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HC ce4p Kate 1914 INT.indd 1 4/11/14 2:42 PM
“‘Thcn, with quaking hand, hcr ladyship rcachcd
lor thc rusty kcy hanging on thc wall—’ ”
My mothcr’s voicc waltcd to us lrom thc doorway.
! droppcd my book as my lady’s maid, Ncllic, lcapcd to
hcr lcct. Rats, ! thought. !l it wasn’t bad cnough that
Ncllic and ! had bccn caught rcading whcn ! should’vc
bccn gctting rcady, now !’d lost my placc in Te Hidden
History of Castle Claremont. And just whcn wc wcrc
ﬁnally about to lcarn Lady Marian’s sccrct!
“! trust you’rc rcady lor thc mccting,” Mothcr said
with a pointcd look at my stocking lcct.
“Ycs, Mothcr,” ! said as Ncllic and ! rcachcd lor my
shocs at thc samc timc, cracking our hcads togcthcr.
“Òw! ! mcan, !’m ncarly rcady. Just look at my hair.
Ðidn’t Ncllic work wondcrs with it:”
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“\cry stylish,” Mothcr said as a smilc ﬂickcrcd
across hcr lips. Shc always tricd to bc stcrn whcn shc
caught mc brcaking thc rulcs, but shc could ncvcr
complctcly stop hcr smilcs.
Ncllic curtsicd quickly. “Tank you, ma’am. Vill
thcrc bc anything clsc:”
“No, Ncllic. !’ll cscort Katc to thc gardcn myscll,”
Vith anothcr curtsy and a nod ol hcr hcad, Ncllic
scurricd lrom thc room.
Mothcr ﬁxcd hcr cycs on mc. “Katc,” shc rcpcatcd.
“! know. And !’m sorry. ! was rcady, rcally ! was. !
just had to put my shocs on!” My words tumblcd out
in a rush. “Scc, it’s my lault—not Ncllic’s. Shc lovcs to
rcad but ncvcr has timc, so whcn shc docs my hair, !
rcad aloud so wc can both cnjoy thc story. So you scc,
shc rcally didn’t do anything wrong—”
“No onc is blaming Ncllic.”
! stoppcd talking. Mothcr slippcd hcr arm through
minc as wc walkcd into thc hallway.
“Katc, swccthcart, you’rc almost twclvc ycars old,”
Mothcr continucd. “!t’s high timc you startcd acting
likc a \andcrmccr in all that you say and do.”
HC ce4p Kate 1914 INT.indd 2 4/11/14 2:42 PM
Kate’s Story, 1914
“! apprcciatc Ncllic’s lovc ol storics. And shc is wcl
comc to spcnd hcr day oﬀ curlcd up with a book. 8ut
you must sct an cxamplc lor hcr. Altcr all, il you don’t
bchavc as you’rc supposcd to, how will Ncllic and thc
othcr scrvants undcrstand what is cxpcctcd ol thcm:”
Vc had almost rcachcd thc door. Mothcr pauscd
and hcld both my hands. “You’rc rcady, Katc,” shc
said. “Tat’s why your grcatgrandmothcr and ! havc
dccidcd that you’vc carncd thc privilcgc ol attcnding
your ﬁrst mccting ol thc 8ridgcport 8cautiﬁcation
Socicty today. Sooncr than you think, you’ll bc taking
your placc in socicty bcsidc us. !’m surc ! don’t havc to
rcmind you how important thc ncxt cight days arc.”
! grinncd at Mothcr. As il ! could lorgct! !n just
ovcr a wcck, my twcllth birthday would arrivc at last. !
would ﬁnally rcccivc thc Kathcrinc nccklacc, a prccious
lamily hcirloom that had bccn passcd down to cvcry
Kathcrinc in my lamily sincc my grcatgrandmothcr
had rcccivcd it on hcr twcllth birthday many ycars
ago. Hcr twin sistcr, ¡lizabcth, had rcccivcd a ncck
lacc, too. ¡ach onc was shapcd likc hall a goldcn hcart,
but that was whcrc thc similaritics cndcd. ¡lizabcth’s
HC ce4p Kate 1914 INT.indd 3 4/11/14 2:42 PM
nccklacc was sct with shimmcring bluc sapphircs,
whilc Kathcrinc’s glittcrcd with rcd rubics—thc twins’
lavoritc colors. Tc nccklaccs wcrc as mcaninglul as
thcy wcrc bcautilul, lor thcy wcrc thc last gilt that thc
twins’ mothcr, Lady Mary Chatswood, my grcatgrcat
grandmothcr, had sclcctcd lor thc girls bclorc shc dicd.
!’d hcard thc storics lor ycars: that ¡lizabcth
and Kathcrinc wcrc inscparablc lrom thc momcnt
thcy wcrc born. And thcy lookcd so much alikc that
thcir mothcr was thc only onc who could truly tcll
thcm apart. 8ut only onc twin could marry thc hcir
to thcir ¡nglish cstatc and bccomc thc ncxt lady ol
Chatswood Manor. Altcr ¡lizabcth bccamc cngagcd
to Cousin Maxwcll, GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc
marricd my grcatgrandlathcr Allrcd \andcrmccr,
and hc brought hcr back to his homc in Amcrica. Not
soon altcr, my grcatgrandlathcr loundcd \andcrmccr
Stccl, and thc \andcrmccr lortunc grcw and grcw,
what with \andcrmccr stccl incorporatcd in ncarly
cvcry building, bridgc, and train track constructcd
lrom thcn until this vcry day. His succcss cnablcd him
to makc his lamily homc on thc cliﬀs ovcrlooking thc
occan cvcn grandcr. Today, \andcrmccr Manor has
HC ce4p Kate 1914 INT.indd 4 4/11/14 2:42 PM
Kate’s Story, 1914
scvcntyﬁvc rooms, lour scparatc wings, ﬁvc ﬂoors,
and cight gardcns. For many pcoplc in our town, it is
thc largcst building thcy’vc cvcr sccn. 8ut lor mc, it
is homc. And my cousin, 8cth—grcatgranddaughtcr
ol thc original Lady ¡lizabcth Chatswood—would
arrivc hcrc in just ﬁvc days! ! was so cxcitcd to mcct
8cth at last that ! could hardly think about anything
clsc. Vc kncw cach othcr only through lcttcrs, but it
was obvious that wc had so much in common. Òur
birthdays wcrc just onc month apart, and as thc ﬁrst
girls in our gcncration, wc sharcd thc privilcgc ol bcing
namcd altcr thc original ¡lizabcth and Kathcrinc. !
lovc my GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc morc than
words can say, and ! am honorcd to bc hcr namcsakc.
And ! kncw that 8cth lclt thc samc way about hcr
namc, cvcn though hcr grcatgrandmothcr ¡lizabcth
had dicd bclorc 8cth was born.
“Makc mc proud today, Katc,” Mothcr said to mc
as ¡mil, onc ol thc lootmcn, stcppcd lorward to opcn
thc doors to thc gardcn. “Likc you always do.”
!nstantly, ! put on my bcst, brightcst smilc. !t had
sccmcd so vain to practicc it in thc mirror, but now !
was glad that Mothcr had insistcd. “Vhcn all cycs arc
HC ce4p Kate 1914 INT.indd 5 4/11/14 2:42 PM
on you, you’ll ﬁnd it hard to smilc naturally,” shc had
told mc. And shc was right.
Mothcr and ! walkcd down thc cobblcstonc path to
thc shadc gardcn on thc north sidc ol thc housc. !t was
cdgcd by massivc hydrangca and lilac shrubs, which
lormcd thc walls ol a pcrlcct outdoor room. Tcir crisp
whitc ﬂowcrs wcrc startling against thc dark grccn loli
agc. A largc clm trcc providcd just cnough shadc that
thc ladics didn’t nccd thcir parasols. Tcy millcd about
in summcry pastcl gowns trimmcd with lacc, look
ing lor all thc world likc thc saltwatcr taﬀy display in
Sloanc’s Swccts and Conlcctions down by thc scashorc.
Anton, ¡mil’s cousin and anothcr onc ol our lootmcn,
oﬀcrcd thcm tall glasscs ol icy lcmonadc. Mr. Taylor,
our butlcr, stood against thc gatc, ovcrsccing cvcry
aspcct ol thc cvcnt.
Aunt Katic sccmcd rclicvcd to scc us as wc cntcrcd
thc shadc gardcn, it must havc bccn cxhausting to cntcr
tain thc ladics ol thc 8ridgcport 8cautiﬁcation Socicty
by hcrscll. ! rcalizcd right away that GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc was missing.
“My dcar ¡lcanor,” Aunt Katic said as shc cmbraccd
HC ce4p Kate 1914 INT.indd 6 4/11/14 2:42 PM
Kate’s Story, 1914
“Vhcrc is shc:” Mothcr askcd in a low voicc.
“!’m alraid that Grandmothcr Kathcrinc scnds hcr
dccpcst rcgrcts,” Aunt Katic said with a tight smilc.
“Shc had prcssing busincss to attcnd lor thc Library
Mothcr noddcd brusqucly. “And ! supposc shc
rcquircd Kathy’s assistancc:”
“Òl coursc,” Aunt Katic rcplicd as shc and Mothcr
cxchangcd a knowing look.
8clorc ! could wondcr what that look mcant about
whcrc my grcataunt Kathy and my grcatgrandmothcr
Kathcrinc rcally wcrc, Mrs. Randolph, thc prcsidcnt ol
thc 8ridgcport 8cautiﬁcation Socicty, bustlcd ovcr to
us. Shc worc a gown ol palc gray silk and an cnormous,
widcbrimmcd hat trimmcd with trailing plumcs, mak
ing hcr look morc likc a pigcon than a pcrson. Still, !
rcmcmbcrcd my bcst manncrs and smilcd plcasantly.
“How lovcly you all look! And how lovcly thc day!”
Mrs. Randolph coocd to my mothcr and Aunt Katic.
“!l it’s quitc all right with you both, !’d likc to call our
mccting to ordcr. Vc’vc so much on thc agcnda, it will
bc a wondcr il wc covcr it all!”
“!’m surc you’ll bc ablc to guidc us to its conclusion,
HC ce4p Kate 1914 INT.indd 7 4/11/14 2:42 PM
Mrs. Randolph,” Mothcr said swcctly. Tcn shc and
Aunt Katic sat at cach cnd ol thc tablc, scnding a sig
nal to all thc othcr ladics that thcy should bc scatcd as
! slippcd into thc chair ncxt to Mothcr with a quick
glancc ovcr my shouldcr. Òur cook, Mrs. Hastings, had
prcparcd thc most dclicious lood lor thc mccting—
cucumbcr sandwichcs, bcrry tarts, madclcinc cookics. !
couldn’t wait lor ¡mil and Anton to ﬁll my platc.
Mrs. Randolph hcld up hcr crystal glass and tappcd
it lightly with hcr lork. Ting-ting-ting-ting. “Ladics, as
always, ! thank you lor your tirclcss commitmcnt to
thc 8ridgcport 8cautiﬁcation Socicty,” shc announccd.
“Mrs. Vhitmorc, would you plcasc rcad thc minutcs
lrom last wcck’s mccting:”
As Mrs. Vhitmorc bcgan to spcak, my mind
startcd to wandcr. !t’s not that ! wasn’t intcrcstcd in
what shc had to say. 8ut ! could hardly locus on a dis
cussion ol paint colors lor thc gazcbo in Town Squarc
whcn my cousin 8cth was, at this vcry momcnt, jour
ncying to thc Unitcd Statcs! !t was still hard to bclicvc
that 8cth was on hcr way—cspccially sincc hcr parcnts
had always said that 8cth wouldn’t bc allowcd to travcl
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Kate’s Story, 1914
all thc way to Amcrica until shc was at lcast lourtccn
ycars old. 8ut thc astonishing cvcnts surrounding
8cth’s twcllth birthday last month had changcd thcir
minds. 8cth’s bclovcd lady’s maid, Shannon, was dis
misscd altcr 8cth’s cousin Gabby’s missing hcirloom
lockct was lound in Shannon’s laundry baskct. 8cth
had sct out to provc Shannon’s innoccncc, and bccausc
ol hcr dctcrmination to discovcr thc truth, 8cth ﬁg
urcd out what rcally happcncd and clcarcd Shannon’s
good namc. 8cth’s parcnts wcrc so imprcsscd that
thcy bookcd hcr passagc to visit hcr Amcrican rcla
tivcs. And as luck would havc it, 8cth—wcaring thc
¡lizabcth nccklacc—would bc hcrc lor my birthday,
whcn ! would rcccivc thc Kathcrinc nccklacc!
Vhcn Mrs. Vhitmorc ﬁnishcd rcading thc min
utcs, ¡mil appcarcd with thc dcsscrt cart. My mouth
watcrcd at thc sight ol all thc tiny cakcs, cach onc
toppcd with a juicy strawbcrry.
“Now, our busincss today dcals with applications
to march in thc Fourth ol July paradc,” Mrs. Randolph
said in a scrious voicc. “! nccdn’t rcmind you all ol how
important this is. Tc cntirc town looks to us to salcguard
thc proud traditions ol thc paradc. Mrs. Vhitmorc:”
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Mrs. Vhitmorc rummagcd through thc papcrs
bclorc hcr. “First, wc havc an application lrom thc
Rosc Apprcciation Socicty. Tcir statcmcnt ol purposc
is to bring thc bcauty ol roscs to 8ridgcport, and thcy
proposc a ﬂoat dccoratcd with thc ﬁncst cxamplcs ol
“Lovcly,” Mrs. Randolph said approvingly. “All in
lavor, say ayc.”
“Ayc,” choruscd thc womcn around thc tablc.
¡mil whcclcd thc dcsscrt cart bchind mc. Vith
silvcr tongs, hc carclully placcd thc most bcautilul cakc
on my platc. “For you, Miss Katc,” hc whispcrcd.
“Tank you, ¡mil!” ! whispcrcd back.
“Ncxt, wc havc an application lrom thc 8rass 8and
ol 8ridgcport,” Mrs. Vhitmorc rcad. “Tcy would likc
to play patriotic music as thcy march along thc paradc
Mrs. Randolph chucklcd. “Vhy, it wouldn’t bc a
paradc without thcm,” shc dcclarcd. “All in lavor:”
“Ayc!” cvcryonc rcplicd.
“Tis application is lrom thc Library Committcc,”
Mrs. Vhitmorc continucd. “Tcir purposc is to sup
port thc 8ridgcport Lcnding Library, and thcy’d likc
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Kate’s Story, 1914
to drcss as charactcrs lrom grcat Amcrican litcraturc
lor thcir ﬂoat.”
“A clcvcr idca!” Mrs. Randolph said approvingly.
“All in lavor:”
“Hcrc wc havc an application lrom thc Suﬀragcttc
Sistcrhood, 8ridgcport Chaptcr,” Mrs. Vhitmorc
said. “Tcir purposc is to advocatc lor thc womcn ol
8ridgcport and all womcn in thc Unitcd Statcs to
gain thc right to votc. Tcy proposc a ﬂoat dccoratcd
“Absolutcly not,” Mrs. Randolph intcrruptcd, hcr
voicc sounding likc icc. “Ncxt.”
! sat straightcr in my chair. Now this was unusual.
Vhy was thc Suﬀragcttc Sistcrhood cxcludcd: !
waitcd lor onc ol thc mcmbcrs ol thc 8ridgcport
8cautiﬁcation Socicty to spcak.
8ut no onc did.
Mrs. Vhitmorc slowly rcachcd lor anothcr
application. Tcrc wcrc just scconds lclt to raisc an
“¡xcusc mc, Mrs. Randolph,” ! said. My voicc
soundcd small, ! hardly rccognizcd it. “Might ! ask why:”
HC ce4p Kate 1914 INT.indd 11 4/11/14 2:42 PM
Mrs. Randolph blinkcd at mc through hcr silvcr
lramcd spcctaclcs. “Vhy what, my dcar:”
“Vhy isn’t thc Suﬀragcttc Sistcrhood wclcomc in
“Tc Suﬀragcttc Sistcrhood is not wclcomc in
8ridgcport, lct alonc an honorcd spot in our Fourth ol July
paradc!” Mrs. Randolph dcclarcd. “! shuddcr to think that
anyonc might bclicvc that such a group ol ragtag womcn—
lct’s not mistakc thcm lor ladics—would rcprcscnt us. Tcy
arc a blight on our town’s good namc.”
“How can that bc:” ! askcd. “Surcly womcn
dcscrvc thc right to votc as much as mcn do.” Tis
was a topic that had oltcn bccn discusscd at our din
ncr tablc—and ! kncw lor a lact that Mothcr, Aunt
Katic, GrcatAunt Kathy, and GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc all agrccd with mc. As did Fathcr and
cvcn my unbcarablc littlc brothcr, Alﬁc!
Mrs. Randolph madc a clucking sound in hcr
throat. “Òh, my dcar, you arc so vcry young,” shc said
with a condcsccnding smilc. “How conluscd you must
bc! Vomcn don’t nccd to votc. Tcy nccd husbands
who will makc dccisions that bcncﬁt thcm both.”
“!t sccms to mc that—” ! bcgan.
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Kate’s Story, 1914
“My! Look at thc timc!” Mrs. Randolph cxclaimcd.
“Vc arc bchind schcdulc! Mrs. Vhitmorc, plcasc
inlorm thc suﬀragcttcs that wc havc no room lor thcm
in thc paradc. Now, which application is ncxt:”
Vc spun around to scc ¡mil, shaking likc a lcal,
with Anton by his sidc. ¡mil’s coppcr tray trcmblcd
on thc cobblcstoncs, surroundcd by lallcn cookics that
pcckcd through thc grass.
Mr. Taylor hurricd ovcr to thcm, squinting at thc
mcss through his thick glasscs. “Vhat is thc mcaning
ol this:” Mr. Taylor dcmandcd. !t was clcar that our
butlcr’s poor vision prcvcntcd him lrom sccing how
upsct ¡mil was.
“Òur dccpcst apologics lor thc intcrruption,”
Anton said as hc knclt to clcan thc mcss. “Vc bcg your
As ¡mil whispcrcd lrantically to Anton, Mrs.
Randolph lrowncd at thcm. “! should likc anothcr cup
ol tca,” shc said pointcdly.
Ncithcr lootman sccmcd to hcar hcr.
“¡mil, what’s wrong:” ! askcd in conccrn.
Hc tricd to spcak, but shook his hcad instcad.
HC ce4p Kate 1914 INT.indd 13 4/11/14 2:42 PM
“Tc Archdukc Fcrdinand has bccn murdcrcd,”
Anton rcplicd lor his cousin. “Shot and killcd in thc
strccts ol Sarajcvo!”
¡vcryonc at thc tablc gaspcd.
“Tis will lcad to war,” ¡mil said quictly. “And my
lamily is still in ¡uropc—who will protcct thcm:” Hc
buricd his lacc in his hands, as il hc had lost all hopc.
Mr. Taylor clcarcd his throat loudly, but thcrc was
sympathy in his cycs. “Anton, plcasc takc ¡mil insidc
so that hc may composc himscll.”
Anton stiﬀcncd his shouldcrs bclorc hc bowcd.
“Òl coursc, Mr. Taylor. Right away,” hc rcplicd. Tcn,
without lurthcr luss, Anton and ¡mil disappcarcd into
thc housc. Momcnts latcr, two morc lootmcn appcarcd
to ﬁnish clcaning thc mcss, whilc anothcr brought a
lrcsh tray ol cookics. !t was almost as il thc accidcnt
had ncvcr happcncd.
“Ðo you rcally think it will comc to war:” Mrs.
Abcrnathy askcd in a trcmbling voicc, and ! rcmcm
bcrcd that hcr husband scrvcd as a captain in thc army.
“Now, Marilyn, ! thought you had morc scnsc than
that.” Mrs. Randolph cluckcd at hcr. “!, lor onc, don’t
scck out ncws ol thc world lrom scrvants.”
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Kate’s Story, 1914
“Funny,” Mothcr said lightly. “!l ! wantcd to know
about thc statc ol thc world, our cmployccs arc among
thc ﬁrst pcoplc !’d ask.”
“Òh, ¡lcanor, you’vc always bccn solthcartcd,”
Mrs. Randolph conccdcd. Tcn shc glanccd at mc.
“Katc! You look as though you’vc sccn a ghost! Poor
dcar. Tcrc is rcally nothing to worry about. ¡uropc is
vcry lar away, you know. A war on thosc distant shorcs
wouldn’t aﬀcct us, not in thc lcast.”
! tricd to smilc. “Ycs, Mrs. Randolph,” ! rcplicd.
“!’m surc you’rc right.”
8ut ! wasn’t surc. !t would bc hard to lorgct thc
look on ¡mil’s lacc, thc lcar in his voicc, and his quict
warning that this would lcad to war.
HC ce4p Kate 1914 INT.indd 15 4/11/14 2:42 PM
Two days latcr, Ncllic and ! wcrc intcrruptcd by a loud
and inccssant knocking at my door. Vc cxchangcd a
wary glancc. Tcrc was only onc pcrson at \andcrmccr
Manor who knockcd likc that: my youngcr brothcr,
Alﬁc. Namcd altcr our grcatgrandlathcr Allrcd, who
had dicd ncarly twcnty ycars ago, Alﬁc swaggcrcd
through thc halls ol \andcrmccr Manor likc hc alrcady
“Comc in,” ! said with a sigh.
“Morning, Katc,” Alﬁc said as hc lopcd into thc
room. “! hopc !’m not intcrrupting you.”
“Aw, don’t bc likc that—or ! might rcconsidcr thc
vcry spccial birthday prcscnt !’m planning lor you,” hc
rcplicd. “Vhat arc you up to, anyway:”
! cycd my brothcr suspiciously. Alﬁc sccmcd
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sinccrc. 8ut was it just a trap:
“Ncllic and ! arc choosing outﬁts lor my birthday
cclcbrations,” ! cxplaincd.
Alﬁc’s grccn cycs sparklcd with mischicl. “Tat is
important work,” hc said gravcly. “Hcrc. Lct mc hclp.
! think this hat with this drcss, and ol coursc you’ll
nccd an cxtra pair ol glovcs at thc party altcr you grab
yourscll a ﬁstlul ol cakc—”
“Alﬁc! Stop! You’rc making a mcss ol cvcrything!”
! cricd as hc tosscd my bcst clothcs and acccssorics
around thc room. 8ut that only madc him laugh hardcr.
!n lact, Alﬁc didn’t stop until Ncllic lcll to hcr knccs
to start picking up his mcss. Tcn, lor just a momcnt,
a ﬂickcr ol guilt crosscd his lacc. Good, ! thought. It’s
about time Alﬁe started acting his age. Just bccausc hc
was thc baby ol thc lamily, Mothcr and Fathcr spoilcd
him rottcn—cvcn though hc was ninc ycars old alrcady.
Alﬁc clcarcd his throat. “Right. !, um, Mothcr
wants to scc you.”
“Vhy:” ! askcd.
“How should ! know:” Alﬁc shot back. “Arc you
coming: Òr maybc you’d likc mc to tcll hcr that you’rc
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! sighcd. “Ncllic, !’ll bc back soon,” ! promiscd.
“!’m sorry about thc mcss.” ! glarcd at Alﬁc, but whcn
hc didn’t say anything, ! wavcd my hands in lront ol
his lacc to gct his attcntion.
“Òkay, okay,” said Alﬁc. “Ycs, Ncllic, !’m sorry.
Hcrc. Lct mc hclp.” To his crcdit, Alﬁc did look gcnu
incly sorry as hc rcachcd down and scoopcd up big
armluls ol silk and satin. Tcn hc droppcd my gowns
in a tanglcd hcap on thc bcd.
“Òh, lcavc it, Alﬁc,” ! said ﬁrmly as ! pullcd him
out thc door. “You’rc just making it worsc.”
! walkcd toward thc staircasc, but Alﬁc grabbcd my
arm. “Actually, Mothcr’s on thc ¡ast \cranda,” hc said.
Tat awlul twinklc was back in his cycs.
“All right,” ! said slowly. “!’ll just go downstairs and
takc thc othcr stairs to hcr.”
