SPRING!!!! OMG, how exciting. So what it may snow fall for a day or two. This has been a great winter.
Here comes the further adventures of Charlie Costigan. Aunt and uncle have given her the choice of private school or public. She doesn’t want to cause them to spend extra money but off uncle takes her to the best private school nearby. Dressed in new clothes, Charlie straightens her shoulders as she leaves the limousine. Uncle Stuart introduces her to his friend , the head mistress, and tells her to call Robert when she is finished with testing.
I sat alone in a large room filled with, I did quick scan, fifty desks;”When the clock strikes eight thirty, begin,” said Sally the proctor and she disappeared.
I finished in fifty five minutes; she returned to find me eating an apple and drinking from a bottle of water.
Stunned, she said, “It always takes at least two hours to finish so now I’ll take you to the head mistress.”
Confident I aced everything, multiple choice is good if you have multiple personalities.
Mrs. Larimore left her important place behind her desk and sat next to me, a frown between her eyebrows. “The girls who attend Hamilton Academy are from privileged backgrounds and from what I understand you come from a small town in Minnesota, a different social strata.
Yeah, I got it, they ‘re rich__ and I’m a dirt farmer, by comparison.
Sally burst in with my test scores saying “you’ve got to see this.”
After reading my scores, Mrs. Larimore smiled and asked if I’d like to see the playing field, the gymnasium, lunchroom.
“Thank you but no , I’ll call Robert to bring me back to my family to discuss this morning”; and Charlie straightened her new clothes and left leaving Mrs. Larimore speechless.
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You had me at ‘multiple personalities’. I wonder what’s going on with her. I did notice, though, that starting at 8:30 and finishing in 55 minutes, she’d be only halfway through by 9:00.
She’s kidding and pardon the time thingy. I’m not good at math. Smartie pants. Effing will get you for this commentary!
Oh my, the change of attitude at the test score. I can’t believe that a headmistress can be so prejudice about a new student according to where they come from. What is wrong with the world!
Also I agree with Ed, you have a little time glitch.
Linda, thanks for stopping by. Prejudice is everywhere and this takes place in the ’60’s. Fancy school! I changed the time glitch-just in time.
I’m guessing Mrs Larimore is not often rendered speechless by a student. Good job of creating a strong sense of a patronising and prejudiced place, Charmaine.
Kim-thanks. That’s what I had in mind.
Good way to show how smart she is.
You must have fixed the time glitch before I got here, because it looks good to me. I did wonder, isn’t the proctor supposed to stay in the room? Part of what they do is ensure no one cheats.
No need for proctor since she’s the only one in the room to be tested and she’s an out-of -towner vetted from a wealthy family.
So, they don’t exactly want her there – but she aces the test anyway? I loved the ‘”dirt poor farmer” remark. They’d be lucky to have her.
She doesn’t want those stuck up folks. Next week I’ll show you Charlie at Public High School. Thanks, Paula.
Well, she obviously proved to them she wasn’t just a dirt farmer. 🙂
Our Charlie is brilliant. She will astound everyone including me.
Wow multiple personalities! That must the interesting to write! Thanks for checking up on me and I hope you’re feeling better than you were when I was here last.
That’s a Charlie joke. She’s also funny. As for me, I’m so fine. The latest meds have helped restore my voice. I will never sing again but at least I can talk. YIPPEE! 12 years of botox injection in the larynx didn’t help much-just a wee bit. That’s when I thought about writing. Sad to lose one’s voice and sad is not me. So happy you returned, GF.
Go Charlie, go Charlie! I like that she says no to seeing the school. Might set the matron’s nose straight a bit. I be Charlie is going to do some changing of others as well. Good excerpt.
Oh yes, wherever she goes, because of her tough background,she knows what to do when the going gets tough. And it does. Thanks, my friend.
I really liked this snippet. It portrayed her smarts, the condescending attitude of those in charge and — the multiple choice for multiple personalities was GOLD! Excited to see what happens next 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying your springtime!!!
Hey Girl, she is funny and brilliant. Thanks for tuning in If you have time and 2.99 read Together,Again to read the final installment of Charlie’s family secret.
I love how Charlie’s personality always comes through so clearly. She must be a joy to write about. And happy spring to you too, dear!
That she is/was and now I’ve finished with her saga Together,Again the last installment of the series ends in a blaze of glory. Best of good health to you and your family, Marcia.
Lol – love the line – multiple choice and multiple personalities
Charlie’s sense of humor. Thanks, Daryl.
Loved this, always so much fun when a person aces a test in half the time! Excellent excerpt.
I never did and I was really smart. Of course, Charlie is fictional yet so real to this writer. I’m sad to see it end with Together, Again. Tied up with secrets revealed and smart twin sisters at last home in Chicago with generous aunt and uncle Alfred. Thanks, Ms. V.
You can’t beat a smart female for exploding the stereotypes. 🙂 I hope Charlie keeps them on their toes!
You know she will and go on to glory! Yeah our Charlie!!
I loved the phrase ‘multiple choice is good if you have multiple personalities.’ You have such a wonderful writing style, Charmaine, I would probably enjoy even a shopping list, written by you! You are definitely on my TBR list (which grows longer by the minute).
Thanks Rachel. As soon as I can, SongBird will be on my list as well.
I always like to root for the dirt farmers, myself…
Thanks, T.M. What a guy!
I love how she behave so unexpected and really wanted to see the look on those teachers’ faces;). Great snippet!
Tina, good to have you back. Thanks for the dear comment.
Ooh, I was excited when she burst in with the test scores!! What were they?!
Perfect scores like no other-all aced by an unknown girl. Next week she shows the public High School what she can do and tries out for track.
Poor Charlie. She has a long hill to climb. 🙂
And yes! Spring! It can only snow for so long, right?? 🙂
And climb she will, all four books and now it’s over. Can that be possible? I barely knew how to write back then. Thanks for all your support, my dear friend.
I’m really liking Charlie.It seems like she’s finally having some good luck.
Well deserved after the first fifteen years of her life. Thanks so much, Elaine. We support each other week after week.
So she’s smart–or at least good at testing. That makes her a valuable commodity, and gives her a choice.
Many choices ahead for this brilliant fifteen year old. If you are interested and haven’t read Reconstructing Charlie, get a copy and see how an inexperienced writer put together a good story. Thanks, Caitlin.
I like her self-confidence, not an easy thing for a young girl who has lived such a hard life to have. I chuckled about the proctor returning to find her eating an apple and drinking water.
The air of confidence. What a girl. Thanks , Chelle-for everything always.