Leslie of Rocky Point by Allison McCulloch 6/22/98 KS - Does it usually snow around or on Christmas in P.E.I.? Yes I. Ingleside II. A Beautiful Wedding III. Auburn Hill IV. Uncle Jem V. School Days VI. On the way to the Store VII. Tea at Longview VIII.Bryant IX. The Graveyard X. Thanksgiving XI. Church XII. Glimpse of Longview XIII. The Blue Woman XV. Father XVI.The Special Thing XVII. Dr. Clodagh Grant War Notes XVIII. Strange Roads Lead Home XIX. The Gray Garden XX. Escape from the River War Emerges XXI. Searching for a Gift XXII. Rosemary's Thoughts XXIII. Una and Dean - no dean XXIV. A School of Her Own XXV. -Untitled- XXVI. Toronto XXVII. Unnamed Boy XXVIII. Shyela Pilot XXIX. June XXXII. Death Comes XXXIV. Jem Goes XXXV. Tomorrow Will Come XXXVI. Ken is Amazed XXXVII. XXXVIII. XXXIX. XL. XLI. XLII. Someday .Setting: Four Winds, '39-42 Name: Leslie Anne Ford b.1926 Curious/Nice Brown hair concluded @ shoulders Ambition: Weakness: Curiosity Attached to: Best friend: Evelyn Blythe Childhood friend: Campbell Young Not very fond of: Tamsin Young Evelyn Blythe: Story-teller The Blue Woman: Rosemary Meredith Grandad: Gilbert Blythe Collette M.: Musician Places: Serene Creek, Violet Walk July 1938 I. Leslie is twelve, visiting Grandmother Anne Saturday (it was the Special Thing). She lives at Rocky Point, and has previously lived in the States and visited Europe. A. Anne is nearing sixty years of age. She explains scrapes of childhood, White Sands, and Avonlea. "What gorgeous name, Gr. Anne! And Hester Gray's garden. I want to go there someday." Anne's eyes laughed. B. Leslie tells of when she was in Europe and how she had been in the states for a decade. C. Anne says that strange things happened at R. P. While they were away, including a kidnaping and an auction. It was a rage. II. The wedding of Bruce Meredith and Winifred Bergin, the schoolteacher. A. Anne describes the people who are there to Leslie and what they must be thinking (Leslie catches sight of the Blue Woman). 1. Marcus Neal who 2. Zephyr Palmer who 3. Bernice Johnson who tried to "get" Bruce to court her. 4. Wesley Ryan who was closer to W. Bergin's brother and always assumed he would get her. Change? Anne failed to mention what Rosemary was thinking...Leslie didn't ask/know about her. B. Anne points out Aunt Faith and cousins Emily, Evelyn ( who is a year older), the twins: Matthew and Evangeline. C. Points out Aunt Nan and Uncle Jerry, cousins Collette and Justice. D. Anne tells the details about Bruce M. and Winifred's wedding, and how it was put off. 1. Bruce had tried courting some of the girls of the Glen, but decided he must remain a bachelor. Then Winifred came and was enraptured by her beauty." They were engaged, but were separated by a quarrel. Winifred married a Gardon Baxter. Gordon did. "How do you know these things, Grandmother Anne? It seems like such a fairy tale." Change. August 1938 III. Evelyn comes one afternoon to ask Leslie to come to Auburn Hill. A. "Who is that pretty girl?" Leslie asks. "That's our cousin, Jocelyn Kendall. She's Aunt Di's daughter. You must never speak of her to Grandmother Anne." Evelyn's pointing caught Jocelyn's attention. Jocelyn is alluring, witty, older, and is about sixteen. She has dozens of (beaux.) She laughs and frightens the girls away. Evelyn goes on to explain how Aunt Di married our Uncle Neville much against Grandfather's wishes. His father murdered a political figure and was pursued and killed by and didn't fight in the Great War. So they live over the field, to the west, on a piece of land they call Longview. And the house is placed on high ground, Leslie, so you can see for a long way out to the sea. "Tell me about Uncle Neville." Uncle Neville was wickedly handsome. Oh he was. He still is for an uncle who is nearing fifty. He's a mite older than Aunt Di (D=41, N=48). They say his mother, old Mrs. Aileen Kendall forced him to stay with her and not go to the war, because he was her only possession -as if he were a book or a prized bowl!- and she would go into hysterics if he died. Her only daughter, Rebecca died when she and Elaine Mills got lost that one night in the forest. Neville and Di have a daughter, Jocelyn. She's older than your brother Gilbert. Why, you mean Aunt Rilla never told you about Uncle Neville or Aunt Di? B. Well, here we are at Auburn Hill. Leslie felt part of Auburn Hill and felt it hug her when she stepped over the threshold. I love it! -Love what? This gorgeous house with a grandfather clock by the winding stairs! This is the sort of house I always longed to have- one with the scent of love. -I don't know how you can smell love. -Hello Uncle Jem. A tall figure stooped to kiss his niece. V. Uncle Jem A. The peppermints