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Where There’s A Will ...
Early that next morning, Renée and Sadie were driven by the same chauffeur to the law offices of Vandermier and Hitchcock. It was a very old English law firm that had divided their expertise among three cities: San Francisco, New York City and London. It was Mr. Stephen Vandermier Sr. who spoke to Renée.
“You are a very wealthy and fortunate young woman. Your beautiful mother not only left you extremely well off, but also provided you with intelligence and extraordinary good looks.”
The elderly man began. He was still able to appreciate a beautiful face and that coupled with intellect made Renée truly extraordinary.
“Thank you for that compliment, Mr. Vandermier.” Renée said with a small blush rising in her creamy beige cheeks.
“That’s all well and good, but can you get on with this, Renée and I have things to do before heading for Bakersfield.” Sadie interjected impatiently.
“Oh yes, quite; now as for the will, your mother never did anything in a small way …” Mr. Vandermier began.
“Amen to that statement.” Sadie replied and both Vandermier and Sadie exchanged a very brief smile.
“Here is a recorded video message to you from your mother. I have of course all the legal terminology in these documents. I insisted that she also have a written record of her wishes so that there could be no dispute. I am to fly to the villa outside of Paris to see Marquis de Grandeur tomorrow. He is quite ill, but he wanted to make sure that everything was done according to his daughter’s wishes. He insisted that I come in person to present my information. Jon-Luc will be accompanying me.” Mr. Vandermier said.
“Oh, I would love to go with you to the chateau!” Renée exclaimed.
“You really don’t need to do that. We need to get ourselves ready for that trip to Bakersfield. There are a lot of items I want shipped to my mansion in Bakersfield and I will definitely need your help. Let Vandermier go on. It’s a lot of legal stuff and you will have already heard it, child.” Sadie admonished.
“But it’s my grandfather and Uncle Jon-Luc; I never got a chance to speak to him, you were in such a hurry to leave, Marme!” Renée chided accusingly sounding much more like two than almost eighteen.
“Now is really not the time for your visit to the chateau.” Mr. Vandermier said and with that he turned on the DVD player, noting the satisfied look on Sadie Bakersfield’s face.
A Twist of Fate
There was Andréa, looking beautiful and very much alive. It was still hard to believe that she was no longer present upon the earth.
“My Dearest Renée, if you are viewing this message, it will mean that I am in a better place and that my very dear friend (the sarcasm could not be missed) Sadie Bakersfield is at your side along with dear Stephen. I leave to you, my darling daughter, everything that I possess … except for my interest in the farm outside of Hampton. I have already given that property totally to your father dear Sir Alex Latimoore, my most trusted friend, admirer, and dutiful husband. I have always considered us still married, (Sadie grimaced) even if only in spirit.
Your inheritance will become available to you in two installments. One immediately after you reach your twenty-first year and the other when you turn thirty-eight years old. The one you receive upon reaching your twenty-first year is a smaller empowerment. The full inheritance will be realized on your thirty-eight year. No argument, these are my wishes—unless you decide to refuse your inheritance—then … (A rueful smile was on that lovely face.) everything will belong to my twin brother André Jon-Luc Dupree III. Sadie showed a strong look of disapproval and Andréa continued.
“Most of what I have, I accumulated from my father Marquis de Grandeur aka André Jon-Luc Dupree II and the many men that graced my life (she blushed.) Having a wonderful father like the Marquis allowed me many advantages. For without him, you my precious child would not have been born. (A single tear trickled down her cheek. This had been her trademark.) Well, enough of that. I truly love you, my only child, although I may have never showed it in customary ways that most mothers do. Sadie knows.”
“Sadie, you will no longer be receiving that handsome allowance I’ve paid you for the maintenance of my mansion and the upbringing of my daughter. That money will fund another account that will aid Renée in paying for her college tuition and living expenses. She will also be under the watchful eye of a temporary trustee. After her college graduation, that money will be invested, and Renée will live off the residuals along with her smaller inheritance.”
A look that could have killed swept over Sadie’s attractive plumb face and as if to gauge the reaction Andrea head slightly turned.
“Ado, my sweet one and live happily!”
The screen turned black and the DVD ended. The player was then stopped by Mr. Vandermier. It was quiet for moments and then Vandermier spoke.
“Do either of you have any questions?” He said.
To Be Continued ...
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Closing an iron fist takes a lot of effort and Sadie Bakersfield has a plan brewing to tighten her grip on Renée.
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Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS (author) from Memphis on September 21, 2018:
Find out Monday Sadie's reaction to her "golden goose" being plucked. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading!