Who is coming to dinner?
Saturday morning I arose as usual. Maria was already checking in with our manager to be sure that our guests at the lodge were being attended to in the manner in which we wanted them to; Austrian charm and the efficiency of an Austrian Navy.
Getting out of bed was getting harder to do as the years passed. I wanted to blame it on old battle injuries, but to be honest, it was just the years catching up with me. This realization caused me to reminisce about an earlier time when I had more energy, and our family was much younger. Suddenly I remembered the events of the day before, the letter from Rolf and the phone call from the Embassy. This caused a jolt of energy to race through my body as the grogginess of a good night’s rest was suddenly displaced with questions, and I remembered the ambassador’s question, “Mr. Von Trapp, the Austrian government, wants to know if you will be moving back to Austria. ” Just when I thought that the rest of my life was well planned, no more surprises. I wanted to push the question out of my mind, but I had a decision to make.
The requirements of the will had to be finalized. Either we were going to accept their offer or let the state take over our former home. This was not just a decision for me; this was going to have to be a family decision. We were expected to go to Brigitta’s tonight. Maybe we could get the rest of the family to show up, and I could talk to everyone at once. I found Maria in our home office, a small room that we had converted into an office away from the lodge. She had just hung up the phone with our lodge manager Bruce while I approached her, bending down to gently kiss her cheek. She still had more energy than I ever did. “Maria, I know that we are going to Brigitta’s tonight. Do you think that we could get the rest of the family to show up? I want to talk to them about the letter and phone call that I received. This is a matter that we need to talk to the rest of the family about.” I explained. “I can call the rest of the family and see if they are available. Everyone is so busy. I will let them know that we have something to discuss.” she replied. “Ok, let me know who can go. In the meantime, I want to spend some time going over the ramifications of even thinking about this.” as I headed to get a cup of coffee in the kitchen.
“Kurt, this is mom. Brigitta has asked us over for dinner tonight, and I was wondering if you and Stephanie were available to…..” I was interrupted by “Mom, Brigitta has already asked us to come over, last week as a matter of fact and we plan on being there.”
Kurt stated. “Oh, ok we look forward to seeing you tonight,” I said as I hung up the phone. Strange, I wonder why Brigitta had already asked Kurt and Stephanie. My next call was to Gretl. “I called her number but only received her answering machine. “Gretl, this is mom. Your dad and I were wondering if you and Brandon were available to come over.” Before I could hang up, Gretl picked up the phone. “Hi mother, sorry I was just getting ready to go to the market to pick up some things for tonight. We are going to Brigitta’s, and I promised to bring something.” “You were invited too?” I asked astonished. “Yes, she said that she and Larz had something that they wanted to talk with us about. From what she said, she said that she was going to try and get everyone to be there.” My head started to spin. Georg wanted the family together so that he could speak with them about the letter, the will and the phone call from the Austrian Embassy and here was Brigitta wanting everyone to come together so that she could talk to us about something she and Larz had been thinking about. Could it be the same thing? She couldn’t be pregnant; she was way past childbearing age and happy that their children were out on their own. “Um, ok then I guess we will see you tonight. At this point, I stopped making phone calls. It seemed as if everyone was going to be there. I got up from the chair and walked into the study with a very puzzled look on my face. Georg looked up from the desk where he was busy writing on a piece of graph paper. He continued to use graph paper to write everything on from his days at the Academy in Austria. “Maria, now it seems that you have seen a ghost. What is it?” “All of the children have already been invited to Brigitta’s tonight. It seems that you will have your audience.” Maria replied slowly and cautiously. We both looked at each other asking ourselves the exact same questions I’m sure. This was becoming more and more confusing.
“I wonder if Brigitta received the same letter that we did? Can it be possible that Rolf has kept in touch with them all of these years? They couldn’t possibly keep that secret from me!” I said in my authoritarian and patriarchal tone. What I didn’t know was that tonight would hold even more surprises than the day before.
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28 thoughts on “Chapter 4”
Love this story, Gill.
I’m going to have to start from the first chapter cause I think I missed a lot. I love your writing
Very impressive story! You write so beautifully! I always end up wanting some more
There would definitely be an audience at Brigitta’s . As you say, you could be in for surprises tonight. Go and see…
What a fun story! I’m going to have to go back and start reading from the beginning. Thanks for sharing!
I saw Von Trapp and thought it was the Sound of Music…or is it? lol. Nice writing!
Yes it is. This is a story from Georg’s perspective instead of Maria’s.
I hope you enjoy it.
Intriguing. I will certainly start from part 1. I like the flow of the writing. Well done.
Thank you Jen.
Nicely written. I love how you drawn out the main character’s background in this piece!
Researching the characters since their exit from Austria has been very interesting.
Ohhh is this chapter 4 already? I think I have to read the other chapters first
Well, thanks for sharing this to us for the lazy readers out there HAHA!
What a nice interesting story. Very impressive and beautifully presented.
Thank you Elizabeth.
I will be reading all the previous chapters. The story is so catchy, I am hooked.
Chapter 5 will be posted within the next few days!
Beautiful story. Thank you for letting us read your pieces for free.
Well nicely written and an Interesting story. Thanks for sharing
This story is keeping me eager with anticipation for the next chapter!
Such an interesting story. i should have start with the 1st chapter down to the 4th.
What a great read. I enjoyed reading this story. I will be catching up on the other chapters too!
Sounds like it’s going to be an interesting family meeting when everyone gets together. Looking forward to reading the fourth chapter soon.
This is interesting. I would have to back read the first 3 chapters though. 🙂
I think I need to go back to part one and read from the start. Sounds like a fab read for my train journey xx