“Rcally, Katc:” Alﬁc chidcd mc in that inluriating
way ol his. “Tat’s prctty lar out ol your way, don’t you
think: Vouldn’t it bc casicr to stay upstairs: Òl coursc,
thcn you’d havc to walk by thc ¡ast Ving. 8ut that
shouldn’t bc a problcm . . . right: Altcr all, it’s not likc
it’s hauntcd. !t’s not likc you’rc afraid.”
“Òl coursc not,” ! said stiﬄy.
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“Tis way,” Alﬁc said.
Ncithcr ol us spokc as wc walkcd through thc halls.
\andcrmccr Manor was so largc that wc simply had no
usc lor thc small ¡ast Ving that cxtcndcd out ol thc
back ol thc housc. 8ut !’d hcard what thc houscmaids
whispcrcd whcn thcy thought no onc was listcning.
“Poor 8lythc Fontainc,” Alﬁc said suddcnly.
Oh, no, ! thought, as drcad scttlcd in thc pit ol my
stomach. ¡vcryonc in 8ridgcport kncw about 8lythc
Fontainc. Just thc thought ol hcr tcrriblc latc could
kccp mc up lor hours in thc dark ol night. !l Alﬁc cvcr
rcalizcd how much ! hatcd thc talc, hc’d ncvcr stop
“! askcd Fathcr to show mc whcrc Captain ¡vans
proposcd to Miss Fontainc,” Alﬁc continucd. “8ut hc
said hc didn’t know, sincc all that happcncd bclorc
\andcrmccr Manor was cvcn built.”
“Arc you cxcitcd about thc paradc:” ! said, hoping
to changc thc subjcct. 8ut Alﬁc ignorcd mc.
“! wondcr il Miss Fontainc buricd Captain ¡vans’s
lortunc,” hc said. “Altcr hc was lost at sca. Tat’s what
! would do, so robbcrs couldn’t stcal it. 8ut maybc shc
was so busy walking thc cliﬀs that shc lorgot.”
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Ðcspitc myscll, my skin startcd to crawl.
“You rcmcmbcr thc story, right:” Alﬁc askcd, giving mc a
sidcways glancc. “How Miss Fontainc wouldn’t marry Captain
¡vcns until hc gavc up thc sca, so hc sct sail onc last timc, on
thc voyagc ol a lilctimc—all thc way around thc world. Miss
Fontainc waitcd lor him, walking back and lorth along thc
cliﬀs day altcr day . . . altcr day . . . altcr day. . . . Vccks passcd,
thcn months, thcn a ycar. Shc ncvcr stoppcd walking thc cliﬀs,
scarching lor him. !t was thc Novcmbcr rains that did hcr in.
Shc caught pncumonia but kcpt walking . . . walking . . . walk
ing . . . until thc day shc lcll down and dicd . . . on this vcry
spot . . . and hcr spirit ncvcr lclt. \andcrmccr Manor was built
around hcr ghost, and cvcn today shc paccs thc cliﬀs, scarch
ing lor hcr lost lovc.”
“8ut, Alﬁc, thcrc’s no such thing as—”
Hc grabbcd my wrist so suddcnly that ! jumpcd.
“Shhh!” Alﬁc hisscd. “Shc can hear you!”
Vith a sinking lccling, ! rcalizcd that wc wcrc
standing right outsidc thc cntrancc to thc ¡ast Ving.
Tcrc was a small door that had bccn paintcd to match
His ﬁngcrs still wrappcd around my wrist, Alﬁc
pullcd mc toward thc door. “Listcn,” hc whispcrcd.
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“No,” ! rcplicd. “Tcrc’s nothing thcrc. Nobody
gocs into thc ¡ast Ving.”
“Tcn why won’t you listcn at thc door:” Alﬁc
askcd. “Unlcss you’rc . . . scarcd:”
“! am not.”
A positivcly inluriating smilc crcpt across Alﬁc’s lacc.
“Ncvcr mind, Katc,” hc said kindly—too kindly. “! didn’t
mcan to lrightcn you. Quick, now, run along to Mothcr
and put all thcsc scary thoughts out ol your hcad.”
“!’m not scarcd!” ! insistcd. And to provc it, ! stuck
my car against thc door. Alﬁc was quict and so was !,
wc wcrc quict as littlc micc. 8ut try as ! might, ! hcard
Tcn ! caught it: tinny, mctallic, thc sound ol somc
thing bcing draggcd across thc ﬂoor.
! lcapcd back so quickly that ! stumblcd ovcr my
own lcct, landing in a gracclcss hcap. Alﬁc doublcd
ovcr, laughing likc hc was ﬁt to burst. Tat’s whcn !
noticcd thc mctal squarc in his hand and thc scratchcd
paint on thc door lramc. Suddcnly, ! undcrstood
cvcrything: Alﬁc had scrapcd that piccc ol mctal on
thc cdgc ol thc door to makc thc othcrworldly sound
carry through thc wood.
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“You’rc rotten,” ! ycllcd. “You’rc a rotten rat!”
“Your lacc!” Alﬁc howlcd. “You should’vc sccn your
! stormcd oﬀ, lcaving Alﬁc alonc with his laugh
tcr. His guﬀaws lollowcd mc all thc way to thc ¡ast
\cranda, whcrc Mothcr was rcading thc morning mail
whilc Aunt Katic and GrcatAunt Kathy workcd on
As ! stcppcd onto thc bright vcranda, ! rcalizcd how
loolish it was to bc so lrightcncd ol Alﬁc’s ghost story.
Tc sun sparkling on thc watcr madc thc occan look
likc a sca ol sapphircs. Far in thc distancc, wc could
scc swimmcrs in thcir bathing costumcs bobbing on
thc wavcs. Tc blistcring hcat ol summcr had arrivcd,
but you’d ncvcr know it lrom thc lrcsh sca brcczc that
danccd around \andcrmccr Manor.
! waitcd lor a pausc in GrcatAunt Kathy and
Aunt Katic’s convcrsation bclorc ! spokc.
“Mothcr, you wantcd to scc mc:” ! askcd.
“Katc, dcar,” Mothcr said as shc glanccd up. “Tcrc’s
a lcttcr lor you.”
“For mc:” ! askcd curiously. 8cth’s tiny, pcrlcct
handwriting starcd up at mc lrom thc cnvclopc. !
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rippcd it opcn cagcrly, lour small, lorcign stamps
ﬂuttcrcd to thc ground. 8cth always rcmcmbcrcd
my stamp collcction and madc surc to scnd mc any
unusual postagc that camc to Chatswood Manor.
25 June 1914
My Dearest Cousin Kate,
I ask you in advance to please excuse the
haste with which I write to you. In three days,
we depart for the ship—and less than a week
after that, I will arrive in America! I confess
that I am not a bit ready; Shannon and I have
been working ourselves ragged in our attempts
to decide what, exactly, she should pack for my
extended stay with you this summer. It’s not just
choosing the gowns, of course, but so much more—
which hats and which gloves and which shoes and
which jewels, and on and on and on. . . . I count
myself even more fortunate now to have received
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the Elizabeth necklace for my birthday earlier this
month, since it spares me the challenge of packing
necklaces. I love my Elizabeth necklace so much,
dear cousin. I am sure you’ll feel the same way
when the Katherine necklace becomes yours!
Last week, Cousin Gabby, Aunt Beatrice,
and Uncle Claude returned to France. I was
honestly sorry to see them go. After Gabby
pretended that her heirloom locket had been stolen
and stood by silently while poor Shannon was
blamed, I thought I’d be glad to see her leave.
But after the truth came out, Gabby behaved much
more like the charming cousin I remembered.
It was very kind of you to ask about my
favorite foods, but please don’t trouble yourself on
my account. I’m not so particular that I’d ask
your cook to take extra pains for me. I am looking
forward to trying American fare. Do you take
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afternoon tea? I thought perhaps not, but Mother
reminded me that Great-Great-Aunt Katherine
may have kept the old traditions alive, even after
she made her home in a new land. I must tell you
that I am simply beside myself with anticipation
when I think of meeting her at last. It has always
saddened me that Great-Grandmother Elizabeth
died before I was born. To meet her twin is an
experience I have long desired.
And to meet you, sweet Kate, will be a
dream come true!
I will end this now, as Shannon waits
patiently to consult with me about which gown
I should pack for your birthday party. I hope
I will choose the right one, Kate. I wish I’d
thought to ask you more about the current fashions
in America. Oh, I’d hate to look foolish and—
even worse—embarrass you. But I have a
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feeling you would forgive me if I did.
With greatest affection and so much
Your Cousin Beth
PS I promised myself that I would
not write of it, as I didn’t want to ruin the
surprise, but I have found something that is most
mysterious and unusual, and I have decided to
bring it with me to America so that you may
see it for yourself. Now that I have piqued your
interest, Cousin, I will refrain from saying more.
Don’t be cross with me! I’ll be by your side—
with my secret surprise—as soon as the waves
will carry me.
“Any ncws:” Mothcr askcd as ! rcturncd thc lcttcr
to its cnvclopc.
“8cth is vcry cxcitcd to visit,” ! rcplicd. “And shc
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answcrcd thc qucstions lrom my last lcttcr. Shc wants
to try Amcrican loods.”
Mothcr lookcd at mc thoughtlully lor a momcnt.
“!’ll ring lor Mrs. Taylor,” shc said. “Tis is a good
opportunity lor you to givc hcr instruction, Katc.”
“8ut what should ! say:” ! askcd as Mothcr rcachcd
lor thc bcllpull.
“Just tcll hcr what you’d likc to bc scrvcd during
8cth’s stay,” shc adviscd.
!n momcnts, thc housckccpcr joincd us. “Vhat can
! do lor you:” Mrs. Taylor askcd Mothcr as shc took a
lcathcrbound notcbook lrom hcr apron pockct.
“Mrs. Taylor, ! was hoping you might sharc thc
latcst inlormation about thc plans lor Katc’s birthday
“Òl coursc, ma’am. Tc gucst count stands at lour
hundrcd and thirty, including thc lamily. Tc mcnu is
conﬁrmcd, and Mrs. Hastings and ! havc placcd ordcrs
lor all thc ncccssary ingrcdicnts. Mr. Glcason callcd
ycstcrday with an idca lor thc dccorations. !n addition
to thc rosc garlands you ordcrcd, hc proposcd a bcau
tilul scashcll ncar cvcry placc sctting, a littlc lavor lor
cach gucst, in honor ol this manor by thc sca.”
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“Tat sounds lovcly,” Mothcr said. “Vhat do you
! startcd in surprisc. Usually ! did nothing morc
than listcn quictly to Mrs. Taylor’s rcports. “Ycs, !
agrcc,” ! said.
“Mr. Glcason also scnt ﬁnal skctchcs lor thc icc
sculpturcs—a dozcn swans ol various sizcs, to bc placcd
in scvcral locations around thc ballroom. ! think you’ll
“Ycs, !’m surc ! will, Mr. Glcason docs bcautilul
work,” Mothcr said. “Tank you, Mrs. Taylor. Tat was
a vcry hclplul updatc. Now, Katc has rcccivcd word
lrom hcr cousin 8cth, who as you know, will bc arriv
ing hcrc on thc third ol July. Katc:”
Mothcr and Mrs. Taylor turncd to mc. ! took a
dccp brcath as ! unloldcd 8cth’s lcttcr. “Mrs. Taylor,
8cth writcs that shc docsn’t rcquirc any spccial loods,”
! bcgan. “Shc has, um, shc has cxprcsscd an intcrcst in
trying Amcrican larc whilc shc is hcrc.”
Mrs. Taylor’s cycs twinklcd. “Amcrican larc! Your
cousin is an advcnturous young lady. Vc will havc no
shortagc ol Amcrican larc lor hcr, Miss Katc, ! can
assurc you. Vould you bc intcrcstcd in hcaring somc
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ol thc mcnus wc havc planncd:”
“Ycs, Mrs. Taylor, that would bc ﬁnc,” ! rcplicd.
“Òn thc Fourth ol July, thcrc will bc a picnic lunchcon
in thc gazcbo, altcr thc paradc,” Mrs. Taylor rcportcd.
“Cold lricd chickcn, biscuits, potato salad, dcvilcd cggs,
watcrmclon, and chcrry pic. Tat cvcning, thcrc will bc a
clambakc on thc cliﬀ, accompanicd by corn on thc cob,
a salad ol grccn bcans and tomatocs, and a laycr cakc.”
! glanccd at Mothcr, who noddcd at mc
“8cth lovcs chocolatc,” ! said. “Pcrhaps thc laycr
cakc could bc a chocolatc onc.”
Mrs. Taylor madc a notc. “Òl coursc, Miss Katc.”
“Tank you. Finally,” ! said, “8cth wondcrs il wc
takc altcrnoon tca. Shc asks il GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc kccps any ol thc customs lrom homc.”
Tis brought about a galc ol gigglcs lrom my aunts.
“Ðcar child,” GrcatAunt Kathy said. “Tc day my
mothcr abandons altcrnoon tca is thc day that pigs
will soar on gossamcr wings.”
“!l you’d likc, Miss Katc, wc can scrvc propcr 8ritish
tca oltcn whilc 8cth is hcrc,” Mrs. Taylor suggcstcd.
“Tat might casc any homcsickncss your cousin lccls.
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And Mr. Taylor assurcs mc that Mrs. Hastings’s sconcs
tastc as authcntic as thc oncs hc cnjoycd as a boy.”
“Vhat a nicc idca,” ! said.
“My plcasurc, Miss Katc,” shc rcplicd.
A long pausc lollowcd. ! wasn’t surc what to say
“Vill thcrc bc anything clsc:” Mrs. Taylor ﬁnally
! glanccd at Mothcr, who shook hcr hcad. “No,
thank you, Mrs. Taylor,” ! said.
Mrs. Taylor noddcd bclorc shc lclt thc room.
“Vcll donc,” Mothcr said as shc pattcd my hand.
“You spokc clcarly and kindly whilc giving instruc
tions to Mrs. Taylor.”
“Tank you, Mothcr. May ! bc cxcuscd:”
“Ycs, Katc. !’ll scc you at lunch.”
8y thc timc ! rcturncd to my room, Ncllic had
clcancd up Alﬁc’s mcss.
“Òh, Ncllic, it looks so nicc in hcrc!” ! cxclaimcd.
“!’m sorry about Alﬁc. Hc’s just horrid somctimcs.”
“Vcll, as my mothcr always said, boys will bc boys,”
“Tat’s just an cxcusc,” ! said. “Hc docsn’t have to
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act likc such a—a—a miscrcant. Vhy should you havc
to clcan up thc mcss hc madc, lor no rcason:”
Tcrc was a look in Ncllic’s cycs that ! couldn’t
quitc rcad. “¡vcrything all right with your mothcr,
Katc:” shc askcd, changing thc subjcct.
“Òh! Ncllic, look at this!” ! cricd, rcmcmbcring
8cth’s lcttcr. “A lcttcr lrom 8cth!”
Ncllic pounccd on thc lcttcr as cagcrly as ! had.
Vhcn shc ﬁnishcd rcading it, Ncllic sighcd happily.
“To think that in just a lcw days, Lady 8cth will bc
here, in this vcry room,” shc said. “! can’t wait to mcct
hcr and hcar hcr acccnt. ! hopc shc’ll tcll us all about
lilc in ¡ngland. ! can hardly bclicvc that wc’ll havc a
highborn lady staying at \andcrmccr Manor!”
“A highborn lady:” ! rcpcatcd. “You sound likc a
charactcr lrom a novcl.”
Ncllic grinncd. “! can’t hclp myscll,” shc admittcd.
“!’m so intcrcstcd in cvcrything about ¡ngland. ! was
born thcrc, you know. And my grandparcnts still livc
thcrc—along with a wholc slcw ol cousins !’vc ncvcr
“! didn’t know that,” ! said. “Vhat brought you to
thc Unitcd Statcs:”
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“My mothcr and lathcr wcrc looking lor a ncw
lilc—onc with morc opportunitics lor thcm and, onc
day, lor mc. 8ut thcy dicd ol typhoid whcn ! was six
tccn ycars old. Now !’m thc last onc hcrc.”
! rcachcd lor Ncllic’s hand. “Òh, Ncllic,” ! brcathcd.
“!’m so sorry.”
“You’rc kind, Miss Katc,” shc said. “!’m gratclul lor
my ¡nglish rclativcs, cvcn il thcy arc so lar away. Vc
writc as much as wc can, and thcy ncvcr lct my birth
day pass without a parccl lull ol surpriscs. Somcday, !
hopc !’ll havc thc chancc to mcct thcm all.”
“!’m surc you will,” ! said.
Ncllic and ! cxchangcd a smilc, but thcrc was no
mistaking thc sadncss in hcr cycs. To bc hall a world
away lrom my lamily would bc almost unbcarablc. For
swcct Ncllic’s sakc, ! hopcd shc could scc hcr lamily
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A lcw days latcr, my cycs snappcd opcn bclorc
dawn. Tc long wait was almost ovcr, 8cth would
arrivc this altcrnoon! ! lcapcd out ol bcd, too cxcitcd
to spcnd anothcr momcnt lying down. ! was about to
rcach lor thc call button to summon Ncllic to my room
whcn my hand pauscd. !t was still dark outsidc. Tc
tiny clock ticking on my mantcl rcad a quartcr to ﬁvc.
If Nellie’s still asleep, it would be wrong to wake her,
! dccidcd. Especially since I don’t need anything besides a
! yankcd thc down comlortcr oﬀ my bcd and
draggcd it across thc room. Tcn ! curlcd up in thc
window scat ovcrlooking thc occan so that ! could
watch thc sun risc. Faintly, ! could hcar thc sound ol
thc wavcs lapping onto thc shorc and thc distant cry ol
a scagull. A hcavy mist hung ovcr thc occan, sccping
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all thc way to thc housc, but ! could scc a smudgc ol
palc light at thc lar cdgc ol thc horizon whcrc thc sun
would soon risc.
Tcn, somcthing caught my cyc in thc gardcn
bclow. ! squintcd as ! pccrcd through thc window, try
ing to gct a bcttcr look. !t almost lookcd likc . . . no,
that couldn’t bc right. . . . 8ut it did, it rcally did. !t
lookcd likc a woman, vcilcd in black lrom hcad to toc.
It’s Blythe Fontaine’s ghost! She’s searching for the cap-
tain! ! thought suddcnly. No. Of course not. Tat is just a
story. It isn’t real.
Tc ﬁgurc movcd toward \andcrmccr Manor,
crccping through thc silvcry mist.
! was trcmbling all ovcr, my mouth was so dry that
! could barcly swallow, but ! couldn’t tcar my cycs away.
! wantcd to call out lor hclp, but my voicc was as para
lyzcd as thc rcst ol mc. Far away, ovcr thc occan, thc rcd
sun bcgan to risc, but thc grayncss ol dawn hung hcav
ily ovcr thc gardcns. Tc ﬁgurc kcpt walking toward thc
housc. ! watchcd hcr lor as long as ! could bclorc ! lost
sight ol hcr bchind thc hcdgcs ncar thc ¡ast Ving.
Momcnts latcr, thc sun rosc, spilling goldcn light
ovcr thc occan and thc gardcns. Vith such a chccrlul
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sun shining, it was hard to bclicvc what !’d sccn. Had
I fallen asleep? Did I merely dream of the ghostly ﬁgure?
! wondcrcd—or pcrhaps ! should say that ! wishcd.
8ccausc ! kncw, without a doubt, that thc blackclad
ﬁgurc was all too rcal.
Tat altcrnoon, Mothcr, Fathcr, and ! climbcd into thc
back ol thc car. Òur chauﬀcur, Hank, pauscd bclorc
hc shut thc door. “Miss Katc, you’ll want to mind thc
door,” hc said as hc gcsturcd to my skirts, which wcrc
sticking out ol thc door.
“Sorry!” ! cxclaimcd with a gigglc as ! pullcd thc
lacctrimmcd silk into thc car. ! was so cxcitcd to mcct
my cousin that ! had turncd into a scattcrbrain!
Hank smilcd at mc as hc tippcd his cap. “Right,
thcn,” hc said with just a hint ol a lilting !rish acccnt.
“Ncxt stop, Providcncc Station. Vc’ll bc thcrc wcll in
timc lor thc twoo’clock arrival lrom Ncw York City.”
“Tank you, Hank,” Fathcr said as hc opcncd his
ncwspapcr. His lorchcad was groovcd with dccp lur
rows as hc cxamincd thc lront pagc. “Nasty busincss in
¡uropc, ¡lcanor,” hc said to Mothcr. “Tcrc is alrcady
spcculation ol war.”
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“Goodncss, ! hopc not,” Mothcr said right away.
“Surcly it can bc prcvcntcd.”
Fathcr strokcd his bcard with an abscnt look in his
cycs. “!t could’vc bccn,” hc rcplicd. “Might bc too latc
now. A pity. !’ll bc kccping a closc cyc on thc situation.
!l thc worst comcs to pass, \andcrmccr Stccl will bc
poiscd to makc a prctty pcnny.”
Mothcr shuddcrcd slightly. “A pcnny carncd lrom
warlarc is not onc worth carning,” shc said ﬁrmly.
8y thc timc wc rcachcd thc station, my parcnts had
movcd on to talking about thc Fourth ol July lcstivitics
instcad ol thc possibility ol war in ¡uropc, but ! conlcss
! wasn’t paying much attcntion to thcir convcrsation.
Tc station was bustling with activity as pcoplc gathcrcd
to mcct thc oncoming train. ! could hcar thc clattcring
ol its whccls on thc tracks and smcll thc thick, black
smokc that pourcd lrom its locomotivc. Vhcn thc train
itscll ﬁnally appcarcd, my hcart lcapcd. Somcwhcrc, in
onc ol thosc cars, sat my cousin!
Tc train’s brakcs squcalcd as it slowcd to a stop.
! was about to dash ovcr to thc tracks whcn Mothcr
caught my arm. “Vc’ll wait hcrc, Katc,” shc said.
“Hank will ﬁnd thcm.”
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As il on cuc, Hank stcppcd lorward with a small
sign rcading v:nvviucv in ncatly printcd lcttcrs. Hc
walkcd past us and stood at thc vcry cdgc ol thc plat
lorm. ! starcd cagcrly at cvcry pcrson who climbcd
oﬀ thc train, scarching lor a lacc that might bclong to
8cth. Vould ! rccognizc hcr thc momcnt shc stcppcd
oﬀ thc train: Vould shc look likc mc . . . or likc a
“Hcrc, sir! Òvcr hcrc!” a highpitchcd voicc callcd
out. Tc young woman’s strong !rish acccnt caught my
attcntion—and Hank’s—right away. As shc startcd to
takc a tcntativc stcp down thc stairs toward thc plat
lorm, Hank rcachcd out his hand to stcady hcr. 8clorc
shc cxitcd thc train, thc woman turncd to lacc somconc
bchind hcr, somconc who was still hiddcn in thc shad
ows. 8ut ! kncw right away who it was, and ! couldn’t
wait any longcr.
! brokc away lrom my parcnts and ran to thc cdgc
ol thc platlorm as Hank hclpcd Shannon and 8cth
out ol thc train. “8cth! 8cth!” ! shrickcd. “!t’s mc! !t’s
“Cousin Katc!” shc cricd. Tcn wc wcrc a jumblc,
jumping and hugging and laughing, cvcn crying.
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“How was thc train: Ðid you likc Ncw York: Ðid
you stay in my room: ! hopc it was cool cnough, thc
city gcts so miscrably hot in thc summcr. Ðid you cnjoy
thc voyagc: !’vc ncvcr bccn on a stcamcr bclorc. Vas
it a smooth crossing, or did you pass through rough
As ! pauscd to takc a dccp brcath, 8cth burst out
laughing. Altcr a momcnt, Hank and Shannon joincd
in, and so did !.
“8umpy, ycs, ycs, ccrtainly, ycs, smooth cnough!”
8cth rcplicd, all in a rush, and cvcryonc laughcd again.
Shc rcachcd out and squcczcd my hand. “Òh, Katc! !
can’t bclicvc !’m hcrc!”
“! can’t bclicvc it, cithcr,” ! rcplicd. “Vc havc so
much planncd, 8cth. ! think you’rc going to havc thc
“Katc!” Mothcr’s voicc carricd across thc platlorm.
