Felipe Moore - Chapter Forty-Six

Kingwell By Kingwell, 16th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/4iapy6zw/
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Jordan tells Felipe about his being bullied at school and his having no close friends. The cousins take a bus ride downtown.

Jordan's Dilemma

Indoor plumbing was also new to Felipe except for on the coastal boat and train but not having to go outside to use the toilet when staying in a house was strange indeed. The boys undressed and Jordan turned off the light switch before getting into bed. It was their first time alone and since neither felt sleepy, they soon got over their nervousness and were chatting like old friends. Jordan seemed genuinely pleased to have Felipe for a friend and was happy to share his room and bed. He and Mark had slept together until his brother left home and although they often fought especially when they were younger, Jordan had really missed him but of course he would never have told him so! The two talked quietly for more than an hour and Felipe could tell that his cousin was excited but when Felipe asked if he'd ever had a friend stay over after Mark left he became quiet and admitted that he had no close friends. He had been bullied in school when he was younger but his brother had always picked up for him. Now that his brother had left it had started again so he usually just kept to himself. Felipe could almost feel his pain and wished that he had not brought up the subject. He understood now why Jordan was so excited about his being there. Suddenly Felipe found himself smiling at the younger boy and saying, “well I'm sure that we are going to be very good friends and tomorrow I want you to show me around this city - I have a lot to learn". Jordan brightened and Felipe even chanced giving him a hug as he added "but now we have to get some sleep - or we'll spend all the morning in bed. Jordan hugged him back and whispered "good night Felipe - I hope you can stay for a long long time".

Riding The City Bus

When Felipe and Jordan appeared for breakfast at eight o'clock John had already left for work and Maisie was still sleeping. Phyllis smiled as she began preparing their breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast and tea. Felipe stood by the window watching the cars go up and down the street wondering if he could ever get used to living in such surroundings but at the same time eager to see more of the city. Jordan was excitedly telling his mother that he was going to take Felipe down to Water Street where he could see some of the big stores and get use to the sounds of the city. His mother agreed saying that Felipe should spend a day or two getting adjusted to living in the city before going job hunting. She smiled at Felipe as he sat eating his breakfast and assured him that they were in no hurry to get rid of his company. Once outside they waited for the bus that would take them downtown. Jordan reminded Felipe that he would need ten cents for the bus fare and that there should be lots of room as most people went shopping in the afternoon. Nevertheless the bus was more than half full with most passengers sitting in the front. Felipe dropped in his dime, as he'd seen Jordan do and followed his companion to a seat near the middle of the bus where his cousin suggested that he take the window seat. It was his first ride on a bus and he watched as the driver maneuvered his way through the streets. A half hour later they were in a part of the city were the houses were all joined together and Jordan told him that they were now on the old part of town and that they would soon be down to Water Street. At last Jordan announced that they would be getting off at the next stop. It seemed to Felipe that everyone on the bus had the same idea as everyone appeared to be leaving their seats. Soon the two were outside and Felipe stared wide-eyed at the biggest and tallest buildings he had ever imagined!

A Touch of Homesickness.

Felipe was fascinated by the number of people and the fact that no one spoke as they passed but just kept looking straight ahead. Jordan said that the traffic would pick up around lunch time and even more so when the businesses closed up at six o'clock but his cousin was already infatuated by the number of cars and trucks on the street. Felipe could smell food cooking and looked up to see a sign that said 'Tom's Restaurant'. They had stopped to wait for the traffic light to turn green so they could cross the street but the young man from the bay was staring at a sign in the window of the restaurant. It was the first time he had seen something written in a language other than English and the strange markings intrigued him. Suddenly Jordan tapped him on the shoulder to remind him that they must cross the street before the light turned red again. Seeing where Felipe was looking he laughed and told him that 'Tom's' was a Chinese restaurant. Walking along the street he passed stores that he had heard his father and Mona's dad mention - there was Bowring Brothers, The Big 6, The Royal Stores and a little further on The London New York and Paris. Suddenly another name caught his attention - it was Dicks and Company from which most school books were shipped to the outports. He had seen the name stamped on packages of books received at the school in Southern Arm every September. Abruptly he thought of home, of his parents, of Mona and Anthony, of the boys going swimming and how school would open again in a few weeks and for the first time he felt homesick!
To Be Continued - See Chapter Forty-Seven
Read from the Beginning See Chapter One.

See also Chapter Forty-Three
Chapter Forty-Four
Chapter Forty-Five

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Bus, Cars, City Life, City Lights, City Living, Crowded Streets, Home Sick, Indoor Plumbing, Kingwell, Newfoundland, St Johns, Tall Buildings, Water Street

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
17th Oct 2014 (#)

What a great way for Felipe to help his cousin.
A side note: your Chpt 1 link worked, but if chapters 43,44, and 45 in the bottom section were supposed to be links, they didn't work.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl, and yes I have to go back and edit the page. Pleased that you are still following the story.

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author avatar tafmona
17th Oct 2014 (#)

a nice one from you, keep up dear friend

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you tafmona. Blessings.

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author avatar Smileworld
17th Oct 2014 (#)

You're a very good story teller, Kingwell! Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you for visiting my new friend and for your comment. Blessings.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
18th Oct 2014 (#)

being there with family ...will it help keep Felipe home grounded as he first embarks on his life adventures ?...I cannot help but hope so....

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Oct 2014 (#)

I guess we will just have to see what happens. Thanks for your comment. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
19th Oct 2014 (#)

Awesome and interesting post!

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Fern.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Oct 2014 (#)

I put myself in Felipe's shoes - mixed emotions being away from loved ones and fighting to acclimatize at the same time . Great story telling, thanks Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva.

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