#1: A Tale of Two Jo's
Author: Secret Santa, Location: The North PolePosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007
10:23 am — I apologies for not
sending you much this Advent Fiona, but I have been very busy. I hope this will
make up for it.
Also, Mods, apologies for spreeing but I wasn't sure if
there was a limit to the length of posts.
Joey Bettany lay
on the sofa tucked up in a rug. It was almost Christmas and she had caught yet
another cold, causing her to cough at the slightest movement. She had been
hoping to make her Forms Netball Team at the High School this year, but this
beastly cold had put paid to that. And so she lay gloomily staring out of window
at the miserable Devonshire Weather, wishing that she could be somewhere else.
Her quick ears caught the sound of footsteps on the landing, seconds
before the door opened to reveal her older sister, Madge.
“How are you
Joey snorted in disgust, setting off another coughing
fit, which was only abated after Madge had poured her a glass of juice and sat
rubbing her small sister’s back whilst Joey sipped at the drink.
old thing.” Joey murmured, raising apologetic eyes to her sisters. “But this
weather just makes me feel all wrong. It’s nearly Christmas, I can’t help
feeling there should be snow, not this everlasting rain.”
baby.” Madge replied with a sigh, “It’s been a hard year, and next year may be
even harder.” her thoughts going to their ill guardian. “But we’ll manage
“Will we, Madgie Machree?” Joey asked, hope glinting in her
“We will.” Madge asserted, “And now it’s time for your medicine.”
Joey pulled a face. “Oh, must I? It’s a horrible flavour.”
means it’s doing you good.” Madge replied with a little smile. “Then you can try
to have a little nap.”
“I’d rather read…?” pleaded Joey.
for a quarter-of-an-hour.” Madge agreed. “But then I’m coming up to put the
“Okay Mother, I’ll be good.” Joey responded slangily before
downing the medicine, curling up tighter underneath the rug and burying her face
deeper into her book, but the words blurred before her eyes, and the book
slipped from her grasp before she realised.
Jo was pelting
along the lane, late as usual. Marmee had been at the Soldiers Hospital all day
and would be home soon, but Jo wanted to make sure that the surprise that she
had planned with her three sisters was ready for when their Mother arrived.
“But that wretched Aunt March had to lecture me about my hair.” she
muttered to herself as she sped down the lane.
It really was unfair
being lectured so, she thought. It wasn’t her fault that Polly had decided that
he would perch on top of one the standard lamps, and then refuse to come down.
So that Jo had had to stand on a chair to try and rescue him, and then, just as
she was about to grab him, he had flown off, upsetting Jo who had come down with
“And I so wanted to work some more on my Book.” she exhaled
rebelliously as she wrenched the door open, threw off her wrap, and ran to
collect her knitting. If only she could get the book published, then maybe they
could have presents for Christmas like they used to….
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#2: Author: Secret
Santa, Location: The North PolePosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007
10:24 am — Joey was
cold, and little wonder, she thought as she gazed round on the snow that
So astounded was she by the landscape, that she didn’t
notice that she was not coughing, which was a wonder for, as Joey had once
ruefully remarked, “I only have to look at a picture of a polar bear, and I
“Well, I’ll be gumswizzled!” she exclaimed as she realised.
Just at that moment, she noticed a small chalet in the distance. “Oh,
how topping, it’s just like the ones at the Tiernsee.” she murmured, as she ran
up to the building which had brought back fond memories of a distant family
holiday. “But it seems to be empty.” as she peered in the windows. “I wonder if
there’s anyone in one of the other rooms.”
For Joey, to think was to
act, and so she impetuously pushed open the door. A thorough investigation
revealed that no-one was there, but as she had nothing to do, or no-where to go.
She sat down at the table, feeling that she waiting for something, but unsure as
“Good night, My Beth.” Jo replied to her sisters words. It had been a
busy day since Jo had returned home. Although they had decided not to have
presents for Christmas this year. The March girls had decided that they would
still decorate the house, and so Jo had been cutting holly and mistletoe from
the garden (with little regard to her dress, which she had later had to mend)
and then perching on chairs to fix it around the doorways.
effort had been worth it when Marmee had arrived home. She had exclaimed with
delight over the greenery, and over the jolly coloured fabrics (the girls old
party sashes) which Amy had so artfully draped around the room. Meg and Beth had
contributed by mending some small rents in the cushion covers and by giving the
parlour an extra thorough cleaning.
“Oh, I am so lucky to have such
wonderful girls!” She exclaimed, and then, looking round at their hopeful faces.
“I’m sorry, but there is no letter from Father today. But I have hopes that one
will arrive tomorrow.” And with that they have to be satisfied.
thought Jo later, as she lay abed. I do hope that he’s alright.
#3: Author: Secret
Santa, Location: The North PolePosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007
10:24 am — Joey was
startled from her reverie by the sudden realisation that there was a tall,
chestnut-haired girl sitting opposite her.
“Hullo!” she exclaimed. “Who
are you? And where did you spring from?”
Jo raised her eyebrows,
although she was as boyish as she could get away with, she could be extremely
haughty when she chose, and she chose now, in the face of what seemed like
impertinence from a little girl.
“I am Miss Josephine Mary March, and
kindly address me with resp…”
She wasn’t allowed to finish, as Joey
burst in - “Oh, but I’m a Josephine Mary as well. Josephine Mary Bettany. That’s
a rum coincidence.”
Joey’s obvious friendliness broke down the haughty
Miss March’s barriers, and soon they were chattering like old friends,
discussing their mutual love of books, and their ambitions in the way of
writing. Eventually though, even these fascinating subjects were exhausted, and
they sat silently.
The door suddenly blew open, and though no-one
entered, the blast of wintry air set Joey coughing, which sent Jo flying to find
a glass of water, which she handed to the younger girl once the coughing fit was
“Thank you.” Joey said, very properly, although she struggled to
find the breath as she lay against the back of the seat, her face white.
“My sister Beth sometimes has bad coughing fits if she catches cold. I
do tend to worry about her, especially when she coughs. We miss her singing.”
Joey grinned impishly. “I’m not sure about my singing, but I know Madge
worries like Billy-O when I cough.”
“My elder sister.”
Joey looked pensive. “She’s worrying all the time now. We’ve been orphaned since
I was a baby, and now our Guardian’s ill. I don’t know what we’ll do if he
dies.” Involuntarily, she buried herself deeper into Jo’s arms, which she had
put about the younger girl.
“Marmee’s always worried as well. Although I
suppose it’s understandable. There’s four of us, and Father’s away fighting in
the war.” She hesitated. “But she always reminds us that Father is a Man of God,
and that God will look after him, and us, if we only ask him and try to live our
lives right, and try to help others live their lives right.”
up wonderingly. “I’ve never thought of it like that. I mean, I go to church
sometimes, but I don’t know if I’ve ever thought of it that way. I try, but I
suppose as I don’t get to a service every week I forget about it.” She looked up
into the shining eyes of the elder girl. “Madge doesn’t like taking me in case
the Church is too cold.”
“Just so long as you talk to Him, and try to
overcome your faults. He’ll help you.” Jo said with such conviction that Joey
was rendered speechless, and when she tried to speak, a great yawn interrupted
“Hi-yah… I’m tired.”
“Then sleep, Joey. I’ll watch over
“Good, and I say… Thank you Jo.”
“And Thank You.” Jo
murmured quietly, but Jo was already sleeping.
girl remembered their meeting, I don’t know. But it is on record that Joey
Bettany felt much closer to God than she had in the past, and that Jo March
never again took for granted her family, realising that there were some who had
much less than she, so who can tell.
#4: Author: Alison
ManchesterPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007
10:38 am — Thanks