!’d almost lorgottcn that my parcnts wcrc wait
ing lor us. “Comc on. Mothcr and Fathcr arc dying to
mcct you too,” ! said as ! brought 8cth ovcr to thcm.
Mothcr’s smilc hcld thc warmth ol a hundrcd suns as
shc pullcd 8cth into an cmbracc.
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“Vclcomc, 8cth! Vc’rc so glad that you could
visit!” shc said. “How arc you, my dcar:”
“\cry wcll, thank you, Mrs. \andcrmccr,” 8cth said
with a lormal curtsy.
“Now, ! supposc wc’rc actually cousins, but you
must call us aunt and unclc,” Fathcr said as hc shook
8cth’s hand. “Vc’ll havc nonc ol thcsc lormalitics
8cth smilcd warmly and pullcd Shannon lorward.
“And this is Shannon, my lady’s maid,” shc said.
“\cry good to mcct you, Shannon,” Mothcr said
graciously. “Katc’s maid, Ncllic, is at thc housc. Shc’ll
takc good carc ol you.”
Fathcr turncd to Hank. “Scc about thc luggagc,
will you, Hank:”
Hank touchcd thc brim ol his cap. “Ccrtainly, sir,”
“!’ll comc too,” Shannon oﬀcrcd. “!t will bc lastcr
to ﬁnd 8cth’s trunk that way.”
“Vc’ll go straight homc so that you and Shannon
can rcst lrom your journcy,” Mothcr promiscd 8cth.
“!’m surc you’rc longing lor a hot bath.”
“Tank you, Aunt ¡lcanor,” 8cth rcplicd. “8ut
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! must conlcss that wc wcrc pampcrcd in Ncw York
last night. Shannon and ! lccl quitc rclrcshcd altcr our
wcck ol travcl.”
“!’m so glad to hcar that,” Mothcr said.
Hank and Shannon soon rcturncd, lollowcd by
thrcc portcrs whccling thc hcavy trunk that 8cth had
brought with hcr.
Vhilc thc portcrs strappcd thc trunk on top
ol thc car, Hank hcld thc door opcn lor us. Altcr
Mothcr, Fathcr, 8cth, and ! wcrc scttlcd, ! noticcd
Shannon was hanging back, looking unccrtain. Hank
“Plcnty ol room in thc lront with mc, il you don’t
mind, miss,” hc said to hcr.
A shy smilc sprcad across Shannon’s lair lacc. “!
surcly apprcciatc it,” shc rcplicd.
“! was wondcring il you hcard any ncws about thc
assassination during your voyagc,” Hank startcd to say.
Tcn hc closcd thc door, and ! couldn’t hcar any morc
ol thcir convcrsation through thc dividcr that scpa
ratcd thc lront ol thc car lrom our cozy cabin in thc
As Hank pullcd into thc strcct, 8cth crancd hcr
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ncck to look past mc out thc window.
“Hcrc,” ! said as ! lcancd lorward. “You can scc
Providcncc bcttcr without mc in thc way.”
“Òh, no, ! wasn’t looking at thc city,” shc rcplicd. “!
was looking at us—our rcﬂcction in thc glass.”
! turncd toward thc window and rcalizcd that 8cth
was right, thc window ol thc car was almost likc a mir
ror. At ﬁrst glancc, a strangcr on thc strcct might not
havc gucsscd that 8cth and ! wcrc rclatcd—altcr all,
wc wcrc only third cousins. 8cth had thc most bcauti
lul wavy hair, thc color ol an autumn bonﬁrc. My hair
was long, too—but dark brown and straight as sticks.
8cth’s crcamy skin didn’t havc a singlc spot on it,
whcrcas ! had lrccklcs cnough lor both ol us.
8ut thc longcr ! lookcd at our laccs in thc win
dow, thc morc similaritics ! saw. Vc both had big cycs
lramcd by long lashcs and, bcst ol all, idcntical smilcs.
“You look so lamiliar,” ! blurtcd out. “! know it’s
not possiblc, but ! almost lccl likc !’vc sccn you bclorc.”
“! lccl thc samc way,” 8cth conlcsscd. “! supposc
it’s bccausc ! havc imagincd us doing things togcthcr
lor so long. And thcn, ol coursc, ! think about you
cvcry timc ! scc your grcatgrandmothcr’s portrait at
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Chatswood. Ðo you havc any portraits ol my grcat
grandmothcr in your housc:”
! shook my hcad. “No, and lcaving thcm all
bchind at Chatswood is onc ol GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc’s rcgrcts,” ! said.
“Vc don’t rcally look likc thcm. Òur grcatgrand
mothcrs both had blond hair—not gingcr or brown,”
8cth said as shc twirlcd a wavy lock around hcr ﬁn
gcr. “8ut you did a splcndid job dcscribing yourscll in
your lcttcrs, Katc. You look cxactly as ! imagincd you
Nellie’s going to love Beth’s accent, ! thought. Tcn !
noticcd a ﬂash ol gold glittcring against 8cth’s ncck. !
suckcd in my brcath. “Òh, 8cth, that’s it, isn’t it: Tc
8cth noddcd, grinning as shc pullcd thc ¡lizabcth
nccklacc out ol hcr drcss. “! tuck it undcr my collar
whcncvcr wc travcl,” shc cxplaincd. “Just to bc on thc
salc sidc. Vant to scc:”
“Òl coursc ! do!” ! cricd.
8cth unclaspcd thc nccklacc and handcd it to mc.
! was surpriscd by its wcight, though thc ¡lizabcth
nccklacc lookcd likc a dclicatc piccc ol jcwclry, in my
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hand it lclt hcavy. Solid. !t was a pcrlcct match to thc
Kathcrinc nccklacc that Aunt Katic always worc: thc
othcr hall ol thc samc hcart, thc samc burnishcd gold.
Tc only diﬀcrcncc was thc gcms, and oh, what a dil
lcrcncc it was. !nstcad ol thc Kathcrinc nccklacc’s ﬁcry
rubics, occanbluc sapphircs shimmcrcd against thc
¡lizabcth nccklacc’s glcaming gold.
“!t’s bcautilul, 8cth,” ! said, quickly passing it back
to hcr. As much as ! cnjoycd admiring hcr ¡lizabcth
nccklacc, it didn’t sccm right lor it to bc oﬀ hcr ncck
lor cvcn a sccond. “Absolutcly bcautilul. You must lovc
it so much.”
“! do. ! truly do,” shc rcplicd as shc put thc ncck
lacc back on. “You know, !’vc had it lor lcss than a
month, but ! alrcady lccl likc it’s a part ol mc. !’m surc
you’ll lccl thc samc way whcn thc Kathcrinc nccklacc
bccomcs yours. Just two morc days!”
“Ðon’t ! know it!” ! laughcd.
“Ðon’t wc all,” Fathcr tcascd as hc glanccd up lrom
his ncwspapcr. “!’m not surc what will occupy Katc’s
timc oncc thc countdown to hcr twcllth birthday is
“Mc, ! hopc!” 8cth said, giggling. “Ðo you know
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whcn you’ll rcccivc thc Kathcrinc nccklacc: ! was
lucky, Mothcr gavc it to mc in thc parlor, right altcr
brcaklast, so ! didn’t havc to wait all day.”
“Tat won’t bc thc casc lor mc, !’m alraid,” ! rcplicd,
glancing sidcways at Mothcr. “Tcy’rc not going to
prcscnt it until my birthday party.”
Mothcr smilcd wryly. “Òh, Katc, it’s not my rulc.
You know how much your grcatgrandmothcr livcs lor
tradition. And cvcr sincc shc gavc thc nccklacc to your
grcataunt Kathy at her twcllth birthday party, thc tradi
tion was sct. 8csidcs, you’vc waitcd all thcsc ycars, !’m
surc a lcw cxtra hours won’t causc any harm.”
“!l you say so,” ! said, sighing as though ! wcrc
dccply inconvcnicnccd. 8cth gavc mc a sympathctic
smilc that told mc shc undcrstood.
Tcn Hank pullcd into thc long, circular drivc in
lront ol \andcrmccr Manor.
“Hcrc wc arc,” Fathcr said.
8cth gaspcd. “Alrcady:” shc askcd in surprisc, lcan
ing lorward to pccr out thc window again. All thc
lamily and staﬀ mcmbcrs wcrc asscmblcd in lront ol
thc housc, awaiting hcr arrival. Hank parkcd thc car
and hurricd around to opcn our door. ! stcppcd out
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ﬁrst, and 8cth lollowcd mc. At ﬁrst, no onc said any
thing, thc only sound was thc tricklc ol watcr strcaming
through thc grcat lountain in thc middlc ol thc drivc
and, laintly, thc call ol thc occan.
And thcn, to my surprisc, GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc camc lorward, stcpping out lrom bchind
Aunt Katic and GrcatAunt Kathy. 8csidc mc,
8cth gaspcd. As did !. ! couldn’t rcmcmbcr Grcat
Grandmothcr Kathcrinc cvcr waiting outsidc to mcct
a visitor. Normally, shc rcccivcd our gucsts in thc
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc movcd toward
8cth. “¡lizabcth,” shc said slowly. “8cth. Grcat
granddaughtcr ol my lost sistcr, standing on my stcps,
looking at mc with hcr cycs.”
8cth lcll into a low curtsy, but my grcat
grandmothcr would havc nonc ol that. !n a last
motion—lastcr than !’d cvcr sccn hcr movc bclorc—
shc swoopcd down and gavc 8cth a grcat big hug.
As GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc hcld hcr, tcars
sparklcd on 8cth’s long lashcs.
“Happy tcars, ! hopc,” my grcatgrandmothcr
said as shc brushcd thcm away. “8ccausc this is a vcry
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happy day lor mc, dcar 8cth.”
“All my lilc, !’vc wishcd that ! could’vc mct hcr,”
“Òl coursc, my dcar girl. Ònc ol thc many wrongs
!’vc witncsscd in this world is that ¡lizabcth lclt it
bclorc you arrivcd,” GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc
said. “Look at you, child. Look at you. ! lccl as though
you’vc unravclcd all thc long ycars ol my lilc. Now !’m
twclvc again, too, with nothing to do but roam thc
mcadows with my sistcr, looking lor littlc advcnturcs
in thc ¡nglish countrysidc.”
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc swcpt 8cth’s hair
away lrom hcr lacc, lcancd lorward, and gcntly kisscd
hcr lorchcad. “!’m so glad you’rc hcrc,” shc said.
“So am !,” 8cth murmurcd back.
And so am I, ! thought.
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Altcr 8cth mct thc rcst ol thc lamily, ! lcd hcr
insidc \andcrmccr Manor. “Mothcr’s had thc staﬀ
prcparc thc bluc gucst room lor you,” ! told hcr. “8ut il
you’d likc, you’rc wclcomc to stay with mc in my room.”
“Ycs, plcasc!” 8cth said at oncc. “! know two months
sccms likc a long timc, but it’s only cight short wccks.
! don’t want to spcnd any timc apart, il wc can hclp it.”
“! complctcly agrcc,” ! rcplicd. “And ! told Mothcr
as much, too, but shc said thc propcr thing to do would
bc to givc you your own room—cvcn though my room
is ccrtainly big cnough lor both ol us. Hcrc it is.”
! swung opcn thc door to my bcdroom.
“Katc, it’s bcautilul!” 8cth cxclaimcd.
! smilcd. !t was a vcry prctty room, cspccially on
a bright summcr day whcn thc sunlight strcamcd
through thc opcn windows. Tc crcamcolorcd
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canopy on my bcd ﬂuttcrcd lrom thc lrcsh brcczc,
and thc grccn walls glimmcrcd with thin gold stripcs.
Tc plush carpct undcr our lcct was solt as vclvct.
“! hopc you’ll bc comlortablc hcrc. !l thcrc’s any
thing you nccd—anything at all—just say thc word. !
know my lady’s maid, Ncllic, will bc morc than happy
to hclp you. !n lact, shc’ll ncvcr lorgivc mc il ! don’t
ring lor hcr right away. . . . Shc’s bccn just as cagcr to
spcnd timc with you as thc rcst ol us!”
“No, no, you mustn’t bothcr hcr on my account,”
8cth rcplicd. “!’d hatc to disturb Ncllic whcn wc havc
no rcal nccd ol hcr.”
“8ut it wouldn’t bc—” ! startcd to say, but my voicc
trailcd oﬀ. ! didn’t want to disagrcc with my cousin so
soon altcr wc’d mct. And maybe they do things diﬀerently
in England, ! thought.
! dccidcd to changc thc subjcct. “! got your lcttcr—
thc onc you scnt bclorc you sct sail,” ! said. “You’vc got to
tcll mc, what was thc spccial itcm you said you’d bring:”
“Òh! Òl coursc,” shc cricd. “! ncarly lorgot. !t’s in
my valisc. Comc. Vc must ﬁnd it right away.”
“Tc lootmcn probably brought it to your room,” !
told hcr. “!t’s right down thc hall.”
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8cth lollowcd mc to thc bluc room, whcrc wc lound
Ncllic and Shannon unpacking 8cth’s trunk. ¡vcn
though thcy worc diﬀcrcnt unilorms, ! was struck by
how much Ncllic and Shannon lookcd likc cach othcr as
thcy unloldcd and rcloldcd 8cth’s clothcs. And thc way
thcy spokc—in hushcd voiccs, punctuatcd by gigglcs—
immcdiatcly caught my attcntion.
“Ncllic,” ! said. “Look who !’vc brought!”
“Lady 8cth!” Ncllic scramblcd to hcr lcct. “!’m
at your scrvicc, milady. Should you nccd anything—
anything at all—”
8cth smilcd at hcr. “Tat’s vcry kind, thank you.
And thank you lor taking Shannon undcr your wing
as wcll.” Tcn 8cth turncd to hcr lady’s maid. “Vhat
wcrc you two talking about:”
Ncllic and Shannon cxchangcd a glancc. Tc
silcncc bclorc Shannon answcrcd sccmcd too long.
“Lady 8cth, Ncllic tclls mc that \andcrmccr
Manor is hauntcd,” Shannon said at last.
“Rcally!” 8cth cxclaimcd. “Ðo tcll!”
Shannon shivcrcd, dcspitc thc warmth ol thc day.
“! darcn’t,” shc rcplicd with widc cycs. “Haunts don’t
likc to bc thc subjcct ol gossip. And !’d rathcr not
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makc an cncmy ol \andcrmccr Manor’s othcrworldly
8cth turncd to mc. “You’rc not so supcrstitious, arc
you, Katc:” shc askcd. “! should likc to hcar all about it.”
“Vcll . . . ,” ! bcgan. Tc mcmory ol thc spcctcr !’d
sccn that morning was lrcsh in my mind. “!t’s just . . .
storics, rcally. Tc houscmaids . . . likc to tcll storics. To
occupy thcmsclvcs whilc thcy clcan. 8ut !’vc—”
My throat lclt tight. ! had to swallow hard bclorc
! could continuc.
“!’vc ncvcr sccn anything out ol thc ordinary,” ! ﬁn
“Òh,” 8cth said. Shc soundcd a littlc disappointcd.
“Ycs, that’s just how it is at Chatswood. Tc housc
maids arc always going on about this portrait tilting or
that door closing, all pcrlormcd by unsccn hands. 8ut
thc housc sccms cvcr so ordinary to mc.”
“And a good thing, too,” Shannon addcd lcrvcntly.
! lookcd up and rcalizcd that Ncllic was watching
mc closcly. “Anything you nccd, Miss Katc:” shc askcd
in a low voicc.
! smilcd at hcr, Ncllic kncw mc so wcll. Shc must
havc sccn how troublcd ! was by thc talk ol ghosts.
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“!’m ﬁnc, Ncllic, thank you,” ! rcplicd.
“Shannon,” 8cth said. “Havc you sccn my valisc:”
“Òvcr hcrc, milady.”
8cth unlastcncd thc lcathcr strap holding it
closcd and rcmovcd a battcrcdlooking book. Hcr
cycs twinklcd as shc hcld it up lor mc to scc.
“Vhat is that:” ! askcd curiously.
8cth smilcd in a sccrctivc way. “Shannon,” shc said,
“whcn you’rc ﬁnishcd hcrc, would you plcasc draw mc
a hot bath: !’d likc to wash up bclorc dinncr.”
“Òl coursc, milady,” Shannon rcplicd. “Vould you
likc to wash your hair as wcll:”
8cth shook hcr hcad. “Gracious, no,” shc said. “My
wavcs arc wild cnough today. !l ! wash thcm, thcy’ll
spring out in cvcry dircction!”
“Ncllic might bc ablc to hclp with that,” ! spokc up.
My lady’s maid blushcd as cvcryonc turncd to hcr.
“My own hair is rathcr curly,” Ncllic cxplaincd. “So
!’vc concoctcd a pomadc that smooths curls.”
“!’d lovc to try it,” 8cth said. “Tank you, Ncllic.”
Tcn shc turncd to mc. “Katc, !’d likc to takc a look at
your stamp collcction.”
! undcrstood what 8cth mcant. “Ccrtainly. !t’s in
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my room,” ! told hcr. “Lct’s go.”
8cth and ! ran down thc hall, giggling. 8ack in my
room, shc placcd thc book on my bcd.
“! rcally would likc to scc your stamp collcction,”
8cth said. “8ut ﬁrst, this is thc surprisc ! wrotc about
in my lcttcr.”
! rcachcd lor thc book. !t was vcry old, hcld closcd
with a string ol twinc wrappcd around its crackcd
lcathcr covcrs. Tiny slips ol papcr pccking out ol its
pagcs scrvcd as bookmarks. “Vhat is it:” ! askcd.
“!t’s a journal,” 8cth cxplaincd as shc opcncd it and
gcntly turncd thc pagcs, which wcrc ycllow with agc.
“Somc sixty ycars old. !t bclongcd to a woman namcd
¡ssic 8ridgcs . . . who was ¡lizabcth and Kathcrinc’s
lady’s maid whcn thcy wcrc girls.”
“Rcally:” ! gaspcd.
“Ycs, !’m surc ol it,” 8cth rcplicd. “Shc uscs codc
namcs lor thcm—most likcly, ¡ssic was scarcd that
shc’d bc caught kccping a journal—but thcrc’s ncvcr
bccn anothcr sct ol twins at Chatswood. !t’s just got to
bc thcm! Hcrc, rcad this.”
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The twins only look more alike with every passing
day. I saw them at their ritual today, and with
both of them wearing the same yellow dress with
their hair in plaits, I could tell them apart only
by their necklaces. It’s the sweetest moment of my
day, by far—first Sparrow holds up her necklace
and says, with all solemnity, “I am Sparrow, and I
love my sister, Lark.” Next comes Lark’s turn, and
she holds up her necklace and says, “I am Lark,
and I love my sister, Sparrow.” Then together,
they whisper, “Forever,” and join their necklaces
as one. It gives them a bit of comfort. They’ve been
so brave, but I know they miss their mother very
“You’rc right,” ! said whcn ! ﬁnishcd rcading. “!t
has to bc thcm.”
“Now rcad this,” 8cth said, turning to an carlicr
pagc in thc journal.
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It was the twins’ twelfth birthday today. After
breakfast, Peacock presented Sparrow and Lark
with Partridge’s last gifts to her girls. The twins’
faces were transformed by wonderment as they
each opened a jewel box that contained a golden
pendant. Lark’s necklace is bejeweled with the most
beautiful blue sapphires—her favorite color—while
Sparrow’s locket glitters with rubies. How well
dear Partridge knew her girls! And how much she
would’ve wanted to see their delight when they
received this precious gift. That wasn’t all, though.
To each girl, Partridge had written a final letter.
As much as Sparrow and Lark love their necklaces,
they cherish those letters above all else.
“So sad,” ! whispcrcd. !t wasn’t somcthing
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc talkcd about much,
but ! kncw that thc dcath ol thcir mothcr had bccn
vcry hard lor hcr and hcr sistcr.
“! know,” addcd 8cth.
Vc sat quictly lor a lcw momcnts. Tcn somcthing
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occurrcd to mc. “!’vc ncvcr hcard about thosc lcttcrs
bclorc,” ! said.
“Ncithcr havc !,” rcplicd 8cth. “Ðon’t you think
“Ycs,” ! agrccd. “!t says right hcrc that thc lcttcrs
wcrc prccious to thcm. Tc last words ol thcir mothcr—”
“Almost as il shc wcrc spcaking to thcm lrom
bcyond thc gravc,” 8cth intcrruptcd mc.
! tricd not to shuddcr. ! didn’t want to think about
“Vouldn’t thc lcttcrs bccomc hcirlooms, too:” !
“! would think so,” 8cth rcplicd. “And, Katc,
thcrc’s somcthing clsc that’s bccn puzzling mc—thc
codc namcs. ! thought ! had it all ﬁgurcd out—that
Sparrow was Kathcrinc and Lark was ¡lizabcth—but
somc things don’t makc scnsc. Likc this passagc, hcrc.”
8cth pauscd to turn back to thc bcginning ol thc
journal, thcn rcad onc ol thc cntrics aloud. “‘My girls
thought to play a clcvcr trick on mc by switching thcir
drcsscs and hair bows. 8ut sincc Sparrow ticd hcr rcd
ribbon around Kathcrinc’s wavy locks, ! discovcrcd
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! sat up straight. “Wait. Ðid that say Katherine’s
“So ¡ssic slippcd and uscd onc ol thc twins’
rcal namcs,” ! continucd. “8ut cvcryonc knows that
Kathcrinc has straight hair. And rcd is hcr lavoritc
color, not ¡lizabcth’s. Vhich mcans . . . Kathcrinc is
“8ut Lark rcccivcd thc sapphirc nccklacc,” 8cth
said. “So Lark must’vc bccn ¡lizabcth.”
“!t docsn’t makc any scnsc,” ! said.
“Pcrhaps ¡ssic was writing latc at night and got
thc namcs—and thc girls—conluscd. Tcy wcrc idcn
tical twins, altcr all.”
“You know, thcrc’s onc way to ﬁnd out lor ccr
tain,” ! said. “Vhy don’t wc ask GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc: Vc could show hcr thc journal—”
8cth hcld thc journal to hcr chcst protcctivcly. “Òh,
no, wc mustn’t do that!” shc cxclaimcd.
“Vhy, 8cth, it’s bccn so many ycars,” ! said. “Surcly
thcrc’s no harm in hcr lcarning about it now.”
“!t’s not that,” 8cth cxplaincd. “!t’s—ahcm—how
! lound it. ! was, ahh, how should ! say this: ! was
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somcplacc ! should not havc bccn.”
8cth lcancd lorward and spokc in a whispcr.
“Chatswood Manor has a sccrct passagc—pcrhaps
morc than onc! Shannon showcd it to mc whcn ! was
invcstigating thc disappcarancc ol Cousin Gabby’s
nccklacc. Tat’s whcrc ! lound ¡ssic’s journal, hiddcn
away in a crcvicc. 8ut il GrcatGrcatAunt Kathcrinc
sccs it, shc’ll surcly ask whcrc ! lound it. And il word
gcts back to Mothcr and Fathcr—”
“! undcrstand complctcly. Ðon’t worry. Your sccrct
is salc with mc,” ! promiscd my cousin. “! still think
wc should talk to GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc. Vc
won’t mcntion thc journal. 8ut il shc tclls us what
shc and ¡lizabcth wcrc likc whcn thcy wcrc young,
maybc wc can ﬁgurc out which onc ol thcm rcally was
Sparrow . . . and which onc was Lark.”
8cth noddcd slowly. “Ycs, Katc,” shc said. “Ycs, !
think that’s a vcry good idca.”
“GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc always paints in
thc gardcn bclorc tca,” ! told 8cth. “Vc’rc surc to ﬁnd
hcr thcrc. Shc lovcs talking about hcr sistcr . . . and !’m
surc shc’ll bc happy to answcr our qucstions.”
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Shortly bclorc it was timc to start gctting rcady
lor dinncr, ! brought 8cth to thc gardcn nook
whcrc my grcatgrandmothcr likcd to paint. Hcr
cascl and palcttc wcrc sct up in thcir usual spot, but
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc was nowhcrc to bc
“Hmm,” ! said. “Lct’s go downstairs to scc il
Gladys, hcr lady’s maid, knows whcrc shc is.”
