The day of departure was finally there and my parents and I went to the train station. In the central hall at the meeting point we met Lady Davenport. I was the first of the girls to arrive but within 15 minutes the other girls and their parents arrived. Lady Davenport and the girls all looked very nice, and we were all giggling, probably because of the nerves, normally I NEVER giggle.
My dad told me to be brave and that he would sent me many postcards. My mom told me to behave myself as a proper girl and gave me a tight hug. I felt her arms around me and heard the sobs in her voice when she told me she would miss me and she loved me. When the train finally took off I waved so long until my arm felt soar. I turned around and saw 3 faces, Thekla and Merry stood there with red rimmed eyes and Lady Davenport had a very strange look in her eyes. She told us to get our luggage and follow her to her car. From there on things took a very downhill turn.
Although her house looked very nice and cosy, the room that was supposed to be our room was dark, cold and damp, there weren't even proper beds. And the strange part was that as soon as we were in our rooms the door was locked behind us. Nothing to eat or to drink, no beds but only a mattress on the floor and some blankets. The first night was horrible. The next day Lady Davenport woke us early in the morning and told us to get dressed because she had work to do. She took us to houses in the neighborhood and we had to clean them. The owners had paid her money to keep their houses clean. It was horrible work and we got very little to eat. The second night we quietly discussed how to escape, this wasn't what our parents planned for us.
So after a few days we put our bags in the buckets with cleaning supplies we had to take with us. And we started cleaning, secretly keeping an eye on lady Davenport, we knew she would take a nap around 10. As soon as she was sleeping we took our bags and snook out of the back door. We ran as fast as we could. After 10 minutes we finally stopped and stood there panting and grinning. We made it! We were free and our search for our parents could start.
To be continued.