The semester was over and everyone was on holidays, probably partying, waking up late, eating junk food and spending too little time at home. But that wasn’t Sam’s case. That morning, like pretty much every morning, she woke up at eight, had a healthy breakfast of toasts, fruits, orange juice, tea and cheese, along with her parents. Sam took a shower, got dressed in some casual outfit, jeans, oxford shoes and a white buttoned up shirt. When she went downstairs and saw her mom baking an apple pie and her dad reading the morning paper while smoking his pipe, it was like a postal from the 50’s. She told her mum since it was such a lovely day, she’d spend it at the park reading her favourite book, Sense and Sensibility. Her mum of course prepared her a sandwich and some strawberries for lunch and packed her purse with it, then kissed her on the cheek and told her to be safe. Sam walked smiling at the birds without bumping into anyone familiar, she arrived at the park and sat on a bench alone, took out her book and let herself walk the streets along Miss Dashwood, while eating a strawberry from time to time. She was so immersed in the book she didn’t notice the person sitting next to her.
With school over, Char didn’t have much to do. She hung out with people from time to time, not really staying out as late as she had expected since she had done so back in New York…when she wasn’t ditched. What Char did do though was her usual morning ritual. Wake up, check her phone for any texts, make her way downstairs, kiss her mother on the cheek, eat breakfast, get changed and washed up before leaving for a morning jog in the park. Pulling her hair back and putting her hair up into a ponytail, she slipped on her New Balance running shoes before leaving the house. Breathing in and then exhaling, Char began to jog her way over to the park. By the time she had made it to the park, she was beginning to get tired. Making it only halfway through the park, she decided that she would take a small break which she hardly did. Breathing heavily, she sat down on the park bench which was also occupied by a young girl reading a book. Controlling her breathing, she read the title of the girl’s book. Sense and Sensibility. Raising an eyebrow now, Char looked at the girl behind the books from the corner of her eyes. Cute, she thought before taking a deep breath and adjusting her body so it face the girl. “Sense and Sensibility.” She says, smiling tiredly. “I love that book.”
Sam heard a voice, a girl’s voice, took couple of seconds before reacting to it. She looked at her and smiled “Sense and Sensibility. I love that book.” the girl said, it was a blond young woman in a sport attire, and a tired face, probably just came for a run or something “It’s lovely isn’t it? I love Jane Austen” Sam replied, it was hard to find someone her age that enjoys reading period novels, besides from her old school mates, actually it was hard to find someone who likes to read at all. She put the book down and picked up the strawberry bowl “Do you fancy one? the’re really sweet” she asked politely, the girl seemed to need something to freshen up after the long run.
“It’s lovely isn’t it? I love Jane Austen.” The girl said to her, smiling. Char returned the girl’s warm smile. Whoever this girl was, she was a cutie. She had light brown hair which was in a pixie cut, a bit of freckles and a nice body. “It’s wonderful. I haven’t met a lot of people who enjoy Jane Austen or just reading in general.” Char says to the girl, leaning against the bench, propping one of her arms up on to the back of it. The girl, whoever she was, also had a bowl of strawberries with her which she picked up right as Char spotted them. “Do you fancy one? the’re really sweet.” The girl asked holding up the bowl of fruits to her. Shrugging, Char took two fingers and picked out which looked like the best out of the bunch. “Thank you.” She says before taking a bite out of it. She was right, they were sweet. Once Char swallowed,she looked at the girl. “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name. I’m Charlotte.”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name. I’m Charlotte.” the girl said after she finished the strawberry, “Well, nice to meet you Charlotte, i’m Sam” she replied extending her hand to proper introduce herself with a warm smile “When did people stop reading? it’s nonsense! It gives me such joy” Sam told her, with tv and internet people neglected books, which was sad because there were so many wonderful stories and tales it was frustrating having no time to read them all, not even a lifestime would be enough, so many authors, genres. “I almost feel i have no time to read them all, so many to choose from. Sorry i’m being such a nerd” Sam said blushing a bit after she realised what she just said.
“Well, nice to meet you Charlotte, I’m Sam” The girl (or now, Sam) said as she extended her hand with a warm smile on her face. Taking hold of the girl’s hand, she shakes it returning the girls smile. “Pleasure is all mine, Sam.” She tells the girl acting slightly flirtatious with Sam now. Letting go of the girl’s hand, Char leans her head in her hand as she listen to Sam. “It really is such a shame. You know, people are so into social media now and not so much giving time for literature. I mean, I do it too but I at least try to make some time.” Char says, shrugging. No one really knew that Char read so much, not even back in New York because she knew that no one would really understand. That was until she met Sam, who was young and intelligent enough to hold a real discussion. “I almost feel I have no time to read them all, so many to choose from. Sorry I’m being such a nerd.” Sam tells her before blushing which causes Char to laugh. “No, no, it’s alright. Perfectly fine, I understand.” She shakes her head, chuckling. “So, are you new here in Bristol…or old? I’m new so I don’t really know everyone yet.”
“So, are you new here in Bristol…or old? I’m new so I don’t really know everyone yet.” Char asked, the girl had a foreign accent, American she could swear “Oh no, i’ve lived here my entire life, but i’m not an outdoor kind of girl, i have always too much to study and somehow i find it better to stay in than to go out, it’s silly i know, but my friends back in college where the same..You’re not from here, are you? American, if my guess is correct?” Sam wasn’t used to meeting new people randomly like this, she was either always at home or at the library, doing some reading, she used to take ballet classes but she had to quit in third year when the homework was too much, apart from college she had French and piano lessons, she was missing drawing classes and she could fit perfectly in one of Mr Darcy’s balls, and be able to find a suitable husband in no time. But this wasn’t the eighteen century and her hopes and wishes of finding a husband were as close as finding the philosopher stone.
Raising her eyebrows, Char listens to Sam as the girl begins to answer her question. “Oh no, i’ve lived here my entire life, but i’m not an outdoor kind of girl, i have always too much to study and somehow i find it better to stay in than to go out, it’s silly i know, but my friends back in college where the same..You’re not from here, are you? American, if my guess is correct?” The girl says, a little nervously, Char can sense. It was obvious that Sam wasn’t used to doing stuff like this. A random person coming up to you and making a conversation, probably going to turn out to be friends..or more, if Sam leaned the way she hoped. “You’re not an outdoor girl? Well, no offense, you don’t look like one either.” She pauses for a moment. “How come you’re not an outdoor girl, I mean…well, yeah..” Char says, suddenly turning awkward as she rubs the back of her neck with her hand. A few moments of silence passed between the brunette and the blonde before Char spoke up again. “Oh, yeah - I’m American.” She says, grinning. “You’ve guessed correctly, I’d offer you a prize but I have nothing on me right now, sadly. Oh! Hey, you want to go for a drink as a prize? It’s early but…whatever.”
“You’ve guessed correctly, I’d offer you a prize but I have nothing on me right now, sadly. Oh! Hey, you want to go for a drink as a prize? It’s early but…whatever.” Charlotte said, she wasn’t the drink type either “Oh well i don’s actually..drink but i wouldn’t refuse a cup of tea and maybe cake?” she said smiling, what time was it anyway, past noon perhaps? Sam didn’t even drink wine, she was on the healthy conservative side. No alcohol, no drugs, no smoking. Tea and coffee was more her preference, yeah, a nice hot cup of earl gray and a tasty apple crumble, maybe with a bit of cream if she was feeling wild. Sam put everything away and got up smiling again at the girl, Sam was really friendly and always thought the best of everyone, even if she wasn’t really the one that talks to strangers in the park, or nowhere for that matter, it was just a girl, what harm could she do? and besides, she needed more people in her life anyways.
“Oh well I don’t actually..drink but I wouldn’t refuse a cup of tea and maybe cake?” Sam had suggested to her instead of drinking, since well, the girl didn’t drink. Char thought she didn’t either but her suggestion of it was worth a shot, wasn’t it? Shrugging her shoulder, she smiled at Sam. “Sure, tea and cake sound just as good.” She says, giving a curt nod. Charlotte hardly ever drank tea, she was more a coffee girl since that was what she usually had at Starbucks back in New York. Everyone drank Starbucks there, no matter how much one preferred something else. But she also had nothing against tea, she just hardly ever ordered or made it. Watching as Sam put everything away, Char stood up once the girl looked ready to leave. “Ready?” She asks, raising an eyebrow with a small smile on her face. Once she was, she and Sam began their walk out of the park and towards the local cafe.
It didn’t take long for the girl’s to arrive at the cafe. Opening the door for Sam, the two walked in, one behind the other and hovered at the door for a moment before Char took Sam by the hand, lightly, and led her over to a table for two near the window. There were waitresses and waiters going around delivering food and taking orders from the people that were here. “Uh, so, I’m guessing you know more about tea than I do.” She says, picking up the small menu. “So, tell me, what’s good?”
