Hello friends! How are you all on this fine Friday?
Welcome back to L’Etudiant Etranger! Today’s episode is the last episode…of season one.
Thank you guys so much for loving this story so far! I had such a great time writing it and taking the pictures(especially this batch).
Here’s the glossary and link to previous episodes.
“We’re leaving in fifteen minutes!” Clarice announced.
“Oh là là,” I muttered to myself. I was not ready.
Saturday mornings weren’t exactly my favorite time of day productivity-wise. I was more the type of person to watch cartoons in my pajamas until 11.
I rushed to get ready. If we were going to be late, it wouldn’t be because of me. Rushing through my morning routine, I got dressed to go.
We hopped into the car. I was not looking forward to that long drive again. I didn’t care if it was a normal thing for Americans or not, I would never get used to riding in the car for over an hour just to eat lunch.
Though the ride was still just a little over an hour, it felt much longer.
“I hear we’re having some classic American food for lunch,” Rudolph commented.
Please, not hamburgers.
“What?” Rudy asked.
“Well, you didn’t hear this from me, but Lil Choc asked me to bring some of my grilling supplies,” Rudolph replied.
“A COOK-OUT?” Rudy and Claire celebrated.
They seemed excited, but that didn’t give me any indication as to whether I would like the food. The two of them loved hamburgers, and I clearly didn’t.
“What types of food will be at the cook-out?” I asked.
Claire smirked. “You’ll just have to wait and see!”
Finally, the car rolled to a stop in Periwinkle and Lil Choc’s driveway. I helped Clarice unload while everyone else went into the backyard.
In the backyard, I was surprised to find not just Periwinkle’s family, but many people I did not know. I saw adults and children, boys and girls, bears and rabbits. It would be hard not to make a new friend!
Once I put down the food that Clarice packed, I went about making introductions.
I began by walking up to a family of rabbits. I noticed a mother and three kids, two girls and one boy.
“Hello,” I greeted. “I’m Gisselle, wonderful to meet you.”
“Bonjour Gisselle!” the mother returned my greeting. “I’m Starburst, and these are my kids, Swirl, Petal, and Oswald.”
Petal and Oswald shyly waved, but Swirl nearly tackled me into a hug.
“It’s so nice to meet you! I’ve heard so much about you! What’s it like in France?” she babbled.
I grinned. “It’s not that different from here. Though, there are a few notable differences.”
“Nice to meet you,” a starry bear extended his hand.
I took it, preparing to give him a firm handshake.
“Ow!” I yanked my hand back after feeling a shock.
The bear smugly grinned, revealing a joy buzzer strapped to his hand.
I heard a heavy sigh and a woman came over to me.
“Mischief, what have we talked about? Let people get to know you before you scare them off,” she then turned to me. “I’m sorry about him. I’m Bella, his mom.”
I nodded. “He’s fine. I’m Gisselle.”
I then noticed a small purple bear with glasses hiding behind Bella.
“And you are?”
“This is Sparkles,” Bella replied.
“Hi,” Sparkles mumbled.
“Nice to meet you,” I grinned.
Then, a cloud-covered bear walked over.
“Hi Gisselle,” he introduced. “I’m Andy.”
He then put his arm around Bella’s shoulder and I wondered if they were a couple.
“Food will be ready in fifteen minutes!” Lil Choc announced.
“Well, I enjoyed meeting you!” I commented. “I guess I should go introduce myself to everyone else.”
I wandered over to Sandy, who was chatting with a well-dressed lamb.
“Hello, I’m Gisselle!” I greeted. “I love your outfit!”
“Oh thank you!” she beamed. “I’m Gracie. I hear you’re from France?”
“I’ve always wanted to go to France. My dream is to study fashion in Paris.”
“Did you sew that outfit?” I asked.
She nodded. “I sure did.”
“Well, I wish you luck! You’ve certainly got an eye for fashion.”
A group of three boys walked up to me.
“Hullo Gisselle! I’m Tye, and these are my neighbors, Waffle and Theo,” the tallest one introduced.
“Nice to meet you,” I replied.
“Enchanté,” Waffle returned.
I perked up at the sound of my native tongue. “Do you know French?”
He shrugged. “Not really. I just like to meet new people, so I know a lot of greeting words.”
“That’s very kind of you,” I smiled. “I bet that makes people right at ease.”
“I try, I try.”
There were only two bears I hadn’t yet met, so I made my way over to them.
“Okay, but I think season four is the best,” the boy decided.
“No way!” the girl maintained. “They go to space in season five. Aren’t the visuals just lovely?”
“No sister of mine puts visuals above plot and character growth,” the boy argued.
“Excuse me,” I interjected. “I’m Gisselle. Nice to meet you.”
“Hey Gisselle,” the boy greeted. “I’m Cam, she’s Stella. Now, tell her that season four is the best!”
I didn’t want to get in the middle of anything. “Um, I don’t know what we’re talking about?”
“Okay,” Cam replied. “Which season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the best?”
“I’ve never seen the show,” I shrugged.
Cam spat out his drink. “What! We’ve got to have an AoS marathon with Gisselle!”
“Then, she can help convince you that season five is the best,” Stella smiled.
“Lunch is ready!” Rudolph called.
“Phew,” I sighed. I was relieved to be away from whatever that was.
My stomach growled. The food smelled good, I just hoped it wasn’t hamburgers.
Everyone lined up, chatting while we waited for the food. I enjoyed the background noise of conversation.
Once I got to the food table, my heart sank. There were a lot of hamburgers. And hot dogs. I had never tried a hot dog, but it certainly didn’t look any more appetizing than hamburgers.
“What do you recommend?” I asked Claire.
She looked over the options. “Try these hamburgers. You might like them,” she suggested. “They’re much different than the ones from McDonald’s.”
I warily took one, loading up on fries in case I didn’t like it.
I sat with a group of kids. They all took bites of their hamburgers and hot dogs. I nibbled on my fries, nervous about trying the hamburger.
“Are you gonna eat that?” Cherry asked.
Guess I was going to have to suck it up and eat the hamburger. I nervously took a small bite.
It…didn’t taste bad? I hesitantly took another bite. This was much different than a McDonald’s hamburger. I still didn’t exactly like it, but I liked it much more than the other hamburgers I’d tried. I had no trouble finishing this burger.
“Told you,” Claire said smugly.
She was right.
The afternoon passed with great conversation. I enjoyed myself very much. The time seemed to fly.
When it came time to go home, I actually didn’t mind the long ride today. It gave me plenty of time to ponder the people in my new home. I couldn’t wait to spend the next year getting to know these people and this country.
And L’EE season one is a WRAP! I’m very happy with this episode. I love the cookout and all! (I also took a bunch of photos of the bears…that I’ll share in a moment.) You guys can expect season two next spring, though it hasn’t been written or drafted yet.
Next week, I’ve got Halloween Week planned! It will also have some general fall related posts, so no worries if you don’t celebrate Halloween. It’s still a fun week!
Check back on Monday!
Anyway, now for a mini photoshoot!
The whole cookout crew…
Bella and Andy.
Starburst and her kids.
Rudolph and Clarice’s family.
Waffle and Theo.
Cam and Stella.
All the Small-frys!
Anyway, this outro has been very long, haha. See you all on Monday!