jackie and the girls.
| "you gave us a scare, maya!" sophie exclaimed as jessica and maya reached the shore. " do you not swim as well as the others?. "
" it's not that," said maya. " it's the sea.. it's rather rough today. it makes it difficult to stay a float, you know?."
" i understand," sophie nodded. " now we've got that sorted, anyone for another ride on the boat?. "
sean, obviously not put offf by what happened just now, agreed. him and sophie went for 1 last ride on the boat while jessica and maya relaxed on the shore. it was a warm day, and they could feel the sun beating down on them. it was lovely.
when sophie and sean returned, they found jessica almost asleep and maya lying on the sand.
" come on, girls, " sophie said. " their's a lot to do. we need to go and get the kids from school, then, find something for dinner. "
the african school was not really a school, at all. it wasn't even that big. it consisted of a single room, about the size of a small tent. sitting on the floor around the tent, were all the children and at the front, a teacher was talking to them.
" gosh, they are so diffrent to our schools. " jessica said. " i'm glad that i don't have to study in such a small room. "
" it's amazing," maya said. " just think of all those children piled in to such a small room. "
" it must be hard for them, " aded shaun. " such limited resources."
soon, the 3 children, ann, jackie, and savanna, came dashing out of the school towards sophie.
" i want you to meet my 3 friends, this is sean, this is maya, and this is jessica. they are interested in our culture, and are staying here for a few weeks. i've lots planned for them, so they won't bother you too much. anyway, you'll be at school during the day. "
" do they have beds?", the middle child, ann, asked.
" they've chosen their rooms. don't worry, they are very nice and polite. "
jackie stuck her tung out, as if to say.. and since when were visitors polite?
" let's go home," said sophie. " i'm sure our friends are hungry, you know they've just flown 13 hours to get here. "
" i don't care if they had to swim in a river full of sharks," jackie stated. " make them leave. "
nothing was said on the way home. the silence was awkward.
the children themselves, were actually very smart.
jackie, the eldest, had lovely clothes. it made maya envious. the most attractive thing about ann, was her beautiful smile that she constantly wore. and as for savanna, well, her eyes said it all. brite blue and full of wonder and curiosity.
" we're home," said sophie. " everyone inside, i'll get the dinner on."
sophie's house, was indeed, a nice house. okay, so it wasn't up to the standards of royalty, but she got by.
the first level contained a small kitchen, an observation deck/ chill out area, and a tiny bathroom big enough for only 1 person at a time.
the second level was where the bedrooms were. they were small, with a bed in the centre, a little wooden wardrobe, and a tiny window that opened up on to the african landscape.
" it's perfict," jessica sighed with contentment as she sat on her bed. " this is going to be 1 good adventure. "
" i wonder if we'll get to see much of the towns?" said maya. " you know, the actual reality of living in africa?. "
" sure, " said jessica. " sophie seems to know what she's doing, and i for 1, am glad to be here in this nice house with all my friends, and sophie, and her children. "
" me too, " said maya. "
the sun streamed in to the big red room. sean, tired from his boating adventure, was lying on his bed looking out at the landscape. he had so many questions for sophie. their was so much he wanted to know about africa, that he just didn't know where to begin.
"dinner!" called sophie from the kitchen.
eager to see what sort of food she had on offer, they rushed in to the kitchen to sit down.
the room was warm, and very light. jackie, anne, and savanna, were sitting around the table, too. each of them had a plate of delicious looking pasta in front of them.
" help yourself," sophie said. " i made plenty. i know how hungry you must be. "
2 hours later, they all finnished dinner. all the pasta had been cleared, in fact sophie had to make another batch just for jessica, who was the hungriest out of all of them.
" i suppose we should go up to bed," said jessica. she turned to the others. " i'm not sure about all of you, but i'm going to explode i ate so much!"
" well eat less, then, piggy. " growled jackie.
sophie scowled. " jackie, be nice. you can do that can't you?. i'll even buy you that skateboard you wanted. "
" fine, " said jackie. " but don't get used to it. "
turning to jessica, sophie continued. " sorry about jackie. that girl's so spoilt and thinks she runs the place. but she's nice once you get to know her, if you can get in to her circle of friends. now, do you fancy a tour of the surrounding grounds?"
their were yawns from all sides of the table.
" we should settle in for the night, actually. " a weary maya just managed to say.
" i think it's best, you have had a long day. sleep, and tomorrow we'll learn more about africa. you can ask me what ever you want. "
with that, the table was cleared, and the beds occupied.
silence filled the small house. no one even spoke, as soon as their heads touched the pillow, they were gone.
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