terry and he had left her. She ran to the harbour making her way among the people there who were waving to their love ones on the parting boat. She arrived at the front and started making big sings with her arms.
Candy turned around like in a dream, and to her big surprise, she saw Terry standing in front of her. She didn’t miss him after all! The boy she loved with all her heart was standing in front off her. Without thinking, she jumped to his neck and he held her in his arms. Terry smelled the fresh scent of her beautiful blond and curly hair. He never thought he’d see her so soon. He missed her so much already! He hadn’t seen her since the punishment. Candy couldn’t believe her luck. She was with Terry! After all those days passed in the dungeon, locked up alone and especially without Terry! She felt the strength of his arms around her and was savouring every moment. The moment of surprised passed, Candy suddenly remembered why she was there. He had left! He had left her a note, a "dear Jane letter" as a good bye! She was suddenly angry. She stopped hugging him and started hitting him repeatedly on the chest.
He couldn’t place a word in her tirade, she was continued hitting him on the chest and complaining. Terry took both of her hands so she’ll stop hitting him and put his lips on hers so she’ll stop talking. Candy was completely thrown by the kiss. The second one he stole from her, to make her shut up of course, but not without passion. This time she won’t slap him, she closed her eyes and responded to the kiss ardently. She forgot her complaining; those delicious sensations she felt were enough. Terry let go of her hands and she put them around his neck.
The people around them were smiling and started clapping their hands. Most of them saw what happened from the beginning; Candy’s arrival by coach, her running to the harbour, her big declaration of love, their reunion, their little fight and finally the kiss. Our two love birds were so caught up by their passion, that they didn’t hear the applauds in the beginning. They stopped when they realized they had an audience.
A part of the crowd said "Aww" disappointed and another part was still laughing. Candy and Terry walked towards an inn not too far from there. They got in and when to sit at a table near a window and they ordered a breakfast for two. While they were waiting for the food, Terry finally asked;
Aside in his wildest dreams, Terry never thought he’d hear Candy pronounce those words. She wanted to come with him! His sacrifice was pointless, because Candy had left the college anyway.
Terry looked at her with fascination. He liked her strong character. She wanted to do something of her life. He was secretly proud of her.
At that moment, the servers brought them their breakfast and they started to eat.
Terry knew that if he found himself in the same room as Candy, he’ll need all the strength of the world to resist to the attraction he had towards her. They finished their breakfast and asked the innkeeper if she had another vacant room.
Terry took the key and took Candy to her room with her bag. She took a shower and changed. No more strict uniforms or the hard discipline of St. Paul College. She could now wear whatever she wanted and nobody could tell her the contrary. Terry was waiting for her outside. They took a coach together and went to the centre of London. They found themselves at a flea market. They were selling everything, old and new, dishes, statues, jewels, clothes etc. They were looking at old jewels when Terry saw a nice gold bracelet he liked a lot. He decided to buy it for Candy. He bargained with the vendor for a while and they finally agreed on a price and he bought the bracelet and gave it immediately to Candy.
She put it on her wrist right away.
They arrived at Hyde Park while talking about everything and nothing. Terry had to go to the bank to see how his father left his finances.
Terry left and Candy was looking at the some kids who were playing from not too far from where she was sitting. There was a group of little children bout six years old, boys and girls in uniform; grey skirts and pants, white shirts and navy bleu jumpers. They were speaking French. Probably kids from the French School Candy thought. The boys were playing ball and the girls were playing hopscotch. Another group of children were singing and playing hand games. The students were accompanied by two teachers; a young nun and another woman a little older, in her thirties. They sat on a bench not too far from where Candy was sitting. The children seemed so happy. They certainly had a mother and a father Candy thought, who took care of their needs. A sudden sadness came to her, she thought of the family she’ll never know. How was her mother? Her father? Did she have her mother’s eyes or her father’s? Why was she abandoned? Those sad thoughts were interrupted by the cries of a little girl who fell on the ground and hurt her knee. Candy ran to her.
She took an handkerchief from her purse and started cleaning the little girls wound. She then took her to the two teachers who didn’t see what happened.
Candy told them what had happened at St. Paul college; how Terry sacrificed himself and their reunion.
Candy smiled and thought about Miss Pony and Sister Maria. She was eager to see them again. She maybe had no biological family, but Miss Pony and Sister Maria were very maternal with her.
The little girl who hurt herself- her name was Amélie - called her to play ball with the other kids. So she was running and laughing with the playing children.
A young man with blond hair was passing by the park and was looking at Candy playing with the children. His heart jumped in his chest.
"Wouldn’t that be …? No, what am I saying? She’s probably still in Australia."
He came closer and saw something shining on the young lady’s arm. The gold bracelet!
"It’s her! He said to himself"
And he ran towards the young lady who was in the middle of children who were screaming and laughing.