Their walk to the cafe wasn’t long, they talked and giggled, when they got there Char opened the door for Sam and sat in a little table next to the window, Sam picked up the menu, looked at it for a minute and then said “I’m a fan of earl gray, i take it with milk but you can order something else if you don’t fancy it” answering Char’s question, tea was a big thing in the United Kingdom, not much in America perhaps, the waitress finally came and she ordered an earl Gray with milk and a piece of apple pie, Char finally decided on a chocolate coffee and a muffin, five minutes later the lady came with their order. The tea smelled really nice “See, smell this, isn’t it lovely?” Sam said suggesting Char to smell the tea since she didn’t know it, “Tea is a big thing in England, i take at least three times a day, to say the least, you’ll get used to it” Sam giggled “How long have you been here for?” It was nice, getting to know another culture, she didn’t leave the country much except for France and visiting family in Scotland, she smiled thinking finally she could have a friend to share things with.
Char flipped through the little menu, unsure what half of the things on the menu were except for Green Tea and a few others. Looking up at Sam who was staring at the menu, obviously she understood what everything was. “I’m a fan of earl gray, i take it with milk but you can order something else if you don’t fancy it” Nodding her head, Char looked back again at the menu. “What to order, what to order…” She mutters under her breath as her eyes scan the entire menu about what seems to be a million times now. But when the waitress came over, notepad in hand with a giant smile on her face, Char quickly scanned one more time before finally settling on something. She let Sam order first and of course the girl ordered what she had previously told her which was Earl Gray with milk along with a piece of apple pie. “And for you, love?” The waitress asked holding the notepad up to the pen as she turned to Char. “Oh, uh,” Turning back to the menu for a moment, Char looks at the waitress. “I’ll just have a chocolate coffee and a just a banana nut muffin.” She smiles at the waitress before the lady nods her head and walks off to prepare their orders.
It didn’t even take five minutes for the waitress to be gone but she was back with two small plates which held the girl’s drink in a small cup and their dessert. “See, smell this, isn’t it lovely?” Sam said suggesting Char to smell the tea since she didn’t know it. Nodding her head, Char had to agree with Sam that it did smell lovely. “Tea is a big thing in England, i take at least three times a day, to say the least, you’ll get used to it.” Sam giggled “How long have you been here for?” Taking a sip of her coffee as she thinks back to when she arrived. “Uh, well, I think I arrived just a little over a month ago?” She says, before ripping off a piece of her muffin and putting it in her mouth. After chewing and swallowing it, she looks at Sam. “And you? How long have you been in Bristol for?”
“And you? How long have you been in Bristol for?” Char asked, Sam left her mug before answering “I’ve lived here my whole life, almost never leave it, i’m not the going out kind of girl, always had things to do, being too busy being busy” she laughed, always attending private schools which were for her parents the best education and never had time to actually live her life aside from books and other extracurricular appointments, Sam thought her life was too easy, conventional and dull, she never talked about herself because she kept believing she had nothing fun or exciting to tell and people would get bored easily “Why did you come here? I’ve heard New York is quite exciting!” Broadway was a dream and she didn’t understand why people would leave a place where you can do anything you want.
Mentally hitting herself upside the head, Char remembered she had already asked Sam that when they had met at the park. “Right, right. I forgot, you had told me earlier, sorry.” Taking another sip of her chocolate coffee, Char then looked up at Sam. “You’re always busy? So, you like…never or hardly get out?” She asks, raising an eyebrow as she rips out another piece of her muffin and pops it in her mouth. “Why did you come here? I’ve heard New York is quite exciting!” Clearing her throat, Char looked out the window. She never really talked to anyone about why she came to Bristol. No one even bothered to ask. “I..my mom wanted a fresh start here, so I hoped along for the ride.” She says, putting on a smile. “Oh, New York is exciting, trust me. That’s where I moved here from. I loved it there for the most part.” Char grins, remembering all the good times she had back home in New York before her pregnancy, the ridicule, and the baby being born and put up for adoption. “What school do you attend?” She asks, changing the subject on Sam. “Do you go to Roundview or…?”
Char asked her if she was really that indorsy and Sam couldn’t stop herself from blushing and feeling lame for not being like the other kids “Do you go to Roundview or…?” Char asked a moment later, “Yeah i’m in med school, is not the funniest thing in the world but it’s sort of a tradition in the family..you know, dad’s a doctor, my grandfather was a doctor and so on” She explained why she took a bite at that fabulous apple pie. It was nice having a girl she could be mates with, even if she felt a bit bad about being so quiet. “How about you, what are your plans? Are you studying? Working?” Sam wanted to know, the girl was lovely and her accent was nice as the apple pie she was so happily eating.
