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司氏姐妹 (The Switch Sisters)第二章: 大日子

作者:Wuwuyu  於 2012-7-11 04:58 發表於 最熱鬧的華人社交網路--貝殼村

作者分類:翻譯小說|通用分類:原創文學

關鍵詞:新移民, 魔法, 童話小說, 學英語, 哈利波特


第二章 大日子

 

似乎升起特別早。拉披上的梳她對著衝進的陽光眼睛提起了窗戶。外面鬱鬱蔥蔥色的葉吹進房間纏繞頭髮上

 

突然打了。站在門框里的是穿著黑色大衣的法媽的眼睛閃耀著能量說明已經起早忙碌了幾小

 

親說我希望

 

拉從頭髮里摘下葉子把它放在床上。

 

我是的真的沒有比今天更完美的一天了。

 

法媽用雙手兩扇門,正了正的大衣的大女兒。

 

我想認為不必要走到瑪拉坐著始梳理頭髮的桌子邊一事件的細節告知的母

 

法媽拉手裡拿過梳子給她梳頭,她使勁地想把一個頭髮死結拉疼的打了個噤但仍然保持著頭不動

 

我一直在上各處跑做各種准敲定菜單」司維曲夫人街道上充滿了熱鬧的談話。激的人接耳視著我,匆匆跑開,去和鄰居八卦。猜他

 

閉上的眼睛。我想他於婚禮的事

 

是的法媽你說們能說什麼法媽沒有的女兒機會作回們說們很地看到生的事情測這測那們說這將是在小鎮歷史上最大的事件。法媽放下梳子。拉的頭髮在鏡子里閃閃發光,像一個拋光的石頭。

 

你認為該在候通知我司維曲夫人接著當她為瑪拉編好辮子,在頭頂打了一個完美的發她提高了她的聲音你什麼時候計劃整個鎮的人將出席婚禮」把一個夾隨便塞進她剛編好髻里奇迹般的髮夾正好停留在巧當的地方作了一個深呼吸。一陣風吹來,把窗戶切斷了房間里的春意。房內的空氣靜止了得很寂。

 

我以會知道所有的女孩會知道乖巧的重要性。法媽的手放在瑪拉的肩膀上拉看著在鏡子里的映像。從來沒有一次在公眾面前跌倒過融入人群我在想你是否是我牽手帶進這個小鎮的那個女兒。可在你不嫁了市的兒子整個安玫瑰的人參加慶祝式。你讓我怎麼想頭腦里了

 

拉只看到說完后才開口。我只邀請了和我的姐妹。其餘的客人必是格雷厄姆邀請的。」

 

提到格雷厄姆法媽走向床邊坐下的不滿包含在重的默中。拉知道的母從一始就不成這個婚配。明白她自己也很會捲入境況對自己的感情不知所措害怕失去控制。

 

在亨特一家突然駕臨餐館用餐后的前一個夏天,瑪拉已在法媽食店——的母的著名餐館--當女招待。法媽拉直 一把抓住瑪拉的肩膀, 把她拉出廚房對她著急而低聲地說。一家在 「17。不要犯任何錯誤

 

拉沒有犯任何錯誤。帶著十足的魅力和迷人幫他們點好最好的菜肴馬上上單托著放著熱氣騰騰飯菜的盤,瑪拉是如此雅和輕盈地飄過繁忙的餐廳,而在任何其他人手中都會顯得束手束腳,飄搖不穩。這頓飯吃得非常完滿法媽食店儘管司維曲家庭的名聲帶有影,卻熱鬧非凡,生意興隆。在法媽的菜肴里有一種不出的美味的顧客無法抗拒的一次又一次的回來。

 

格雷厄姆亨特回來的更多因為法媽的菜, 也因為拉。在新英格他的童年月後先在科學校然後在一個著名的大學和法律學院完成他的學業,他返回到安玫瑰。亨特市他的父為了慶祝他的歸來,作了一個常的舉動決定他去他至今還沒造訪,但在上人們談論最多的餐。就這樣格雷厄姆見到雖然有多年的有關那個家庭在間會變為什麼他只看到的美世的優雅。接著是暗暗的求很快儘管的保留心態,發現自己全心全意地覺得與他有緣不能他的求婚說不。

 

她終於服了自己將是一個好的機會來証明司維曲家庭的聲譽這也是她現在對她親說的許這將是一件好事握住司維曲夫人的手說。如果整個小看到我嫁格雷厄姆鎮的人將看到們也不是那與眾不同。可能是我來改現狀的一個機會。想象一下那些來的傳言們如何與們不同可以如何炮製奇怪的法如何危等等,想象一下,會全部消失在空氣中。」拉站起來看著的母的眼睛求道。

 

是我的一個機會來明我不是他們所認為的那樣

 

法媽拿開瑪拉握著的手步走去。門突然打在他們再次關上之前,稍稍地停了一下的眼睛充滿寒冷和不屈。

 

問題們所認為的那樣

 

 

Chapter 2: The Big Day

 

 

The sun seemed to rise especially early. Mara slipped into her dressing robe and opened the curtains. She blinked at the light that flooded into the room and lifted the window. Lush, green leaves blew inside, tangling in her hair.