Uncle Jem gave them would breathe in her a new soul when she sucked them. She liked Uncle Jem. He winked at her and called her "Young Spider." He joked with Aunt Faith and she laughed. Mother had a rather silly laugh, but Aunt Faith's laugh rang out like an angel's. But then she turned to Evelyn and asked if angels could laugh. Evelyn, "Of course- well, but then I don't know." Aunt Faith had to tell Leslie that parents were coming to Rocky Point for the winter, so she could go to school with Evelyn, etc. Dad and Mother were coming with Walter and Leslie. Gilbert was at school in Ontario. Evelyn counts four. Where's the fifth? Leslie: "Amelia. She was born after Gilbert and died. Mother's heart was broken." Septemberish 1938 VI. School Days - Classmates include the Youngs, Evelyn, A. Leslie is in Miss Strickland's class. Miss Strickland made her sit next to Tamsin Young. Tamsin made rude comments about everything. Campbell Y. sat to the left of Leslie. He spit paper at his sister when she distracted Leslie. 1. Laughs [mockingly] silently & arrogantly when Miss Strickland gives spelling bee.Malleable Cspits at Tamsin. 2. 3. B. VII. On the way to the Store A. One day when she came to Auburn Hill, Evelyn caught cold and couldn't play and Aunt Faith had to stay with the twins and Emily couldn't go to the store. So Leslie went alone. She passed Longview and went farther than Ingleside to the main road. She soon came to the bridge overlooking the most serene creek. Aunt Faith had told her not to be too long, but Leslie HAD to go around the bridge down to the creek. It was too alluring. Then she heard a girl crying. She needed to leave, but the tears seemed SO longing. She found Jocelyn in all her curls and flounces shedding tears. "What is wrong Jocelyn?" Jocelyn, "Oh Frank - Algren is en-engaged to Missy Hamilton." Leslie didn't know why the older girls troubled themselves with beaux and getting married. It seemed that Jocelyn had years yet before she should worry herself about marriage. "You're my cousin from the States, aren't you?" she said, clearing up. Leslie nodded, sitting down and hugging her knees. "You needn't be afraid of me. In fact, if you're ever alone, come up to Longview and have tea with Mother and me. Won't you?" Leslie promises. VIII. Tea at Longview A. School let out early unexpectedly. The young, inexperienced Miss Strickland had climbed on a desk to avoid a queen's snake on the floor. She fell and twisted her ankle. Evelyn wouldn't let Emily walk home with her and Collette and Leslie. So Leslie told Evelyn that she would go with Emily, so she wouldn't be alone. She rushed back to Emily, but she had already gone home with Betty Douglas, according to Gertrude Hamilton. Leslie was really upset, but then she decided that it might be nice to walk to home to Auburn Hill by herself. She sneakily passed Ingleside and went past Longview. Wait. She decided to call at Longview. Longview had a rather large door. Aunt Di answered it and jumped, because of her resemblance to Ken. Jocelyn came around to the front. "Oh that is Leslie, Mother." She is SUCH a darling." Leslie didn't mind being darlinged by Jocelyn. "She's a lovely thing Mother, and I thought we could have her here once in awhile. Come in. Maybe Bryant Young, my new friend, can take you and me to the picture show tonight. Mother darling, didn't want me to go with him alone, but I'm sure she'll consent if you come. "Very well," Aunt Di said. Those were the first words Leslie heard Aunt Di speak. B. Describe the tea 1. Aunt Di listened and commented now and then. 2. Warm spiced tea...apple tarts and cucumber sandwiches. 3. IX. Bryant Young was a funny young man. A. He imitated people from the pictures and said he'd be in them someday. "Let's go to the picture show." B.Jocelyn flirted with him horribly and Leslie was glad she was there to keep an eye on them. Jocelyn said the movie was dull and Bryant seconded that motion. And you, Tree, what did you think of it? Leslie thought it was awful too. But she assured Bryant and Jocelyn that she loved their company. X. The Graveyard A. Evelyn took Collette and Leslie to the graveyard and told stories about the buried. 1. John Blaisdell - the poor drunkard whose wife mysteriously appeared in a new, expensive dress each Sunday. He died a millionaire. 2. Janie Baskett - all four of her sons were killed in the Great War. She took it too well. 3. Mary Blair - told her husband that she would not marry him unless he changed his name He was a Warren! 