“Go downstairs:” 8cth look scandalizcd. “!s that
“Allowcd: Òl coursc it’s allowcd,” ! rcplicd, giving
hcr a lunny look. “Vhy wouldn’t it bc:”
“8ack homc, !’m ncvcr allowcd downstairs,” 8cth
told mc. “!’vc gottcn cvcr so many lccturcs lor sncaking
down thcrc. !t’s practically writtcn in stonc: Tc lamily
stays upstairs whcrc wc bclong.”
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“Rcally:” ! askcd. “8ut it’s your housc—cvcn thc
“Tat’s what ! thought, but cvcryonc says
“Vcll, you’rc in Amcrica now,” ! said. “And hcrc,
thcrc’s nothing wrong with going downstairs.”
! brought 8cth down thc scrvants’ staircasc. !
pcckcd in thc scrvants’ common room, but ! didn’t scc
Gladys, so ! dccidcd to chcck thc kitchcn.
“Hcllo, Mrs. Hastings,” ! callcd out to our cook.
“Hcllo, Miss Katc,” shc callcd without looking up
lrom thc piccrust shc was rolling on thc countcr. 8ut
whcn Mrs. Hastings saw 8cth standing bcsidc mc, shc
lct go ol thc rolling pin, and hcr mouth turncd into a
pcrlcct, round O.
“!s this thc Lady 8cth:” shc askcd in astonish
mcnt as shc wipcd hcr ﬂoury hands on hcr apron. Shc
droppcd into a dccp curtsy. “!t’s an honor to mcct you,
milady. An honor and a privilcgc. !l thcrc’s anything
“Actually, Mrs. Hastings, wc wcrc wondcring il
you’d sccn Gladys,” ! said.
Shc shook hcr hcad. “No, not sincc brcaklast,” shc
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rcplicd. “8ut you might ask Mrs. Taylor.”
“Tank you. ! think wc will,” ! said.
“Vait!” Mrs. Hastings callcd altcr us. Shc wrappcd
somcthing in a napkin and hurricd ovcr to us. “Tcsc
arc lor thc picnic tomorrow, but you can havc a lcw
now. !n casc you lccl pcckish bclorc dinncr.”
“Chocolatc cookics:” ! gucsscd.
Mrs. Hastings winkcd at mc, and that was all thc
answcr ! nccdcd.
“Vcll, 8cth, arc you hungry:” ! askcd as wc walkcd
into thc hall.
“Vhat’s a cookic:” 8cth said. “! do lovc chocolatc.”
“You don’t know what a cookic is:” ! askcd in sur
prisc. “Tcy’rc dclicious, is what thcy arc—swcct, you
scc, and chcwy . . . or somctimcs crunchy. . . .” ! hcld
onc up to show hcr.
A look ol rccognition crosscd 8cth’s lacc. “Òhhh,
so that’s a cookic. !n ¡ngland, wc’d call it a biscuit.”
“A biscuit: Rcally:” ! askcd. “Tat’s somcthing
cntircly diﬀcrcnt hcrc.”
Vhcn wc ﬁnishcd cating our cookics, wc crosscd
thc hall to Mrs. Taylor’s oﬃcc.
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“Mrs. Taylor is our housckccpcr,” ! rcmindcd 8cth,
just in casc shc had lorgottcn in thc whirlwind ol
introductions. “Shc knows everything that happcns at
“How lunny that your housckccpcr and your butlcr
havc thc samc surnamc,” 8cth muscd.
“Funny: Not at all,” ! rcplicd. “Tcy arc marricd,
8cth starcd at mc in amazcmcnt. “Marricd: To
cach othcr:” shc cxclaimcd.
“Òl coursc! !t’s rcally vcry swcct—thcy mct hcrc
ﬁvc ycars ago and lcll in lovc. Tcy wcrc wcd right
hcrc in our ¡nglish gardcn, and wc had a littlc party
lor thcm altcrward. !t was so much lun, cvcn though
Mothcr madc mc dancc with Alﬁc and hc stcppcd on
“! don’t think that’s cvcr happcncd at Chatswood,”
! put my ﬁngcr to my lips as wc approachcd Mrs.
Taylor’s door. ! knockcd swiltly to gct hcr attcntion.
“Good altcrnoon, Lady 8cth and Miss Katc,” shc
said as shc rosc lrom hcr dcsk. “How may ! hclp you:”
“Good altcrnoon, Mrs. Taylor,” ! rcplicd. “Vc’vc
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bccn looking lor GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc or
Gladys. Ðo you know whcrc thcy arc:”
“Ycs. Mrs. \andcrmccr rcccivcd an urgcnt mcs
sagc—somcthing to do with prcparations lor thc
paradc tomorrow. Shc lclt at oncc to attcnd to it, and
Gladys accompanicd hcr.”
“Òh, ! scc,” ! rcplicd. “Vhcn Gladys rcturns, would
you lct hcr know that wc’d likc to scc GrcatGrandmothcr
“Òl coursc, Miss Katc,” Mrs. Taylor said.
Just thcn, Anton pokcd his hcad into thc room.
“Pardon thc intcrruption,” hc apologizcd, “but thcrc
is a dclivcry cart waiting outsidc, Mrs. Taylor. !t has
brought a largc amount ol lobstcrs.”
“No, no, no,” Mrs. Taylor said. “Tc lobstcrs arc lor
Katc’s birthday party, and thcy’rc not supposcd to bc
dclivcrcd lor thrcc morc days!”
8cth and ! cxchangcd a glancc, our cycs widc, as
Mrs. Taylor hurricd altcr Anton. “¡xcusc mc lor lcav
ing so abruptly, but !’vc got to straightcn this out at
oncc,” shc callcd ovcr hcr shouldcr.
“Òl coursc, Mrs. Taylor, not to worry,” !
callcd back. Tcn ! turncd to 8cth. “Vc’ll talk to
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GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc at dinncr instcad. !
ovcrhcard hcr tclling Mrs. Taylor that shc wantcd to
sit ncxt to you . . . and ol coursc !’ll bc on your othcr
“Good,” 8cth said ﬁrmly as shc linkcd hcr arm
through minc. “Tat’s cxactly what ! was hoping.”
As it turncd out, though, wc didn’t scc my grcat
grandmothcr at dinncr. Prcparations lor thc paradc
kcpt hcr away lrom Chatswood until long altcr dcsscrt
had bccn scrvcd. And sincc shc had bccn out so latc, it
was no wondcr that shc took brcaklast in bcd thc ncxt
morning. Tc rcst ol us rushcd through thc mcal so
that wc wouldn’t miss a momcnt ol thc paradc.
Vc madc quitc a paradc oursclvcs as wc lclt
\andcrmccr Manor—Mothcr and Fathcr, Aunt Katic
and GrcatAunt Kathy, Alﬁc, and 8cth, and mc. Tcn
camc ncarly cvcry scrvant, lrom Mr. and Mrs. Taylor
to thc kitchcn maids. No onc who livcd or workcd
at \andcrmccr Manor would drcam ol missing
8ridgcport’s Fourth ol July paradc!
8cth cast a worricd glancc ovcr hcr shouldcr.
“Vhat about GrcatGrcatAunt Kathcrinc: !sn’t shc
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coming: Shouldn’t wc wait lor hcr:”
“Ðon’t worry about hcr,” ! told hcr. “Hank alrcady
drovc hcr to thc start ol thc paradc routc this morning.
Shc has an important rolc to play.”
“Rcally:” 8cth askcd curiously. “Vhat do you
“Vcll, cvcry ycar, thc ﬁrst ﬂoat in thc paradc
is callcd Grcat Momcnts in Amcrican History,” !
cxplaincd. “GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc always
drcsscs up as Martha Vashington—you know,
Prcsidcnt Gcorgc Vashington’s wilc—and shc sits on
a vclvct chair and wavcs to cvcryonc in town.”
8cth’s mouth droppcd opcn. “Shc does:”
“Shc lovcs it,” ! said. “!n lact, !’m not surc who
cnjoys it morc—GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc or
thc pcoplc ol 8ridgcport. ¡vcryonc always claps and
chccrs whcn shc comcs by. ! think it’s bccausc shc’s
donc so much good lor thc town. !’vc hcard thc housc
maids say that no onc in 8ridgcport has cvcr gonc cold
or hungry sincc my grcatgrandmothcr camc to stay at
“Tat’s a bit likc it is in ¡ngland,” 8cth said
thoughtlully. “Chatswood Manor is morc than just
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a housc. Tcrc’s a wholc community ol pcoplc who
dcpcnd on it . . . and us.”
Vc soon arrivcd at Main Strcct, whcrc crowds ol
pcoplc had gathcrcd on thc sidcwalks to watch thc
paradc. 8right swags ol bunting in rcd, whitc, and
bluc dccoratcd cvcry storclront, and chccry rcd bows
had bccn ticd around thc strcctlamps. Tc gazcbo had
bccn ropcd oﬀ with rcd and bluc ribbon lor us. 8csidc
it, Hank was saving spots lor thc scrvants bcncath a
shady sycamorc. And hc wasn’t alonc.
“Shannon!” 8cth said in surprisc. “How did you gct
hcrc bclorc us:”
Shannon’s chccks ﬂushcd pink. “! drovc into
town with Hank,” shc cxplaincd. “And your grcat
grandmothcr, Miss Katc. !n casc—in casc shc nccdcd
But attending to Great-Grandmother Katherine’s
needs is Gladys’s job, ! thought. ! was about to ask il
Gladys was all right whcn Mrs. Randolph rushcd ovcr
“Vhcrc is shc:” Mrs. Randolph cricd. “Vhcrc
“Vho:” ! blurtcd out, lorgctting my manncrs.
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Mothcr lcancd past mc and askcd, “Vho arc you
looking lor, Mrs. Randolph:”
“Mrs. Kathcrinc \andcrmccr, ol coursc!” Mrs.
Randolph cxclaimcd. “Tc paradc’s about to bcgin, and
wc’vc lost our Martha Vashington!”
Aunt Katic graspcd GrcatAunt Kathy’s arm.
“Hcat strokc:” shc whispcrcd anxiously. ! bit my
lip lrom worry. ! kncw how dangcrous hcat strokc
could bc, cspccially lor a pcrson ol my grcatgrand
“Hank,” Fathcr callcd. “You brought my grand
mothcr to thc start ol thc paradc routc, corrcct:”
“Ycs, sir,” Hank rcplicd. “! lclt hcr thcrc with
Tc conccrn mcltcd away lrom Fathcr’s lacc. “!l
shc’s with Gladys, shc’s ﬁnc,” hc dcclarcd.
“8ut what about thc paradc:” Mrs. Randolph
wailcd. “Vc nccd our Martha Vashington!”
“!l thc paradc cannot bc dclaycd, pcrhaps you could
takc hcr placc,” Mothcr suggcstcd. “!’m surc Kathcrinc
“Vcll . . . ,” Mrs. Randolph bcgan. ! could tcll how
much thc idca appcalcd to hcr. Tcn hcr lorchcad
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crcascd with lrustration. “8ut thcrc’s no timc to gct
Mothcr lcancd up to whispcr somcthing in Fathcr’s
car, thcn stcppcd out ol thc gazcbo. Hcr lady’s maid,
Ruthic, and Mrs. Taylor lollowcd hcr. “Lct’s scc il wc
can’t all hclp you,” shc said to Mrs. Randolph as shc lcd
hcr toward thc start ol thc paradc routc.
8cth and ! cxchangcd a glancc.
“! do hopc GrcatGrcatAunt Kathcrinc’s all
right,” 8cth said. “Vhcrc could shc bc:”
“! havc no idca,” ! said. Tcn ! noticcd Fathcr
spcaking to GrcatAunt Kathy and Aunt Katic in a
low voicc. My aunts lookcd, suddcnly, vcry rclicvcd.
What is going on? ! wondcrcd. 8ut bclorc ! could ask,
! hcard a ncw sound: thc bright, chippcr notcs ol
“8cth!” ! cxclaimcd. “Tc paradc is starting!”
Shc crancd hcr ncck to look down thc strcct. “! scc it!”
First camc ¡dgar Mason and \inccnt Clcary,
who carricd thc Town ol 8ridgcport banncr. As thc
crowd chccrcd, thc Grcat Momcnts in Amcrican
History ﬂoat lollowcd. ¡vcry ycar, ! laughcd to
scc Ðr. Vilson drcsscd up in a powdcrcd wig as
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Prcsidcnt Vashington, and Mr. Howard, thc gro
ccr, madc a splcndid Prcsidcnt Lincoln. Normally
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc was my lavoritc part
ol thc ﬂoat—but today, shc was missing. !nstcad,
Mrs. Randolph, thc Martha Vashington wig slightly
askcw on hcr hcad—wavcd to thc crowd in hcr placc.
8ut whcrc was GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc:
A brass band lollowcd thc ﬂoat, thcir instrumcnts
ﬂashing in thc sun as thcy playcd patriotic music. Ncxt
camc mcmbcrs ol thc Gardcn Club, tossing rcd, whitc,
and bluc ﬂowcrs at thc crowd. Tcn camc . . .
! gaspcd and clutchcd 8cth’s arm. “Ðo you scc
that:” ! shrickcd. “!t’s—”
“!t’s hcr!” 8cth ﬁnishcd lor mc.
Tcrc shc was, GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc
hcrscll, walking proudly and gracclully bchind a ncw
banncr, onc that !’d ncvcr sccn at thc paradc bclorc.
!t rcad: suvvv~cv::v sis:vvnoou ov nviucvvov:.
My mouth droppcd opcn. “8ut—how—” ! stam
“Shc rcally is as wondcrlul as you said,” 8cth said,
watching with admiration.
“You don’t undcrstand,” ! said, still shockcd.
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“Thcy—thcy—Mrs. Randolph lorbadc thc sul
lragcttcs lrom marching. 8ut look at thcm now!”
“!’d wagcr that my grandmothcr has a bit morc sway
ovcr popular opinion than Mrs. Randolph,” Fathcr
chimcd in. “Shc always has, and shc always will.”
Just thcn, GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc spottcd
us in thc gazcbo. “Comc on, girls!” shc callcd, waving
us ovcr as shc walkcd past. “Vhat arc you waiting lor:
!’m doing this lor you! For all ol us!”
“Òh, Fathcr, may ! join hcr:” ! cricd.
“! supposc so,” hc rcplicd with an indulgcnt smilc.
“Your mothcr alrcady has.”
Tat’s whcn ! noticcd that Mothcr was marching
with thc suﬀragcttcs too!
8cth and ! grabbcd hands and ran into thc strcct.
Vc stood on cithcr sidc ol GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc bchind thc largc banncr.
“GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc,” ! bcgan. “Ðidn’t
Mrs. Randolph dcny thc Suﬀragcttc Sistcrhood’s
“Òh, that:” shc said. “Ycs, ycs, shc did. Vhcn word
rcachcd mc, ! kncw that !’d misscd thc wrong mccting
ol thc 8ridgcport 8cautiﬁcation Socicty. Tc pcoplc ol
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this town may not agrcc on cvcry issuc, my dcar, but wc
don’t silcncc othcrs’ opinions. Your grcatgrandlathcr
wouldn’t havc stood lor that, and ncithcr will !.”
“8ut how did—:”
“! callcd on thc Suﬀragcttc Sistcrhood and told thc
mcmbcrs that thcy had my lull support, and il thcrc
was anything ! could do lor thc causc, ! was at thcir
scrvicc. So whcn thc ladics nccdcd a lcw cxtra hands
ycstcrday to ﬁnish scwing thc banncr, Gladys and !
camc right away.”
“You scwcd it:” 8cth askcd in surprisc.
“! ccrtainly did,” GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc
said proudly. “! hclpcd, at lcast. Prickcd my ﬁngcr thrcc
timcs but didn’t gct a spcck ol blood on thc banncr. My
lady’s maid at Chatswood Manor taught mc wcll.”
8cth and ! cxchangcd a glancc bchind Grcat
Grandmothcr Kathcrinc’s back.
! lookcd up at my grcatgrandmothcr. “Your lady’s
maid:” ! askcd, prodding hcr a bit.
“Òh, ycs, ¡ssic 8ridgcs,” my grcatgrandmothcr
rcplicd. “A kindcr soul ! havc yct to mcct.”
From thc othcr sidc ol GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc, ! could scc 8cth nodding hcr hcad at thc
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conﬁrmation that thc writcr ol thc journal shc lound
in Chatswood Manor was indccd lady’s maid to our
As wc marchcd, thc sun warmcd my lacc, my stcps
kcpt timc to thc rousing sounds ol thc brass band as
thc claps and chccrs ol thc crowd rang in my cars.
Plcnty ol laccs in thc crowd lrowncd at us, ! caught
morc than onc man shaking his hcad in disgust. 8ut it
sccmcd to mc that just as many pcoplc grinncd to scc
us marching . . . or at lcast watchcd us with intcrcst.
A lcw cagcr supportcrs cvcn thrcw thc Gardcn Club’s
blooms back to us! ! wasn’t sorry to miss out on watch
ing thc rcst ol thc paradc—it was much morc lun to
bc part ol it. And no onc cnjoycd thc paradc morc
than GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc, waving, calling
out grcctings to cvcryonc shc saw, cncouraging othcrs
to join us bchind thc Suﬀragcttc Sistcrhood banncr. !
lclt a surgc ol pridc as ! marchcd along bcsidc hcr. !
alrcady kncw that ! would ncvcr lorgct this momcnt
lor as long as ! livcd.
And bcst ol all, thc Fourth ol July cclcbrations wcrc
Altcr thc paradc, Mayor Vatson took to thc
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platlorm in Town Squarc to rcad thc Ðcclaration ol
!ndcpcndcncc in his dccp, booming voicc. Tc solcmn
words always gavc mc a thrill. 8ut today ! glanccd
sidcways at 8cth. ! hopcd shc wouldn’t bc oﬀcndcd,
cspccially by thc parts that talkcd about thc tyranny
ol King Gcorgc. Luckily, 8cth didn’t sccm upsct. Shc
was listcning with hcr cycs closcd, a look ol rcspcct on
Altcr that, thcrc wcrc a lcw rousing spccchcs,
and thcn thc brass band struck up again, playing
“My Country, ’Tis ol Tcc.” Vc all sang along, cxccpt
8cth—though ! noticcd thc hint ol a smilc playing
across hcr lips. “! know that tunc,” shc said to mc whcn
thc singing ﬁnishcd. “8ut in ¡ngland, it has vcry dil
lcrcnt lyrics. Vc call it ‘God Savc thc King.’”
“8ut what il thcrc’s a quccn on thc thronc:” ! askcd.
8cth grinncd. “Tcn wc call it ‘God Savc thc
Quccn’ instcad!” shc rcplicd.
Vc walkcd back to \andcrmccr Manor togcthcr,
lollowing my parcnts, with all thc scrvants trailing
“! quitc cnjoycd your !ndcpcndcncc Ðay,” 8cth
said cnthusiastically. “Can you bclicvc wc marchcd
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in a paradc: ! wondcr what Shannon will havc to
say about that. At homc, cvcryonc would havc bccn
scandalizcd—but it mustn’t havc bccn too bad il
GrcatGrcatAunt Kathcrinc did it. !t sccmcd as
though thc wholc town adorcs hcr.”
“Òh, thcy do,” ! said. “¡vcryonc lovcs hcr.
How could thcy not: Shc’s always in thc middlc
ol cvcrything—hclping, organizing, arranging.
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc makcs good things
happcn. ! can’t imaginc what 8ridgcport would do
“Vait till wc gct homc,” ! continucd. “Mrs. Hastings
has ﬁxcd a picnic ol Amcrican loods that you’rc going
to lovc. And tonight, thcrc will bc a clambakc and ﬁrc
works ovcr thc occan!”
“Vhat lun,” 8cth said, hcr cycs shining. “!t sccms
thc cxcitcmcnt ncvcr stops in Amcrica.”
“Ðon’t you—wcll, ! supposc you don’t cclcbratc thc
Fourth ol July, ol coursc,” ! said awkwardly.
“No, wc don’t,” 8cth rcplicd. “8ut wc havc Guy
Fawkcs Night in Novcmbcr. Hc was part ol thc
Gunpowdcr Plot to blow up Parliamcnt and mur
dcr King Jamcs in 1605. 8ut it was loilcd, and wc’vc
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cclcbratcd cvcry ycar sincc. !t’s a grand timc, with bon
ﬁrcs burning on cvcry corncr and ﬁrcworks lighting
“Fircworks arc my lavoritc,” ! said.
“Minc too,” 8cth said. “Ðo you think wc might pop
by thc kitchcn—in casc Mrs. Hastings has any morc ol
thosc biscuits: Òr cookies, ! should say.”
! glanccd around lor Alﬁc, but didn’t scc him.
“Ycs, but wc’d bcttcr hurry,” ! rcplicd. “8ccausc il Alﬁc
knows about thc cookics, thcrc won’t bc any lclt.”
8cth and ! ran toward thc housc, laughing all thc
way. 8ut our laughtcr ladcd as soon as wc stcppcd
insidc \andcrmccr Manor. Mothcr and Fathcr wcrc
waiting lor us, with grim cxprcssions on thcir laccs. !
could tcll right away that somcthing was wrong.
“Comc into thc parlor, my dcars,” Mothcr said
gcntly. “Tcrc’s bccn a tclcgram lrom ¡ngland.”
8cth staycd rootcd to thc spot. All thc color
draincd lrom hcr lacc, lcaving hcr ashcn and trcm
bling. “Vhat’s wrong:” shc askcd. “Vhat happcncd:
!s it—is it Mothcr—or—:”
“No, no, no, nothing likc that!” Mothcr said at oncc
as shc wrappcd hcr arm around 8cth. “Your lamily is
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just ﬁnc—as wcll as can bc.”
A trcmcndous sigh ol rclicl shook 8cth’s shouldcrs.
“Tcn why did thcy scnd a tclcgram:”
“Plcasc, Fathcr, rcad it,” ! said.
Hc clcarcd his throat. “¡uropc unstablc—
stop—talk ol war—stop—scnd 8cth homc at
oncc—stop—conﬁrm passagc on carlicst stcamship to
London—stop—Lord and Lady ¡thcridgc,” Fathcr
rcad lrom thc papcr in his hand.
Send Beth home at once.
!n thc silcncc that lollowcd, thosc words rcvcrbcr
atcd, as il Fathcr kcpt rcpcating thcm.
“Go homc:” 8cth said numbly.
“No!” ! cricd. “No. Shc just got hcrc!”
“Katc,” Mothcr bcgan.
“Vhy docs shc havc to lcavc:” ! dcmandcd. “Tc
war hasn’t startcd. Tcrc might not cvcn bc a war! And
cvcn il thcrc wcrc, 8cth is salc hcrc. Salcr than shc
would bc ovcrscas!”
“Katc,” Mothcr said again. “Tis is not our dccision
“You’rc right, ol coursc,” ! said. “!t’s Beth’s dccision.”
! turncd to my cousin. “Vhat do you want to do, 8cth:
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Vould you prclcr to go homc:”
Shc shook hcr hcad vchcmcntly. “No, Katc, ncvcr!”
“Plcasc,” ! bcggcd my parcnts. “Plcasc don’t scnd
hcr away. Vc’vc waitcd so long lor this—and shc’s only
just arrivcd—it’s not lair—”
Fathcr and Mothcr cxchangcd a troublcd glancc.
“You know, ¡lcanor, thc girls do havc a point,”
Fathcr said as hc strokcd his bcard, likc hc always did
whcn hc was dccp in thought. “! scc no rcason why
8cth couldn’t stay at \andcrmccr Manor lor thc dura
tion ol thc war . . . should such a thing comc to pass.”
“Lord and Lady ¡thcridgc could not havc bccn
clcarcr,” Mothcr argucd. “! can imaginc myscll in Liz’s
shocs—il Katc wcrc hallway across thc world and war
brcwing—and ! know that ! would want my daughtcr
by my sidc, salc bcncath my rool, no mattcr what it
took to bring hcr back.”
