Here is a fiction story I did a long time ago. It's titled "Sisterly Love" and so far I only have two chapters. The story takes place after the time Mary has come back from Chicago and John Jr. has broken up with her. Sisterly Love Chapter 1: The news
It’s a nice spring day in Walnut Grove. Kids run around playing. It’s recess time at the school and Ms. Beadle checks her watch as she heads to ring the bell for the children to come inside. Ding- Ding – Ding.
“Oh nooooo!”, shouts Willie, “come on, let’s finish the game, I bet I can win my marbles back!”.
“Sorry Willie, but it’s impossible now… besides, Ms. Beadle said she had some news to tell us and I want to hear what it is”, said Carl as he put 5 of Willie’s marbles in his pocket and goes inside the classroom.
"Settle down kids!, I know you are all excited from playing outside but we have to continue with our work, but first, like I promised, I believe I do have some news to tell you”, Ms. Beadle sat on her chair. “It looks like we will be having a …. “.
Everyone looks towards the back of the class and see Mrs. Oleson come into the classroom.
“Have you told them yet Ms. Beadle?”, Mrs. Oleson ask with a huge smile.
“Well, I was just about to do that Mrs. Oleson, I….”
“Ohhhhh! Well, looks like I got here just in time! I might as well tell them myself, don’t you think?”
“Go right ahead”, says Ms. Beadle shaking her head.
Mrs. Oleson took her place in front of the class, next to Ms. Beadle.
“Kids, it is my great pleasure to inform you that my 17 year old niece, Sally, is coming to Walnut Grove next week and she works for a newspaper company in Chicago and will be coming here to take some pictures of some of you students. She will choose one of you to do a story on and that person will appear on the front page, how does that sound?” Mrs. Oleson asked the class.
Everyone was excited and started talking all at once.
“Owww!”, yelled Laura as she touched her cheek. She looked back just in time to catch Willie hiding something. “Ms. Beadle, Willie is throwing things!”
“Settle down children!, said Ms. Beadle as she stood up, “and Willie, go to the corner”.
“Oh, must you send him to the corner in the middle of my big news Ms. Beadle?”, asked Mrs. Olson as she looked sweetly at Willie and Willie gave her an innocent smile back.
“Okay, fine,”, said Ms. Beadle giving up. “Now, settle down, one at a time and please raise your hand if you have a question”. Mary raised her hand. “Yes Mary?”, asked Mrs. Beadle.
“Mrs. Oleson, I think that is really exciting. When exactly will your niece arrive in Walnut Grove?”.
“Well, today is Friday, the letter I got says she will be arriving this Tuesday so you might want to tell your parents that you should look nicer than usual next week because you might be the one to appear on the magazine, although I must say, some of us look nice all the time”, Mrs. Oleson winked at Nelly. “She will also be attending school here with you while she’s here so she can get to know you and your personalities, that way she feels she kind of knows you when she writes the article”.
“Owww!” yelled Laura again. This time Mrs. Oleson walked towards Willie.
“Willie, to the corner! Can’t you see I’m in the middle of giving some great news?!”
“Oh but Ma….. !”, said Willie as he tried giving her his innocent smile one more time.
“Don’t ‘but Ma… me!... to the corner!”, said Mrs. Oleson as she pointed towards the corner. Willie slowly got up and dragged his feet to the corner once again.
=========================================Chapter 2: The Treehouse moments
It was a beautiful Saturday morning at the Ingalls house. Caroline was cooking a delicious breakfast, Laura and Mary were doing some chores in the barn and Carrie was helping her Pa milk the cow.
“Breakfast is ready!” yelled Caroline.
After saying grace, Mary began talking about the newspaper story.
“I mean, don’t you think it will be neat to come out on the front page of a Chicago newspaper Ma?”
“Yes, I’m pretty sure it is”, said Ma as she served Carrie some food.
“I bet you that Sally will be as nasty as Nelly”, said Laura.
“Oh, I don’t think so” said Mary. “I don’t know why, but I have a good feeling about this girl. I think she’s going to be nice”.
“Well, nice or not”, said Laura, “I think Mrs. Oleson is going to do everything in her power to convince Sally that her cousin Nelly should be on the front page”.
Mary looked thoughtful, “I wonder if she knows John, I heard Mrs. Oleson talking and it looks like she works for the same newspaper company as John.”
Laura reached over and touched Mary’s hand. “I hope she doesn’t know John or is friends with him or else I will have to kick her just for that”, said Laura.
Mary smiled and squeezed Laura’s hand and she thanked her with her eyes.
“Well, how about if we finish this breakfast so we can all go visit the Edwards?”, asked Pa as she looked at his family.
