Espoir: A Tale of Sugar, Silence, and Secrets (part two)

Gail Marlene Schwartz, Gail Writes Copywriting Editing

December 17, 2016

Young Autumn’s family split their time between the palace penthouse in the city and their retreat home in the country. During the week, her parents worked and Autumn went to private school. She would come home to Renée who helped her with math and spelling and, if there was time, they would have raucous Snooker tournaments on the third floor of the penthouse. The family spent weekends at their splendid manor on 15 acres, with a barn full of horses. This was, as Renée was fond of saying, Autumn’s “environnement préférée.” She spent summer days outside, horsebackriding, exploring, doing somersaults down the hill behind the house, and swimming in the pond in the lower acres.


But the queen frowned upon these “shenanigans,” as she called them, and threatened to send Renée back to Belgium if Autumn kept up her “wild behavior.” The queen was strict and wanted her daughter to practice princessey tasks like walking with a book on her head or doing the “parade wave.” She didn’t approve of outside games or popular music or, ironically, eating sugary snacks. Autumn was terrified of her mother’s temper, but equally entranced by her bucolic surroundings. As soon as her mother went out for an errand, a riding lesson with the royal trainer, or a game of bridge with neighboring queens, Autumn would sneak outside.

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