A Story Written By Larabae13…
     “Clara?!” Miss briggs said surprised with what she was seeing. This Clara is way different from the one she saw on friday, or wasn’t it friday she still wore a dark grey skirt and blouse? The ugly duckling has turned into a beautiful swan. “Good morning miss briggs….oh sorry anna.” Clara said smiling up at anna. “Wha-what happened to your….” “My drab dressing?” She grinned. Clara was wearing a white sheer top with an orange skirt with her hair down but she was still using her tortoise shell glasses with some light make up. “Anyways, I went shopping on saturday at the city to change my wardrobe, I’m still contemplating on going for contact lenses or smaller glasses.” She chattered. Anna smiled and said “it’s about time you gave yourself a make over, you’re beautiful and I’m sure all the eligible boys in the town will be having one excuse or the other to speak to you, Alan sure would wanna hit many boys.” They laughed and got back to work, opening the library for business. On her lunch break, Clara went to the near by coffee shop to get lunch since she didn’t bring lunch with her. As she entered and walked to the counter, all eyes were on her. Bibi the owner of the coffee shop was the one at the counter she looked up and smiled at Clara “why, Clara you’re looking pretty that’s good”. “Thank you Bibi, I want a bag of bagel and some coffe to go.” “Ok. Right on it.” “Hello, I haven’t seen you around here, are you visiting?” A young man said as he walked up to where she stood. Clara laughed and said “I’ve been in this town for months!” “Oh really? Then why haven’t I seen you around?” “Well, I’m the town’s new librarian I’m sure you have heard about me.” She said as she continued laughing. “But-but-but I thought I heard people saying that you are an old-maid who wears granny clothes…..” He frowned. “Yes I was but now I’m not.” “Anyways, the name is Bill, Bill walkerman. Yea I know the name of the mayor is walkerman, I’m the old man’s son” he said with pride and arrogance. “Nice talking to you Bill, but I gotta get going.” Clara said as she paid and collected her order. 

  By evening, everybody had known that the dowdy librarian had turned into a beauty. People use excuses to come to the library to take a look at her transformation and talk to her. Clara and Anna had to usher them out when it was time for closing. “Whew! That was hectic. People that hasn’t stepped foot in this library ever in their lives showed up today. Isn’t that funny or what?” Anna said as she laughed hard. “I think all of the town has paid a visit today just because of curiousity. Even the mayor and the sheriff came.” Clara said as she locked the doors. “There hasn’t been so much excitement and ruckus in the town since bob jetter released all his rottwilers on the last sheriff last year and it has been dull after that.” Anna said. Alan drove up to them and got down from his car. “Hi anna” he said as he walked up to Clara and kissed her “hey beautiful”. Anna laughed and said goodnight to the both of them then left them. “Hey yourself” clara answered. “I heard you guys had some excitement today. You being the focus of attention.” “Yea word gets around here faster than a wide-spread fire. It’s alarming and amusing.” Alan laughed it sure is. They got into the car and off they went to Clara’s house. On their way, Alan’s phone rang and he checked the name “it’s mother” then he put it on loud speaker since he was driving. “Hey mum, how are you?” “I’m fine baby. Are you coming for dinner tonight?” Alan looked at clara hungrily and said “no mother,I’ve got plans.” “Plans? Oh ok. So, do you hear what is going on today? I’ve had like three of my friends who came to tell me about the new librarian and her new look. They said she was an old maid but now she is a beauty. Do you see her the day I sent you to the library?” His mom chattered. “Calm down mother, Clara wasn’t an old maid before she just didn’t care what she wore.” “Oh why are you speaking like you know her intimately? Are you dating her?” She asked. Clara sat and just stared at the phone with fear and amusement missed together. “Yes mum I’m dating her” he grinned at Clara as she glared at him. “Alan John Kevlar!!” She shouted on the phone. “You’re dating a responsible woman for once in your life and you couldn’t tell me or bring her for me to meet her?” Clara was wide-eyed with surprise and looked at Alan who smiled at her. “I’m sorry mother I’ll bring her to the house this weekend” “Good! Oh your dad says hi. Take care baby and don’t be late when you bring her. Bye son.” “Ok mother bye”. He hanged up the call and Clara said “I don’t think I can follow you to see your family they will eat me alive!” She pouted. “Come on Clara we’ve been over this before, they’ll love you for what you are” Alan answered. “We’ll see if they will.” “They will.” He stressed as he used his hands to rub her knee. They got to Clara’s house and went in. “What do you have in the house, I’m famished!” “You are always hungry.” “Oh yea?” He asked as he grabbed her waist and pulled her to him. “I’m always hungry for you” he said and kissed her hard.