4. Drew Cartwright - never laughed a day in his life except one Sunday he was seized with uncontrollable laughter and died B. Leslie couldn't help but notice the huge Callender tombstone. C. Had a picnic on the red path Mention conversation about Heaven ("What do you think Heaven is like?" and Evelyn tells of the Indian legend "The Strawberry Road" when they begin to eat strawberries. October 1938 XI. Thanksgiving - Describe the October setting Gilbert Ford comes to Rocky Point from Knox College, Toronto. Tamsin thinks he is quite handsome, and this angers Leslie. Gilbert offhandedly mentions a ZoŽ Maylock. XII. United Church - Winifred Meredith wore a lovely flowered chiffon. Aunt Nan played the organ. The Blue Woman sat by herself in the second rose. Mrs. Alan Llewellyn passed her a peppermint and she couldn't get it open and the wrapper ? made so much noise! Rev. Howard Bergin's sermon was interesting. Mr. Bergin had been the minister ever since the death of John Meredith. November 1938 XIII. Glimpse of Longview -- Rilla and Ken were called away over-harbour. The other children were at Ingleside. Rilla suggested that she go to Auburn Hill for the night. The second time, Leslie came to LV, Uncle Neville is heard playing the fiddle. He met Leslie and he has a "tricky laugh." He has traveled many places and knows many stories. Uncle Neville has an odd little moustache. It looked like a bit of soot above his lips. Jocelyn told Leslie that she thought it was ugly. Aunt Di was quiet as usual. They had a lovely supper. Cold ham and biscuits and a big pecan pie. Uncle Neville went back to practising his fiddle, and Aunt Di sat down on the oak rocking chair by the fire. It was raining. She was silent, but she said, "You can sleep in the spare room. It is next to Jocelyn's. There is a storm coming." There was a window that looked out to sea and that very room had no electricity, so she had a certain lamp. The rain made a lovely effect. She slept well. XIV. The Blue Woman -- Before she went, Uncle Neville promised to teach her the fiddle and Di slipped an envelope into her hands. "Give this to your mother." She could make out a figure on the other side of the red road. It was the Blue Woman. And she was wearing a deep, deep blue dress. Her eyes were blue and her brown basket held delightful jars full of blueberry jam. "Take this jar to your Mother, Leslie." She knew her name! "Thank you." B. It was a week before Leslie realised that she had not given Mother the envelope Aunt Di had given her. She left it at her place at the table. She didn't know the contents of the letter, but Mother was outraged. As for the blueberry jam made by the Blue Woman, Mother threw it out, because she thought it was distasteful. XV. Father -- She was alone with Father for the afternoon. Leslie asked if he thought she could learn how to play the fiddle? I want to learn. There is no one to teach you. But if I find someone... it would be rather silly if a girl learned to play the fiddle...I suppose it would. XVI. The Special Thing -- Father and Mother had talked in their room for a whole hour on Friday night. Leslie longed to ask what the Special Thing was going to be. She knew that is was going to be splendid. But she didn't ask. Leslie was beginning to grow tired of it every week. She supposed it was a part of growing up. She rather liked surprises anyway. Then it happened. B. She saw the Blue Woman. She was dressed in crimson. The Blue Woman couldn't have. But she did. Rilla glanced at the Blue Woman politely. Leslie dared to ask who it was. "Oh that is Rosemary Meredith, Bruce's mother. Rather an impish thing." What is the Special Thing? Why, I think you're too old for that Leslie. There is no Special Thing. It made her feel as if nothing could be counted on. XVII. Dr. Clodagh Grant, a Canadian missionary came to speak at the Glen church. Dr. Grant seemed interesting and sung in the choir. She sang like an elf -- enchanting and funny! Pointy ears covered her golden-brown hair, but Leslie could see them. She overheard several conversations when Clodagh spoke to different people at different places including: 1. Aunt Faith - 2. Sunday school teacher - 3. 4. and wrote down each fact about her in a notebook she started. Her name was Breen before it became Grant. Her brothers were Joe and John Breen who lived in the states. Her parents lived in a quiet town not too far away, called Mowbray Narrows. Her husband, Mitchell Grant, had died from a strange, uncommon disease in a foreign land. War Notes Leslie finds Rilla's WWI diary. She reads that her mother wouldn't wante her desc. to know about Fred and (glad about...) Ken. It occurs to her she should not be reading this. XVIII. Strange Roads Lead Home A. Leslie cried herself to sleep. The next day awakened, but she did not welcome it. Her parents were sending her from Four Winds to Page Lane Falls for a month. That was a dull place on the far, north end of the