One of the hardest things about living alone, in a place you barely remember is getting a run down place up and running again. Doing this on a farm is probably harder. You have no control over the weather, and you never know what life is going to give you. The first thing that woke me up that morning was my dog Kitty. Don't ask me why, Grandfather had a strange sense of humor, and called the dog Kitty. Anyways Kitty woke me up, by jumping on the bed and licking me till I got up. Then I pulled out a handkerchief to tie around my head, to keep the hair out. By the time I was out the door, Harris was already up and putting mail in the mailbox.
I waved, "Harris! Hi!"
"Hello Miss. R.J." Harris greeted me.
I shook my head, "Just call me R.J. okay?"
"Okay then R.J." Harris nods.
As he leaves I flip through the mail and look out at the field. Man, it's going to be awhile to get rid of all of this junk, or at least a part of the junk.
I was putting some of the seeds on the shelf when R.J. came in. It was clear she was going to buy her first bag of seeds. I hand her a card.
R.J. looked at me puzzled, "What's this?"
"Well, since you're going to be buying flowers I'll give you this card. For every ten bags of flower seeds you buy, you get a raffle ticket. At the end of the year you can draw for prizes, there are some things you can never buy," I pointed to the card.
She tucked it in her pocket, "Thanks."
"So R.J., here to buy some seeds?" my mother asks.
R.J. nods, "Yep, cabbage seeds please."
"Right over there," Mother points to the green bag.
"Thanks," R.J. grabs it and pays her.
"So, do you have any plans?"
"Besides planting this first batch? No, I guess I'll be exploring for awhile," R.J. shrugs.
"Sounds good, get to know everyone, that way next year, you might be the Spring Goddess."
R.J. looked at me, confused, "Run that by me again."
"Spring Goddess, every year around this time, we vote for the Spring Goddess. Since you are a young maiden, your name will be put on the voting list. I'm sure next year you'll be it!" I smiled.
R.J. looked a bit nervous, "Uh… I'm not really sure I would be… not me thanks."
"Shy?" I smirked.
R.J. didn't say anything, I was sure now. She was a lot like Ann, probably not the dress type. Quickly she thanked Mother and left the shop, while Mother gave me that look.
"What?" I asked.
"Popuri, you know better than to bug her like that. She's new here," Mother gave me that warning voice.
"It wasn't that bad, after all, I'm sure she would make a good Spring Goddess."
I dropped by R.J.'s to find that she wasn't there. Fortunately for me, she just came back. Well, she was running back, the minute she ran through the gate, and she stopped. Sighing, before brushing a stray lock of hair out of the way.
"What's the matter?" I asked.
R.J. grinned sheepishly, "Uh… I was being told about the Spring Goddess."
"Hehe, the day I see you as Spring Goddess, I will remember for the rest of my life," I grinned, knowing how much R.J. didn't like dresses.
"Give me a break!"
"Don't worry, I was just here to see how you're doing," I laughed.
"Fine, I'm going to plant these seeds, then explore and then go to bed," R.J. stated a matter-of-factly.
"Sounds good, tell me what you find," I answer back.
Days have passed since R.J arrived here. She visits everyone as often as she can; I guess it must be lonely to be out on the farm by herself. Then again that's the nice thing about R.J. she would always listen.
R.J. was just looking through some books, "So Maria, anything new coming up that I should know about?"
"Planting Festival, Race Day and of course, the Flower Festival," I answer back.
"Okay, at least there's always something to do around here."
She turns, "Yea?"
"Back in the city, do you have a guy you really liked?" I asked.
"Really like? As in really, really like?"
"I don't think so, at least not like that," R.J. calmly picks out a book, "Is there a reason for that question?"
As if on cue, Harris came in, he waved at the both of us before browsing through some books. Strange, he comes in here as often as he can, but he never picks out a book. I think R.J. notices that too, since she raises a brow. Just because she's a tomboy like Ann, doesn't mean she isn't observant. She looks at Harris, then to me, back to Harris and back to me. It suddenly became very quiet in the library.
If I were deaf, dumb and blind it would still be obvious. It would explain why Harris knows so much about Maria, and why he hangs around the library without checking out a single book. After all, I'm sure they have a lot in common. Though if they had anything in common it would be they're both shy. Okay now… they need something to talk about.
"Harris," I waved.
"Hi Miss. R.J."
I guess old habits die-hard, "You look like you're having trouble picking out a book."
"Well, I would like something interesting to read," Harris was starting look nervous.
I pointed over to Maria, "Then why not ask Maria which books are really good. I'm sure she's read the good ones."
"I-I," Maria started.
"I better be going now, bye."
Leaving the library, I decided to just check around town till the Inn opens.
I've always heard or seen many things in my time working here. Here you can hear the latest gossip, if anything interesting happened. Here would be the place to find out. Of course people were buzzing over the events that happened a few days ago. Jeff looked at the door in surprise. I turn to find that R.J. was there. Well, well, I guess even a girl farmer needs a place to rest up and talk. I walked up to her as she sits down by herself at a table, "So, what will it be R.J.?"
Looking up she shrugs, "Dunno, I'm really just hanging around here before I go home."
"Uh huh, planning to see what's new?"
"Something like that…" R.J. trailed off.
I sit down beside her, "Problems? Men being jerks?"
She laughs, "You really think men are jerks don't you?"
"No, they're lazy and they're jerks," I answer back grinning.
Rapping her fingers on the table, R.J. was in deep thought, "I feel kinda of out place here. I'm mean, with you girls, the kids, and your moms, everything is fine, but… all of the guys look at me kinda of strangely, you know?"
"It's not everyday a girl comes to take over a farm, the closest thing we have to something doing anything like that is Ann, but she doesn't run the range by herself."
"The only guys that believe in me is Rick and Gary," R.J. said in frustration.
"Don't worry, you'll fit in so enough," I said.
R.J. nods, smiling a bit. Somehow I had the strangest feeling that things were going to get harder as time pasted.
Author's Note: So, this took a long time, a very long time. Anyways, I redid chapter 2, knowing I had some trouble. Thanks for clearing me up on the names; it's been a long time since I played the game. If anyone knows Popuri's father's name and the name of the guy and his bird that shows up after the horse races I would really love it. Also, since there could be so many out comes, I'm also asking what would you like to see in this story. So first question for this story:
Who should be the Spring Goddess?