Felipe Moore - Chapter Thirteen

Kingwell By Kingwell, 25th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2ayjwowh/
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Mona and Felipe travel to Harbour Duffet to write the CHE exams. They find a total of sixteen students at the local boarding house but everyone soon gets settled.

The Boarding house in Harbour Duffet

Mrs. Sophia Ball was bustling about the house when Mona and Felipe arrived there on June 22. Sixteen students would be staying at her home for the next week and would begin writing the CHE exams at the local school the following day. The other fourteen had already arrived and been assigned their rooms. Mona would be sharing a room and bed with Ada Jones, who was also writing the grade nine exams. Felipe would be sharing with two others, Martin Jones, Ada's brother, who was hoping to pass the grade ten finals and Andrew Nichols, who like Felipe was looking to finish grade nine. Neither of the boys had known each other before their meeting at the Ball home. Martin and Andrew were already in the room when Mrs. Ball knocked on the door to introduce Felipe and have him bring in his things. She then left the three boys together as she went downstairs to the kitchen to begin preparing supper. Her husband was attending their small grocery store and would be home at six This was the tenth year that the Balls had been taking in students and although sixteen was the most they'd ever had at one time, the confident, robust woman appeared to be up to the task.

A walk around town

Meanwhile Mona and Ada had gone to see if Felipe, Martin and Andrew would like to take a walk around the community. It was the first time that either of them had been in Harbour Duffet and all were impressed by the sheer size of the place. There was a four-room school that looked huge to the five, who had all attended one-room schools. They ventured up the road as far as the Collier premises where Ben junior had once worked. The buildings there looked very big to them as well and they all knew that the firm employed more than fifty men counting those who worked on their three vessels. They entered Collier's store and found it a very busy place selling practically everything that anyone in the community might want. Felipe thought that it was a place where he might like to work someday although he did not mention it to the others. Neither of them had a watch and since no one wanted to be late for supper on the very first day, they determined that it was time to return to their boarding house. Afterwards everyone wanted to study for tomorrow's exam and Martin who had found another student in grade ten, exited the room and Felipe and Andrew were left alone. Since no two teachers are alike, the boys found that they could each get some tips from the other and had a very fruitful two hours of give and take. Felipe had been told by Mr. Smith not to spend more than two hours at his books the night before the exam but to relax for a while and then get a good night's sleep. Andrew agreed that it seemed the best plan so the two put away their books at nine o'clock and lay back on the bed to chat.

Andrew

Felipe had been trying very hard to forget the fact that Andrew not only had a bright mind but was also the best looking young man he had ever had the good fortune of meeting. His light blond hair and winning, innocent smile only added to the intrigue. Now as they laid aside their books and lay on the queen size bed together these thoughts came rushing back to his mind. He remembered well his infatuation with Ryan and the promise to himself that it would never happen again but as they chatted together and Andrew turned to look at him with that disarming smile, all his good intentions went out the window. The boy was from Round Harbour, a community of about fifteen families just a few miles from Southern Arm and he talked about his parents, five sisters and three brothers. He too was the youngest and his sisters and one brother were married with families of their own. Andrew however, had no intention of remaining in Round Harbour himself but planned to finish school and get out of there probably going to Toronto where an uncle had been living for more than twenty years. Felipe learned too that his new friend was a year his junior having skipped grade eight. At ten o'clock Mrs. Ball knocked on the door to ask if they would like a lunch and added that she wanted all lights out by eleven-thirty.

In the darkness

As they sat around the table drinking tea and eating homemade bread, Martin left to speak to Mrs. Ball.When he returned he told Felipe and Andrew that he would be moving out of the room and moving in with John, the young man who was also writing the Grade ten exams.There were only two people in that room as well and although the bed was a little smaller, all three agreed that it wouldn't be a problem. When Andrew suddenly flashed Felipe a smile, he felt like his legs had turned to rubber. He knew however, that he must concentrate on the exams and never let Andrew or anyone else know his secret. If he could spend five nights sleeping in the same bed with this Adonis without submitting to any temptation, and also get a passing mark in all subjects, he knew that it would do wonders for his self-esteem. He determined that no matter what happened, he would not do or say anything that would cause him to beat up on himself later. As others began to leave for their rooms, Andrew and Felipe bade Mrs. Ball good night and followed suit. Felipe was not sleepy but knew he must get some rest in order to feel okay for tomorrow. Andrew chatted away as he undressed to his briefs and waited for Felipe to do the same before blowing out the lamp. Lying together in the darkness Andrew continued to talk but now in a whisper so not to disturb others in the house. As he talked, Felipe realized that here was a young man who was indeed innocent in more than looks. Finally the chattering stopped and he could tell from his breathing that the boy had fallen asleep. Finally Felipe too fell into a fitful sleep only to wake an hour later to find Andrew sleeping soundly but cuddled snugly into his back and with one arm around his waist. Heart pounding and eyes closed he prayed for sleep and at last it came bringing dreams of both bliss and anguish. He remembered little of it however, but awoke in the morning to a tear stained face.

To be continued - See Chapter Fourteen.
Read from the beginning - See Chapter One.

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Adonis, Boarding House, Books, Boys, Four-Room School, Girls, Infatuation, Kingwell, Lamp, Lights Out, Sharing A Bed, Sleep, Students, Study, Supper, Tears, Toronto

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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 cnwriter..carolina
25th Jan 2014 (#)

wow my friend..this is some story...thanks much

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Intersting in every chapter you write my friend!

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern. You are a loyal follower.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Good morning, Kingwell; you have captured the feelings of Felipe so well in all of the chapters. I look forward to more. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Marilyn. You are an inspiration to me.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Pangs of growing up for Felipe. Never a dull moment in this story! Thanks Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Indeed you have us all waiting for the next chapter...amazing writing Kingwell... thank you...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Forgot to say how much I admire your gift of bringing the characters not only to life but also heart...

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia, another chapter soon. Thank you too for the encouragement.

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author avatar Mariah
7th Feb 2014 (#)

Oh poor Felipe..such an emotional roller coaster..together
with the pressure of his exams.. I'm moving straight on to the next chapter..

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author avatar Kingwell
7th Feb 2014 (#)

Mariah, It is comments like this that keep me going.

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