Island. Grandmother Leslie and Grandfather took up residence on a small cottage there. Grandfather was a writer and she supposed that he wanted to analyze her for his next book. She was not looking forward to meeting Grandmother Leslie either. She had the same name. Not only that, but she had been married before she met Grandfather. Gilbert had always told her that her first husband's ghost followed her wherever Leslie Moore Ford went. Leslie did not believe this, but it was not a pleasant thought. She had met her grandparents when she was six and grandmother Leslie had given her a stale chocolate candy and criticised her scuffed shoes. The chocolate has a strange aftertaste. She boarded the train at a quarter of ten o'clock. It was a crowded ride and Leslie hated the thought of leaving the Glen and her cousins. She came to "Bright River." What a beautiful name. B. "There you are my dear," a very grandmotherly voice welcomed. Oh, all her presentiments vanished. This wonderful silver-haired lady was her grandmother. She was (of the race of Joseph). Grandmother Leslie had a Ford of course. She drove speedily for a grandmother. They drove along the coastline to a beloved little yellow house. This must be Page Lane Falls. She would enjoy her month here. She could never live here, no. But this was definitely a splendid place to visit. Grandfather greeted them at their little cottage, but gave a strange look. "Hello Mildred. It was so good of you to come." Leslie's face dropped. The elderly woman cast a confused look. "You looked too young for her. You must come in for supper and we will discuss this problem." Leslie's hopes fell. She was led to wash her face in a small basin. She splashed the cold water on her face. The balding farmer cut the roasted turkey onto the most divine plates outlined with dark green vines. "I was supposed to go to Page Lane Falls." The man chuckled. "Page Lane Falls lies on the other side of the Island. Who are your folks?" "Kenneth and Bertha Ford." The woman looked at her husband and shook her head." Call your folks, but until then, you can stay here with us. Please where am I? Avonlea, A telephone call went to Grandmother Anne and not her parents. "Avonlea," she gasped. "Child, this will give me an opportunity to come visit my old home. Ril- your mother should have never sent you alone! It will be fine, dearest. I will leave on tomorrow's train. XIX. The Gray Garden A. Grandmother Anne walked with a certain spring, holding Leslie's hand. The violets were in full bloom. The trees provided shade. Leslie spread a quilt made by the loving hands of Mrs. . A: It's so lovely to be here again. L: It's so lovely to be here for the first time. B. Anne and Leslie laughed over Rilla's anguish over her. Things had changed. Collette had turned fourteen and shunned Evelyn who was not yet thirteen. Emily had been neglected by her siblings. Walter was having trouble with his math sets, Margaret with her English. Father missed the girl who wanted to play the fiddle. 'S train was delayed (granddaughters) XX. Escape from the River A. Leslie was going to talk to Clodagh this week at church. She had to. Clodagh was scribbling furiously throughout the minister's discourse. Leslie thought of how she wished shoe could take notes like Clodagh. But she couldn't talk, because Evelyn and Emily were sent home to Rocky Point with her and the rest of the Fords, so she couldn't. What did they talk about? B. A storm is approaching and the sky darkens. Strange shrieking is heard, when they come to the dock. Lightning appears and they finally make it and Ken starts a warm fire. C. On Monday they see Clodagh carrying a basket. It has four kittens. She hands one to Leslie, one to Emily and one to Owen. But they have certain names, Clodagh explains. Leslie's is Odessa (gray), Emily's is Latimer (gray) and Owen's is Alvin (black). Owen and Leslie discuss the fact that their mother doesn't like cats. Emily says that she will keep them at Auburn Hill. Clodagh said she heard a strange shrieking noise before the storm. It was that Mrs. Neil Jordan who drowned the kittens. She regretted that she wasn't able to reach the other kittens in time. Leslie asked about how to take notes in church. Clodagh told her that she must keep it a secret. She had a perfectly wonderful idea for a poem and couldn't let it escape her, so those were the "notes" she was taking. September War Emerges A. King George Vi gives announcement that Canada has entered war after German armies swept into Poland. B. Gilbert enlists, send telegram that he is marrying a Calandra Maylock. C. Bryant goes and Jocelyn can't stop crying. Death Comes Faith falls violently ill. Evelyn is upset. Jem is quiet. Rilla makes