Lizzie looked up from her sewing as Clara the maid walked into the ladies
She asked smiling looking at the young woman who she had employed
personally two months ago.
"Please Madam a coach has just drawn up to the front of the house and your
sister Mrs Wickham is asking if she may see you, she says it is a matter of
"Lydia, here?" lizzie said shocked as she stood up and walked towards the
window she could see from that little perch that it was indeed her youngest
sister Lydia whose infamous elopement with George Wickham a man who had
earned nothing but the disgust of her own husband Fitzgerald Darcy since
they're youth, had kept her away from this stately house.
What can have happened to her now to bring her here at this time thought
Lizzie to herself, she knows that she is not welcome here.
Lizzie decided that she must at least go out to see her sister no matter
how much she saw her arrival a burden, for although she thought that her
sister as her father had once said was amongst the stupidest girls in
Britain she was her sister.
As she descended down the last of the stone steps leading from the front
door to where the carriage was parked, she smiled and said,
"Lizzie!!" the younger girl shouted back in her immature way.
"Lydia what are you doing here? Lizzie asked looking bemused as she
observed the amount of luggage which was balanced on the top of the
carriage and which was now being unpacked.
"My darling Wickham has sent away to Ireland for a time and I was so
lonesome at home all on my own that I thought I would come and visit all of
my sisters in turn and aren't you glad that I decided to call upon you
Lizzie was a little thrown to begin with but then said
"Lydia you know that you are my sister and that I am always glad to see you
but I am afraid that you will not be able to stay here as I myself will be
leaving tomorrow to visit Jane for a fortnight."
"Why Lizzie its such good fortune, then it is agreed tomorrow we shall
depart of Pemberly together and travel to Jane's. although I'm sure that I
will be sorry not to spend more then one night in your lovely home."
"Lydia I'm not sure whether it would be appropriate for you to accompany me
to Jane's after all it is not long since you were last there and if I
remember correctly you stayed for 3 months the last time you said that you
were just driving by, and Jane is under a lot of stress at the moment as
I'm sure you know not that she will admit it of course."
Lydia interrupted just then and said "But Jane is my sister and you know
that she would never turn away a sister who arrived at her doorstep and
there will be plenty for me to keep myself occupied even if Jane will be to
busy caring for Holly and Olivia to spend much time with us."
Lizzie stood there stunned for a moment and then carried on saying
"Lydia I'm sorry but you will not be able to accompany me tomorrow, I have
promised Jane that I will go to see her and help her care for Holly and
Olivia so that she will be able to have a break, I obviously am not so
heartless that I will turn you away tonight, you are welcome to stay but
only for one night Lydia you understand? Then maybe you can go home and
spend some time with Mama or visit Mary or something but I am telling you
now that you will not be staying here and you will not be accompanying me
to Jane's tomorrow do you understand?"
lizzie's eyes had turned from their usual river blue to cool icy grey as
she had finished talking, she had been amazed at the selfishness Lydia was
still able to show even after 5 years of marriage.
Lydia looked at her and said simply
"I decline your offer Mrs Darcy and if you think that am I going to stay
in a house where I am clearly mistaken" and with that note Lydia told the
driver to leave.