“Hcrc’s what wc’ll do,” Fathcr announccd. “Vc’ll
scnd a tclcgram to thc ¡thcridgcs and assurc thcm
that 8cth is salc hcrc and wclcomc to stay until coolcr
hcads prcvail on thc Contincnt. Most likcly, thcy didn’t
want to imposc on us. All right with you, ¡lcanor:”
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Kate’s Story, 1914
!n thc momcnt bclorc Mothcr answcrcd, ! hcld my
brcath. 8cth did thc samc.
“Ycs, ol coursc,” shc rcplicd at last. Tcn shc ﬁxcd
8cth with a wclcoming smilc. “Vc arc honorcd to havc
you hcrc and will scc il wc can kccp you hcrc lor your
lully planncd stay.”
“Tank you!” 8cth and ! cricd at thc samc timc
as wc swoopcd toward Mothcr, wrapping hcr in such
a ﬁcrcc hug that shc ncarly lost hcr balancc. Fathcr
laughcd as hc uscd his strong arm to stcady us all.
“!l you’ll cxcusc mc, ! havc a tclcgram to composc,”
Fathcr told us. “And thcn ! think wc all havc a bit
morc cclcbrating to do. From what Mrs. Taylor tclls
mc, Mrs. Hastings has outdonc hcrscll with a spccial
Fourth ol July picnic. !, lor onc, cannot wait to havc
somc ol hcr dclicious chcrry pic.”
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Thc ncxt morning, thcrc was a tclcgram waiting
lor Fathcr at thc brcaklast tablc. 8cth’s parcnts had
rcspondcd bclorc dawn.
ixsis: nv:n vv:uvx no:v i::vui~:viv s:ov
coxui:ioxs uxs~vv s:ov v~ss~cv nooxvu 6 juiv
“My poor dcars,” Aunt Katic brcathcd.
“Again thc widc occan will scparatc two girls who
should bc togcthcr,” GrcatAunt Kathy addcd sorrow
lully. GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc was unusually
At last, ! lound my voicc. “Six July:” ! said in shock.
“July sixth: 8ut—that’s tomorrow! My birthday!”
“! won’t,” 8cth said stubbornly. “! won’t lcavc on
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Kate’s Story, 1914
Katc’s birthday, and ! won’t miss hcr party.”
“!’m alraid wc don’t havc a choicc,” Mothcr said.
“Lord and Lady ¡thcridgc stand ﬁrm in thcir dccision.”
“8ut—” ! argucd.
“Anton, bring Hank,” Fathcr said ovcr his shouldcr.
Tcn hc turncd to mc. “Young lady, ! undcrstand that
you’rc disappointcd, but thcrc is simply nothing clsc to
bc donc. ! can’t say ! blamc Lord and Lady ¡thcridgc.
!l a war brokc out, !’d want my childrcn salc at homc.”
“!’d go ﬁght,” Alﬁc spokc up.
“Shut it, you!” ! snappcd.
“Katc!” Mothcr rcproachcd mc.
Hank appcarcd in thc doorway, wcaring his uni
lorm. “Ycs, sir:” hc said to Fathcr.
“Changc ol plans, Hank,” Fathcr said. “8cth
“Shannon,” 8cth spokc up.
“Ycs, ol coursc, 8cth and Shannon will nccd to
go to thc train station at daybrcak tomorrow,” Fathcr
Hank ﬂinchcd. “8cth and Shannon:” hc rcpcatcd.
“Ycs, thcy’rc rcturning to ¡ngland tomorrow cvc
ning,” Fathcr said. “!t will bc a long and grucling day ol
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travcl lor thcm, !’m alraid, but at lcast Katc and 8cth
will bc ablc to spcnd today togcthcr.”
A hcavy silcncc hung ovcr us. At last, 8cth spokc.
“!s thcrc nothing clsc to bc donc:” shc said. “!s
thcrc no way ! might stay:”
“No,” Fathcr said, his voicc gcntlc and ﬁrm at thc
samc timc. “!’m sorry.”
8cth turncd to mc. “Tcn wc’d bcttcr makc thc bcst
ol it, Katc,” shc said, hcr lacc stiﬀ with dctcrmination.
“! only wish . . .”
“Vhat:” ! askcd.
8cth’s smilc was sad. “! only wish !’d bccn ablc to
scc you rcccivc thc Kathcrinc nccklacc.”
“And so you shall.” GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc
ﬁnally spokc, with a stccly glint in hcr cycs. “Vc might
livc by tradition in this lamily, but wc don’t dic by it.
You won’t bc twclvc until tomorrow, Katc, but you’ll
rcccivc thc Kathcrinc nccklacc at tca today.”
Ðcspitc my sadncss, ! lclt a suddcn thrill. “Today:”
! askcd, hardly daring to bclicvc !’d hcard corrcctly.
Aunt Katic’s ﬁngcrs ﬂuttcrcd to thc pcndant hang
ing around hcr ncck. “Ycs,” shc said. “!’vc bccn looking
lorward to this sincc you wcrc born, swcct Katc.”
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Kate’s Story, 1914
Altcr wc wcrc cxcuscd lrom brcaklast, ! took 8cth on a
tour ol \andcrmccr Manor. Tc long, cmpty corridors
wcrc pcrlcct lor quict chats that no onc clsc could
hcar. Òn thc sccond ﬂoor, wc scttlcd oursclvcs on a
plush bcnch bcncath thc largc picturc window that
ovcrlookcd thc occan. 8cth starcd at thc rolling wavcs.
“! had hopcd to go to thc scashorc,” shc said wist
lully. “! wantcd to look out at thc wavcs to scc il thcy
wcrc diﬀcrcnt on this sidc ol thc occan.”
As hcr voicc trailcd oﬀ, 8cth lrowncd and lcancd
closcr to thc window. ! thought at oncc about thc
ghost !’d sccn. My pulsc quickcncd. “Ðo you scc—is
somconc out thcrc:” ! askcd.
“Ycs,” shc rcplicd right away. “!t’s Shannon! Vhcrc
is shc going:”
Vc watchcd Shannon run lrom thc housc.
“!s shc alraid:” ! wondcrcd. “Shc sccmcd upsct whcn
shc ﬁrst hcard about thc . . . haunting ol \andcrmccr
Manor. Maybc shc wants to gct away lor a spcll.”
Tcn Shannon turncd hcr hcad to glancc bchind
hcr. Vho was shc running lrom . . . or to:
“Vhat is shc doing:” 8cth askcd. Tcn shc lcapcd
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oﬀ thc bcnch. “Comc on,” shc cricd. “Lct’s lollow hcr!”
Vc ran through thc hall toward thc stairs, kccping
an cyc on Shannon through cach window wc passcd
until shc disappcarcd through thc hcdgc that lcd to
thc rosc gardcn.
“Rats,” ! said, trying to catch my brcath. “Vc won’t
ﬁnd hcr now. 8y thc timc wc gct downstairs, who
knows whcrc Shannon will bc:”
8ut 8cth didn’t answcr mc.
! turncd around to scc hcr knccling ncxt to a door
in thc wall. Vith a sinking lccling, ! rcalizcd cxactly
whcrc wc wcrc.
“Katc, do you scc this:” 8cth askcd. “!t’s a door!
Tis is just how thc sccrct passagc looks at Chatswood.
Ðocs \andcrmccr Manor havc a sccrct passagc too:”
“No, it’s not a sccrct passagc,” ! said. “Tis door
lcads to thc ¡ast Ving. !t’s closcd, wc havc no nccd ol
thcsc rooms. And no onc cvcr gocs insidc.” ! rcachcd
lor 8cth’s hand. “Comc. Lct’s go down to thc rosc gar
dcn and scc il Shannon’s thcrc.”
8cth’s cycs wcrc shining with cxcitcmcnt. “Katc,”
shc said urgcntly. “Vhy didn’t wc think ol this sooncr:”
“Tink ol what:”
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Kate’s Story, 1914
“!l no onc cvcr gocs in thcrc, it’s thc pcrlcct placc
lor mc to hidc!” shc cxclaimcd. “! won’t havc to lcavc
\andcrmccr Manor. ! won’t havc to lcavc you!”
“No, 8cth,” ! said, shaking my hcad. “!t’s a good
idca—a grcat onc, cvcn—but thcrc’s somcthing you
don’t know about thc ¡ast Ving.”
! swallowcd hard. “!t’s—it’s hauntcd. Tcrc was
a . . . a ship’s captain lost at sca, long ago, and his
ladylovc waits lor—”
8cth’s laughtcr pcalcd through thc hallway. “Òh, Katc,
you goosc,” shc said. “Tcrc’s no such thing as ghosts.”
“8ut cvcryonc says—”
“!’m not a bit alraid,” 8cth said. “And cvcn il your
ghost captain and his ladylovc did appcar bclorc mc
onc day, ! would point in thc dircction ol thc sca and
scnd thcm on thcir mcrry way.”
A small ﬂamc ol hopc ﬂickcrcd insidc mc. “! sup
posc . . . il you rcally want to stay . . .”
“! do,” 8cth said ﬁrmly. “! absolutcly do.”
“Tcn it just might work!” ! cxclaimcd. “Vc would
havc to . . . tonight, whilc cvcryonc’s slccping . . .”
“!’ll hidc away,” 8cth ﬁnishcd lor mc.
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“Tcrc will bc such a luss in thc morning whcn
nobody can ﬁnd you! Vill you tcll Shannon:”
For thc ﬁrst timc, 8cth lookcd troublcd. “! don’t
know,” shc admittcd. “! trust hcr, and ! know shc can
kccp a sccrct . . . but il your parcnts qucstion Shannon,
shc might tcll thcm cvcrything. Tcn again, ! wouldn’t
want hcr to worry about mc.”
“Vc don’t havc to dccidc that right now,” ! said. “!n
lact, wc’ll nccd to spcnd thc rcst ol thc day prctcnding
that you’rc lcaving tomorrow as planncd. So act sad!”
“Tat won’t bc casy,” 8cth said with a hugc grin.
“!’ll nccd to bring you lood,” ! said thoughtlully.
“Mrs. Hastings kccps a closc cyc on hcr kitchcn, but
pcrhaps ! can sncak cxtra lood lor you at cach mcal.”
“!’m not picky,” 8cth assurcd mc. “! don’t carc what
! havc to cat, as long as ! stay right hcrc until !’m sup
poscd to lcavc ncxt month.”
Scritch. Scritch. Scratch.
8cth and ! starcd at cach othcr with widc cycs.
Tc noisc was coming lrom bchind thc door.
“Ðid you—” shc whispcrcd.
! grabbcd 8cth’s hand. “Run!”
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“It was just a mousc,” 8cth whispcrcd as wc raccd to
my room. “!’vc hcard thcm in thc walls at Chatswood.
Tcy makc that noisc whcn thcy scurry around. And
!’m not alraid ol micc, cithcr.”
“!l you’rc surc,” ! whispcrcd back. And thcn thcrc
was nothing morc wc could say about it, bccausc Ncllic
was waiting lor us.
“! was just about to scnd out a scarch party!” shc
cxclaimcd. “Comc. Vc’vc got to gct startcd, as !’ll bc
attcnding to you both today.”
Vhcn 8cth lookcd at mc with hcr cycbrows raiscd,
! kncw wc wcrc thinking thc samc thing. “Vhcrc’s
Shannon:” shc askcd, trying to sound casual.
Ncllic turncd away lrom us as shc rcachcd lor a
hairbrush. “Òh, shc’s packing lor thc journcy,” shc
said—but hcr voicc soundcd odd. “Shc thought you
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might want to wcar your bluc taﬀcta drcss to tca,
“Ycs, ! think that would bc lovcly,” 8cth rcplicd.
“Shannon is so stylish. !’d wcar anything shc suggcsts.”
8ut lrom thc look on 8cth’s lacc, ! could tcll that
shc didn’t bclicvc that Shannon was packing.
Ncllic buzzcd around as busy as a bcc, ﬁrst hclp
ing 8cth changc into hcr gown, thcn hclping mc with
minc. My tca drcss was madc ol whitc cotton labric
with tiny rcd dots, trimmcd with shiny rcd ribbons.
! cvcn had a matching satin hair bow. 8cth and ! sat
closc togcthcr on thc bcnch in lront ol my vanity
tablc whilc Ncllic ﬁxcd our hair. Try as wc might, wc
couldn’t look sad, cvcry timc our cycs mct in thc mir
ror, onc ol us would smilc, thcn thc othcr, and thcn
wc would both start giggling so hard that wc madc it
ncarly impossiblc lor poor Ncllic to attcnd to hcr tasks.
“Plcasc hold still, Miss Katc,” shc bcggcd mc.
“Your hair is not casy to managc undcr thc bcst ol
“! know.” ! sighcd. “Straight and slippcry—thc
worst ol all worlds.”
“8ut that’s what makcs it so bcautilul,” 8cth said.
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Kate’s Story, 1914
“!’vc ncvcr sccn such shiny hair.”
! smilcd at my cousin in thc mirror and noticcd thc
light dancc oﬀ hcr ¡lizabcth nccklacc. Vith a thrill !
rcalizcd that ! had to wait only a littlc longcr lor thc
Kathcrinc nccklacc to sparklc around my ncck.
“Tcrc,” Ncllic said at last. “You both look as prctty
as a picturc.”
“Tank you, Ncllic. !s it timc, thcn:” ! askcd, lccl
ing all ﬂuttcry insidc.
“Ycs,” 8cth said as shc tuckcd a prcttily wrappcd
prcscnt undcr hcr arm. “!’m so cxcitcd lor you!”
Vc walkcd to thc dining room, carclul not to
muss our drcsscs on thc way. ¡vcryonc clsc was
asscmblcd—Mothcr and Fathcr, Aunt Katic and
GrcatAunt Kathy, Alﬁc with dirt smcarcd on thc
cuﬀ ol his shirt. He’s been busy catching frogs again, !
And GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc was thcrc, ol
coursc. Shc stood at thc lront ol thc room with hcr
“Katc,” shc said warmly. “Tc lourth Kathcrinc
\andcrmccr. Tc momcnt you’vc waitcd lor has ﬁnally
arrivcd. Comc hcrc, dcar girl.”
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! walkcd lorward to join my grcatgrandmothcr.
Vhcn ! rcachcd thc lront ol thc room, Aunt Katic
rosc with a vclvct box in hcr hands.
“Tc timc has comc lor thc Kathcrinc nccklacc to
gracc anothcr,” Aunt Katic announccd. “As part ol this
tradition, with a hcart lull ol lovc lor my dcar niccc, !
rcturn thc Kathcrinc nccklacc to its original owncr.”
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc took thc jcwclry
box lrom Aunt Katic and hcld up thc Kathcrinc
nccklacc. Suddcnly, ! saw it with ncw cycs: thc gracc
lul swoops ol thc hallhcart pcndant dangling lrom
a dclicatc chain, thc rubics, sparkling with ﬁcry light,
thc warm glow ol thc gold.
! closcd my cycs as GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc
stcppcd bchind mc. Ònc momcnt passcd . . . two . . .
thrcc . . . and thcn ! lclt thc Kathcrinc nccklacc rcsting
against my chcst, a wcight my hcart would gladly bcar.
! opcncd my cycs to scc cvcryonc looking at mc:
Fathcr and Mothcr bcaming proudly, Aunt Katic and
GrcatAunt Kathy’s cycs moist lrom thcir own mcm
orics ol rccciving thc Kathcrinc nccklacc, cvcn Alﬁc’s
grin lookcd gcnuinc lor oncc.
Tcn thcrc was 8cth, wcaring a wavcring smilc
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Kate’s Story, 1914
as shc tricd to discrcctly wipc away a tcar. My cousin
didn’t nccd to tcll mc how much shc misscd hcr own
grcatgrandmothcr at that momcnt. Hcr cycs said it
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc must havc noticcd
too. “8cth,” shc said suddcnly. “Plcasc join us.”
8cth rosc lrom thc tablc and walkcd to thc lront ol
thc room. Kathcrinc laccd us and hcld our hands.
“!t has bccn a long timc sincc thc ¡lizabcth and
Kathcrinc nccklaccs wcrc togcthcr,” my grcatgrand
mothcr said. “Too long. !t is right that today wc can
admirc thcm as thcy wcrc mcant to bc: sidc by sidc.”
Tcrc was a pausc bclorc shc spokc again.
“Somctimcs, though, thcrc arc lorccs that kccp thc
nccklaccs—and thosc who wcar thcm—apart,” shc
continucd. “Ðuty. Rcsponsibility. Lovc. Somctimcs
thosc lorccs act in ways wc don’t undcrstand. !n ways
that brcak our hcarts. !n ways that kccp us lar away
lrom thc pcoplc who arc dcarcst to us.”
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc starcd straight
at mc. “Tcrc is no burdcn so hcavy as a longkcpt
sccrct,” shc said. “!t wcighs morc with cach pass
ing day. And thcrc is nothing that can cntircly hcal
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thc achc ol longing lor onc’s homcland. !l 8cth stays
at \andcrmccr Manor, shc might ncvcr rcturn to
¡ngland, to Chatswood, to homc. Shc might ncvcr scc
hcr parcnts again.”
8csidc mc, 8cth stiﬀcncd slightly. ! lookcd into my
grcatgrandmothcr’s cycs and thought: How does she
know about our plan?
“You arc standing on a thrcshold, Katc,” Grcat
Grandmothcr Kathcrinc said. “As you bcgin thc
journcy into adulthood, lct thc Kathcrinc nccklacc, and
all thc lovc and wisdom ol thosc who worc it bclorc
you, guidc your stcps.”
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc rclcascd our hands.
“¡nough pomp!” shc dcclarcd. “! undcrstand that Mrs.
Hastings has outdonc hcrscll in thc prcparation ol
today’s tca. Far bc it lrom mc to dclay us any longcr.”
8cth and ! slippcd into our scats at thc tablc as
Anton and ¡mil whcclcd in thc tca carts. Ònc was
ladcn with cight individual pots ol tca, along with tiny
pitchcrs ol crcam and platcs ol sugar cubcs that had
bccn stackcd into pyramids. Tc othcr cart was pilcd
high with lood—and, bcst ol all, a tray ol cupcakcs,
cach onc toppcd with a ﬂickcring candlc.
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Kate’s Story, 1914
Fathcr bcgan singing in his dccp baritonc voicc.
¡vcryonc clsc joincd in at oncc, and ! blushcd with
plcasurc to hcar thcm all sing thc “Happy 8irthday”
song to mc. ! closcd my cycs as ! tricd to dccidc what
! should wish lor. Tc ﬁrst wish ! thought ol—I wish
that we could all be together forever—somchow sccmcd
wrong, cspccially in light ol what GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc had said. So at thc last momcnt, ! changcd
I wish we could always be as safe and sound as we are
Tcn ! took a dccp brcath and blcw out thc candlcs—
cvcry last onc.
8cth stood up. “Katc, this is my birthday prcscnt
to you,” shc said as shc handcd mc thc gilt. Vhcn !
opcncd it, ! lound a lramcd photograph ol a portrait
hanging on a wall.
“Tat’s our grcatgrandmothcrs in thc portrait,”
8cth cxplaincd. “!t hangs in thc parlor at Chatswood,
! askcd Fathcr to takc a photograph ol it with his ncw
camcra. No onc could rcmcmbcr il any ol thc portraits
ol thc twins had madc thc journcy to Amcrica with
GrcatGrcatAunt Kathcrinc. So ! wantcd to bring
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onc with mc—as bcst ! could, anyway.”
¡vcryonc crowdcd around to scc.
“! rcmcmbcr sitting lor this portrait,” Grcat
Grandmothcr Kathcrinc said. “!t was paintcd not long
altcr our twcllth birthday. Vhat a wondcrlul thing to
scc it again altcr all thcsc ycars.”
“Tank you, 8cth,” ! said. “!t’s pcrlcct.”
Vhilc Anton and ¡mil scrvcd us, ! glanccd
bctwccn thc photo and thc Kathcrinc nccklacc. !t was
so strangc to scc thc nccklacc sparkling against my
drcss, to rcalizc that now ! was wcaring it, just as my
grcatgrandmothcr had whcn she was twclvc ycars old.
! vowcd thcn and thcrc that ! would wcar it cvcry singlc
day until it was timc to givc it to thc ncxt Kathcrinc in
our lamily, whocvcr shc may bc. Pcrhaps Alﬁc’s daugh
tcr, or pcrhaps cvcn my own!
Troughout tca, ! noticcd that 8cth was quict.
Altcrward, wc wandcrcd through thc halls to thc ¡ast
“Vc should takc a pcck insidc,” ! said. “Ðo you
think it’s lockcd:”
“Katc,” 8cth bcgan.
! kcpt talking, as il my chattcr could stop 8cth
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Kate’s Story, 1914
lrom saying what was in hcr hcart. “Just to makc surc
it’s a ﬁtting placc lor you to stay.”
“Òl coursc, \andcrmccr Manor has scvcntyﬁvc
rooms, so il thosc in thc ¡ast Ving arc not to your
8cth took my hands in hcrs.
“Katc, ! can’t stay,” shc said. 8cth was hoarsc, as il
thc words wcrc sticking in hcr throat.
“! know,” ! whispcrcd.
“!l ! never wcnt homc again . . . il ! never saw
Mothcr and Fathcr . . .”
“My wholc lilc, ! havc misscd my grcatgrand
mothcr. ! couldn’t bcar to inﬂict such pain on my own
parcnts. Tcy havc callcd mc homc, and ! must go to
thcm. 8ut ! will comc back,” 8cth promiscd. “And
somcday you’ll comc to mc! Chatswood Manor is as
much your history as it is minc, Cousin Katc. You
should scc it with your own cycs. You should slccp
undcr thc samc rool whcrc ¡lizabcth and Kathcrinc
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! noddcd, not trusting myscll to spcak without crying.
“Tis war—il thcrc is a war—it won’t last lorcvcr,”
8cth said. “Vc will bc togcthcr again.”
“Ycs,” ! ﬁnally said. “! know.” ! tricd to smilc, but !
lclt likc my lacc would shattcr. As much as ! wantcd to
bclicvc 8cth, ! was hauntcd by what had happcncd to
our grcatgrandmothcrs. Òncc thcy had partcd, thcy
had rcmaincd apart lor thc rcst ol thcir livcs.
Vhat il thc samc thing happcncd to 8cth and mc:
An cxprcssion ol urgcncy ﬁllcd 8cth’s lacc. “Ðo
you rcmcmbcr:” shc askcd. “From ¡ssic’s journal—thc
chant thc twins uscd to say, whcn thcy put thcir ncck
“! think so.”
“Vc’ll do it now,” 8cth said. “Right hcrc, to scal
our promisc that wc will bc togcthcr again.”
! noddcd my hcad and liltcd thc hall hcart ol thc
Kathcrinc nccklacc into thc air. 8cth laccd mc and did
thc samc with thc ¡lizabcth nccklacc.
“! am 8cth, and ! lovc my cousin Katc,” 8cth said
“! am Katc, and ! lovc my cousin 8cth,” ! rcplicd.
“Forcvcr,” wc said at thc samc timc.
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A bcam ol sunlight shonc through thc window. !t
rcﬂcctcd oﬀ thc rubics and sapphircs, scnding rcd and
bluc lights dancing across thc wall.
Tcn a thin shivcr crawlcd down my spinc. ! had thc
oddcst lccling . . . that somconc was listcning ncarby. . . .
8csidc mc, 8cth rubbcd hcr arms, which wcrc cov
crcd with goosc bumps.
“Ðo you lccl it:” ! whispcrcd. “Likc . . . likc thcrc’s
somconc . . . hcrc:”
“! do,” 8cth whispcrcd back.
“Maybc it’s thc ghost.”
“! wish it wcrc GrcatGrandmothcr ¡lizabcth.”
Tis timc, 8cth’s whispcr was so laint ! wasn’t surc !’d
hcard hcr corrcctly.
“Vc havcn’t ﬁnishcd thc ritual,” ! rcplicd.
Vithout spcaking, wc slid thc hall hcarts togcthcr
until thcy lormcd, at last, a singlc, wholc hcart.
Click. Click. Whirrrrrrrr.
Tc sound ol a clockwork mcchanism—thc spinning
ol miniaturc gcars—thc crcaking ol a littlcuscd hingc—
A tiny, unsccn pancl opcncd in thc back ol cach
A handlul ol conlctti ﬂuttcrcd to thc ﬂoor.
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For a momcnt, ncithcr ol us movcd.