dinners for the Blythes. Leslie tries her hand at making a pudding one time, then short bread. Aunt Faith dies/Una comes as a housekeeper. XXI. Searching for a Gift A. (How about some conflict from Tamsin right about now?) Leslie hears from Miss Strickland that it is Clodagh's birthday in June. Leslie tells Evelyn that and Evelyn exclaims, "Let's give her a gift!" But Leslie doesn't know what to give Clodagh. She thinks and thinks, but can't decide what to give her. B. Clodagh sits next to Alice Tristan and asks her what type of thread she is using. Leslie is lost through their banal conversation and notices that Rosemary Meredith is not in the room. She inquires about her to Lilian Gordon. "Mrs. Meredith? Didn't you hear? She fell down Mrs. Neil Jordan's steps and practically broke her neck. She's bed-ridden Miss Ford." Leslie hears Clodagh saying, "When I was in Thailand, my hut burned down and I lost my volumes of Tennyson and Edna St. Vincent Millay and The Wake by Owen Ford. I have since regained the poetry volumes, but as for the Owen Ford book-it's out of print. C. Leslie knew what to do now. She would write to Grandfather and ask for a copy of The Wake. She sent the letter in the mail and hoped he would receive it soon. XXII. Rosemary's Thoughts A. Aunt Faith collected various breads and fruits for which Leslie took to the ailing Rosemary Meredith. She was doing well (sitting up) and asked Leslie to stay for awhile for company. Jem goes to war, says he feels he has to. Rilla comes and asks what is to be done with the children if he never comes back. I will come back. FEBRUARY 1938 XXIII. Aunt Una A. Evelyn and Leslie roamed around the Serene Creek with Odessa. Collette had forgotten that 14 was superior than twelve. B. Collette announce that her and Evelyn's Aunt Una was coming from Boston. Leslie had the pleasure of telling them that she had met with Aunt Una while in the States. Aunt Una seemed dreadfully dull and resigned to live life and not enhance it with any curious adventures. Collette naturally defended her Aunt Una and said that her picture was beautiful. Leslie retorted that the picture did not show her red and plump hands. Collette decided not to associate with those who condemned her family. C. Una made her first appearance in P.E.I. in the church. Evelyn whispered to Leslie after that although Una was her aunt just like she was Collette's, she didn't like her red hands either. They burst out laughing and Rilla told the girls not to laugh like that in public. Leslie said that although Una wasn't her Aunt, she was sweet-tempered. That was the only thing she could think of to completely her for. March 1939 XXIV. A School of Her Own A. Grandfather and Grandmother Leslie were off to another country again (this time Hungary? Find out what country is somewhat peaceful). Leslie hoped that Grandfather would receive her letter re: The Wake, so she could get it to Clodagh in time for her birthday. Sometimes her grandparents were gone for months at a time. B. Miss Strickland fell so ill that the board of school directors had to call in a substitute. One of the board members, Neville Kendall was chosen. He, like Di, had been a schoolteacher and immediately gained favor with his pupils. Rilla was outraged and would not let Leslie attend school at the Glen St. Mary school anymore. She said no enemy or Methodist of hers would teach her daughter. Neville, calmly and frankly told Rilla that the child must attend school. Rilla coolly told him she would buy the books and do it herself. Neville smile his tricky smile, winked at the horrified Rilla and resigned himself to being wrong. C. Mother was amiable and they read poetry - Byron (check date also Rilke), Tennyson. Father helped her with Algebra. It wasn't too bad and she still visited Auburn Hill frequently. XXV. A.Miss Strickland was back and Leslie was enjoying school in the Glen once again. Rilla greeted Evelyn & Leslie home with a plateful of cookies and a handful of questions. "What does Miss Strickland teach you?" "Well we need to write an essay on 'Life Is...' and -- Literature,"sighed Leslie significantly. We are reading And it's perfectly thrilling. "I can't see how books can be of interest to you," replied Rilla. "They've always bored me." "Yet your mother read you poetry?" Evelyn asked bewildered. "Uncle Walter was a poet. She was always fond of listening to him. B. Something needs to happen in school. April XXVI. Toronto A. When the news came of Owen Ford's death, it was decided that they should take the next train to Toronto to where the funeral service was to be held. There was Aunt Persis and Uncle Miles with their SEVEN children. Rilla rebuked their wild behaviour and told her children not to be