10 YEARS LATER
Mortimer Goth's POV- Aged 9
It was a Saturday morning. Breakfast on a Saturday morning in the Goth household consisted of me eating my cereal in silence, no milk, because I hated milk, mother reading a book, this week was Murder in Pleasantview, and Father going through papers from work, or reading on a rare occasion.
"A new family's moving into the Tudor house near your sisters, Cornelia. William and Vivian Johnson with their adopted daughter Megan, she's three days younger than Mortimer, actually, born in Sunset Valley but given up as soon as she was born"
I heard mother gasp then quietly said "What's Megan's surname?"
"Darling, I'm guessing that's her old family's surname and they just kept it"
"Uh oh" Mother breathed. "If her surname's Darling then it must be Ag-"
Mother then looked at me. "Mortimer, do you promise you won't tell anything we say to your Aunt Agnes or anyone who might tell her"
"I promise" I said, still quite confused with what was going on.
"If her surnames Daring then it must be Agnes' daughter she gave up because she couldn't cope being a single mother to a child so young" Mother said.
"So the new girl who just moved in's Aunt Agnes' daughter?" I asked.
"Yes. I'm guessing she knows she's adopted but doesn't know who her adoptive mother is" Father said. "And I don't think her adoptive mother and father will like it if you just go up to her and acting like you both know you're cousins and have been close all your life"
"I won't" I said. "Can I go and play with Bella, I've finished breakfast, and she's usually finished about 10 minutes before me"
"Fine" Mother sighed. "But be back at 6, and don't tell Megan or your Aunt Agnes"
"OK!" I said, getting one pair of my shoes on, blue wellies, and ran out to go and find Bella. As I guessed, she was in her garden, on the swings.
"Hey Bella!" I shouted from my side of the fence.
Getting off the swing, she came over and opened the gate. "Hi Mortimer!" she smiled.
"Want to go to Central Park?" I said.
"Sure! Let me just tell Mum or Dad I'm going out" she said, running inside, then coming back out a couple of minutes later. "I can come, as long as I'm back for half six"
"I've got to be back by six, so that doesn't matter" I said.
"Let's go!" Bella said, racing off, me quickly following her.
Once we got to the park, we noticed no-one was there, apart from a single girl, sitting alone on the swings hunched up. Once I had a good look at her, I could tell it was Megan, because I couldn't recognise her, but she looked very much like Aunt Agnes. She noticed us and started walking to one of the exits at a fast pace, she obviously didn't want any contact with anyone, especially someone her own age.
"Isn't that the girl who just moved into Sunset Valley?" Bella whispered, loud enough for me to here without her mouth to my ear.
"Megan Darling" I said. "Yeah, she is" Megan was about three paces from the exit when I decided to be a bit rebellious "Megan!"
Slowly stopping and looking over her shoulder, she glared at us both, especially me, as it was a bit obvious I was the one who called her. "What"
"You don't have to go; we just want to be friends!" Bella said.
"The person who bullied me for being adopted said the exact same thing when they first met me, I don't find that believable" she said.
"Megan, I know your birth mother, she lives here in Sunset Valley!" I shouted.
"Yeah, true story" she muttered, and stormed straight off, not even glancing over her shoulder.
"Her birth mothers here in Sunset Valley?" Bella said. "Mortimer how do you-"
I sighed. Bella wouldn't tell Aunt Agnes, she didn't like her much anyway. "Megan is my Aunt Agnes' daughter, but she adopted her off at birth as she couldn't cope being a single parent after what happened to Uncle Erik. So, that makes Megan my cousin"
Bella stayed silent. "Well, I wasn't expecting you to stay that"
"I thought it was a bit weird when my mother told me" I said truthfully.
"So you want to act like proper cousins with Megan then?" Bella asked.
"I'd like to, I mean, other than Megan I have no other siblings as my father was an only child and Aunt Agnes is my mother's only sibling, so I really haven't thought about having a cousin as Uncle Erik's dead and Aunt Agnes isn't planning on making a romantic advance for a while unless she meets the perfect man for her"
"Ah" Bella said. "Well, want to go on the swings?"
"You bet!" I smiled
NINE AND A HALF HOURS LATER
Dinner was nothing special, just the usual Sunday roast most people would have. "So, Mortimer, have you met Megan or either of the Johnson's while you were out with Bella?" Father said.
"We saw Megan and had a quick conversation, but it didn't end up that well, I don't think she really wants to make friends with anyone really"
"She'll settle in eventually, she's probably just nervous because she just moved into a new town full of new people" Mother concluded.
"Yeah" I said, but I though No, I think she may not be trying to make friends because of something that happened to her where she used to live, like that person who bullied her for being adopted.
While Mother and Father were having a conversation about groan Politics, I finished my meal and decided to go and relax on my bed after getting ready for bed. Eventually finding out I had fallen asleep relaxing, I had woken up really early at 2AM to find one of the ghosts, Lolita Goth, looking through my things. She was about my age, but I had never heard anything about her, or how we were related, but she was always the best person to talk to because she was my age and forgot everything that happened once she went back to the grave, so wouldn't tell anyone. "Why are you going through my stuff at 2 in the morning?!" I hissed.
"Oh sorry, did I wake you?" she whispered.
"No, I fell asleep really early" I said quietly.
"Do you want to go talk outside?" Lolita asked.
"Probably be best" I said, quietly getting out of bed, putting on my dressing gown and slippers, as it was November, and sneaking outside. "Are there any other ghosts out?"
"Since they died of old age, none of them come out now until March, because it's too cold for them, but I don't feel anything" she said.
"So, get whatever's troubling you off your chest then" Lolita said.
"Well, there's this new girl, called Megan, who just moved into town, and apparently her actual parents, because she's adopted, are my Uncle Erik and my Aunt Agnes, so she's my cousin, and I want to get to know her, but we had a bit of a bad start, so I don't think she wants to talk to me"
"She'd be in your grade, right?"
"So why don't you try and get into a group with her in a school project and try and get some answers without pressuring her?" Lolita suggested.
"That might work" I said.
"Try it and then tell me once you have then" she said, winking, and then quickly going back to her grave, realising the time, dawn. It didn't seem like this late already!
I quickly poured a small bowl of cereal, so mother and father guessed I had eaten what wasn't there, followed by a shower, teeth and all the random stuff you do before going to school. As soon as the school bus arrived, I said "Time to put this plan into action" before sitting down and getting driven to school.