Tcn ! rcachcd down, scoopcd up thc snippcts ol
papcr, and togcthcr 8cth and ! walkcd hurricdly to my
bcdroom. My hcart was thundcring in my chcst—and
not just lrom how quickly wc walkcd.
“Vhat is it:” 8cth askcd.
My ﬁst was trcmbling as ! carclully unclcnchcd my
ﬁngcrs. Tc ycllowcd papcrs driltcd into a pilc on my
8cth liltcd onc up to thc light. Squinting hcr cycs,
shc said, “Tcrc’s somcthing writtcn on it . . . a lcttcr
R, ! think.”
“Tis onc has an E,” ! announccd as ! cxamincd
“! havc an A!”
“Anothcr A! And a T!”
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Vhcn wc ﬁnishcd sorting thc scraps ol papcr, 8cth
and ! had lound twclvc in all: thrcc R’s, two A’s, two
E’s, and onc cach F, P, O, V, and T.
“!t’s a mcssagc,” ! said. “All this timc, thcrc’s bccn
a mcssagc hiddcn in thc nccklaccs, and no onc kncw!”
“8ut what docs it say:”
“!’m not surc,” ! admittcd. “Vc’ll havc to unscramblc
thc lcttcrs to ﬁgurc it out.”
Vc spcnt scvcral silcnt minutcs moving thc lcttcrs
into diﬀcrcnt arrangcmcnts but wcrc no closcr to dcci
phcring thc mcssagc than whcn wc startcd.
“Vhat il it’s a codc:” 8cth suddcnly suggcstcd.
“Vhat il thcsc arcn’t individual lcttcrs that lorm a
mcssagc—but cach onc is an initial lor a word:”
“8ut thcrc must bc thousands ol possiblc words,” !
rcplicd. “How would wc cvcr ﬁgurc that out:”
“Vc probably wouldn’t,” 8cth said.
“!t could cvcn bc a cluc,” ! said. ! swappcd thc T lor
thc P and was about to movc thc R whcn thcrc camc a
knock at thc door. Quick as a wink, 8cth covcrcd thc
slips ol papcr with ¡ssic’s journal.
!t was Ncllic. “Sorry to bothcr you, ladics, but ! was
wondcring il . . .” Hcr voicc trailcd oﬀ as shc noticcd
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thc Kathcrinc nccklacc. “Òh, Katc,” shc brcathcd.
“Vould you likc to scc it:” ! askcd.
Ncllic traccd hcr ﬁngcr along thc smooth cdgcs
ol thc hall hcart. “Tc most stunning jcwcls !’vc cvcr
sccn,” shc dcclarcd. “Tosc rubics! Tcy sparklc likc thc
sunsct on thc occan. Katc, it suits you wcll. !’d say you
wcrc born to wcar it.”
“Tank you,” ! rcplicd, bcaming.
“Now, ! didn’t mcan to intcrrupt you, but ! was
wondcring il thcrc’s anything you nccd,” Ncllic said.
A lrown ﬂickcrcd across 8cth’s lacc as shc glanccd
at thc clock. “Ncllic, whcrc is Shannon:” shc askcd
bluntly. “!’m going to nccd hclp packing, and ! think
!’d likc to takc a bath bclorc my journcy.”
“! can ccrtainly hclp you, Lady 8cth,” Ncllic rcplicd,
dodging 8cth’s qucstion. “!t would bc my plcasurc.
And il you’d likc, wc could try thc cidcrvincgar rinsc
! usc on my hair.”
“!l it’s hall so nicc as thc pomadc you madc, ! know
!’ll lovc it,” 8cth said. Shc squcczcd my arm as shc rosc
lrom thc vanity tablc. “!’ll bc back soon.”
“!’ll kccp working on thc puzzlc,” ! said.
Alonc in my room, ! slid thc lcttcrs across thc tablc.
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Kate’s Story, 1914
Tc V caught my cyc. VER . . . but thcrc was no Y, so
thc word wasn’t “vcry.”
Tcn ! spottcd thc othcr E. EVER spcllcd ever.
!t was a start.
! kcpt swirling thc lcttcrs—thc P, thc A, thc othcr
R’s—until !’d ﬁnally lormcd two words. 8ut my thrill
ol triumph turncd into a stab ol disappointmcnt whcn
! rcalizcd what !’d spcllcd:
No, ! thought.
8ut thcrc it was, staring at mc plain as day. And
though ! hatcd to admit it, thcrc was a tcrriblc truth
in thosc crucl words, bccausc Kathcrinc and ¡lizabcth
had indccd bccn apart lorcvcr altcr my grcatgrand
mothcr sct sail lor Amcrica.
Just like you and Beth will be apart forever after she
leaves. Tc horriblc thought ricochctcd through my
mind bclorc ! could stop it.
“No,” ! said aloud. Vith a swccp ol my hand, thc
words disappcarcd, lcaving a trail ol scattcrcd lcttcrs.
! jumpcd in my scat. Tc voicc that callcd my namc
soundcd laraway, almost ghostly. 8ut whcn ! spun
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around, ! lound Shannon standing in thc doorway.
Hcr cycs wcrc rimmcd with rcd, and shc worc an anx
ious cxprcssion. “Sorry to disturb you, but do you know
whcrc ! might ﬁnd Lady 8cth:”
“! bclicvc Ncllic has drawn hcr a bath, and thcn
thcy’ll pack hcr trunks,” ! told hcr.
Shannon sighcd in rclicl. “\cry good. Tank you.”
“You must bc glad about thc changc ol plans,”
“8cg your pardon:” Shannon askcd, conluscd.
“Lcaving carly,” ! cxplaincd. “! know you’rc wor
ricd about thc ghost. ! imaginc it will bc a trcmcndous
rclicl to dcpart in thc morning.”
Shannon’s wholc lacc sccmcd to crumplc. Tcn, to
my surprisc, shc bcgan to cry!
“Shannon!” ! cxclaimcd as ! jumpcd up lrom thc
bcnch. ! rushcd to closc thc door, thcn lcd Shannon
ovcr to thc comlortablc armchair by thc wardrobc.
Shannon took a dccp brcath to stcady hcrscll, but
hcr chin was still trcmbling. “!’m—!’m—!’m in lovc!”
“!n . . . lovc:” ! askcd in disbclicl.
Shannon noddcd miscrably. “Vith Hank, thc
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chauﬀcur, Miss Katc. Vc—wc spcnt thc day togcthcr,
ycstcrday and today, and . . . and . . .”
“Hank:” ! rcpcatcd. ! suddcnly rcmcmbcrcd thc
way Shannon had blushcd whcn shc stood closc to him
and thc way Hank had ﬂinchcd whcn hc hcard that
shc and 8cth wcrc lcaving carly. Of course, ! thought.
8ut what ! said was, “Go on.”
Shannon smilcd through hcr tcars. “Hc’s thc onc
lor mc,” shc said simply. “! ncvcr drcamcd that !’d lccl
this way about anyonc. And now . . . now ! havc to
lcavc . . . and wc’vc only just mct. . . .”
Shannon covcrcd hcr lacc with a handkcrchicl as
“Tcrc, thcrc,” ! said as ! placcd my hand on hcr
shouldcr. “Shannon, il you lovc him, you should stay.”
Tcrc was a long pausc whilc Shannon tricd to
composc hcrscll. “!l it wcrc that casy, ! would,” shc
rcplicd. “8ut Lady 8cth must rcturn to ¡ngland, and
!’d ncvcr scnd hcr on such a journcy all by hcr lonc
somc. !’d ncvcr abandon hcr likc that.”
An idca was bcginning to unlurl in my mind. “And
il . . . ,” ! bcgan, “somconc clsc could accompany 8cth
homc. Somconc wc know and trust, would you stay:”
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Shannon lookcd at mc with shining cycs. “Ycs, !
would,” shc said. “Hank has my hcart, always.”
“You sit,” ! said as ! crosscd my room lor my bot
tlc ol roscwatcr tonic. ! splashcd somc ol thc lragrant
liquid on a washcloth, thcn prcsscd it to Shannon’s
blotchy, tcarstrcakcd lacc.
“No, Miss Katc,” shc said as shc tricd to pull away.
“!t’s not right. ! should bc tcnding to you.”
“Now, now, nonc ol that,” ! said. “! havc an idca,
Shannon—an idca that might solvc cvcrything lor
you—but wc’ ll havc to act last. So whcn you’rc
rcady . . .”
! oﬀcrcd Shannon a clcan handkcrchicl. As shc
listcncd to my plan, shc dricd hcr cycs. Òncc ! was
ﬁnishcd spcaking, Shannon took a dccp brcath and
“Tcn comc with mc,” ! said.
Vc lound 8cth and Ncllic in thc bluc gucst room.
8cth was just out ol thc bath, wrappcd in a vclvct
drcssing gown whilc Ncllic carclully combcd all thc
tanglcs out ol hcr long hair. “! don’t know how you do
it, Ncllic,” 8cth was saying as shc starcd in thc mir
ror. “My hair’s never bccn so smooth and shiny bclorc!
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Tcrc’s no lrizzy bits at all! Tc wavcs in my hair look
as calm as thc occan on a clcar, warm day.”
“All thosc ycars ol battling with my own curls havc
ﬁnally paid oﬀ,” Ncllic rcplicd with a laugh.
“!’m sorry to intcrrupt,” ! bcgan. As quickly as !
could, ! cxplaincd Shannon’s prcdicamcnt.
8cth rosc at oncc. “You can’t lcavc, Shannon. You
can’t,” shc said ﬁrmly. “! won’t havc your hcart brokcn
on my account.”
Shannon shook hcr hcad stubbornly. “! can’t scnd
you oﬀ all by yourscll,” shc said, just as dctcrmincd as
“And that lcads mc to my plan,” ! spokc up. “Ncllic,
! don’t quitc know how to say this, but . . . would you
considcr going to ¡ngland in Shannon’s placc:”
¡vcryonc lookcd at mc.
“Vhat il you and Shannon wcrc to switch placcs:”
! prcsscd on. “Shc could stay hcrc and bc my lady’s
maid and . . . and maybc thcrc would bc anothcr gardcn
wcdding at \andcrmccr Manor bclorc too long. And
Ncllic, you could accompany 8cth to ¡ngland and takc
Shannon’s position at Chatswood Manor. Just think,
you’d scc your birthplacc again altcr all thcsc ycars and
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mcct your grandparcnts and your cousins at long last.”
! lookcd at Ncllic, who had yct to say a word. “8ut
only il you truly, truly want to,” ! ﬁnishcd. “! couldn’t
bcar it il you madc thc trip with a rcluctant hcart.”
“Òh, Miss Katc,” Ncllic ﬁnally said. “! havc no lam
ily hcrc. ! havc no swccthcart. ! havc nothing but my
londncss lor you and your lamily. Tis is—this is—”
! hcld my brcath as ! waitcd lor Ncllic to ﬁnish.
“Tis is an opportunity ! ncvcr drcamcd to havc,”
shc said. “Ycs, ycs, ol coursc !’ll go, gladly. Tough !
havc to bc honcst, Miss Katc. !’ll miss you morc than
! can say.”
! lcancd lorward and gavc Ncllic a hug. “And
!, you,” ! rcplicd, lccling thc ﬁrst pricklc ol tcars in
my cycs. “8ut you’ll writc to mc, won’t you, Ncllic:
And—and you’ll scc mc again. 8ccausc !’ll comc to
Chatswood Manor as soon as Mothcr and Fathcr lct
mc. ! swcar it.”
“And you’ll bring Shannon, ! hopc,” 8cth spokc up,
hcr cycs wclling up and hcr voicc cracking. Shc walkcd
ovcr to hcr lady’s maid and cmbraccd hcr. “Tcsc arc
mostly happy tcars, but !’m going to miss you tcrribly,”
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“Òl coursc !’ll bring Shannon!” ! said. “Now, wc’vc
got to hurry. Tcrc’s so much to do—Shannon, ! think
it’s bcst tomorrow il you stay out ol sight until wc
know thc ship has sailcd. Tat way, no onc will bc ablc
“8ut surcly Mr. and Mrs. Taylor will ﬁnd out,”
Shannon said, a hint ol worry in hcr voicc. “Vhat
! shruggcd. “! bct wc can kccp this undcr wraps
lor a whilc. You and Ncllic look cnough alikc that it
would bc somc timc bclorc anyonc cvcn noticcd a
switch, what with you wcaring Ncllic’s maid’s unilorm.
All you’d havc to do is tonc down your !rish acccnt a
bit. 8y thc timc Mr. Taylor ﬁgurcd things out, cvcry
onc would know that no harm was donc by making thc
switch. Now, Ncllic—you’d bcst start packing—”
“!’ll run and tcll Hank,” Shannon said. “Hc’ll bc
as gratclul as ! am, Miss Katc. And thcn !’ll rcturn at
oncc to hclp you ﬁnish packing, Lady 8cth.”
Altcr Ncllic and Shannon had lclt, ! rcachcd lor
thc brush to hclp 8cth with hcr hair. “Katc, you’rc
Amcrican through and through,” shc dcclarcd. “! don’t
know how you camc up with such a brilliant idca!”
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It was still dark thc ncxt morning whcn ! was
awakcncd by a slivcr ol light shining through thc
doorway to my bcdroom.
“Lady 8cth. Miss Katc,” Shannon whispcrcd. “!t’s
timc to gct up.”
! boltcd upright in bcd. My twcllth birthday had
arrivcd, that night, thc cntirc town would arrivc to ccl
cbratc. 8ut what should’vc bccn thc happicst day ol
my lilc had brought a trcmcndous sadncss instcad.
“Happy birthday, Cousin Katc,” 8cth said slccpily
as shc rubbcd hcr cycs. “! wish ! didn’t havc to go.”
“So do !,” ! rcplicd. ! wigglcd into thc drcss that
Shannon had laid out lor mc.
“!’ll havc to say goodbyc hcrc, Lady 8cth,”
Shannon said. “! can’t risk bcing sccn outsidc.”
! didn’t want to intrudc on 8cth and Shannon’s last
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momcnts togcthcr, so ! cxcuscd myscll and wcnt down
stairs. Tc stars wcrc twinkling high abovc \andcrmccr
Manor whcn ! lound Hank and Ncllic standing by thc
car. Ncllic had lclt hcr unilorm bchind. !nstcad, shc
worc a simplc bluc drcss with a gray travcling coat ovcr
it. Tc trunks had alrcady bccn loadcd, as soon as 8cth
camc out, thcy would lcavc lor thc train station.
“! can’t cvcr thank you cnough, Ncllic,” Hank was
saying, his cap in his hands. “Tis is a kindncss that
wc’ll ncvcr lorgct. Vc’ll do our bcst to rcpay you.”
“Nonscnsc,” Ncllic said. “!’m thrillcd lor this
chancc, Hank. A wcck lrom now !’ll bc in ¡ngland!”
Tcn Ncllic saw mc. “Miss Katc,” shc bcgan. Shc
stoppcd, at a loss lor words.
My smilc lclt crookcd. “! supposc this is goodbyc,”
! said. “Ncllic, you’vc bccn—”
My voicc trailcd oﬀ. How could ! bcgin to tcll
Ncllic how much shc mcant to mc: Shc’d bccn by my
sidc lor ycars now, hclping mc solvc cvcry problcm,
mccting my cvcry nccd. ! could hardly bcar to lacc thc
rcality that wc would ncvcr again sharc a story in thc
stolcn minutcs ol our days.
“You’vc bccn morc than my lady’s maid,” ! ﬁnally
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said. “You’vc bccn my lricnd.”
“And you’vc bccn minc,” Ncllic rcplicd. “Plcasc,
Miss Katc, ! know !’vc no right to ask, but you will
kccp in touch, ! hopc. !’d bc so cxcitcd to rcccivc a lct
tcr lrom you.”
“Òl coursc !’ll writc to you,” ! told hcr. “Òthcrwisc,
how will you cvcr ﬁnd out thc sccrcts ol Te Hidden
History of Castle Claremont:”
Ncllic grinncd at mc as ! rcachcd out to hug hcr.
Vc both hcard somcthing janglc in hcr pockct.
“My kcys!” Ncllic gaspcd. “! almost lorgot. Vould
you givc thcsc to Shannon: Tcrc’s a kcy hcrc lor cvcry
lock in thc housc.”
“Ccrtainly,” ! rcplicd as ! took thc hcavy kcy ring
Tcn my cousin appcarcd in thc doorway. My
stomach clcnchcd, thc timc to say goodbyc had comc.
8cth crosscd thc courtyard quickly. “Cousin Katc,”
shc said. “!t’s not goodbyc. !t’s not. !’ll scc you again
soon, !’m surc ol it.”
“Ycs,” ! said, wishing ! could sound as ccrtain as
8cth sccmcd to lccl. “! know.”
“Listcn. ! lclt ¡ssic’s journal undcr your pillow.”
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“! want you to havc it,” shc said. “Maybc you’ll ﬁnd
somcthing that ! misscd. And kccp working on thc
puzzlc. !’m surc you’ll bc ablc to crack thc codc.”
!n thosc last momcnts with my dcar cousin, !
couldn’t bcar to tcll hcr thc truth: that thc papcr lcttcrs
rcad ~v~v: vovvvvv. !nstcad, ! noddcd, which was
just as wcll, sincc thc lump in my throat was making it
hard to spcak.
“Convincc your parcnts to scnd you to ¡ngland,”
8cth continucd. “8cttcr yct, all ol you should comc—
“! can’t bclicvc you’rc lcaving,” ! said. “Your sccond
transatlantic voyagc in as many wccks. You’rc so bravc.”
My cousin shook hcr hcad. “!’vc always thought
you wcrc thc bravc onc,” shc rcplicd.
Hank clcarcd his throat. “!’m alraid it’s timc to go,”
hc said quictly.
8cth thrcw hcr arms around my ncck. “Vritc mc!”
shc cricd. “Vritc mc cvcry day! ! lovc you, Cousin Katc.
Tc last lcw days havc bccn thc most wondcrlul days ol
my wholc lilc.”
“Minc too,” ! said as ! kisscd my cousin on cach
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chcck. “Travcl salcly, dcar 8cth. Plcasc—plcasc scnd us
a tclcgram whcn you arrivc. And il war should comc—”
8cth shook hcr hcad. “!t won’t,” shc said. “And cvcn
il it docs, !’ll bc salc at Chatswood.”
“8c carclul all thc samc,” ! told hcr. “Ncllic, takc
carc ol hcr lor mc, will you:”
“You havc my word, Miss Katc,” Ncllic rcplicd.
“Goodbyc! Goodbyc!” ! callcd, waving so hard !
thought my wrist would brcak.
Hank hclpcd 8cth and Ncllic into thc car, thcn
closcd thc door bchind thcm. ! watchcd thc car travcl
down thc long drivcway and turn onto thc main road.
And just likc that, thcy wcrc gonc.
Tc silcncc surrounding mc was so stccpcd in sad
ncss that ! wasn’t surc what to do. ! kncw Shannon was
awakc, hiding somcwhcrc in thc housc . . . but ! wantcd
to bc alonc. ! wandcrcd through thc cmpty hallways
until ! lound myscll in thc littlc alcovc whcrc 8cth
and ! had joincd our nccklaccs. Moonlight spillcd
through thc window, casting a silvcr light ovcr cvcry
thing ! could scc. A lcw tcars tricklcd down my lacc,
but ! wipcd thcm away as last as ! could. ! was twclvc
ycars old now, likc my cousin, and ! lclt ccrtain that she
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wasn’t crying in thc back ol thc car. !l 8cth could bc so
bravc to cross thc Atlantic Òccan twicc in two wccks,
! could ccrtainly buck up. ! cuppcd my hands around
thc Kathcrinc nccklacc. Tc cool wcight ol it madc mc
lccl bcttcr . . . a littlc bcttcr, at lcast.
Tcn somcthing out thc window caught my cyc. !
hardly brcathcd as ! lcancd lorward lor a closcr look.
Shc was back.
And shc was walking toward thc housc.
Tc mystcrious ﬁgurc movcd slowly in thc moon
light, oncc again drcsscd lrom hcad to toc in black.
Hcr ﬂoorlcngth vcil trailcd bchind hcr through thc
dcwy grass. It is Blythe Fontaine, ! thought. She’s spent
the night searching the shore for her lost love.
! was lrozcn to my spot, ! lclt as though ! could
do nothing but watch in horror as thc ghostly ﬁgurc
approachcd \andcrmccr Manor. Tcn, to my sur
prisc, a sccond ﬁgurc appcarcd. ! squintcd my cycs,
trying to gct a bcttcr look. !t couldn’t bc—it wasn’t
!t was GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc.
Tcrc was no mistaking hcr snowwhitc hair or thc
diamondtippcd sticks holding hcr hair in placc. But
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what is Great-Grandmother Katherine doing outside at
this hour? ! wondcrcd, suddcnly lccling morc curious
than alraid. Tc vcilcd ﬁgurc sccmcd to lall into stcp
alongsidc my grcatgrandmothcr. ! rcmcmbcrcd that
unscttling lccling 8cth and ! had cxpcricnccd thc day
bclorc—thc scnsc wc had that somconc was watching
us. !’d thought it was thc ghost ol 8lythc Fontainc, but
shc had wishcd it was hcr grcatgrandmothcr. Tcn
thc most astonishing thought struck mc.
What if the ghost isn’t Blythe Fontaine? What if it’s . . .
! didn’t darc blink.
Does Great-Grandmother Katherine see her? ! thought
as thc pair movcd, sidc by sidc, toward thc ¡ast Gardcn.
Does she even know she’s there?
8clorc ! could ﬁgurc out thc answcr, thcy vanishcd
bchind thc hcdgc.
My hcart was pounding, my mind was whirling
with qucstions. 8ut ! didn’t lccl lrozcn anymorc.
!’m not surc what compcllcd mc to movc toward
thc door in thc wall—thc onc that lcd to thc closcdoﬀ
¡ast Ving. Tcn ! rcalizcd that ! nccdcd to know just
what was bchind that door. ! took a dccp brcath and
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rcachcd lor thc brass knob. !t was lockcd, but that was
to bc cxpcctcd. And it wasn’t a problcm.
Altcr all, ! had Ncllic’s kcys.
Tc smallcst, most tarnishcd kcy on thc ring ﬁt pcr
lcctly. ! hcard a scrics ol small clicks as thc kcy turncd in
thc lock. Tcn thc door swung opcn.
! stcppcd cautiously into thc gloomy hallway. Hcavy
brocadc curtains covcrcd cach window. Tcy lookcd
lor all thc world as though thcy hadn’t bccn opcncd in
dccadcs. At thc ﬁrst door oﬀ thc hall, ! pauscd to listcn.
Vhcn ! didn’t hcar anything, ! turncd thc knob.
!’m not surc what ! cxpcctcd to ﬁnd—pcrhaps an
cmpty room whcrc my lootstcps would ccho across
a barc ﬂoor. Òr pcrhaps clouds ol dust would risc as
! walkcd among thc hulking shadows cast by shcct
covcrcd lurniturc. 8ut ! know ! ncvcr imagincd that
!’d stcp into a tidy and pcrlcctly lurnishcd sitting
room, whcrc thc opcn windows admittcd silvcr rays
ol moonlight. Trcc doors at thc oppositc cnd ol thc
room madc mc bclicvc ! was in somc sort ol apartmcnt.
Tese rooms aren’t closed, ! thought as ! lookcd at thc
ticking clock on thc writing dcsk, thc tall bookshcll,
and thc comlortablc scttcc crowdcd with cmbroidcrcd
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pillows. Tey’re very much in use. I think . . . I think some-
one lives here! But who?
! stcppcd closcr to thc writing dcsk and rcachcd
lor a shimmcring silvcr chain. A dozcn tiny attach
mcnts hung lrom it, thcy chimcd as ! liltcd it oﬀ thc
dcsk. Tc nccklacc was as lovcly as it was usclul. Tc
attachmcnts includcd a tiny notcbook and silvcr pcn
cil, a thimblc, a vial madc ol rcd glass, an oval lockct
studdcd with rubics, and cvcn a tiny paint sct.
! was about to try it on whcn somcthing clsc caught
my cyc: a lramcd dagucrrcotypc ol two girls. Vith onc
glancc ! could tcll that thcy wcrc twins—and ! kncw
cxactly who thcy wcrc.