The door flew open. Standing in its frame was Fa Switch in her black coat, her eyes shining with an energy that said she』d been awake and running about for hours.

「Well,」 her mother said, 「I hope you』re happy.」

Mara picked the leaves from her hair and laid them on her bedside table.

「I am,」 she said, 「It really couldn』t be a more perfect day.」

Fa closed the double doors with both hands and swept her coat around to face her oldest daughter.

「I suppose you didn』t think it necessary,」 she said, walking towards the table where Mara had sat and started to comb her hair, 「to inform your mother of the details of this event.」

Fa took the comb out of Mara』s hand and pulled it through her hair, yanking on hard knots. Mara winced but kept her head still.

「I』ve been all around town, making preparations, finalizing the menu,」 Ms. Switch said. 「The streets are buzzing with talk. Excited people everywhere, whispering, throwing sideways glances at me and running off to gossip to their neighbor. Can you guess what they are saying?」

Mara closed her eyes. 「I suppose they』re talking about the wedding?」

「Yes,」 Fa said. 「And what do you suppose they』re saying?」 Fa didn』t give her daughter a chance to respond. 「They』re saying they』re so excited to see what will happen, they』re guessing this and guessing that, they』re saying it』s going to be the largest event in the history of the town.」 Fa put down the comb. Mara』s hair gleamed in the mirror like a polished stone surface.

「Now when were you supposing to inform me,」 Ms. Switch continued, her voice rising as she braided Mara』s hair into a perfect knot on the top of her head, 「When were you planning on telling your mother that the entire townwould be attending the wedding?」 She slipped one bobby pin into the intricate bun she』d woven—miraculously, it stayed in place—and let out a deep breath. The window slammed shut and cut off the light spring breeze that had been gently playing inside. The air in the room stilled and became silent.

「I thought you, of all the girls, would know the importance of discretion.」 Fa』s hand』s held onto Mara』s shoulders as she spoke, and Mara looked forward at her reflection. 「You』re the one who has never once slipped in public, who blends so well into the crowd that sometimes I wonder if you』re the same daughter I carried into this town. Now not only are you marrying the son of the mayor, you have invited the entire town of Ambrose to the ceremony. What am I to make of this? Where has your head gone?」

Mara spoke only after she saw her mother had finished. 「I only invited you and my sisters. The rest of the guests must be Graham』s.」

At the mention of Graham, Fa Switch strode to the bed and sat at its edge, containing her discontent in a heavy silence. Mara knew that her mother had disapproved of the match from the start. She understood: she, too, had been surprised to find herself in such a situation, wary of her feelings and scared of losing control.

Mara had been waitressing at Fa』s Foods the summer prior—her mother』s famous restaurant—when the Hunter family had dropped in to dine. Fa Switch had straightened her apron, grabbed her shoulders and strode her out of the kitchen, whispering furiously. 「The mayor』s family is here,」 she said. 「Table 17. Do not make any mistakes.」

Mara had made no mistakes. Charming and personable, she recommended the best dishes and brought the orders out simultaneously, steaming hot on a tray that would have toppled precariously in any other hands but glided gracefully across the busy dining room in Mara』s. From there the work was completed by the food: despite the Switches』 shadowed reputation Fa』s Food was always bustling. There was something indescribably delicious in Fa』s dishes that made her customers unable to resist coming back for more.

Graham Hunter came back for more, more of Fa』s food and more of Mara. He was returning to Ambrose after spending his childhood years in New England, first in prep school, then a prestigious college and law school. For his homecoming celebration his father, Mayor Hunter, had decided in an uncharacteristic move to take him to dine at the most talked-about restaurant in town, which he had yet to visit. And so, Graham met Mara, and untainted by years of whispered rumors of what the family became at night, he saw only her beauty and tranquil, earthly grace. A covert courtship ensued, and soon despite her reservations Mara found herself wholeheartedly attached to him, unable to say no to his proposal of marriage.

She had convinced herself that it would be a wonderful opportunity to refute the Swithes』 reputation, and that was what she said to her mother now. 「Maybe it』ll be a good thing,」 she said, taking Ms. Switch』s hand and holding it between her own. 「If the whole town sees me marry Graham, the whole town will see that we are not so different after all. This could be our chance to change everything. Imagine it, mother! All those words behind closed doors, about how we』re just not like them, how we can concoct strange spells, how we』re dangerous, imagine all of that disappearing into air.」 Mara stood up and looked into her mother』s eyes, pleading.

「This is our chance to prove we』re not what they think we are,」 she said.

Fa Switch took her hands out of Mara』s grasp and strode towards the doors. They swung open, and she stopped briefly in the frame before they closed in front of her, her eyes cold and unyielding.

「The problem is,」 she said, 「we are.」


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