    It was late in the night when Alan got up from Clara’s bed and wore his clothes. “You didn’t get to serve me food so I’m leaving, I’ve got an early meeting to attend tomorrow or else I won’t get out of that bed.”He said and kissed her forehead then he took his leave. Clara sighed contently and slept with a smile on her face.

    Saturday morning came bright and early. Alan and Clara set out to go to Alan’s family home, Clara was quiet through out the drive even when Alan was trying to re-assure her. They got to their destination and Clara tried straightening her yellow sundress. The door was opened by james the old butler “Good morning sir Alan, ma’am” he greeted and led them to the sun room. Mary kevlar bustled in and went straight to Clara with a big smile on her face and hugged her, “welcome!. How are you? Clara right? It so good to finally meet you. Isn’t she pretty kelvin?” She asked her husband as he came in to the room, “yea she is.” Alan’s father boomed and hugged Clara with smile on his face. He looks like his father ,Clara wondered. If you want to know how Alan would be in old age he would look like this, still handsome and tall with grace. She looked at Alan and they smiled at each other, then she face his parents and said ” hi Mr and Mrs Kevlar, it is nice to finally meet both of you.” “Pooh, call us mary and kelvin you make us feel old when you call us mr and mrs kevlar.” They all sat down and mary said “I know you aunt, she was a good woman, bless her soul”. A maid brought in some refreshment and left. They talked for a while when Alan’s sister Natalia came in. She took a seat beside her parents and smiled at Clara. “Hi, I’ve seen you around and you are the talk of the town. I’ve been meaning to come to the library and say hi but I’ve been busy with work and my son.” Clara smiled at her and said to her “it’s a pleasure to meet you. Alan has told me about you and you are nice” “really? I’m nice? I would like us to be friends and get together sometimes.” Natalia said to Clara and Clara nodded her head and said “to be sincere, I was scared to come before because I thought I wouldn’t be liked but I was shocked that you all took me in with kindness.” They all looked at her and Alan’s father kelvin laughed and went to give Clara a bone-crushing hug “we’re not monsters there is no reason to be scared.” “I see that now sir” she answered and smiled up at Alan who smiled back.  “Alan, Did your brother talk to you?” His mother asked . “Yes he did he said he would be home for labour day and would stay until after the anniversary.” Alan answered. They talked for a while and before they knew, it was time for lunch. *chapter 10*

         “Clara?!” Miss briggs said surprised with what she was seeing. This Clara is way different from the one she saw on friday, or wasn’t it friday she still wore a dark grey skirt and blouse? The ugly duckling has turned into a beautiful swan. “Good morning miss briggs….oh sorry anna.” Clara said smiling up at anna. “Wha-what happened to your….” “My drab dressing?” She grinned. Clara was wearing a white sheer top with an orange skirt with her hair down but she was still using her tortoise shell glasses with some light make up. “Anyways, I went shopping on saturday at the city to change my wardrobe, I’m still contemplating on going for contact lenses or smaller glasses.” She chattered. Anna smiled and said “it’s about time you gave yourself a make over, you’re beautiful and I’m sure all the eligible boys in the town will be having one excuse or the other to speak to you, Alan sure would wanna hit many boys.” They laughed and got back to work, opening the library for business. On her lunch break, Clara went to the near by coffee shop to get lunch since she didn’t bring lunch with her. As she entered and walked to the counter, all eyes were on her. Bibi the owner of the coffee shop was the one at the counter she looked up and smiled at Clara “why, Clara you’re looking pretty that’s good”. “Thank you Bibi, I want a bag of bagel and some coffe to go.” “Ok. Right on it.” “Hello, I haven’t seen you around here, are you visiting?” A young man said as he walked up to where she stood. Clara laughed and said “I’ve been in this town for months!” “Oh really? Then why haven’t I seen you around?” “Well, I’m the town’s new librarian I’m sure you have heard about me.” She said as she continued laughing. “But-but-but I thought I heard people saying that you are an old-maid who wears granny clothes…..” He frowned. “Yes I was but now I’m not.” “Anyways, the name is Bill, Bill walkerman. Yea I know the name of the mayor is walkerman, I’m the old man’s son” he said with pride and arrogance. “Nice talking to you Bill, but I gotta get going.” Clara said as she paid and collected her order. 

