Miss Squeenie McPimpalot (chaletian) wrote,
Miss Squeenie McPimpalot

The Parcel, 27/?

It was quite simple, Peter had explained. On leaving Switzerland, Marie had returned to Sadlers Wells and told them she was leaving. After staying with friends for a few weeks, she decided to go and see James Shawcross, the father of her baby, and find out why he had lied to her about being married. But James had been away on business, and Sylvia Shawcross had been the only one there. She had offered support to Marie, but only on the basis that Marie didn’t tell James about the baby and, in fact, made no effort to contact him at all. She had arranged somewhere for Marie to stay and had kept in touch. Marie hadn’t wanted the baby, not really; she knew it would probably ruin her dancing career, so when Sylvia said she knew a couple who were anxious to adopt, Marie agreed. The couple in question were Jocelyn and Andrew Howard: Jocelyn was Sylvia’s sister. That was how Sylvia had always been able to keep tabs on Carey. When Jocelyn Howard discovered that her adopted daughter had already been in Austria for a week looking for information about the Chalet School, she had contacted Sylvia, who had panicked and sent out Peter, only to follow herself a few days later.

“And Marie?” asked Carey quietly. “What happened?”

Peter shrugged. “Mother doesn’t know. After you were born, Marie just left. Mother didn’t find out that she’d killed herself until later.”

“How come I never saw you or your mother? If she and Mrs Howard are sisters…”

“Mother didn’t want to see you, and definitely didn’t want you to know us. Aunt J respected that.”

“Well, that’s nice. That she respected it. Really. Lovely.”

“Carey!” Ceridwen made to move forward, but Carey shook her head.

“So, they lied about the drug addicted criminal part, but were right on target with the bit where she didn’t want me.”

“Carey…” Phil reached out to touch her, but Carey jumped up from the sofa and turned on her.

“No! You lied! You said… you said she’d have wanted me. Would have loved me. But it’s not true, is it? None of it! She just wanted to get rid of me, like they always said. Everyone always lies to me!”

Blind and deaf to the protestations about her, Carey ran out, ran away. She was over a mile away before she became aware of her surroundings, and she sat down on the ground with a bump. She could feel the tears burning to get free, and gasped, trying desperately to pretend that she didn’t care, not one way or another. So Marie hadn’t loved her. So what? It was only the last week that she had thought she might. Really, she had always known the truth, so why should she make a fuss now. Only… it had been there, so close. A family. Love. Somewhere to belong. But it was all a lie, and she was back where she had always been. She banged her chest, trying to make the tears go away. It wasn’t worth it. None of it was worth it. None of it was… Suddenly, Carey became aware of footsteps, and looked up. There was something familiar about the stranger but not quite… and then she realised who she must be.

“Hello, Sylvia,” she said politely.
Tags: chalet school, fic

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