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Hello to Eden Awnings: The Town, if you haven’t read the first chapter, you can find it here: . I have done other short stories and you can find the last one here https://www.victoriamayburybooks.ca/2020/09/04/paolas-childhood-part-1/ but this is the first serial story I’ve done.

Before I bore you, here is Eden Awnings: The Town!

Eden Awnings: The Town

The green rolling hills looked like something out of a fairytale rather than the middle of nowhere to Joelle. Once the sun rose, Joelle Deno and her parents were back in the car on their way to Eden Awnings. Joelle had no idea what to expect but she felt calmer than she had last night. The very thought of never seeing that house again had filled her with ease.

She looked at the passing picturesque scenery, wondering where they were going. Joelle knew the name of the town but nothing more. She had yet to learn anything more about the town of Eden Awnings but she was curious.

She continued to watch the emerald sea from the car window as she daydreamed about their new home. As a result, her curiosity grew exponentially

“Mom?” Joelle asked, “What do you know about Eden Awnings?”

Moka turned in her chair to look into her daughter’s sea green eyes. “I got a pamphlet in my purse about it. This move was just so sudden that I don’t know much about it. What about you, Andrew?”

Joelle and her mom looked at her father who smiled.

“Oh, my dears, it is like a dream come true!” He exclaimed, catching Joelle’s eyes in the rear-view mirror. His eyes crinkled as he continued. “The move was abrupt but so was this job. It pays nearly double what I made before and it will be a good move for us. . . I think.”

“Yes, but what is the town like?” Joelle pressed but before she got any answers out of her father, her mother pushed the pamphlet into her hands.

Joelle looked at the glossy trifold. It was full of happy people and looked like something straight out of a fairytale. She read the three paragraphs held in the trifold but it held no real information about the town. Meanwhile, her stomach tightened again in apprehension as she looked at the glossy trifold. It now seemed so full of mystery. The smiles looked fake and painted on instead of real. The sun looked so sinister. Everything seemed off in the worst way.

Joelle felt like she was going to be sick. She tapped her dad’s chair.

“Could you pull over for a second?”

“What is wrong? It was that fast food wasn’t it?” Her mother’s dark eyes filled with worry. Joelle shook her head but the movement made her feel worse.

“I just need some fresh air.” Joelle replied, her stomach tightening again.

“We are almost there; J. Think you can make it? It’ll be five more minutes.” Her father asked worriedly.

“Yeah, I just- “

“Oh honey, just look at the horizon. We’re almost there.” Moka interrupted her daughter.

Joelle looked at the horizon and suddenly a small sea town appeared. A sign welcoming them to Eden Awnings sped past them. Joelle, forgetting her worries, began to study the town.

Eden Awnings was in a small valley bordered on three sides by the rolling hills. The other side opened up to the sparkling sea. None of the houses were alike but they all went with the overall style of the town. She looked at the trifold again, the feeling of unease returned.

“It can’t be that bad.” Joelle murmured to herself but her unease only grew. Her head began to pound like a drum, drowning out all the words her parents were saying.

Soon, the car pulled into a driveway. Joelle’s rolling stomach could take no more, warning her of the upcoming upchuck. She stumbled out of the car and over to where pristine hedge grew. No sooner had she gotten there when her breakfast made a reappearance. Once she was done, Joelle felt a hand on her shoulder. Looking up, Joelle saw her mother with a box of tissues.

“Thank you,” she breathed as she began to wipe her face. Her mother returned with a bottle of water which Joelle drank quickly. She smiled at her mother, feeling better than she had all day.

Suddenly, her father called for them. Surprised, Joelle turned to see her father approaching them, his face a mix of humor and worry.

“What is it, Andrew?” Her mother asked.

“We need to go.” Was all her father said and gestured for them to get back in the car. The women hurriedly got back in the car, each wondering what was going on. Before Joelle could ask, her father burst into laughter.

“Andrew Deno, this is not funny!” Moka exclaimed. “Now, what is going on?”

“I’m sorry,” He chuckled, putting the car into reverse. “I mixed up the address. This is 231 Lamp Way but we live on 232 Lamp Way.”

Joelle’s cheeks heated. “So, I- “

“Yes, Joelle, you were sick in our neighbour’s yard.” Her mother chuckled as they pulled into the right address on the opposite side of the street.

“Great way to make a first impression, Joel.” Her father teased.

Joelle wished there was a hole she could fall through to hide her embarrassment but no hole appeared. She closed her eyes, the car’s engine quieted and her parents exited the car.

“Come on, Joelle.” Her father called. “Let’s get these boxes inside, I still have to go to work.” Joelle nodded and stepped out of the car. She glanced at the house across the road but saw no one. The windows were covered with thick black curtains, giving her no way to see inside.   

She grabbed a box and stepped into their new home. It was big and cheery with a vaulted ceilings and bay windows on the main floor. The place had a never been lived in but Joelle felt like she could explore the place forever and not learn all its secrets. Suddenly, a hand grabbed her shoulder. Joelle screamed. As a result, she nearly dropping the box.

Turning, she saw her father’s hearty brown eyes looking at her. Joelle calmed herself by studying her father’s eyes. She knew what they looked like, but the golden flecks in his eyes always calmed her.

“You can put the box down, J.” Her father spoke in a calm manner. “You’re going to be ok here.”

Joelle nodded but it seemed like her father was more reassuring himself and not her. He gave her arm a squeeze and left.

“I don’t know when I’ll be home tonight, don’t wait up!” He called back. Joelle watched as her father maneuvered the car out of their driveway and drove off. Joelle looked at the driveway, filled with boxes and sighed. It was going to be a long afternoon.

Goodbye

I hope you liked Eden Awnings: The Town, the next installment (Eden Awnings: Night Fright) will be in two Fridays’ time. Next Friday, I’ll send out the lore on the Monsters of Ursa (oooh scary but not too scary!). Please comment or share this with your friends, it really helps to boost my spirits however, no pressure. Thank you for your time!

Victoria R. Maybury

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