"Lexi! Ashley! Time to go to riding!" Melinda called from the front door, expecting them to be ready to go. Maybe they didn’t hear me…
"Lex! Ash!" she called again. This time, Ashley and Lexi appeared, dressed to go riding in beige breeches and holding their tack.
"Okay, we heard you! Let’s go." Ashley tried to make it look like they had been up to no good. She didn’t want her to know what they were up to, but too bad Lexi had other ideas.
"Hey, Melinda, does the last name Hockley ring a bell with you?"
Melinda thought about it as she sat in traffic on Park Avenue. "No. Was that a client of ours?"
"Uh…no, but does the name Calvert?"
"No shit, Lex. That’s your last name!" Melinda rolled her eyes, thinking Lexi was losing it. "Why do you ask?"
"Since Ash’s encounter with Rose, we’ve been looking up family history…" Lexi’s voice trailed off as Ashley turned up the volume on her IPod, trying to drown it out, knowing Lexi was bound to mess something up to make it look good.
"Lex, I know that Cal changed his last name to Calvert from Hockley, and he did not kill himself as soon as the stock market crashed. He waited a few days to see what would happen. Then he killed himself, and no, it is not correct that he drank himself to death."
Ashley giggled under her breath; Lexi had twisted the story up after all. "Mel, let me tell you the real story," Ashley offered. "Now, what really happened after the occurrences is I went to Lexi and…" Ashley’s voice trailed on until they were almost out of Secaucus. "And that is what really happened."
There was an eerie silence for a moment or two. "That sounds more like it," Melinda confirmed. Lexi rolled her eyes. "Why are you guys so interested in Rose, anyway? You two never showed any interest in family history until Rose came back supposedly."
"Well, now we want to know as much as possible, and her connection to Jack," Ashley started.
"Her connection to Jack?" Melinda asked suddenly. "All right. What is this all about?"
"She says she wants Jack, and she wants us to find him! And then this Ruth DeWitt Bukater comes into the picture…" Lexi finished.
"She was your great-great-grandmother. Rose told me about her when she was younger, and how she cared more about society than her own self!"
"Bitch," Lexi slurred.
"What did you say, Lexington Alyssa-Rose?" Melinda raised her voice slightly.
"Witch. She was a witch for caring more about the outside world than her daughter!" Lexi corrected, even though she knew that Melinda knew what she had really said.
"Ya think? I’m glad you two are nothing like her. So, she enters this picture how?"
"Well, she paid me a little surprise visit through visibility and then again through the board. She was threatening me, telling me that she would give me nightmares for the rest of my life if Jack and Rose were an item again," Ashley continued.
"Why doesn’t that surprise me?" Melinda turned into the driveway of the barn. "Just try not to deal with her, all right?"
Ashley and Lexi got out and put their tack on the fence of the jumping arena. "What if we never find Jack?" Lexi asked as they walked to the barn.
"Well, I don’t know. We may or may not ever find him, and if we don’t…" Ashley paused.
"Then what?" Lexi wanted an answer. "We will be haunted until our dying day?"
"No. There must be some way. Let’s just get through lessons and then start searching."
"I cannot believe that Rose can jump that high!" Lexi exclaimed happily, breaking the silence.
"Yeah, you jumped pretty high, like four foot four, I think," Ashley recalled as they entered the quiet apartment.
"Last one to the computer cleans hooves tomorrow!" Lexi said as she ran off to the computer room. Ashley shook her head, taking the time to put her tack away instead of throwing it over the chair.
"You’re grounded, so you’ll be cleaning hooves tomorrow."
Lexi came back out of the computer room cautiously with an article in her hand. "This was in the printer."
Ashley took the article and multitasked, taking off her paddock boots while reading the article. ''Did you print this?"
Lexi shook her head. "I thought maybe you did."
Now it was Ashley’s turn to shake her head. "Come on. We need more information about this."