Amelia enjoyed a nice quiet breakfast with her parents, nothing but the sound of crunching bacon and freshly made eggs. Toast and jam is always a must for breakfast, and a warm cup of tea. She was getting an early start this morning, it was off to the College, she needed to start planning her future, apps for Uni and such. It would be a long day, that’s why breakfast was very important to her this morning. Once breakfast was finished, she excused herself upstairs to take a shower, the soapy water ran down her back, and she reached her hand from the curtain and wrapped the towel around her. Threw on a flowy skirt and blouse she found hung in her closet, something comfortable, and she was ready to leave out the door. Just remembered to grab her purse and comb her hair, and she was on the move. College wasn’t far so she decided it’d be best to walk, she could use the fresh air anyway, it would be good for her. After only a short walk, she found the College and walked across the green through the front doors. The advisement office was just up the stairs, according to the sign, and up the stairs she went. Around the corner there it was so she walked right in to notice a few other people waiting, she took a seat in the empty chair.
That morning was like any another morning, had tea for breakfast, took a shower, got dressed and listen to her mum say her morning speech about the news and how awful were kids these days, she smiled like she always did and left the house listening to music. The sun was blue but that didn’t meant there could be a storm five minutes later. Sam had to go to College to pick up some grades, get some paper signed and stuff. She walked as always, Sam wasn’t a fan of public transportation unless there was no other way around, she had a bike but she only used it on the weekends for some reason. After good fifteen minutes she got there and did everything she had to do in less that thirty minutes, it helps when professors know you and like you. She finally decided she was finally going to go to the library and carry on with the book she got the other day, on her way there she saw a girl waiting for someone, she had bright red hair and seemed a bit lost, Sam had an uncontrollable need to help people, another reason she was so sure to get into med school at first. “Oh i’m sorry do you need help?” she asked smiling at the girl and glancing at the closed door, sitting next to her.
Five minutes past by, might as well have been forever, the room was filled with silence. Crowded rooms make Amelia nervous, it goes back to the days where she was a loner without many friends, she ruffled through her papers to avoid awkward eye contact with anyone. It was then when a beautiful brunette approached her, she seemed alright, normal. “Oh i’m sorry do you need help?” She looked up at the girl. “No, just waiting for a adviser to meet with me, plan for Uni and such.” Amelia eyed the the girl next to her, perfectly beautiful, with a short hair style, very chic. “Amelia. What’s your name?” she thought she would introduce herself with a handshake, be friendly, the way strangers do it. “What are you doing at College during summer holiday?” she asked curiously. Might as well start a little small talk while she waits, looked like it was going to be awhile.
The waiting room was crowded but even with those people there no one talked, it was quiet, the girl introduced herself and they shook hands, “Sam, Cheers” she said smiling, “What are you doing at College during summer holiday?” Amelia asked, probably just making conversation “I just came to pick up some grades, get some papers signed, you know” Sam explained, “Have you decided what are you going to study here?” She asked her, well that was stupid, of course she had why else would she be there, but then again Sam wasn’t the outgoing girl with tons of friends, she was more on the quiet side. She lived pleasing her parents and always doing what she was told, school, bed time, everything. Even if she was all grown up it was still hard to say no to them, she secretly wished to leave everything and follow her true dreams instead of her dad’s but that was as close of happening as Mr Darcy coming out of her bathroom.
“What are you doing at College during summer holiday?” Amelia nodded her head. “Have you decided what are you going to study here?” she thought a moment before answering the question. “Thinking of a double major in Philosophy and History, just to be certain I thought i’d talk to an adviser. Didn’t realize there’d be such a wait.” she grinned and looked back at the girl and asked the same question back at her, just to keep the conversation going. “What about you, what are you thinking of majoring in?” Since Amelia has been in Bristol, she hadn’t made any girl friends, it was time for a change, new city, new life. Sam could be a possible mate, she thought, if they had many things in common of course.
“What about you, what are you thinking of majoring in?”“What about you, what are you thinking of majoring in?” she asked, Sam smiled and replied after a bit “History is brilliant, i had it in mind for a while, I’m in Medicine though, kind of a family legacy, you know” explained rolling her eyes, she was in second year and though she wanted to just drop everything and do something she really liked, it felt like it would be a waist of time and effort, was it really worth it, lose all that she had accomplished in that long, just for a dream, a somehow whim? but then again, one should follow their dreams despite of the consequences and what others may say, Sam just wasn’t ready to commit to her cause, she needed something, a sign perhaps to show her that she should really drop everything and do something for herself, for a chance.
ooc: i’m not really that similar to her, i’m much more similar to Emma to be honest, but i do love to read too and old times.