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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
how far would you go to impress your guests?

Submitted: June 05, 2016

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Submitted: June 05, 2016



"Why on Earth don't you just use an electric kettle, child," said Mrs Pierson, "you're just like your father." 

These words were only a repetition to her daughter, Helen Pierson, who brushed away her Mother's words and smiled so as not to be rude. 

In she went to the kitchen, leaving Mrs Pierson outside in the garden with the other guests. Helen waited for 13 minutes before her kettle, which rattled on the aga, began it's high pitched song, and she then could make her Mother and her guests their tea. 

Of course, Helen had to let everybody know why the tea had taken such a long time, but her Mother had beaten her to it. 

"For Christmas I'm going to give her an electric kettle," Mrs Pierson was speaking to the guests like a lady in theatre, "it'll save her so much time!" 

"I don't want one, Mum, I'm happy with the one I've got." Said Helen, placing everybody's cups carefully infront of them before sitting down at the garden table. 

They spoke of family events and their great ancestors, what they had achieved in the last season and other general conversation. 

As the sun began to set and the guests pulled on their jumpers to cover the evening chill, one by one they said "goodbye and thanks" and left, until only Helen and Mrs Pierson were sat at the garden table with a view of empty cups. 

"Well, I've had a nice afternoon, although I'm not sure about the guest in the navy jumper." Said Mrs Pierson. Helen smiled and agreed and then her Mother left. And as Mrs Pierson reversed in her car in the driveway, she saw her daughter through the kitchen window, she waved a goodbye but Helen did not notice, she was too busy getting her electric kettle from the cupboard under the sink, so that she could have a nice cup of tea in solitude. 

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