Dating Trevor had given Claire a feeling of her past life. She slept most nights at Trevor’s condominium an hour outside of town. He wasn’t rich, but he definitely wasn’t poor. She was able to eat proper meals at proper restaurants and at least have a roof over her head.
Though, she had refused to move in with him; she simply wasn’t ready for such a big step. Instead, she still lived in Appaloosa Plains, in her roofless place she called home.
Taking Rosy’s advice, she decided to apply for a job at an old ranch a few miles from the village.
Arriving at the ranch, she stepped out of the taxi and walked her polished shoes into the brown dirt and mud.
The ranch was a falling disaster, but in the same time it had its beauty. The windows were broken, and the roof had several patches. There were knocked over barrels and rusting tractors along the side of the building. At first glance, someone would think it was abandoned. However, it’s large field, and strong green trees made the place seem alive.
A large dog came speeding in her direction and began barking towards her, it’s large white canines showing. Frightened she backed away. She was relieved when she heard a loud, piercing whistle, making the dog back away off Claire.
“Sorry about that, Chanel thinks she’s tough, but she really isn’t.” The man said pointing to the large collie. He was tall and broad-shouldered; his shirt tight against his muscular torso. “Can I help you?” he asked.
Claire tried to speak, but words would not come out. She simply stood there, looking at the man who could have well been a model if he would simply clean himself up.
“Um…Can I help you?” he repeated once more.
“Yes, pardon me. I’m here…to work?” Claire barely stuttered out.
“You? Work here? I don’t think so.” The man turned on his heel and started walking the opposite direction when Claire finally got her voice back.
“Excuse me but sir, why can I not work here? If I heard correctly, you’re in need in help around this place. And just by the looks of it, I heard well.”
“Listen lady, I don’t want to be rude, but you have absolutely no right to come barging onto my property and telling my place off like that. Besides, just look at yourself, you probably can’t even walk and chew gum at the same time.”
Who does he think he is? Just because I’m a woman with class, he insists I can’t do the same thing he does? Clearly, he is not doing much hard work around here, or else it wouldn’t look like such an chaotic mess! Okay Claire, let’s show him what real woman are capable of doing.
Taking a deep breath, Claire politely said, “I’m Claire Middleton. You’re right, I have absolutely no right to judge your property in such a way, however you don’t have a right to judge me the way you just did. I’m a hard-working woman and I’m ready to take on whatever tasks, just to prove you wrong.”
“Chuck! Chuck she got the job!” Rosy was yelling into her cell phone. As soon as Claire had arrived to her house, Rosy was already calling people to tell them the good news. No wonder they say news travels fast in small towns.
The atmosphere was different however when it came to telling Trevor the good news.
“I don’t want you working there!?” was his first, initial reaction.
“May I ask why not?” Claire responded, insulted.
“You have everything you need right here. Besides a woman like you shouldn’t be working with bums like him.”
“You don’t even know him? And I’m exasperated with people always judging me by the way I present myself! Just because I have a British accent and nice clothing, it doesn’t mean I cannot do things myself.”
“Really? Because last time I checked you couldn’t even prepare yourself your own meal.”
That did it. I could no longer be treated in such a way. The reason why I had left my previous life was to avoid situations like these. I left because I wanted to live my own life and make my own decisions. I had escaped my parents’ coldness and swore to myself I was to live a different life compared to what they had raised me in. Trevor was an exact image of what I wanted to escape. I had escaped it once, and nothing was going to stop me from escaping it twice.
The relationship Claire and Trevor had worked on month after month had now ended. Claire brought back all her belongings onto her small lot on the dirt road of Appaloosa Plains.
It was her first day at work, and Claire was ready to prove Cole wrong. Chuck had been nice enough to drive her all the way outside town, and wished her good luck as he dropped her off at the ranch.
“And so you actually show up huh?” Cole teased as he greeted Claire.
“And I’m precisely on time too!”
Cole gave Claire an overall look from head to toe and said, “I hope you have a change of clothes?” It was the first time Claire noticed he didn’t have the usual Southern accent of Appaloosa Plains. He spoke using a very informal, flowing English.
“Why, no I don’t. Is there a problem?”
“Come inside and I’ll give you some clothes. Wouldn’t want to ruin that brand name fabric you’ve got going on there.”
Claire walked around in her new change of clothes. The fabric was itching against her delicate skin, and exposed a smell of wet grass and dirt.
“Okay, so are you ready to start your day?” Cole asked, taking a deep breath.
“I was born ready.”
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– Also thought I’d mention that slowly, I’ll have to pick up the pace with Claire’s life! I was so interested when playing her everyday life, I forgot the whole point of this! Need to bring in the next generation some day no!? 🙂