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#1: Reactions. Short and Complete Author: brieLocation: Glasgow, aka the land of boredom PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:33 am
Having read the thred on drabble series that is currently in The Suggestions Box I thought I would enclose a brief synopsis of what has so far happened: Basically my series so far covers the lifes of Ruey Richardson, Ted Grantley, David Russell, and Rix Bettany. My first drabble The University Years, covered Ruey's first term at Uni, and showed the different lifestyle she encountered compared to that of the Platz. A light Cast in Shade follows on from this and focuses mainly on Ted Grantley and Rix Bettany's lifes and the problems they face.

You are cordially invited to the marriage of

Richard Bettany and Theodora Grantley
* * *

My dearest Theodora,

Your news is indeed wonderful, or rather it would be if you were in fact telling the truth. Perhaps you are looking at this letter aghast just now, wondering what your beloved Mother means? But surely you cannot expect me to forget the heartbreak you caused me after your previous liaison with a young doctor. Forgive me for not being able to believe that this man means any more to you than poor, poor Peter Jones.

I tried my hardest when I raised you Theodora, but I was always fighting a losing battle wasn't I? It is hard for me to accept that this callous, heartless woman from whom I received this letter is a daughter of mine, and if you have any love left within you. You will understand why I shall be going abroad visiting your brothers, at the time of your nuptials, should they in fact occur.

Yours faithfully,
Your dear Mother.

* * *

Theodora Grantley!

The Jerk? You and the Jerk?!? Oh congratulations! I couldn't tell you of course since you would insist on hating him, but I did hope you would get together. But married!! I just can't quite believe it. Oh if only I was in the country just now! All I want is to hear all about it, and I don't care how busy you are, with all these MARRIAGE arrangements. You had better send me a long screed telling me HOW exactly this all happened.

Wait! This isn't a joke is it? It is true, right? You wouldn't be so cruel to your dear old friend would you? And of course I will come back for the wedding, as if I would miss it for the world! Just so long as the dresses aren't like those meringues of Len's!

You and the Jerk... this will take some getting used to. I expect I shall have to stop calling him the Jerk... Oh dear. What if I slip up and call him that to his face?? What if I call him that at the wedding???? Oh dear...

Lots and lots of love,


* * *


As ever you continue to shock me! I'm moved out for one tiny week, and you propose? However I am impressed, I for one was never aware that you intended on hanging up bachelorhood. However having met Ted I can see the allure.

Of course I shall be at the wedding man, but please tell me is the only reason I am to be best man to make sure you don't run amok at your Stag night?


* * *

Dear Ted and Rix,

I've never been a bridesmaid before! Thank you so much for asking me, this is so exciting. Congratulations, I'm so happy for both of you, and you have both done so much to help me that if you ever want anything you must never hesitate to ask. But now I have to think of a present to get you! Any hints? Or is that asking too much?

I'm sorry you two but I can't invite Rob as my guest. How would that look? Anyway he doesn't like me, so I wish you two would stop trying to set us up. Why is EVERYONE under the impression that he likes me. We are friends, that is all! Don't you think if he did like me, he would have asked me by now?

Anyway, I don't think I can say Congratulations enough, but I am so glad you are getting married. You both really deserve that happiness.


* * *

My dearest Ted,

I am so pleased to find you so happy at last. It is no more than you deserve and all I can really say is Congratulations. I can't wait to meet him, I shall be nice to him don't worry, for I have great faith in you, but you can't expect me to ever think any man is good enough for you.

You two must come down before the wedding and have tea, and we will discuss all the wedding plans, and I shall get to know him and everything. Your letter has left me much more happy than I expect you realise but I want you to know if you ever have any troubles you must come to me, for I cannot help but think of you as a daughter Ted.

Yours with love,
Aunt Mae*

[*Mae Carthew]

* * *

Once again Ted smoothed down her pale pink linen skirt. It was longer than what she normally wore but it felt more appropriate for this somehow. She was feeling rather apprehensive as she walked up the rather overgrown path, but with Rix at her side she tried to remain calm. It seemed at this moment rather unfair that she had to go through with this but Rix didn't. A small voice in her head pointed out that she would probably be feeling worse if she had to be there when her Mother and Rix met.

She glanced sideways at Rix, but he seemed unconcerned, with the occasion fluting whistle escaping his lips.

Above them the doors of the Quadrant swung open to reveal a tall, fair but balding man, and a slight woman with dark hair, and mischievous blue eyes set in an otherwise pale face.

The woman ran forward hugging Rix tight, before kissing him. “Oh Rix, my baby, I'm so glad to see you.”

Then she turned to Ted, who to her utter surprise found herself being hugged just as tightly.

“You must be Ted, I am so excited to finally meet you. Photo's just aren't the same, are they? Dick come here, and greet our newest daughter!”

Dick ambled down the steps shaking his sons hand, although this soon turned into a hug, before coming to Ted.

“Well Miss Grantley, I am Dick, and this is my wife Mollie. Do come in. We have all been so looking forward to meeting you.”

As Ted climbed the stairs, with Rix on one side and Mollie Bettany on the other, and with Dick ahead, she couldn't help but smile.

Then she went through the big doors and entered into the family she had never had.

The End

#2:  Author: Alison HLocation: Manchester PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:58 am
Aww ... Dick and Mollie are lovely.

#3:  Author: MonaLocation: Hertfordshire PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:09 am
That's lovely brie, thank you!

#4:  Author: kerenLocation: Israel PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:47 pm
oh thats lovely,
now maybe her mother can just have a fatal accident when visining her brothers!

#5:  Author: JennieLocation: Cambridgeshire PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:07 pm
The real surprise there is that no-one has murdered Ted's mother yet.

#6:  Author: LesleyLocation: Allhallows, Kent PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:24 pm
So pleased for Ted the only one that was nasty is someone Ted doesn't want to know anyway. Pleased Miss Carthew (as was) was so supportive.

Thanks brie.

#7:  Author: La Petite EmLocation: Cheltenham PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:18 pm
I always wish that we had met Dick and Mollie properly in the books, they always seemed so fun. Thank-you Brie, that was lovely! Very Happy

#8:  Author: RobLocation: Currently in a rainstorm PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:15 pm
Dick and Mollie are lovely aren't they. Thanks Brie!

I wish Ted's brothers would write to their mother and tell her that they can't have her to visit because they will be at Ted's wedding!!

#9:  Author: Cath V-PLocation: Newcastle NSW PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:12 pm
Thank you Brie - that was such a lovely welcome from Dick and Mollie.

I loved the 'photos just aren't the same' echo from the Tyrol books.

#10:  Author: FatimaLocation: Sunny Qatar PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:51 am
I'm so glad that Mollie and Dick were welcoming to Ted. And Ted's mother is something else!

Thanks Brie.

#11:  Author: leahbelleLocation: Kilmarnock PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:13 pm
Lovely! Thank you, brie. I've really enjoyed the Ted drabbles.

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