There was nothing at all patient about Patience Bradshaw. She thought her name should be 'Plain,' instead of Patience, with her straight, short dark brown hair, lightly tanned skin and freckled face. She couldn't sit still five minutes. Her pretty 16 year old sister, Kyrie had the personality of a movie star and her annoying twin brother, Spencer, she thought had the personality of a potato.
Even though she was only 11, she felt much older as she thought of the burden the children had been bearing the past six months. The childrens' parents had both died in a fatal car crash involving a tour bus and their family car. Soon after, their Aunt Veronica had phoned them and asked if they would like to come and live with her in her large penthouse in Cleveland, Ohio. They had all said, "Yes," and now they were expected to arrive in 2 weeks by train.
Miss Tisdale, their next door neighbor was also going along to make sure the children got to their destination safely. She had been looking after the children since the death of their parents. She was a plump, happy woman, who loved to spoil them. Patience was glad she was going with them.
In the year 1929, the town of Dry Cut Falls was almost a ghost town. The only time anyone was in town was after it had rained and was sunny. Nobody ever dared to come to town and risk getting caught there after Pennelope (pronounced: Pen-a-lope, not like the girls name) Road flooded. It always flooded when it rained. And because it was western Washington state, it was almost ALWAYS raining! And when it rained it poured! People would have to cover their gardens with tarp or burlap, or not have any at all, which was exactly what most people did.
Nobody exactly knew why the town was called Dry Cut Falls, when there was neither a falls, or hardly ever a dry day. All they knew was that after most of the townspeople had moved to Seattle, the logging town, their population sign had to be changed to 437 instead of 734. No one knew why they had moved, except that Jason Floalt and his 2 brothers were in need of lumberjacks, and Aaron Bemple, the mill owner, was in need of mill workers. "But why was everyone leaving? Why was Seattle so special?" the townspeople asked each other. No one knew the answer to that, not even Marilla Carlotta Florentine Jevettie, the local gypsy.
Even though it was 1929, the town hadn't really changed in the past 50 years. Older women still wore their old dresses from the 1800's.
Seattle, however, was now a large town with many stores and hotels, but one thing that Dry Cut Falls had that Seattle didn't have was this: a trolley. Yes, tiny, tiny Dry Cut Falls had a coveted trolley, the most modern method of transportation around. It was, because the Bradshaws were the only family around that had an automobile, and the only reason they had it was because they were authors of some very, very famous books.
And so, as you can see, the town of Dry Cut Falls, population 437, was not the most exciting town to live in the year 1929.
Veroinca Harris, who was 38 years old, was Kyrie, Spencer and Patience Bradshaws mother's sister, or their aunt. Soon the children would be moving in with her, even though they had never met her before.
She was tall and slim, had a rosy complexion and laughed a lot. She lived in central Cleveland, Ohio, in a fancy apartment close to the science museum. She enjoyed going out to the lake and sometimes even took a cruise on her yacht. She had many friends and loved to have dinner parties. She had one almost every Saturday night, and they lasted from 5pm to 10pm. She never stayed up late on Saturday, because she always got up early on Sunday, so she could walk down the street to St. John's Cathedral for Sunday Mass. Then she would meet some friends at the Books and More cafe, for a brunch, and book discussion. She was a rich woman, but her apartment was just large enough for her and the children and a few maids. She was happy that they were going to come live with her, and couldn't wait for them to arrive and, in anticipation, she had fixed up three rooms in the apartment just for them.
Spencer's room was dark blue with posters of Lou Gehrig, Pete Donahue, and Harry Chozen the baseball players. His bed was twin sized with a blue coverlet with baseballs embroidered on it
Kyrie's room was lavender with posters of Claudette Colbert, Marlene Dietrich, Dorothy Lamour, Carole Lombard and many more famous movie stars. The bed was queen sized and had a white coverlet that had embroidered purple flowers all over it.
Patience's room was light pink with pictures of cats and horses, and other animals. The bed was also queen sized and had a white canopy that she could pull shut at nightime.
Veronica was sure the children would like their rooms. She had recived a letter from Miss Tisdale, telling her all about their likes and dislikes. She was also sure they would love to go out to the lake on her yacht, which she had also prepared for them.
She knew they would like her, the city and the nice little home she had prepared for them.
The kids would be traveling to Aunt Veronicas mainly by train. They would have to ride a wagon to the nearest train depot, which was 10 miles away in Seattle. 10 miles was such a long way! Especialy by wagon. It would also be muddy, so it might take at least 2 hours. And, if by chance it should rain, it would take them a whole day! In the wagon there would be hay, so if it did, they could hide underneath that to keep a little dryer. They could also, if it was sunny, play in the hay to pass the time. That was a good thing.
The train they were taking was called, "The Tycoon," and because of that, train robbers seemed to rob it quite a bit. The kids didn't know that.
The train was elegant and had red velvet fabric, and between some seats, there was even a table! There were some bedrooms in a different car, and they had reserved 2. One for Spencer and Miss Tisdale and one for Kyrie and Patience (who they called Pat for short). They were a nice size for 2 people, and were quite comfortable. They were all excited to go on a train for the first time in their lives! Too bad they didn't know about all the robberies...
After Pat finally fell asleep, she dreamed of traveling in a fancy car to Cleveland.
The car had a trunk big enough for all of them to sleep in! She couldn't believe when they all comfortabley fit into the trunk. There were exactly four beds, and exacly four fridges, filled to the brim with each of there favorite foods. Pats' was filled with crispy fried bacon (somehow it was still warm, even though it was in a fridge), hamburgers, spicy chicken sandwiches topped with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Kyries was filled with petite fors,chocolate(not hersheys,she hates hersheys)and pop. Miss Tisdales was filled with pickles, cucumbers, and melons, while Spencers was filled with every kind of cany imaginable. Oh yes, there were also some french fries.
There was also a bathroom, complete with a shower, and Kyries favorite scent of lemon soap.
In the car was a kitchen, though she wasn't quite sure why they needed one after those fridges full of food...