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The Master Death
The Masterson children hadn't ever been on vacation before. So when their mother
sat the family down and explained the details, the children were bursting with
excitement. Charles the eldest at sixteen and his twin sister Judith were told
to make sure all the children were packed.
Charles did his job well, even making it fun for his younger siblings. But
Judith wasn't one for meekness. She yelled and barked orders to her siblings,
causing a great deal of frustration and conflict. Maybe this is why during the
ride over to the lake house, their father, not paying much attention, ran that
faithful red light that changed so much for the fourteen Masterson children.
"You heard what Miss Fenton said, I need that bracelet." Alexandra shouted back. The door to the bedchamber slowly cracked open. "Can't you purchase another, Alex please, Iím awfully tied up right now?" Alexandra being the sneaky, menace person she was, raised an eyebrow and slowly smiled. "Tell," She ordered.
"It's nothing really," Virginia had begun to explain when Alexandra pushed her way in, settling herself on the bed. Virginia was used to Alex's rudeness. All her siblings were. she had always been a troublemaker, but since their parent's death she had gotten worse than her usual cruel self. Not that the other Masterson kids hadn't changed a bit themselves. Thirteen year old twins David and Dick stuck together a lot more, Ginger had begun seeing imaginary friends again and Maddy was rarely seen without her thumb in her mouth. Which was an odd sight considering the fact that she was five. Now they lived with Miss Fenton a mean women who forced the children to perform foolish plays.
"So," Alexandra said sitting on the bed. "What's your secret."
"No Secret." Virginia said crinkling the papers behind her back.
"Very Well, I'll be going now." Virginia slowly closed the door behind. Almost, but not quite as slow as she'd opened it. Fourteen year old Joseph was outside giving Maddy piggyback rides when the black car pulled into the long, narrow driveway. Out stepped Miss Fenton. The mere mention of her name sent chills down Joseph's spine. He uttered it anyway.
"Good afternoon Miss Fenton." Her Pale, disfigured face frowned at the sight of Joseph and his sister. "Get the things out of the car." she ordered. As Joseph rushed off to complete his task, Maddy had been staring up into the auburn eyes that belonged to Miss Fenton.
"Come along little creature." She said taking hold of Maddy's hand and steering her into the house. Alexandra was coming down the stairs the exact moment Miss Fenton and Maddy were coming in the door.
"Miss Fenton!" She exclaimed hurrying down the stairs.
"Just the person I wanted to see." Miss Fenton opened the door to Joseph, who was carrying a large, heavy green box. Marked on the top with gold paint was the word Costumes, framed by a red rectangle. Above the rectangle stood two pearly white doves holding a piece of light pink ribbon in their beaks.
"Really?" Alexandra grinned. "You want to see me?"
No one seemed to noticed that Alexandra hadn't been given a part in the play.
(Not even you the reader) So the children practiced day and night, night and
Once a week they practiced all together by themselves and in front of Miss
Fenton. Any other time they practiced in groups. Group one: Charles, Judith and
Joseph. Group two: Diane, Virginia and Carol. Group three: Elliott, Ginger and
Maddy. Group four: William, Dick and David. This of course left Billy to learn
his lines for himself. Which is what he was doing the when Ed Allen came over.
Ed 's mom had greeted the children with a plate of baked goods the day they were
sent to live with Miss Fenton. Of course they never got the treats because the
moment Ed and his mother left Miss Fenton threw every last crumb out.
"What're you doing?"
"Memorizing my lines."
"Oh." Billy unfolded his wrinkled script and began reading.
"Allo humans I come in peace............No I am not a space criminal........Yes....."
"Hey I know those words." Ed jumped up. "the next line is...We Unaks are here to
stay, isn't it?"
"Miss Fenton tried to put on some play last summer, got all the kids in the neighbor to audition...wait how do you know it? "
"It's the lines from the play we're putting on."
"Oh man," Ed laughed. "Too bad."
"Why is it too bad?" The boys were walking to the backyard now.
Before Ed could answer, the front door opened. "Hey you little boy."
"That's Fenton, see you" Billy and Ed departed. That night was dress rehearsal.