influenced by them. B. Leslie saw her cousin Lora, fair, smiling innocently. She had seen that innocent smile before. She had remembered the day when Lora asked her to fetch some berries behind the ( ) trees and she had gotten poison ivy. She was aware this time of her sly cousin. Randall, the eldest, had picked up some bad habits-smoking-but father does, don't rattle on me cousin, you wouldn't now. He winked and Leslie looked at him rather blankly. Sam and Caelum were chasing Margaret while (look up adolescent in Websters) Elinor was trying to kiss poor Walter. The ceremony was not going to begin for awhile yet. Leslie was curious to see what would happen if/when- Lora shrieked. "Francis is missing." Randall turned his head to the left, then to the right. "You were supposed to be watching him," she said, shifting the blame toward him. "He's gone," she sobbed. "Maybe the Coelaneths got to him," Sam suggested. "There are no Coelaneths in Canada," Caelum said. "It was probably the Germans." "We'd better start looking for the kid anyhow," Randall said. Soon Leslie found herself alone. The others had split off and went into every possible direction. She soon met Walter. "You took him back to Aunt Persis, didn't you Leslie?" he asked. "Yes, they wouldn't dare go back to their mother without Francis. We can be free from them for a little while. C. Aunt Esther Owen's aunt, great aunt of Ken's beckoned Leslie to come sit near her. Her long gray braids covered her thin shoulders and her green eyes waited to speak. "So sad," she started, "and yet you have not known him well?" Leslie explained about The Wake. "Ah," she mused. "The wake. I remember the wake of my grandfather. I told Owen of it and it fascinated him." "What is a wake?" Leslie asked hesitantly. Aunt Esther thought of how she might explain this to the child. The was no way innocent enough. "One should not fill their eyes with tears over death of a person they have loved. When one has died, sometimes WAKES are held. There is much drinking, laughter. It is a feast of celebration-A happy family reunion. Leslie stared aghast. "Really?" Aunt Esther nodded. "Really. Isn't that odd?" D. Grandmother Leslie was quiet, cried a bit. XXVII. Unnamed Boy A. "Take this to Mrs. Bruce Meredith," Rilla Ford said handing a plate of cold ham to Leslie and Evelyn. "Aunt Winifred," Evelyn began, "hates cold ham, but she's gracious and won't return the dish unfilled. She'll fix something pretty (edible) the next time she runs into a fix." "What happened?" "You don't know Aunt Winifred just had her first child? A boy. They haven't named him yet. __________ (expression) and it's not good fortune to leave a child unnamed. Sarah Margaret Johnson over-harbour didn't name hers only it was a girl and it was kidnapped. Honey Jacobs never got around to fiding a name for her son and the child turned pale and thin and died just like that." Leslie carried the child and played with his soft hands. I can't see how you get along so with with children, Evelyn sighed. Mother gave me the responsibility of caring for the younger ones and I don't like it at all. Winifred sends them off with a hug and cooky / ie ? While Evelyn warned, You Must name the baby soon. B. Leslie returnedto find her mother and Aunt Faith talking with the twins running around on the carpet. Rilla told how Ken's mother's behaviour aggravated her and she -put on airs-(not, quite, think of something else) now that she was a widow. She wants to stay with our family but I can't think of what to say. C. "Come here," Rilla said in a stern tone. Leslie wondered what she had done. "A package came for you." It was the Wake with a note from Grandfather the week before he died. He instructed her to always go through with her ideas and not let anyone keep her back. Hold onto your ideals and never marry someone who... XXVIII. Shyela Pilot-A. Leslie returned to school after a very bad cold. Her head still ached and nose still ran, but she was able to return to school Miss Strickland apologized that she had given her seat to a new girl while she was absent. There was an emptry seat by Tamsin Young, so she had to sit there. There new girl was fair and had soft, gray eyes. Shyela Pilot. She vied for her friendship of Evelyn and Leslie grew jealous of her. SP was innocent enough. Tamsin didn't pay much attention to her as she passed notes to and admired SP. B. But...- 1. Shyela is holding a birthday picnic and invites all of the girls except for Collette Meredith and Leslie Ford. Collette takes Leslie to the Upper Glen's Serene Creek when the occurrence takes place. Collette explains Collette writes "Tomorrow Will Come" a song for the war and people beg her to play at several war concert events.