L’Etudiant Etranger Episode Three

Hello friends! I hope you guys are ready for another episode of L’Etudiant Etranger! In this episode, Gisselle will meet the whole Stone crew!

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Episode One

Episode Two

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“We’re gonna be late!” Rudy whined. 

He was eager to get to his cousins’  house, and while I was also looking forward to it, I knew the importance of first impressions. That’s why I had spent an hour fixing myself up, while Rudy had simply showered and thrown on a t-shirt.

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But see, Rudy already knew these people. They knew him, so it didn’t matter what he wore today. But for me, I was just meeting them. I didn’t want them thinking I dressed like a slob! I put on my nicest dress and even did a little makeup. I was also sure to brush out my fur and accessorize. Finally, I sprayed a little of my favorite perfume, and I was ready to go.

“Finally!” Rudy exclaimed.

Claire gave me a reassuring glance. “Just ignore him. That’s what I do!”

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The three of us joined Rudolph and Clarice downstairs.

“Ready?” Clarice asked.

When none of us objected, the two adults walked out to the car. Then, we were off.

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The drive seemed to stretch on and on. I sighed. In France, we’d be in a different region by now. We never really were in the car this long. I preferred to take a train.

I added another thing to my mental list of weird things Americans do.

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“We’re here!” Rudy and Claire cheered in unison. They then shared a look of disgust at their similarity.

As soon as the car rolled to a stop, I hopped out and stretched my legs.

“That was a long car ride,” I commented.

“I suppose,” Rudolph replied. “It’s not too bad though. We’re lucky to live so close to family.”

I crinkled my brow. “You mean this is close?”

Clarice nodded. “My siblings live across the country. We only see them about once a year.”

I gasped. Unless my family members lived in another country, we saw them more than a few times a year. But America was a huge country. I tended to forget that a lot.

I followed Rudy and Claire inside. They were racing to the door, and Rudy won.

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Inside, I was greeted by chaos.

“WHY CAN’T WE JUST EAT NORMAL FOOD?” a small bear whined.

“We have company,” an older tan bear replied.

Rudy and Claire ran to two different bears. Rudy to a blue bear, and Claire to a pinkish purple one.

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Everyone screamed each other’s names at once. I had no hope of deciphering them, especially when English wasn’t my first language. I blinked, awkwardly standing in the corner while familial greetings took place.

Clarice entered a moment later.

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“Kids,” she scolded. “Don’t you have a friend to introduce?”

It was then that Rudy and Claire tore themselves away from their cousins. Claire started pointing at people.

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“That’s Cali, Cloud, Candy, Sandy, Chip, Cherry, and Cherie.”

I gulped. How was I supposed to remember all that?

“Hi! I’m Cali,” Cali extended her hand. 

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Bonjour Cali,” I returned her gesture. “Je suis Gisselle.”

She wore a look of confusion and I couldn’t help but laugh. 

“My name is Gisselle,” I clarified. “I’m from France, so I’m bilingual. I just thought it would be funny to pretend like I didn’t know English.”

“Oh,” she chuckled. “I liked it.”

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Candy ran up to me. “You’re from France? Do you live in the Eiffel Tower?”

A look of utter confusion washed across my face. “I don’t live in that part of France. And the Eiffel Tower isn’t an apartment complex!”

“Oh,” Candy sighed before walking away.

Sandy walked up to me. “I apologize for her. She’s a little immature at times.”

“It’s okay,” I shrugged.

An adult bear entered the room.

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“Oh!” she noted. “You must be Gisselle! Lovely to meet you, dear.”

I beamed. “Nice to meet you too…”

“Periwinkle,” she smiled. Slight wrinkles drew me to her eyes, which reminded me of Mère. Both of them had motherly eyes. I wondered if that was a trait given to all mothers or just the best ones. I hoped one day my kids would look up at me and find comfort in my motherly eyes.

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“I don’t know what you like to eat, but I made French Onion Soup. Whenever my husband and I eat at Le Nourriture de Fantaisie, it’s always my favorite.”

“That sounds amazing,” I inhaled deeply. “And it smells amazing too!”

Periwinkle giggled. “I’m glad you think so.”

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Another adult bear came into the room, wrapping his arms around Periwinkle’s shoulder. I assumed he was her husband.

“Nice to meet you,” he commented. “I’m Lil Choc.”

“I’m Gisselle,” I replied.

“She’s the foreign exchange student Rudolph and Clarice are hosting,” Periwinkle explained.

Lil Choc nodded. “So how old are you?”

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“15, almost 16,” I replied. Why were adults so concerned with how old kids were?

“Ah,” Periwinkle noted. “So a bit older than our kids, but that’s not a problem. My kids are good at making friends with all different age groups.”

“I’d love to have more amis.” I grinned.

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The evening passed with stimulating conversation and delicious food.

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I learned that Chip was shy but knowledgeable in the realm of nature.

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Sandy was probably the most mature of the bunch, though she could be bossy.

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Cherie and Cherry couldn’t be more different, but yet they still were like two halves of the same whole.

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And Candy…well, she was…materialistic. But she still loved her family.

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Cloud kept insisting he was secretly a Sith lord. Though I enjoyed the Star Wars movies, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at him.

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Finally, Cali was the baby of the family. She was sweet as could be! I wished I could have a little sister like her.

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All too soon, it was time to go. I wasn’t looking forward to the long car ride back.

“So, what’d you think?” Claire asked.

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“I thought your family was very kind. Do you see them often?” I asked.

“For sure,” Rudy replied. “You’ll get to see them a lot this year.”

A grin crept up my face. I could get used to that. They seemed very nice. Exactly the sort of family I’d want to be friends with.

I loved Americans.

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Gisselle officially is an honorary member of the Stone family!

I really do hope you guys are liking this photostory so far…let me know your favorite part so far!

Episode Four is up!

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