Jay's parents are the nicest people I have ever met, apart from Jay of course. When we entered that massive house Jay's mother hugged me, and his father grinned at me before kissing my hand.
"Welcome to our house Carmen. I hope you'll feel at home."
"Thank you Mr Havers, Mrs Havers, I'm really looking forward to getting to know you."
"Please, I'm Rachael, and my husband is Tom."
Thank you Rachael."
"Well, we'll just leave you two alone. I'm sure Jay wants to show you around before dinner."
"Thanks mum. Is Sam joining us for dinner? Or is she off partying still?"
"Now Jay, you did your fair share of partying when you were Sam's age. She's been riding her horse a lot more, but she promised she'd be back today."
After I'd freshened up in my new room, Jay took me for a walk in the vast garden. It was too beautiful for words. There were beds of roses which shone in the sunlight, and in the centre of the garden there was a beautiful little fountain. Jay showed me round all the different little hiding places he knew, one being a quiet little bench under a gigantic willow tree which covered it from prying eyes. We sat there for a while and just held each others hands. It was so peaceful I was sorry to be pulled away for dinner.
"Ah, good, I was wondering when you two would be back. Now Jay, could you find your sister please? I saw her riding with that new friend of hers." As jay walked off Rachael said,
"I don't hold with that new friend of Sams. One of those hangers on."
"What do you mean?"
"I mean I think she only likes Sam because of her money."
"Oh I see."
"Well you have to get used to these people."
"I suppose so. And I want you to know that I would never act that way."
"Oh I heard about the little trick Jay played on you. Don't worry, you're a nice girl. I trust you."
I blushed. "Thank you. That means a lot to me."
"My pleasure dear."
There was a clattering of horseshoes outside and a girl of my age rode up, with Jay running next to her.
"Sam, finally!" Her mother cried. "I was beginning to think you had run off with that friend of yours."
"My friend does have a name mother. It's Emily remember?"
""Yes yes details. I'm sure you'll regret her some day dear."
"Mother!" Jay grinned at me from behind his sister and rolled his eyes. "Who is this person?"
"This is Carmen. Remember I told you she was coming?"
"Oh yeah. Jay gets friends and I don't."
"Sam don't be rude. Take of your hat and goggles and let Carmen see you."
"Maybe I don't want to." She stormed upstairs with out removing her hat and glasses. I guess I'll have to meet her properly later.
Fifteen minutes later and Sam had still not appeared downstairs. Rachael was getting tense, as we all sat round the dinner table waiting for her.
"I shall be back soon. Please exscuse me," she said, but I stopped her.
"No, let me, please. I think we got off on the wrong foot, and I'd like to put it right."
"If you're sure."
"Watch out Carmen," said Jay, "She might bite."
I ran quietly upsatirs and across to the room Jay had pointed out as Sam's earlier. Just as I raised my hand to knock I heard a loud thump from inside the room. Without thinking I opened the door and walked in to find Sam sprawled on the floor next to the window and on top of her was another girl. They both looked at me shocked, and then Sam pulled a face.
"Don't you knock?"
"Sorry, I thought you were....sorry."
"Whatever." She got off the floor pulling the girl with her. "Obviously we'll have to work on getting you through the window more quietly, so as not to disturb miss nosy over here." Emily grinned.
"Look I think we got off on the wrong foot, and all I wanted to do was tell you that dinner is ready."
"Well thank you. I'll get my parents to hire you as a butler shall I?"
"You don't have to be so nasty. I'm trying to be nice."
"Nice. Yeah everyone tries to be nice. Well let me tell you something. I know the only reason you want Jay is because of his money, and let me tell you, you're not getting it."
"I think I'll be going now. And just so you know, Jay is the only person I have ever loved, and two days ago I didn't even know he was rich." I walked out, not daring to slam the door behind me. I could see that there was no way Sam was ever going to like me, unless she realised I didn't want Jay for his money. A lot of work was needed in that direction.