Cordelia spent the morning taking Powder, her horse for a check-up and finishing up some last-minute paperwork. When she the heard familiar laughter. Cordelia looked out her window to see her mother, Lydia, Eddie and Edena, her twin siblings coming by boat. Cordelia smiled as she went out to greet them.
‘’ Cordelia, I was going to call you, but the twins dropped my phone in the water earlier this afternoon,’’ Lydia said in an exasperated voice, eyeing the twins as she spoke. ‘’I don’t know why you let them get away with everything,’’ Cordelia said with her hands now placed firmly on her hips.
Lydia rolled her eyes and said,
‘’Never mind that I received a call yesterday from Hassan. Do you remember I told you he works closely with the Cuprite Museum? Well, his team is searching for this’’ Lydia retrieved a folder from her shoulder bag and handed it over to Cordelia.
‘’No, thank you, mother. I already have a big project I need to prepare for; I really don’t have the time, nor do I enjoy working with a large team.’’ as Cordelia said this, she handed the folder back to her mother.
‘’Cordelia, you haven’t even looked at it!’’ The Cuprite Museum is willing to pay a lot of money for it! You might even get featured on the cover of Gemstone Magazine.’’ Lydia said this as Cordelia headed towards the house.
‘’Mom, I want to show you something, and please do something about those two wild animals!, Cordelia said, looking in the twin’s direction
as she opened the door to her house.
Cordelia unlocked her safe and retrieved a shimmering double-strand amethyst gemstone necklace. Milky white moonstone encompassed by brilliant reflective hematite gems. Cordelia raced back outside to show her mother the necklace.
‘’Cordelia!’’ Lydia shouted, ‘’Where in the realm did you find this? You know that-’’ Lydia said, but Cordelia interjected, ‘’I know mom!
Lyudmila, The Founding Mother was said to have owned this very necklace.’’ Cordelia said confidently as she and her mother walked towards the house.
Cordelia and her mother discuss the details and looked over the sparkling necklace as the twins Eddie and Edena ran through the house, knocking over everything in their path, giggling loudly.
‘’Now you understand why I can't join Hassan and his team on their latest project. I need to get this necklace to my client and then I am off to the northern side of Lava Stone Island,’’ Cordelia said in one breath. Lydia’s eye bulged ‘’ you're not taking your father’s cruiser, The Maryellen out there! The Maryellen is not made for such a journey.’’
Cordelia frowned her face as her mother said this. She knew her mother was right. The trip would be long and arduous, perhaps even too much for her horse Powder. ‘’Why not take a commercial flight and be done with it? Once you’re on Lava Stone Island, you can charter one of the local boats.’’ Her mother said.
Cordelia thought for a moment. ‘’No. I have a better way I'll charter a private flight,’’ Cordelia said in an uncertain voice. ‘’ Have you lost your mind, Cordelia Citrinitas Fern?! That would cost more money!‘’ Her mother said in a high-pitched confused voice.
Cordelia let out a sigh and said, ‘’I met a charter pilot and -’’ Lydia beamed as she said, you mean you're finally dating! Oh, that's wonderful! Why haven’t your father and I met him?! Which company does her work for? How long have you two been dating?‘’ Mother, please slow down; we are not dating! He is just a new business contact’’ Cordelia said this as she turned to look out the window.
‘’I bet I can get him to give me a good deal on a private flight out to Lava Stone Island,’’ she thought to herself. Cordelia walked away from the window, wondering what she might say to Nathaniel, the charter pilot she had met only the night before at the Tanzanite Lounge. '' I've got it! I know what I'll say!'' Cordelia thought to herself as she begin to search for her phone.
Cordelia is a tenacious woman that never backs down from a challenge. However, we all have a weakness. Most people tend to think of themselves a superhero needing only their will power to carry them through whatever obstacle may come their way. The truth might be very different.
We all need help from time to time, and there is no shame in asking for it. Remember asking for help does not impede your independence in anyway.
For those of you who were dazzled by Cordelia’s amethyst necklace, it is available in her Sojourn Collection. May you never allow pride to be a road block on your journey to success in all that your strive to achieve!