Invitation – The Old Mill


(This is the latest installment of the series that starts with The Old Mill.  The previous chapter was  Amy and Jessica (Part 2).  The Table of Contents is here)

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I had just finished my dinner and was trying to decide how I’d handle the evening when I heard a loud knock on the door.  Walking to the front of the house I couldn’t see anybody in the drive or parked on the road.  Nobody had driven away either.  I assumed that whoever had knocked must have walked to the house.

I stood for a minute, looking out the window, but there was nothing.  As soon as I turned my back on the door, the knock came again.  I spun around and opened it, yet there was nobody on the doorstep or any place else that I could see.  I walked onto the porch and then down to the drive.  I looked around.  Not a living soul was around.

Going back into the house I discovered a card on the porch by the door. I picked it up and read it.

“You are cordially invited to a Ball at the Goode House on Buck’s Road.  Tonight.  At Dusk. M.G.”

Martha had told me that I could only go to her house if invited.  In my wildest dreams I never expected such a formal invitation.

It was about 7 PM.  I am not a meteorologist nor an astronomer, so I wasn’t 100% certain of the exact definition of “dusk”. I tried to remember the last few evenings but broke down and did a couple of quick searches to come up with a down and dirty estimate.  The sun should set around 20 minutes before 8:00, and it would be dark someplace between 8:00 and 8:15.  What exactly is dusk, then?  I figured that if I was up there around 7:45, 8:00 at the latest, I’d be set.

That gave me time to do the dishes and send a Lyndsey a text, “Don’t be jealous, have a date with a ghost ;)”  She sent back, “Sounds fun, but you be good!  Or is it Goode?”  I sent back, “I’ll be a good boy and tell you all about it on Sunday.  Have fun this weekend!”  She sent, “Thanks!  Talk Later”.

I still had a minute and tried to decide if I should wear formal attire.  I laughed at myself.  What was men’s formal attire in 1821?  I had no idea but knew I didn’t have it.  Perhaps if I had a tux I could find a top hat and fake it, but I didn’t own a tux.  I shrugged my shoulders.  If Martha had an issue with jeans, she’d have said something on the card.

I couldn’t put it off any longer.  It was about 20 till 8 PM when I got in my car.

I was nervous as I drove up the hill from the village to the mansion.  I had a feeling that this was it, the event that would make or break everything.

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