  By evening, everybody had known that the dowdy librarian had turned into a beauty. People use excuses to come to the library to take a look at her transformation and talk to her. Clara and Anna had to usher them out when it was time for closing. “Whew! That was hectic. People that hasn’t stepped foot in this library ever in their lives showed up today. Isn’t that funny or what?” Anna said as she laughed hard. “I think all of the town has paid a visit today just because of curiousity. Even the mayor and the sheriff came.” Clara said as she locked the doors. “There hasn’t been so much excitement and ruckus in the town since bob jetter released all his rottwilers on the last sheriff last year and it has been dull after that.” Anna said. Alan drove up to them and got down from his car. “Hi anna” he said as he walked up to Clara and kissed her “hey beautiful”. Anna laughed and said goodnight to the both of them then left them. “Hey yourself” clara answered. “I heard you guys had some excitement today. You being the focus of attention.” “Yea word gets around here faster than a wide-spread fire. It’s alarming and amusing.” Alan laughed it sure is. They got into the car and off they went to Clara’s house. On their way, Alan’s phone rang and he checked the name “it’s mother” then he put it on loud speaker since he was driving. “Hey mum, how are you?” “I’m fine baby. Are you coming for dinner tonight?” Alan looked at clara hungrily and said “no mother,I’ve got plans.” “Plans? Oh ok. So, do you hear what is going on today? I’ve had like three of my friends who came to tell me about the new librarian and her new look. They said she was an old maid but now she is a beauty. Do you see her the day I sent you to the library?” His mom chattered. “Calm down mother, Clara wasn’t an old maid before she just didn’t care what she wore.” “Oh why are you speaking like you know her intimately? Are you dating her?” She asked. Clara sat and just stared at the phone with fear and amusement missed together. “Yes mum I’m dating her” he grinned at Clara as she glared at him. “Alan John Kevlar!!” She shouted on the phone. “You’re dating a responsible woman for once in your life and you couldn’t tell me or bring her for me to meet her?” Clara was wide-eyed with surprise and looked at Alan who smiled at her. “I’m sorry mother I’ll bring her to the house this weekend” “Good! Oh your dad says hi. Take care baby and don’t be late when you bring her. Bye son.” “Ok mother bye”. He hanged up the call and Clara said “I don’t think I can follow you to see your family they will eat me alive!” She pouted. “Come on Clara we’ve been over this before, they’ll love you for what you are” Alan answered. “We’ll see if they will.” “They will.” He stressed as he used his hands to rub her knee. They got to Clara’s house and went in. “What do you have in the house, I’m famished!” “You are always hungry.” “Oh yea?” He asked as he grabbed her waist and pulled her to him. “I’m always hungry for you” he said and kissed her hard.

    It was late in the night when Alan got up from Clara’s bed and wore his clothes. “You didn’t get to serve me food so I’m leaving, I’ve got an early meeting to attend tomorrow or else I won’t get out of that bed.”He said and kissed her forehead then he took his leave. Clara sighed contently and slept with a smile on her face.

    Saturday morning came bright and early. Alan and Clara set out to go to Alan’s family home, Clara was quiet through out the drive even when Alan was trying to re-assure her. They got to their destination and Clara tried straightening her yellow sundress. The door was opened by james the old butler “Good morning sir Alan, ma’am” he greeted and led them to the sun room. Mary kevlar bustled in and went straight to Clara with a big smile on her face and hugged her, “welcome!. How are you? Clara right? It so good to finally meet you. Isn’t she pretty kelvin?” She asked her husband as he came in to the room, “yea she is.” Alan’s father boomed and hugged Clara with smile on his face. He looks like his father ,Clara wondered. If you want to know how Alan would be in old age he would look like this, still handsome and tall with grace. She looked at Alan and they smiled at each other, then she face his parents and said ” hi Mr and Mrs Kevlar, it is nice to finally meet both of you.” “Pooh, call us mary and kelvin you make us feel old when you call us mr and mrs kevlar.” They all sat down and mary said “I know you aunt, she was a good woman, bless her soul”. A maid brought in some refreshment and left. They talked for a while when Alan’s sister Natalia came in. She took a seat beside her parents and smiled at Clara. “Hi, I’ve seen you around and you are the talk of the town. I’ve been meaning to come to the library and say hi but I’ve been busy with work and my son.” Clara smiled at her and said to her “it’s a pleasure to meet you. Alan has told me about you and you are nice” “really? I’m nice? I would like us to be friends and get together sometimes.” Natalia said to Clara and Clara nodded her head and said “to be sincere, I was scared to come before because I thought I wouldn’t be liked but I was shocked that you all took me in with kindness.” They all looked at her and Alan’s father kelvin laughed and went to give Clara a bone-crushing hug “we’re not monsters there is no reason to be scared.” “I see that now sir” she answered and smiled up at Alan who smiled back.  “Alan, Did your brother talk to you?” His mother asked . “Yes he did he said he would be home for labour day and would stay until after the anniversary.” Alan answered. They talked for a while and before they knew, it was time for lunch.

To Be Continued… 

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