“Hcllo, Kathcrinc. Hcllo, ¡lizabcth,” ! whispcrcd.
Tcy lookcd to bc about my agc, wcaring lacy whitc
collars on thcir drcsscs. Tough thc imagc was somc
what grainy, thcrc sccmcd to bc thc hint ol a chain
around cach girl’s ncck. Unlortunatcly, thc dagucrrco
typc had bccn croppcd at thcir shouldcrs, so ! couldn’t
know lor surc il thc twins wcrc wcaring thcir spccial
nccklaccs. And with thcir hair wovcn into braids, it
was impossiblc to tcll which twin was which.
! studicd thc dagucrrcotypc lor scvcral long
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minutcs, thcn, with a sigh, ! put it back on thc dcsk.
Tc imagc had survivcd lor dccadcs and travclcd thou
sands ol milcs, but thcrc was nothing it could tcll mc.
Òr was thcrc:
! lookcd closcr and saw a thin cdgc ol papcr pcck
ing out ol thc lramc.
Be still, ! scoldcd my trcmbling ﬁngcrs as ! lumblcd
with thc clasp on thc back ol thc lramc. !t was stuck, as
though it had bccn shut lor many ycars, at last it gavc,
and ! swung opcn thc lramc to rcvcal a loldcd piccc ol
!t was a lcttcr.
! was about to rcad it whcn ! hcard somcthing.
“! hopc shc won’t bc too gricvcd—”
“No doubt thc disappointmcnt cuts dccp—”
A pair ol voiccs at thc othcr cnd ol thc apartmcnt.
And thcy wcrc coming closcr!
! shovcd thc dagucrrcotypc back into thc lramc
and jammcd thc clasp closcd. Tcn ! dashcd away lrom
thc ¡ast Ving as quickly as ! could, pausing only to
wrcnch Ncllic’s kcys out ol thc lock.
!t wasn’t until ! had rcturncd to my bcdroom that !
rcalizcd ! was still holding thc lcttcr.
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I paccd back and lorth. Vho had ! hcard talking
in thc ¡ast Ving: Vho wcrc thcy talking about: Vas
my mind playing tricks on mc . . . or did onc ol thcm
sound likc GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc:
Tc lcttcr. Tc lcttcr. ! turncd it ovcr and ovcr in my
hands. ! kncw that ! shouldn’t havc it. ! had no right to
takc it, lct alonc rcad it . . . but how could ! rcsist:
9 January 1848
My dearest daughter,
The fates have not been kind to us,
that my life should dim at the dawn of your
adulthood. It is my greatest regret that I will
not live to see you and your sister as women
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grown, married, perhaps mothers to girls of
your own. I hold hope that the hole I leave
in your life will be ﬁlled many times over with
others who will cherish you as much as I
do. Yet there may come times when you wish
you could seek my counsel, and so I write
this letter now for whenever you ﬁnd yourself
longing for your mother’s advice.
Tis is it, ! thought. Tis is one of the letters that
Great-Great-Grandmother Mary wrote to the twins and
Essie Bridges mentioned in her journal.
My sweet child, it has been my privilege
to watch you grow for the past eleven—
nearly twelve—years. And though your
childhood has yet to end, your father and
I have been charged with the challenging
task of deciding your future. Let me assure
you that our decision was made with great
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care. When you are of age, you will marry
your cousin, Maxwell Tynne, to fulﬁll the
rules of inheritance. Maxwell is an honest
and honorable young man and, I think, well
suited for you. It is my great hope that your
marriage will be a long and happy one, ﬁlled
So this is Elizabeth’s letter, ! thought. Elizabeth
Chatswood, who married Maxwell Tynne and stayed
in England as the lady of Chatswood Manor while my
great-grandmother journeyed to America. How strangc
that it had lound its way to \andcrmccr Manor whcn
¡lizabcth hcrscll had ncvcr bccn ablc to makc thc trip.
Maybe Great-Grandmother Katherine inherited it after
Elizabeth passed away, ! thought. 8ut in that casc, why
was it in thc ¡ast Ving—and not my grcatgrand
I wonder if you have noticed yet how
others look to you to lead them. Doubtless
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they are drawn to your strength, which I
see reﬂected even in the ﬁery hues of your
favorite color. Your dedication to your family;
your commitment to everyone you meet;
your compassion for those less fortunate.
Daughter, you have been graced with all the
characteristics you will need as the next lady
of Chatswood Manor.
! pauscd. Ficry hucs . . . that must mcan rcd. 8ut
cvcryonc kncw that rcd was Kathcrinc’s lavoritc color.
Altcr all, ! was wcaring thc ruby Kathcrinc nccklacc at
this vcry momcnt. So this lcttcr must havc bccn writ
tcn to . . . GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc: Now ! was
The hour grows late, and I still have one
more letter to write before I retire. And so,
my darling Elizabeth, I will conclude here.
Please know today, tomorrow, and every day
of your life how very proud you’ve made me
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and how very much I love you.
Your loving mother
A suddcn chill ovcrtook mc as thc words blurrcd
bclorc my cycs. So this really is Elizabeth’s letter, !
thought in astonishmcnt. How in the world did it end
up in a hidden-away room of Vandermeer Manor?
My tccth wcrc chattcring, my tocs lclt likc icc.
Tc sun was just starting to risc, but ! lclt likc !’d bccn
up lor an cntirc day. ¡vcn though !’d alrcady gottcn
drcsscd, ! crawlcd back into bcd and pullcd thc com
lortcr all thc way up to my chin. ! was so loncsomc,
missing my cousin and Ncllic, who wcrc alrcady on thc
train to Ncw York. A lcw tcars spillcd lrom my cycs,
soaking into thc satin pillowcasc. Don’t, ! told myscll
ﬁcrccly. Don’t start.
At somc point ! must’vc lallcn aslccp, bccausc thc
ncxt thing ! hcard was lootstcps in my room and a
voicc saying my namc.
“Ncllic, !’m awakc,” ! mumblcd. “!’m awakc.”
“!t’s not Ncllic who’s calling you. !t’s mc, Gladys.”
! boltcd upright in bcd. Òl coursc—Ncllic was
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gonc now, and so was 8cth. And il Gladys, my
grcatgrandmothcr’s lady’s maid, had comc to lctch mc—
“Vhat timc is it:” ! askcd, squinting at thc clock.
“Two o’clock: !n thc afternoon: Vhy didn’t anyonc
Gladys raiscd an cycbrow. Of course, ! thought. Who
would wake me, with Nellie gone and Shannon hiding?
“You’rc wantcd downstairs,” Gladys said. Hcr tonc
“Vhy—lor what—” ! stammcrcd.
“¡vcryonc knows. About Ncllic.”
“Òh,” was all ! said. ! lollowcd Gladys down to thc
parlor, whcrc ! lound GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc,
Fathcr, Mothcr, Mr. Taylor, and Mrs. Taylor waiting
lor mc. Shannon stood against thc wall, with hcr hcad
bowcd. Shc rcluscd to mcct my cyc.
“Katc,” Mothcr said, brcaking thc tcnsc silcncc in thc
room. Hcr tonc was clippcd. ! could tcll shc was angry.
“How could you think Mrs. Taylor wouldn’t noticc that
onc ol hcr maids wcnt missing: Vhcrc is Ncllic:”
! took a dccp brcath to stcady my ncrvcs. ! hatcd to
scc my mothcr upsct. “!n Ncw York, ! gucss.”
“So you kncw about this cockamamy plan:” Fathcr
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askcd. His lacc lookcd stcrn, but ! could scc his cycs
“!t’s not lunny, Villiam,” Mothcr said. “! don’t cvcn
know whcrc to bcgin. How will wc tcll thc ¡thcridgcs
that wc’vc scnt a strangcr to scrvc thcir daughtcr and
livc in thcir homc:”
“Ncllic’s not a strangcr,” ! spokc up.
“Shc’s a strangcr to them,” Mothcr rcplicd.
“So what il onc lady’s maid swaps with anothcr—!
don’t scc thc problcm hcrc,” Fathcr said.
“!l ! may, sir, it rcllccts poorly on thc housc,”
Mr. Taylor said. Hc pullcd oll his spcctaclcs and
wipcd thcm ncrvously with a largc handkcrchicl.
! lclt a suddcn pang ol rcmorsc as ! watchcd
Mr. Taylor liddlc with his spccs. Vc all kncw about
thc troublc hc had with his sight, dcspitc thc pains
hc took to hidc it. !t had ncvcr occurrcd to mc that
our littlc switch would makc him lccl loolish.
“Tcy’ll think that Mrs. Taylor and ! don’t havc
control ol thc staﬀ, that such shcnanigans arc acccpt
ablc at \andcrmccr Manor. And all bccausc ol a
lovcsick chauﬀcur and an impulsivc lady’s maid!” hc
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“Mr. Taylor,” Mrs. Taylor said rcproachlully.
“Pcrhaps you and ! should not bc so quick to judgc.”
“! complctcly agrcc,” GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc announccd. “And on Katc’s twcllth birthday,
no lcss! Vhat a tcmpcst in a tcapot.”
¡vcryonc turncd to look at hcr.
“! assumc Ncllic has lrcc will,” my grcatgrand
mothcr continucd. “Pcrhaps shc should’vc givcn
propcr noticc, but il shc chooscs to vacatc hcr position,
so bc it. ! should think that il Ncllic was good cnough
to scrvc our Katc, shc’s good cnough to scrvc anyonc,
anywhcrc—cvcn at Chatswood Manor. And ! ought to
know. Rcally, it’s a trcmcndous strokc ol good lortunc
that wc had such a capablc young lady willing and ablc
to assumc thc rolc on such short noticc. Tat’s you !’m
talking about, Shannon. No nccd to stand thcrc look
ing shamclaccd. You’rc not thc ﬁrst lass to lall in lovc,
and you’ll not bc thc last.”
“And what should wc say to thc ¡thcridgcs:” askcd
Mothcr. “Vc’ll nccd to prcparc thcm lor this surprisc.”
“Somconc must scnd a tclcgram. Tcn ! shall writc
a longcr lcttcr to thcm myscll,” GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc dcclarcd. “! intcnd to providc Ncllic with a
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glowing lcttcr ol rclcrcncc. Unlcss anyonc disagrccs:”
No onc spokc.
“Good. Tcn, it’s scttlcd,” my grcatgrandmothcr
dcclarcd as shc slowly rosc lrom hcr chair. “Now, il
mcmory scrvcs, wc arc hosting thc social cvcnt ol
thc scason tonight, and not a onc ol us is rcady yct.
Mrs. Taylor, pcrhaps you might arrangc lor a tray
ol savorics to bc scnt to Katc’s room, sccing as shc’s
misscd brcaklast and lunch. And Shannon, lilt your
hcad, child. Tis is your chancc to show cvcryonc
what an assct you’ ll bc to our lamily. Gladys, !’d likc
to go to my room now.”
Gladys hclpcd my grcatgrandmothcr to thc door.
Tcn shc pauscd. “And would somconc plcasc do somc
thing about my grcatgrandson:” shc callcd ovcr hcr
shouldcr. “!l !’m not mistakcn, hc’s spcnt thc morning
transplanting lrogs into thc lountain.”
! gaspcd. “Mothcr, no! Vc can’t havc frogs lcaping
out ol thc lountain during my party!”
“And wc won’t,” Mothcr said grimly. “Vc’ll takc
carc ol it, Katc. Run along now—it’s past timc lor you
to start gctting rcady.”
Shannon curtsicd to cvcryonc in thc room bclorc
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lollowing mc into thc hallway.
“!’m so sorry, Miss Katc!” shc whispcrcd. “! didn’t
mcan lor cvcryonc to rcalizc so quickly that Ncllic and
! switchcd. Mrs. Taylor—”
“Knows what cvcryonc’s doing at all timcs,” ! ﬁn
ishcd lor hcr. “Ðon’t worry, Shannon. ! wasn’t thinking
clcarly last night. ! supposc it was awlully loolish lor
us to think wc could hidc thc truth lor morc than a
“¡vcryonc’s bccn in such a tizzy today,” shc rcplicd.
“Morc dclivcrics than you can shakc a stick at, thc
lootmcn running to and lro. . . . Tc houscmaids said
that cvcn thc ghost is rcstlcss today.”
! stoppcd short. “What:”
“Òh, you know, bumping into things and making
a rackct up in thc ¡ast Ving,” Shannon said airily.
“Lucy Janc said it’s scarching lor somcthing, thc poor
Te ghost knows, ! thought. Te ghost knows I was up
there. Does she know I have the letter?
“You know, it’s lunny. Hank told mc that . . .”
Shannon’s voicc trailcd oﬀ as shc lookcd at my lacc.
“Òh, no, Miss Katc, now !’vc gonc and upsct you on
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your birthday!” shc cricd. “!t’s just storics thcy tcll
to pass thc timc. !’m surc ol it. Tc houscmaids at
Chatswood do thc samc. Ðon’t bc lrightcncd.”
“!’m not lrightcncd,” ! rcplicd. “Just . . . curious. !l
it’s not a ghost, thcn what is it:”
“Not somcthing lor you to worry about on your
spccial day,” Shannon said ﬁrmly. “Now, hcrc’s what
wc’ll do. !’ll pin up your hair and draw you a nicc,
pipinghot bath. !t’ll mclt all your carcs away. Ncxt
you’ll havc your tray ol nibblcs, bccausc your grcat
grandmothcr’s quitc right. !t would ncvcr do lor you
to laint at your vcry own birthday party.”
“! am rcally hungry,” ! admittcd.
“And thcn wc’ll gct you rcady lor your big night,”
Shannon said. “!’m an old hand at such things, you
“Tat’s right,” ! said. “You hclpcd 8cth gct rcady
lor hcr twcllth birthday party, didn’t you:”
Shannon noddcd. “And it will bc an honor to do
thc samc lor you. Comc along, Miss Katc.”
For thc ncxt ﬁvc hours, Shannon cluckcd ovcr
mc likc a mothcr hcn. So much had happcncd sincc
thc carly morning—saying goodbyc to 8cth and
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Ncllic, spotting thc ghost, sncaking into thc ¡ast
Ving, taking thc lcttcr—that it lclt good to lct
somconc clsc do thc worrying lor a bit. ! atc onc
ol thc sandwichcs Mrs. Hastings had madc lor mc
whilc Shannon workcd on my hair.
I’ve got to sneak into the East Wing and return the
letter, ! thought. I don’t want any evidence that I snuck in
there earlier, especially if someone, or the ghost, is up there
searching for it. And the sooner, the better. But . . . how?
I can’t get caught by the ghost . . . or anyone else for that
matter. Not after nearly getting in trouble this afternoon.
Tcn an idca struck mc. If I could get away from the
party . . . even for just a few minutes, while everyone else
is occupied . . .
!t was a ridiculous plan. !’d bc thc ccntcr ol attcn
tion at my birthday party, how could ! possibly sncak
away without bcing noticcd:
8ut thcrc would ncvcr bc a bcttcr timc to rcturn
thc lcttcr to its rightlul placc.
I’ll try, ! vowcd. I’ll try my best to get away and put
the letter back where it belongs.
! was so lost in my own thoughts at thc momcnt
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that Shannon’s voicc soundcd vcry lar away.
“Ðo you likc it:”
! glanccd at my rcﬂcction in thc mirror. 8chind mc,
Shannon stood ncrvously, waiting to scc my rcaction
to thc hairstylc shc’d crcatcd.
“Òh, Shannon,” ! brcathcd. “!t’s bcautilul.” My hair
ﬂowcd down my back as slcck and shiny as a watcrlall.
Loosc wisps ol hair lramcd cach sidc ol my lacc, othcr
strands wcrc lastcncd in thc back with a clip madc ol
rubics and onyx. Shannon had also wovcn dozcns ol
tiny rubics through my hair, which sparklcd whcncvcr
! movcd my hcad.
“Now, lct’s gct you drcsscd,” Shannon said. “! swcar
!’vc bccn hcaring motorcars coming and going lor hall
an hour now.”
My pulsc quickcncd. “Tcy’rc hcrc: Tc gucsts arc
“A grcat many ol thcm, !’d gucss, lrom thc sound
ol things,” Shannon said. Shc hcld opcn my gown and
stcadicd mc as ! stcppcd into it as carclully as ! could.
My bcautilul birthday gown! !’d bccn drcaming ol
wcaring it lor wccks, and now thc momcnt was hcrc at
last. !t was madc ol crimson silk, with matching ribbons
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to hold thc mountains ol ruﬄcs in placc, and thcrc
was a long row ol glittcring onyx buttons up thc back.
Altcr shc ﬁnishcd with thc buttons, Shannon wrappcd
thc vclvct sash around my waist and ticd it into a pcr
lcct bow. Tc slccvcs wcrc just slightly puﬀcd and so
light that thcy ﬂuttcrcd likc buttcrﬂy wings whcncvcr
! movcd. Ncxt Shannon hclpcd mc with my clbow
lcngth satin glovcs and my shocs, dclicatc slippcrs
that had bccn madc in Ncw York just lor mc. Finally,
Shannon drapcd thc Kathcrinc nccklacc around my
ncck and lastcncd its clasp. ! lclt calmcr, stronger, just
lrom wcaring it. And whcn ! lookcd into thc lull
lcngth mirror, ! could hardly bclicvc my appcarancc.
Somchow, in thc coursc ol onc altcrnoon, ! sccmcd so
much morc grownup—sophisticatcd, cvcn. My cycs
sparklcd as brightly as my grcatgrandmothcr’s, and
whcn ! smilcd, it was 8cth’s grin ! saw rcﬂcctcd back
Vc walkcd toward thc stairway in silcncc. Shannon
was right, judging lrom thc sounds—clinking glasscs,
strains ol music, an cndlcss hum ol chattcr—all thc
gucsts wcrc waiting lor mc. ! tricd to takc a dccp
brcath, but it caught in my throat.
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“You mustn’t bc ncrvous, Miss Katc,” Shannon
said, as though shc could rcad my mind. “Tis is your
momcnt, and you’ll bc absolutcly brilliant. ! know it.
Your cousin lclt thc samc way, you know, shc was trcm
bling likc a lcal. 8ut whcn shc startcd hcr dcsccnt down
thc grand staircasc . . . wcll, it was likc a translorma
tion. ! think—il ! might bc so bold—thc Chatswood
blood that runs in your vcins is always at thc rcady.
Now, and whcncvcr you nccd it most.”
“Tank you, Shannon,” ! whispcrcd, squcczing hcr
hand. No wondcr 8cth was so lond ol hcr.
“!’ll scc you altcrward,” Shannon promiscd mc.
“And il you nccd anything during thc party, anything at
all, !’ll bc right outsidc thc ballroom, waiting lor you.”
“! know you will,” ! rcplicd.
Tcn ! turncd away lrom Shannon.
And bcgan my walk down thc stairs.
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Thc ﬁrst thing ! noticcd as ! rcachcd thc landing
that lcd to thc ballroom was that all thc doors lcading
to thc courtyard had bccn ﬂung opcn, thc walls wcrc
dripping with rcd roscs, thc cakc, a crcamy conlcction
studdcd with chcrrics and pcrchcd on a whcclcd cart,
was tallcr than mc. !t was only altcr my cycs adjustcd
to thc grandcur ol it all that ! saw thc dazzlc ol thc
chandclicrs, thc cnormous crowd ol gucsts, and—
much to my rclicl—thc bcaming laccs ol my lamily. !
was cvcn glad to scc Alﬁc, and that’s somcthing ! ncvcr
thought !’d say!
A long rccciving linc lormcd at thc bottom ol thc
stairs, lcd by my parcnts, who covcrcd mc with kisscs
as thcy cmbraccd mc. Two distinguishcd mcn stood
“Katc, my dcar, you surcly rcmcmbcr Govcrnor Pothicr
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and Mr. Gaincr, mayor ol Providcncc,” Mothcr said by way
“Happy birthday, Miss \andcrmccr!” Govcrnor Pothicr
announccd as hc bowcd and kisscd my hand.
“And many happy rcturns,” addcd Mayor Gaincr.
Tcn camc Mr. Tomas Archimbauld, thc prcsi
dcnt ol thc Univcrsity ol Ncw ¡ngland, Mr. Arthur
Andrcws, prcsidcnt ol thc Unitcd Coal Company, and
Ðr. Miriam Schoﬁcld, thc only doctor that Grcat
Grandmothcr Kathcrinc would pcrmit to trcat our
lamily. And on and on and on until, ﬁnally, Alﬁc
appcarcd bclorc mc.
“Happy birthday, Sis,” hc said with a sly grin.
! raiscd an cycbrow. “Frogs:”
“! scnt thcm homc,” hc conlcsscd. “Tcir, uh, invi
tations wcrc rcvokcd.”
8clorc ! could think ol a smart rctort, Fathcr
whiskcd mc onto thc dancc ﬂoor lor thc ﬁrst dancc ol
thc cvcning. !t bcgan a whirlwind and continucd that
way, too—just as !’d suspcctcd it would. ! was gratclul
lor thc sandwichcs Mrs. Taylor had scnt to my room,
lor ! scarccly had a chancc to try any ol thc dclicious
lood that Mrs. Hastings had prcparcd.
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Kate’s Story, 1914
Midway through thc cvcning, Fathcr gcsturcd lor
thc orchcstra to stop. “!l ! might havc cvcryonc’s attcn
tion,” hc announccd, “wc rcqucst thc plcasurc ol your
company in thc courtyard.”
What’s going on? ! wondcrcd.
Fathcr lcd mc ovcr to thc railing, whcrc wc stood
togcthcr. ! could hcar thc wavcs crashing on thc bcach
down bclow. Tc rcst ol thc lamily soon joincd us. !
noticcd that all thc scrvants wcrc asscmblcd in thc
back as wcll. !t madc mc smilc to scc Shannon and
Hank ncxt to cach othcr, so closc that thcir shouldcrs
touchcd. Vhatcvcr surprisc my parcnts had planncd
must’vc bccn somcthing spccial indccd.
First ! hcard a highpitchcd whistlc, lollowcd by a
pop and a bang. ¡vcryonc gaspcd at thc cxplosion ovcr
thc occan—sparks likc stars twinkling and tumbling
into thc wavcs. Tcn anothcr, and anothcr, and anothcr.
Fireworks! ! thought, bcaming at thc night sky.
My favorite! ! glanccd around at all thc shining laccs
around mc—cvcryonc with widc cycs, staring trans
ﬁxcd at thc show.
Tat was whcn ! rcalizcd: Tis was my momcnt to
slip away unnoticcd.
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Go, ! thought. No one will even realize you’re gone.
8ut it wasn’t casy to lcavc. Tc most glorious ﬁrc
works !’d cvcr sccn wcrc glittcring right abovc my hcad,
and almost cvcry pcrson ! lovcd in thc wholc world
was hcrc to cclcbratc with mc. ! dcarly wantcd to stay.
Tcn ! rcmcmbcrcd how 8cth had lclt hcr own
twcllth birthday ball last month, in hcr attcmpts to
clcar Shannon’s namc. Ðid my cousin dawdlc, drag
ging hcr lcct in rcluctancc cvcn though shc kncw thc
right thing to do:
No. Shc did not.
Tere will be other ﬁreworks displays, ! rcmindcd
myscll. But there will ncvcr be a better time to return the
letter. And ! kncw that that was thc truth, cvcn though
! wishcd it wcrcn’t so.
! took thc tinicst, most tcntativc stcp backward.
Pcoplc shiltcd a bit, making way without cvcn look
ing at mc. ! lclt a littlc giddy as ! slippcd through thc
crowd. !t was going to work!
\andcrmccr Manor had ncvcr stood so silcnt, !
had to bc thc only onc insidc its walls. ! ran all thc way
to my bcdroom, whcrc thc lcttcr and Ncllic’s kcys wcrc
still hiddcn undcr my pillow. Tc lccling ol aloncncss
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Kate’s Story, 1914
prcsscd in on mc lrom all sidcs as ! continucd to thc
¡ast Ving. Vith cach stcp, my hcart bcat a littlc
hardcr, hammcring in my chcst. ! clcnchcd thc kcys
tightly so that my trcmbling ﬁngcrs wouldn’t makc
thcm janglc. Tere are no such things as ghosts, ! rcpcatcd
in my mind. Tere are no such things as ghosts. 8ut no
mattcr how many timcs ! thought it, ! couldn’t lorgct
thc vcilcd ﬁgurc !’d sccn outsidc, swccping through thc
mist. . . .