Saturday went by quickly. On Sunday the church was packed as usual. After the last prayer Reverend Alden reminded everyone to attend the church picnic which would be held outside the church. Kids were playing different games and everyone was having a good time. Mary, Laura and Carrie went to the Olsen’s mercantile to buy some candy. Nelly greeted them as she took out a box to show the girls.
“What do you have there Nelly?”, asked Laura.
“Oh just ONE of my dresses that I have ordered from the catalog, the other one should be arriving sometime tomorrow. As my mother said, we must look nicer than usual this coming week. What about you two? I haven’t seen your mother come here ordering dresses for next week”, said Nelly as she smiled sarcastically, knowing the Ingalls couldn’t afford that.
Mary looked at Nelly with a hurt expression and shook her head. Just as Nelly was about open her mouth again, Mr. Oleson appeared.
“Nelly, your mother needs you in the kitchen”.
“Oh but faaatheer….”, complained Nelly. “Now!”, said Mr. Oleson with a stern voice. Nelly looked at him with huge eyes and headed to the kitchen. Laura smiled as she saw Nelly head towards the kitchen.
“Now, what can I get you girls?”, asked Mr. Oleson looking at Mary who was quiet. Laura looked at Mary concerned and then back at Mr. Oleson. “Three liquorish sticks please”.
As the Ingalls were arriving home in the afternoon and heading towards the house, Mary and Laura said they were going to the treehouse Laura had built with Andy Garvey’s help.
“Make sure you girls don’t stay out there too late!” Mr. Ingalls called after them. Caroline smiled at Charles.
"Seems like those two have been spending a lot of time together lately and have been having fun together a lot”.
“Good!”, said Charles as she put his arm around Caroline and smiled at her.
Mary and Laura walked up the hill carrying with them some books and popcorn to take to the treehouse. Ever since Mary got back from Chicago and had seen the way John Jr. had treated Mary, Laura had made a special effort to make Mary feel happy and not be sad. She also liked spending time with her big sister. It seems like time was passing by quickly, they were growing up and she wanted to spend as much time with her sister as she could, make as many memories with her. Laura thought Mary was really smart and it was only a matter of time before Mary would decide to go off to college. For the last couple of weeks, they had gotten in the habit of going to the treehouse in the afternoons and read poems or stories and watch the sunset from there. It was Laura’s favorite time of the day because it seemed like she and her sister were the best of friends in that treehouse. They talked about everything and laughed and enjoyed each other’s company. They would take turns reading stories or poems to each other.
The treehouse was built at the top of a hill and the girls loved the view from the top, sunsets were specially nice. Mary and Laura sat across from each other leafing through the books for some nice poems they could read. Laura looked at Mary and put her book down.
“Mary.. why did you let Nelly get to you at the store earlier today? You know she’s always saying nasty things like that, why didn’t you say something back?”, said Laura.
Mary looked up from her book. “I know, and I’m getting tired of it. I know she has everything but why does she have to make others feel terrible for not being able to get the things she has?” asked Mary as she closed her book and got up to sit at the edge of the treehouse and looked out. Laura got up and joined her and they sat there looking at the scenery.
“Mary, if you’re worried about not being the one to appear on the front page of the newspaper, you shouldn’t be. Even though you don’t have all the dresses Nelly does, you are much prettier than her and I’m sure Sally will choose you, the rest of us don’t compare”, said Laura as she stared at the ground.
Mary lifted Laura’s chin up. “Now what kind of a talk is that little sister? How many times have I told you that you are a pretty girl? Besides, true beauty comes from inside you. You can be the most beautiful person in the world but still be ugly if you are an awful person. So what you are inside, reflects to what other see when they look at you”, said Mary smiling. “Besides, let’s not talk about Nelly anymore, lets read some poems”.
The wind had started to pick up a little and the girls loved the feel of the breeze in their faces. They looked out into the horizon and could see that that the sun was coming down and filled the prairie with a golden color.
“Now THAT.. is beautiful”, said Laura and she enjoyed the scenery.
Mary was enjoying the view a lot. “Hmm mmm”, she replied.
Laura looked towards the sun.
“You know I read a poem in this book I liked so much that I memorized it”, said Laura.
“Well let’s hear it then”, Mary said as she looked out into the prairie field.
Laura began saying the poem as she looked at the beautiful scenery in front of her.
“Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold, Her early leaf’s a flower, but only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf, so Eden sank to grief, so dawn goes down to day, nothing Gold can stay”.
“That was beautiful Laura”, Mary said as she looked at her sister. Laura looked at Mary.
“I wish Gold things could stay, golden moments like the ones we are having now, I wish they could stay forever”, said Laura.
“They can…. in our mind and hearts”, said Mary.
Laura and Mary smiled at each other and put their arms around each other. The breeze hit their faces and they sat there looking out at the prairie and saw the last tip of the sun disappear. Another golden sunset.
(Will post Chapter 3 when I can)