Aside from Dick falling six times and Ginger nearly throwing up, it went perfectly well. Although Miss Fenton Did have a fit when Ed invited himself to the second half of the performance. Dick and David were in Scene five fighting over who got which sword. Dick: I being the better swordsman by right should own this treasure. David: you are no better a swordsman than... Miss Fenton threw her hands in the air. "No, no, noooo." She said. "You must say it with intense emotion." David nodded then drew his cardboard sword. "Should I start over or keep going"
"Start over." Miss Fenton said rubbing the right side of her head.
Dick: I being the better swordsman by night...right should own this treasure.
David: You are no better a swordsman than you are a scholar
David pulled his sword out. David: Take this!
Dick felled to floor clutching his stomach and letting out moans of death.
Dick: Just one thing brother.
"Somebody get the door!" Miss Fenton yelled. Diane twisted the brass knobs and pulled the wooden doors open.
"Hi." Ed smiled. He seemed to have a crush on Diane even though he was only nine. "Hi Ed come on in."
"He can't be here," Alexandra yelled. "We have rehearsal."
"Little boy she's right.....so carry on, yeah?." Miss Fenton waved her long black finger nails. Ed pretended not to hear, instead carrying in a large blue bag.
"What're you doing?" William asked.
"Oh Iím staying over."
"NO!" Miss Fenton and Alexandra yelled together.
"He can stay in our room." Dick said from his place on the floor. Before Miss Fenton could object Ed was pulling his luggage up the stairs.
"Okay," Miss Fenton smoothed back her matted blonde hair. "Continue." Dick nodded and began moaning again. Then he turned to David.
Dick: Just one thing brother.....who's that"
David turns around and see spaceship from which Billy exits.
"CUT!!!" Miss Fenton yelled, infested with wrath. Everyone in the room stared at Ed Allen.
"Please Ed, if you're going to stay.. then at least let the actors do their jobs."
"Sorry, i just knew the line that's all." Miss Fenton was so ticked off that Ed mentioned he knew the play that she ended the rehearsal and called lights out.
Ed and Billy had decided to stay in David and Dick's room together, they hadn't counted on an audience, which is what they got after Ed had recited Billy's line.
"How did you know?" Virginia asked. The moon was shining bright that night making everyone of the Masterson children appear more creepy than they could ever be. "Before you guys came, Miss Fenton would always make up these silly plays and have the neighborhood kids perform it....last summer she made up States of Worthless Beings........We wouldn't perform it because it made fun of certain people like TV reporters, presidents......animals, priests...Anyway once our parents read the script... well you can guess what happened.....Miss Fenton never forgive us." Ed Finished his story and looked up at the thirteen Masterson kids.
"I don't get it." Dick said shaking his head.
"A play never played is States of Worthless Beings," Ed said. "She changed the name because all her plays are listed at the theater. If she listed that play again the whole town would force her move too......Arizona."
"So," Charles rubbed his chin. "That's why it's called a play never
played.....it never saw the light of day."
"Ed said a priest character was in the play." While the rest of the kids sat in silence thinking, Virginia couldn't bare to think about it. All this time she should've known.
"Um Guys I think I know."
"Know what?" Joseph asked.
"I'll have to show you, be right back." Virginia raced down the hall to her room.
She flung the door opened and searched wildly under the pile of clothes neatly
folded in her drawer. But nothing was there. Virginia couldn't believe it. She
sure she'd put it right there. After checking a second and third time she slowly
walked back to her brothers' room empty handed.
"WHAT!?" The children cried.
"The priest... It's Alexandra, I found the full script in her room, I figured I'd learn it before everyone else... I was a little confused when Miss Fenton didn't give the priest part away....I'm sorry guys."
"Taa paa opff." Elliott smiled at Virginia, forgiving her.
"So Alex is in on it?" William asked out loud.
"In on what?" Carol said. "What's even going on here?"
"Kill Miss Fenton." Maddy giggled. Expecting her sibling to find it funny too. But no one was smiling.
"We could hang her in her sleep." William offered.
"Poison her at dinner." Diane chipped in.
"It was just a joke." Maddy frowned.
"We wouldn't have to live here anymore.....No more chores, nasty food or horrible plays." By this time Ginger, David and Dick had drifted to sleep.
"Guys," Charles faced his younger siblings. "Are we sure this is the right thing to do." They thought about this awhile more then all agreed. It was the only thing to do.
To Be Continued
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