Hello friends! It’s time for episode three of L’Etudiant! I can’t believe we’re already almost done with this series.
Also, I had promised to give you all the conclusion to our Star Wars saga this Star Wars day, and erm…that didn’t happen. I *promise* I’ll make it happen next year! Anyway, on with the continuation of Gisselle’s story!
“You’re going to love our cousins!” Claire beamed.
Today was aigre-doux*. Adeline was going to be meeting all the friends I’d made over the past year, and we were going to celebrate. But also, it was potentially the last time I’d see many of those friends.
A tear fell from my eyes. I didn’t want to leave America.
Adeline’s words came back to me. Before our conversation, I’d never even considered staying. I wanted to be with my family again. A year was a long time to be away, and homesickness plagued me. But if Adeline was staying, maybe I should stay too. She was part of my family, and if I was being honest, she was the one I’d missed the most. Could I really stay with her?
The Stone’s mini-van pulled up to a now-familiar driveway. We rushed inside to find all of my American friends chatting.
“Gisselle!” Sandy cried. “You’re here! And this must be your sister.”
I nodded. “Everyone, this is Adeline.”
Adeline managed a small wave. She wasn’t exactly used to being the center of attention. But I knew that she’d make friends here within no time.
I made my way around the room, saying hello to all of my friends. It was strange how I’d come to know and love each and every one of them in just under a year.
“Are you really going?” Swirl sniffed.
I hesitated. “Yes.”
Even though I wasn’t entirely sure myself, I figured it was better to not falsely raise anyone’s hopes.
“I am going to miss you all so much.”
For the rest of the night, we played games and talked. It was blissful. This was the sort of thing I was going to miss the most.
Before the party was over, Periwinkle made her way over to Adeline and me.
My sister nodded.
“I think you’re going to be my au pair*.”
*like a nanny
I gasped. Adeline was going to be an au pair for Periwinkle’s family? I never would have expected this coincidence. My mind spun as I wondered if this changed anything for me. It was one thing to think Adeline was going to work for a stranger, but she was going to be working for my friends.
“Oh, you are Madame Periwinkle Stone! Yes, yes, that is me!” Adeline stammered.
“Wonderful! Would you like me to go ahead and give you a tour of the house since you’ll be staying here?”
Adeline nodded. “That sounds nice.”
Periwinkle led us around her house. I was already familiar with some of the rooms, but I hadn’t been all around the house yet.
“Why did you not tell me you were going to be an au pair for Periwinkle?” I hissed. “That changes things.”
“I did not know you knew this Madame Stone. It is a somewhat common last name, no?”
I nodded. “But she lives so close to Madame Clarice and Monsueir Rudolph!”
“Close?” Adeline stammered. “But it took us at least an hour to get here! And they live far away on a map!”
I sighed. Being in America, I’d nearly forgotten how far away an hour was back home.
“And this is where you’ll be staying!” Periwinkle’s voice drew my attention away from my sister.
We were now standing in a room I hadn’t known existed in this house. It was somewhat small, but still had plenty of space for Adeline. I wondered what room the Stones had given up in order to prepare this room for her.
“Très bien!*” Adeline grinned.
“What about you Gisselle? Are you still going back to France?” Periwinkle asked.
My mouth hung open. I had no idea how to answer her. Was I?
“She has not decided yet,” Adeline answered for me.
“Well, if you’d like to stay, you always have a place with us.”
A glimmer of hope flickered through me. It was possible for me to stay in America. I just…needed to figure out what I wanted first.
“Thank you,” I managed. “I’ll consider it.”
“Of course, that is if Clarice and Rudolph don’t decide they want to keep you,” Periwinkle laughed. “Clarice is going to miss you a lot you know.”
My mind swam. This was a lot to take in. I needed to have a serious conversation with my parents about all this, and then of course I needed to find out what I even wanted to do.
“What do you think?” Adeline asked.
“I have no idea…”
“Well, all I will say is that I do not want to be away from you anymore.”
Never before had I agreed with my sister so strongly.
What do you think? Will Gisselle stay in America with her sister? Or will she go back to France with her parents? It’s a difficult choice…what would you do?