From Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames
Hi. I'm Clair, the twin to Amy. You probably know her because she's so funny. She doesn't mind being the center of attention, but in a good way, know what I mean? She loves to dance and twirl and sing at the top of her lungs. She reminds me of my great-grandmother.
I'm more like my dad. Smart but quiet, though I don't think that's a bad thing. I like to watch people. I love to read. And I adore animals. Rags--that's my Aunt Charlotte's cat--is probably my best friend. He likes when I let him sit in my lap and I read out loud to him. I think we get each other, you know? My favorite books are mysteries. My Aunt Charlotte introduced me to them. I also like to paint and do crochet. I'm very excited because my father's girlfriend, Meredith, is inviting artists to town and she's throwing a big party at the old Ziegler winery, and I think we get to go. Waiting to hear...I hate waiting! But if we do, there will be art hanging on the walls. Really good art.
I've been reading up on the history of Providence, and there's a lot written about the winery. There's talk about pirates leaving treasure in the basement and ghosts and buried bodies. I don't believe any of it...at least, I don't think I do, but with Halloween just around the corner...
No, no, no, Daddy says not to talk myself into fear. I'm nine. I'm old enough to not believe in fairy tales or scary tales.
I'm excited about the party--if I get to go. There's going to be fondue. My Aunt Charlotte makes the best fondue! All different kinds. Amy may have the nose for cheese, but I'm the one who likes to taste it. I can't eat bread. I'm a celiac, and I have to be careful around stuff that has wheat in it, but Aunt Charlotte is really careful about what I eat. She makes sure there's a special dish for me with rice crackers or gluten-free bread she makes herself. She's so sweet. I don't know what my dad, Amy, and I would have done without her. We moved in last year when our mum...I don't want to talk about her right now. Maybe another time, okay?
Anyway, I'm excited about the party. So why are my fingers shaking and why am I breathing high in my chest? Should I be scared going to the old winery? Do you think the rumors are true? Do you think I should warn Meredith and Aunt Charlotte? There was a murder in Providence last year. I don't want something like that to happen again. I really really don't. Thanks for any advice you might give.
PS: if you want one of my aunt's recipes for fondue, you can click this link. FONDUE RECIPE