Since Candy wasn’t answering, she had her back turned, and she was continuing playing and laughing with the little ones.
Candy finally turned around and saw a handsome blond man very well dressed who was looking at her smiling. But his smile faded when he saw that she wasn’t Georgie.
And he left without asking anymore question. Candy was a little puzzled by the incident. Who was Georgie? Was it really her bracelet that Terry had just bought for her? Did she really look like her? All those questions had had to wait, because the children were calling her back to play.
Terrence Grandchester entered the Lloyd’s National Bank and asked to see the manager. He wanted to know if his father had cut him off. He had a little money his grandfather had left him, but he could access it only at his majority; which meant only in about a year. He wanted to make arrangement with the bank so he could get the money in America when the time comes. The bank manager greeted him warmly.
He gave Terry a yellow envelope. Terry took the envelope and opened it. He found a cheque in his name for an exorbitant amount and a note from his father.
My dear son,
I’m letting you follow your dreams. Your girlfriend convinced me to leave
you alone. Here’s a little something to help you leave until you find a way
to support yourself.
I hope your dreams are going to come true. And don’t forget to come back
To fulfill your duty. The door will always be opened for you.
Terry couldn’t believe his eyes! The money his father had left him was more than enough for him to get an apartment and find a job in a theatre in America. Why America? Why not England? He wanted unconsciously be near his mother. Candy!!!! She was able to persuade his father! Her goodness was contagious! He thanked the manager and left the bank after making the necessary arrangements. He forgot about his initial project, he didn’t need it anymore. He was walking on the street and passed in front of a jewellery store. He got in and went where the engagement rings and wedding bands. He was looking at the engagement rings when he heard a young lady talking.
Terry turned around and saw a young lady from behind, long blond curly hair and his heart jumped in his chest. He came close to her.
The young lady turned around and Terry stopped his speech.
Terry went back to where the rings were. The vendor was there and he bought an engagement ring and wedding bands. Eliza’s trap thought him not to take anything for granted anymore. He swore that nothing or anyone would separate him from Candy this time. Not Eliza, no one. He left the jewellery store and went back to the park. He took more time than he initially thought. He arrived at the park and saw his Miss freckles playing joyfully with a group of children. He smiled; she bought joy every where she passed. He got closer and saw the two teachers talking about Candy.
In the middle of all the creams of the children, she heard the voice of her beloved.
She went near him and kissed him on the cheek. The children did and "Ouuuu!" and the two teachers looked at them smiling. Candy’s boyfriend was there.
The children made an "awww" disappointed, and they lined up almost against their will. They said goodbye and left the park in opposite directions. Terry took Candy window shopping until lunch time. They went to eat in a little restaurant in the centre of London. While they were eating, Candy finally asked how it went at the bank.
They finished their meal talking about random things. They were together and feeling so good. Terry took her on a tour of the city. They saw the Queen’s palace, Buckingham, the tower bridge, le Big Ben and the house of parliament, the wax museum, Madame Tussaud etc. They went back to the inn, tired and just in time for dinner. The innkeeper served them diner. After diner, Terry suggested they go to a pub. They went to a pub not too far from the inn. The music was loud, some people were talking, some were drinking and some were dancing. Candy and Terry had a drink and started dancing. While they were sitting at their table, a young woman came to them and gave them a piece of paper that talked about a ball that was to happen in two days, they were looking for waiters and waitresses.
She was walking toward the ladies’ room, when a man stopped her.
The light wasn’t very bright, but the man saw that she wasn’t Georgie. Candy remained pensive. It was the second time of the day they mistaken her for Georgie. She was longing to see her. She finished her business and went to Terry who was waiting for her at the door. While they were walking to the inn, Terry saw that Candy was a little silent and pensive.
Terry was happy she didn’t insist. The engagement ring was suppose to be a surprise. Candy was anyway to preoccupied with the Georgie business to continue the conversation. Terry held tight in his arms. He knew that Candy wanted Georgie to be that family member she never knew. But he didn’t want to say anything so she won’t be discouraged if it doesn’t pan out. Candy was thinking the same thing and didn’t want to say it out loud; she didn’t want to jinx it.
When they arrived in front of Candy’s room, Terry gave her a kiss on the forehead. He said good night to her and started to walk towards his room. Candy was stunned. She wanted Terry to kiss her… since their kiss in front of everybody that morning; she wanted him to kiss her again.
He turned around and was surprised to see her still standing there in the hallway.
No need to tell him twice. He came back on his steps, took the young girl in his arms and kissed her with passion. An endless kiss, which took Candy into a turmoil of passion, delights and exquisite sensations, confused and intoxicating dizziness. When they finally stopped, Candy was on a cloud.
She went to her room still intoxicated by the effects of the kiss. She changed, say her payers and went to bed. She closed her eyes as soon as her head hit the pillow. The day since her running away from the college at dawn, to the pub with Terry had completely worn her out.