Bearton Abbey is the home of siblings, Steerforth and Georgiana Beartram. Share in their daily escapades along with cousins, Burl and Pearl Cavedish of Cavedweller Hall, and friends who have yet to be revealed. Hobbs the butler always has something interesting to add making Barton a welcome and happy place indeed.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Episode XII-The Ball Continues...

"My dear Steerforth, Georgiana's gown is stunning. Wherever did she find it?"

"Actually, it is one of Carlotta's creations. She truly outdid herself with this one."

As the music began to play Burl approached Victoria to ask for a dance, despite her obvious attention towards Steerforth.

"Mis Victoria, if I might be so bold as to ask..."

But before he could pose the question Pearl arrived and interrupted.

"Burl! I believe one of the Bunny sisters would like to speak to you about something of great importance. Why don't you stroll over there and see what it is all about."

Disappointed, he made his way across the room to speak with Clara and Zell.

The discontented mohair expression on Pearl's muzzle spoke volumes.

"Victoria, I do not understand your need to lead my poor brother into a sense of false hope regarding a relationship. It is more than obvious that you are merely playing with his affections in an effort to get closer to my cousin Steerforth. I must insist that you stop this behavior immediately!"

"Miss Pearl, I am quite sure I do not know of what you are speaking."

"Oh yes you do you little..."

Steerforth suddenly appeared and readily escorted Pearl from the situation.

"Cousin Pearl, why on earth are you bearating poor Victoria?"

"Poor Victoria? She has never known a poor day in her life. She is spoiled beyond contempt, she is using my brother to get closer to you and your fortune. As if she hasn't enough money already."

"Pearl, be fair. Victoria is a very kind young bear."

Pearl moved closer getting nose to nose with her cousin. Through gritted fangs she spoke firmly,
"Open your button eyes cousin! You are being played as a fool, I assure you! All young wealthy female bears behave in this manner."

"But Pearl, you have been born into wealth and you are also a young bear."

Fumbling for an appropriate response Victoria once again approached Steerforth.

"Forgive my interruption Steerforth, but it looks as though all of the rumors about your sister may be true."

They looked across the room along with all the others as Georgiana strolled towards Dr. Beartholomew. All eyes were averted to the beary special couple.

"Good evening professor." she said sweetly with a curtsey.

Bowing to her curtsey, "Miss Bearton, you are looking lovely this evening. Won't you please sit with me for a while?""

The band played on but no one dared to dance as they watched to see what would happen next. The two bears chattered on, laughing and smiling all the while.

Looking up they realized every eye was upon them.

"Hmph. It appears that none of my guests are dancing to this wonderful music."

"It does seem to be the case, professor."

"Perhaps we should set the example. Would you care to join me for a waltz?

"I would be delighted."
Paw in paw they headed out onto the dance floor.

All eyes watched them glide onto the dance floor. Steerforth smiled, his heart warming at the sight of his sister's joy.

It was at that moment he caught a glimpse of Victoria's silvery gray fur sparkling in the candlelight. It was as if cupid was casting a spell upon him as Steerforth looked upon her in a whole new light.

Victoria returned his glance with a slight smile.
Steerforth escorted Victoria onto the dance floor.

Pearl and Burl watched as the bears and hares paired off and began to waltz.
Poor Burl's heart was broken.

Mrs. Ester Bunny, in all of her meddling wisdom, whispered to Burl.
"No need to fret Burl. I happen to know a very lovely little rabbit that would be more than happy to join you on the dance floor."

Across the room Clara and Zell, grinning like cheshire cats, waved at Burl.

Burl's stuffing turned and his mohair went pale.
"Oh dear," he thought, "What will Pearl think of this?"


As the drama continued at the ball, Hobbs was busy at Bearton Abbey when a noise outside caught his attention...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Episode XI-Having a Ball

"My dear Victoria, so lovely to see you again. I must say your gown is lovely."

"Thank you Mrs. Bunny. By any chance, have you seen Steerforth this evening?"

"Why yes. He arrived a short while ago with his sister, Georgiana."

"It appears you will have to wait to speak with Steerforth as his cousin is hurriedly coming this way."

"Victoria, you are a vision of beauty this evening."

"Thank you Burl. I was wondering if you have seen Steerforth as of late?"

Broken hearted Burl responded,

"No I have not."

Still looking about with little regard for Burl's steady gaze she answered delicately,

"It was very nice speaking with you Burl. Perhaps we can chat later."

And off she went in search of Steerforth leaving poor Burl staring after her.


"Burl!" Pearl's her voice dripping with contempt,  "Why on earth were you speaking with her? Come now, we have several other bears with which to associate. You really need to stop throwing yourself at her."

Dejectedly, Burl followed his sister.

While the bears mingled Clara and Zell discussed, with great excitement, all in attendance.

"Poor Burl. Did you see the way Victoria rejected the dear fellow?" Zell said with empathy.

"Zell, how can you blame her, Steerforth is so very handsome."

"Yes, in an obvious sort of way. But Burl, he's adorable and cuddly. Like a good bear should be."

Across the room, Victoria, having found Steerforth, greeted him warmly.

"Good evening Steerforth. So glad to see you this evening."

Bowing to her curtsey Steerforth grinned.

"You are looking especially lovely tonight. Is that one of Carlotta's creations?"

"Why yes it is. How kind of you to notice."

As Victoria and Steerforth chatted on about all manner of things attention was being given to the opposite side of the room as all looked on with baited breath..