Mrs. Helen Deville
Disheartened but not in the slightest angry at Valerie, Helen release the dish rag as the young woman took care of the mess. "Thank you sweetheart..." Helen cooed, as she watched Valerie so eagerly go around the kitchen and around the house to make the finalizing touches. Helen was reminded of her own past- her eagerness for each school year, bringing fresh young youth through the door. Eventually she found herself outside as well, settling down in a large adirondack chair in the shade. The traditional jazz was just the right amount of rhythm. Helen slowly began to doze off, her day just starting but already needing a quick rest.
From the basement Jack watched his precious Valerie dance. Her elongated legs so free, a smile adoring her face as she looked so carefree and happy. Jack adored Valerie, she was so kind and thoughtful bringing delicious meals and sometimes even taking his side against Mama. He breathed heavily against the window, fogging up the glass as he watched intently from the cut holes of his homemade rabbit mask. Someday they would be happily dancing together, but for now he had to just watch from afar. Someday.
There was something about being old that put you on a very thin line of sleeping so heavily that the house could be robbed under your nose, or quite the opposite and the sound of the front steps creaking under the weight of a visitor shot Helen's eyes open. Her throat was a little raspy from the snores that were trumpeting from her. Knocks could be heard as Helen hurried to her feet as fast as her body could manage. "Just a moment!" she called out, steadying herself on any banister and furniture she could get her hands on. Opening the door, she looked to the few students who had gathered in the yard and on the overly large front porch.
A genuine smile spread across her lips as she looked from face to face. "I am so happy y'all decided to come.. Please, please come in!" she scuttled out of the door way as she propped open the entry way. Valerie had taken care of the place with the utmost care though the place had surely aged since all the students had attending. Mysterious stains could be seen on the ceiling, but would be assumed to be from water damage from the heavy rains the area often got.
"Valerie is out back, we should join her. Drop your bags in the living room and we will show you your rooms later." Helen continued as the group began to file in, Helen had gotten a shot of energy from seeing how many people had actually agreed to show up and really came through with their promises.
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