! lorccd myscll to hurry through thc silcnt, snak
ing halls. Finally, thc door to thc ¡ast Ving loomcd
bclorc mc. Almost done now, ! thought. Just open the
door, replace the letter, and leave.
8ut as soon as thc door crcakcd opcn, a hiss ﬁllcd
! wasn’t alonc altcr all.
Tcrc was somconc standing in thc darkcncd
It’s the ghost! ! thought wildly as a cry ol tcrror
cscapcd lrom my throat. She’s here! She’s waited for me!
My hcart scizcd, ! thought it might stop bcating
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altogcthcr. ! wantcd to run away, run as lar and as last
as ! could. Vith thc lcttcr still clutchcd in my hand, !
took a stcp backward, away lrom thc door, away lrom
thc ¡ast Ving, away lrom that shadowy ﬁgurc hovcr
ing in thc gloom.
8ut at that momcnt, ! rcmcmbcrcd what 8cth had
said: I’ve always thought you were the brave one.
! lorccd myscll to walk larthcr into thc ¡ast Ving,
though it took cvcry ouncc ol couragc ! could mustcr.
“Vho arc you:” ! askcd. My voicc shook, but only
A match was struck, a lamp was lit, and ! lound
myscll lacctolacc with thc strangcr lrom thc shad
ows. Shc was no ghost, but a vcry old woman—oldcr
cvcn than GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc—drcsscd
cntircly in black silk. Shc sccmcd as curious about
mc as ! was about hcr. Just to scc that shc was a rcal
ﬂcshandblood pcrson—and not somc spcctcr lrom
bcyond thc gravc—calmcd my lrantic hcart.
“So you’rc thc onc who took thc lcttcr,” shc said.
“! thought as much. As soon as ! saw thc picturc had
bccn disturbcd, ! told your grcatgrandmothcr—”
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Kate’s Story, 1914
“You know my grcatgrandmothcr:”
Hcr wrinklcd lacc brokc into a smilc. “Òl coursc
! know hcr. Your grcatgrandmothcr is thc rcason !’m
“8ut who arc you:”
Shc tappcd hcr chcst. “!’m ¡ssic. ¡ssic 8ridgcs.”
Essie Bridges! Tc author ol thc journal—thc lady’s
maid to young Kathcrinc and ¡lizabcth! “Hhow:” !
stammcrcd. “How did you—”
“Kathcrinc bcggcd mc to comc to Amcrica with
hcr—oh, this was long ago, long bclorc your timc. Shc
put on a bravc lacc, and shc was starrycycd with lovc,
but thcrc was still a touch ol lcar in hcr. To lcavc hcr
homc and hcr pcoplc bchind, cspccially hcr bclovcd
sistcr, and to start a ncw lilc in a strangc land . . . it
was not an casy dccision lor hcr, or lor mc. !t brokc
my hcart to lcavc my othcr girl bchind. 8ut ! couldn’t
vcry wcll lct your grcatgrandmothcr lacc whatcvcr
thc luturc would hold without a lricndly lacc lrom
“So you camc with hcr and GrcatGrandlathcr
Allrcd,” ! said.
¡ssic noddcd. “Ycs, ! scrvcd as hcr lady’s maid
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in Amcrica, just as ! had in ¡ngland. Tcn thc sun
Far away, ! could hcar thc cxplosions ol thc ﬁrc
works, wc would’vc bccn ablc to scc thcm lrom thc
window il thc curtains hadn’t bccn drawn so tightly.
“Vhat sickncss:” ! askcd.
“!l it has a namc, !’m surc ! don’t know it.” ¡ssic
sighcd. “8ut il ! go into thc sunlight, ! gct lrightlul
rashcs and blistcrs all ovcr my skin. Pcoplc scc mc
and think ! havc thc mcaslcs or thc pox. 8ut it’s not
catching. No onc cvcr got sick lrom bcing ncar mc. !
“Òh, ¡ssic. !’m so sorry.”
“So was your grcatgrandmothcr. No mattcr what
shc told cvcryonc—thc othcr scrvants, thc pcoplc in
town—thcy’d run away whcn thcy caught sight ol mc.”
¡ssic’s voicc brokc as thc mcmory brought tcars to hcr
cycs. “Òut ol thc kindncss ol hcr hcart, shc hid mc
away hcrc, and lo thcsc many ycars she’s bccn taking
carc ol me. Can you imaginc: Tc highborn daughtcr
ol a lord looking altcr a poor scrvant likc myscll. Shc
brings mc lood, kccps mc company, and most days shc
walks with mc bclorc sunrisc so that ! might takc thc
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Kate’s Story, 1914
air. !l !’d had a daughtcr ol my own, shc couldn’t havc
carcd lor mc bcttcr than your grcatgrandmothcr.”
“! saw you!” ! said suddcnly. “! saw you walking—
you wcrc wcaring a vcil—”
¡ssic noddcd. “Ayc, that was mc. ! covcr up just in
casc thc sun riscs carlicr than ! cxpcct.”
“8ut how do you gct in and out without anyonc
cvcr sccing you:” ! askcd.
“Trough an old scrvants’ cntrancc to thc ¡ast
Ving, ol coursc,” ¡ssic rcplicd. “Might bc you ncvcr
noticcd it downstairs, it’s ncarly grown ovcr with ivy.”
“So thcrc was ncvcr any ghost:”
“Ghost: ! should think not,” ¡ssic said. “Tough
your grcatgrandmothcr playcd no small part in sprcad
ing thosc storics—shc had to kccp cvcryonc away
lrom thc ¡ast Ving somchow. And now it’s bccn so
many ycars that ! don’t think thcrc’s anyonc downstairs
who rcmcmbcrs old ¡ssic. Òl coursc, ! know all about
thcm, Kathcrinc kccps mc inlormcd. Tc lady’s maid
and thc chauﬀcur . . . now thcrc’s a talc lor thc agcs.”
“You know about Shannon and Hank:”
“! do. And ! know how you hclpcd thcm.” ¡ssic
gavc mc a long look. “You ccrtainly takc altcr your
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grcatgrandmothcr. Tc girls in this lamily will do
anything lor lovc.”
“Vhat do you mcan:”
!n thc distancc, ! could still hcar thc ﬁrcworks
going oﬀ. 8ut thcrc was onc morc thing ! nccdcd to
ask ¡ssic bclorc ! could rcturn to thc party. ! hcld up
thc lcttcr. ¡ssic noddcd.
“Tank you lor rcturning this to mc,” said ¡ssic.
“!’vc bccn scarching all ovcr lor it.”
“You’rc wclcomc,” ! rcplicd. “8ut why did you havc
it: !t was writtcn to my grcatgrcataunt ¡lizabcth.”
“Tc answcr to that qucstion should bcst comc
lrom your grcatgrandmothcr,” ¡ssic rcplicd.
“Thc grand linalc!” ! gaspcd. “!’vc got to go!
8ut . . . !’d likc to comc back somctimc, il you
wouldn’t mind anothcr visit l rom mc—”
A smilc sprcad across ¡ssic’s lacc. “Ycs, Miss Katc,
! think !’d likc that vcry much.”
! handcd thc lcttcr to ¡ssic and ran out thc door
as quickly as ! could. Tc last sparks wcrc lalling into
thc occan whcn ! rcachcd thc courtyard, brcathlcss
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Kate’s Story, 1914
and dishcvclcd. ! glanccd around anxiously, but no onc
sccmcd to bc looking lor mc.
Tcn my cycs mct GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc’s.
Shc stood at thc oppositc cnd ol thc courtyard, watch
ing mc. Shc must’vc sccn my madcap dash through thc
I’ve got to talk to her, ! rcalizcd. Tonight. ! wantcd
to talk to hcr about ¡ssic . . . and about hcr mothcr’s
lcttcr to ¡lizabcth.
!t wasn’t casy to gct through thc crowd as cvcryonc
madc thcir way back insidc. Suddcnly, Alﬁc appcarcd
bclorc mc. “Hcy, Sis! Hold up.”
“Not now, Alﬁc. ! rcally havc to—”
“8ut ! havcn’t givcn you your birthday prcscnt yct.”
Hc hcld out a big box ticd with a rcd ribbon. ! cycd
it with suspicion. Vho kncw what lurkcd insidc: Tcn
! noticcd thc largc air holcs pokcd all ovcr thc box.
“Òh, no,” ! said. “No, no, no.”
“Trust mc, Katc. You’rc going to lovc it.”
“! don’t want onc ol your disgusting lrogs, Alﬁc.
No, thank you.” ! pushcd thc box back toward him . . .
and hcard thc swcctcst, laintcst littlc meow.
My cycs grcw widc. “Vas that . . . :”
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Alﬁc grinncd at mc. “Told ya you’d lovc it.”
! rippcd oﬀ thc ribbon and lound a tiny orangc
andwhitc kittcn staring up at mc with goldcn cycs.
“Òh! Alﬁc! How did you—”
Hc scuﬀcd his shoc along thc ground. “! kncw !
couldn’t compctc with thc Kathcrinc nccklacc,” hc
said. “8ut ! thought littlc Scruﬀcrs hcrc would bc a
“Scruﬀcrs: Tat’s an awlul namc,” ! chidcd my
brothcr, but my smilc told him ! was tcasing. “Alﬁc,
would you ask Shannon to bring thc kittcn to my
room: ! havc to talk to . . .”
! trailcd oﬀ. Vhcn ! lookcd across thc courtyard,
my grcatgrandmothcr was gonc.
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I waitcd all cvcning, but GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc ncvcr rcturncd to thc party. ! kncw ! couldn’t
sncak away again—not whcn thcrc wcrc candlcs to blow
out and cakc to cut and waltzcs to dancc. !t was ncarly
midnight whcn thc last gucsts dcpartcd, ! hardly darcd
to hopc that my grcatgrandmothcr would still bc awakc.
Hcr bcdroom door was shut tightly, and ! couldn’t tcll
il hcr light was on. I wish I could knock, ! thought as !
hovcrcd in thc hallway. But it would be wrong to wake her.
“Miss Katc: Can ! hclp you:” !t was Gladys, car
rying a cup ol warm milk and lour sugar cookics on a
My hcart lcapcd. “!s my grcatgrandmothcr still
awakc:” ! askcd cxcitcdly.
“Ycs,” shc said. “Tough not by choicc. Slccp has
provcd clusivc tonight.”
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Tat explains the milk, ! thought. “Vould you tcll
hcr that !’d likc to spcak with hcr:”
Gladys purscd hcr lips. “Miss Katc, shc is very
tircd. Pcrhaps you can spcak with hcr in thc morning
! tricd not to sigh. “Òl coursc,” ! said. “Tank you,
8ack in my room, Shannon was playing with thc
kittcn. “Miss Katc! Vhat a darling birthday prcscnt.”
“!sn’t shc swcct:” ! askcd as ! sat on thc ﬂoor.
“And prctty, too,” Shannon said. “Vith gingcr hair
likc your cousin.”
! smilcd, thc kittcn’s lur did look a lot likc 8cth’s
hair. “Maybc ! should call you 8cthic,” ! said to thc
“Tat’s a ﬁnc idca,” a ncw voicc said.
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc was standing in
“Gladys brought mc too many cookics,” shc said.
“Vould you likc somc: Tcn wc can both havc swcct
“Miss Katc, !’ll lctch you somc milk,” Shannon
said as shc rosc.
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Kate’s Story, 1914
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc, all bundlcd in hcr
drcssing gown, crosscd thc room and sat on thc cdgc
ol my bcd. ! climbcd up ncxt to hcr, cradling 8cthic
in my arms. GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc placcd
hcr wrinklcd hand on minc. “Vhat a birthday, Katc! !
hopc you had a grand timc.”
! noddcd. !’d had a wondcrlul birthday, although !
was missing 8cth dcspcratcly.
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc must havc rcad my
mind. “All day !’vc wantcd to talk to you, Katc. !’m
so sorry that 8cth had to lcavc. !t is ncvcr casy to say
goodbyc to somconc you lovc.”
“Ycs,” ! whispcrcd.
“8ut timcs arc diﬀcrcnt now,” shc continucd. “Tc
occan gcts lcss and lcss diﬃcult to cross. ! havc no
doubt that you and 8cth will scc cach othcr again—
“! hopc so,” ! rcplicd.
“And hcavcn knows what you girls will gct up
to ncxt timc!” shc said, chuckling. “!t did mc good
to scc you two cavorting about thc housc, whis
pcring your sccrcts and concocting your plans. !t
rcmindcd mc ol my dcar sistcr and thc swcct days
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ol our youth at Chatswood Manor.”
“GrcatGrandmothcr,” ! bcgan. “! havc to tcll you
somcthing. ! know about ¡ssic.”
Shc didn’t blink. “Ycs, ! thought as much,” shc
said. “8cth brought ¡ssic’s journal all thc way lrom
Chatswood, ! supposc.”
“How did you know:”
“Tc chant, ol coursc—thc onc you girls did with
your nccklaccs in thc alcovc.” GrcatGrandmothcr
Kathcrinc smilcd. “! was visiting ¡ssic in thc ¡ast
Ving, and wc hcard cvcry word. Tcrc was only onc
way you could’vc known about it: lrom ¡ssic’s journal.
! laughcd, but shc was horriﬁcd to think ol 8cth scur
rying through Chatswood’s sccrct passagcs.”
My grcatgrandmothcr lcancd lorward. “Ðid you
put thc nccklaccs togcthcr:” shc askcd in an cxcitcd
whispcr. “Ðid you ﬁnd thc sccrct compartmcnt:”
My smilc ladcd. “Ycs,” ! said slowly. “Vc did.”
“And thc puzzlc: Vcrc you ablc to solvc it:”
A mystcrious smilc ﬂickcrcd across my grcatgrand
mothcr’s lacc. “No wondcr thc long lacc. Tat would bc
a sad phrasc to ﬁnd, wouldn’t it:
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Kate’s Story, 1914
“My sistcr and ! wrotc a mcssagc—morc likc a
promisc to cach othcr, ! should say—long ago whcn
wc wcrc just girls still,” shc continucd. “Tcn wc cut it
into tiny picccs and hid hall ol thcm in my nccklacc,
and hall ol thcm in hcrs. Tat way, wc would always
carry thc mcssagc closc to our hcarts.”
Shc liltcd thc Kathcrinc nccklacc and shook it
closc to my lacc. ! straincd my cars to listcn. Tcn !
hcard thc laint rustlc ol papcr.
“Sccms to mc that somc ol thc lcttcrs arc still
insidc,” shc said. “And maybc somc arc still insidc thc
¡lizabcth nccklacc too.”
“So what docs thc mcssagc rcally say:”
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc lookcd bcyond mc
into thc distancc. “A part ol you lorcvcr,” shc rccitcd
with onc hand prcsscd to hcr chcst.
! was so rclicvcd that ! startcd to laugh. “Òh, that’s
so much bcttcr!” ! cxclaimcd. “And now !’vc got to scc
8cth again so that wc can unlock thc rcst ol thc lcttcrs.”
“! quitc agrcc.”
All this talk about lcttcrs madc mc rcmcmbcr
thc rcal rcason why ! wantcd to spcak with hcr. “!
havc to ask you somcthing,” ! bcgan. “As you know,
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! discovcrcd ¡ssic’s room this morning. !’m sorry.
! didn’t mcan to snoop. ! had no idca shc was thcrc,
Shc smilcd at mc. “! supposc !’m gratclul that my
rusc about thc ghost workcd lor as long as it did.”
! prcsscd on. “! lound thc lcttcr that your mothcr
wrotc to ¡lizabcth,” ! said. “8ut whcrc is yours:”
GrcatGrandmothcr Kathcrinc closcd hcr cycs.
Tc momcnts passcd and still shc did not spcak. Tc
shc lcancd lorward and took both my hands in hcrs. !
sat up straight, lor somc rcason, my hcart had startcd
“Katc,” shc bcgan. “! havc somcthing to tcll you.”
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Secrets of the Manor
book leads to another.
Read on for a ﬁrst look at
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I rollcd ovcr and strctchcd, cnjoying thc cozincss
ol my silk down comlortcr. A houscmaid had alrcady
bccn in to build up my ﬁrc, thc gcntlc warmth it gavc
oﬀ wclcomc on thcsc chilly Junc mornings. ! could
almost hcar thc housc, Chatswood Manor, waking
with mc, rcady to grcct anothcr day.
! kncw that downstairs, scrvants wcrc going about
thcir morning routincs, quictly bustling about, opcn
ing curtains, building ﬁrcs, dusting, and clcaning. Òur
cook, Mrs. Ficlds, was no doubt scolding thc kitchcn
maids to work morc cﬃcicntly to whip cggs or slicc
brcad lor our brcaklast, and Mr. Fcllows, thc butlcr,
would bc instructing thc lootmcn on thcir tasks lor
thc day bclorc rcading thc ncwspapcr and ﬁnishing his
own brcaklast in thc scrvants’ dining room. Mr. Fcllows
madc a point ol talking to Papa about thc ncws ol thc
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day cvcry morning whcn hc scrvcd our mcal in thc
lamily dining room.
¡arly morning was my lavoritc timc ol day. For a
lcw momcnts cvcry morning, whcn my mind was no
longcr aslccp but not quitc lully awakc, ! could almost
lorgct that Mama had dicd just a lcw wccks ago.
8ut thcn, as always, ! rcmcmbcrcd. Tat nowlamil
iar sinking lccling crcpt into my chcst and scttlcd in my
hcart. Ncxt camc thc sting ol tcars bchind my cyclids.
! sat up and rcachcd lor thc silkcn bcllpull that
would call my lady’s maid, ¡ssic 8ridgcs.
I promised myself that I would stop this, ! thought,
wiping my cycs. And more important, I promised
Katherine. We made a vow to be strong for each other, and
!t was as il Kathcrinc, my twin, could rcad my
thoughts. At that momcnt, shc walkcd through thc
drcssing closct that conncctcd our two bcdchambcrs
and lcancd against thc wall, a slccpy hall smilc on hcr
lacc. Hcr cycs, too, had a tracc ol tcars.
Kathcrinc and ! wcrc so ncarly idcntical that only
Mama could tcll us apart in an instant. Tc only obvi
ous physical diﬀcrcncc bctwccn us was in our hair:
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Kathcrinc’s had a lovcly natural wavc whilc minc was
stick straight. ! cnvicd Kathcrinc that wavc shc had in
our hair, whilc Kathcrinc cnvicd thc lact that ! was a
hall inch tallcr than shc and ﬁvc minutcs oldcr. ! tcascd
hcr that ! would gladly givc hcr my hall inch in hcight
il shc would givc mc hcr wavy hair.
“! just hcard Papa’s valct in thc hall instructing
Mrs. Cosgrovc to mcct us in thc library altcr brcaklast.
Vc’rc going to discuss thc gucst list lor thc birthday
ball,” Kathcrinc said. “Vc’d bcttcr ring lor ¡ssic.”
“! was just about to,” ! said, rcaching again lor thc
bcllpull. Tc pull was conncctcd to a bcll in thc scr
vants’ hall downstairs, whcrc our ladics’ maid, ¡ssic,
would hcar it and comc to our aid. ¡ssic had bccn with
Kathcrinc and mc sincc wc wcrc vcry young. Vc lovcd
hcr dcarly. !t was ¡ssic who hclpcd to dry our tcars
altcr Mama dicd and ¡ssic who always kncw just what
to say whcn wc wcrc lccling down or scarcd. Shc wasn’t
a blood rclativc, ol coursc, but shc was as much lamily
to us as wc wcrc to cach othcr.
! can still rcmcmbcr thc ﬁrst timc Kathcrinc and
! mct ¡ssic. ¡ssic has told mc that ! was too littlc to
rcally rcmcmbcr all ol thcsc dctails, but ! swcar ! do!
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Kathcrinc and ! wcrc puzzling ovcr thc alphabct in thc
nurscry, trying to put our blocks in thc corrcct ordcr,
whcn ¡ssic camc in, a bright smilc on hcr prctty lacc.
!mmcdiatcly, ! kncw that shc was diﬀcrcnt lrom all
ol thc othcr scrvants ! was uscd to sccing. Tcrc was
somcthing vcry spccial about hcr. Shc crouchcd down
ncxt to us and told us hcr namc was ¡ssic 8ridgcs and
that shc was going to hclp takc vcry good carc ol us.
Tcn shc attcmptcd to hclp us with our lcttcrs, but as
it turncd out, shc didn’t know thcm cithcr. Latcr, altcr
Kathcrinc and ! wcrc taught to rcad and writc by our
tutors, wc taught what wc had lcarncd to ¡ssic. Shc
rcsistcd at ﬁrst, tclling us it wasn’t a good usc ol hcr
timc and that our parcnts wcrcn’t paying hcr to lcarn,
thcy wcrc paying hcr to carc lor us. 8ut Kathcrinc and
! insistcd! Vc kcpt altcr hcr until shc rclcntcd. !t didn’t
sccm right to us that ¡ssic couldn’t cnjoy rcading
books as wc could. Shc was a quick study—! darcsay
shc lcarncd cvcn morc casily than Kathcrinc and ! had.
8ut thcn again, pcrhaps shc had bcttcr tcachcrs!
Vhilc wc waitcd lor ¡ssic this morning, Kathcrinc
ploppcd onto my bcd to talk about our birthday, which
was just ovcr two wccks away. Vc had had partics
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bclorc, ol coursc, but lor our twcllth birthday, Papa
was throwing us a truc birthday ball with morc gucsts
than wc could count, a lull orchcstra, and bcautilul
custommadc drcsscs to wcar. Vc had cvcn bccn tak
ing lcssons with a dancing mastcr.
Tis party was going to bc thc most spcctacular
social cvcnt ol thc scason, pcrhaps cvcn thc ycar! !n
gctting rcady lor thc ball, it was as il Papa’s cstatc,
Chatswood Manor, and all ol its inhabitants wcrc
shrugging oﬀ our sadncss about Mama and bcginning
to livc again.
“! can’t wait to waltz with somconc othcr than
Mr. Vcntworth,” Kathcrinc said.
Vc wcrc giggling and whispcring about dancing
with boys whcn wc hcard a quict knock on thc door.
“Comc in, ¡ssic,” ! callcd.
“Good morning, Lady ¡lizabcth. Good morning,
Lady Kathcrinc,” ¡ssic said, walking quickly into thc
room and smiling at us as shc did cach and cvcry morn
ing. “Vhat arc you girls giggling about:” shc askcd us
in a mockscrious voicc.
“Nothing!” Kathcrinc and ! said in unison.
“Now, !’m quitc surc ! don’t bclicvc that!” ¡ssic
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rcplicd, hcr grin widcning. “Somcthing tclls mc you
wcrc whispcring and giggling about your party! Am !
Kathcrinc and ! noddcd. “Vc’rc going ovcr thc
gucst list with Papa and Mrs. Cosgrovc altcr brcaklast
this morning,” ! addcd.
“!’vc a list ol qucstions lor you lrom Mrs. Ficlds
and Mrs. Cosgrovc,” ¡ssic rcplicd, digging through
thc pockcts ol hcr apron until shc lound a small piccc
ol papcr. “Vc can go through somc ol thcm whilc ! gct
you girls drcsscd and rcady lor thc day. 8cginning with
what kinds ol ﬂowcrs you’d likc.”
“8luc hydrangcas,” Kathcrinc said.
“Rcd roscs,” ! announccd at thc samc timc.
Tcn wc laughcd. Kathcrinc’s lavoritc color was
bluc, and minc was rcd. Òl coursc wc cach wantcd thc
ﬂowcrs to bc in our own lavoritc color.
¡ssic laughcd along with us as shc opcncd thc doors
to my armoirc. Shc was uscd to us saying oppositc
things. !t happcncd almost as oltcn as wc said cxactly
thc samc thing! ¡ssic likcd to say that shc ncvcr kncw
what to cxpcct lrom us. ! ﬁgurcd that madc us cxciting
to bc around!
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