If you have a keen mind and obsessively analyze that certain genre of movies, set in the Belle-Époque/Mid-War era, or even those Agatha Christie novels, you’ll more often than not come across a very peculiar kind of character. It’s that character who has all the dirt on everybody else while always being impeccably prepped. Generating intrigue is a part of their job description, they would be rather caught dead than smiling UNLESS they come over another grain of dirt which gives them high-ground over someone else. And some of them, have a very seductive charm. Of course I’m talking about the Head Housekeeper!
These women are the characters who DRIVE DUH-RAMA in every Downton Abbey-esque scenery. And what would life be if we took ourselves way too seriously all the time? What would life be without a little fun or murderous harmless drama?
Let’s call this governess Madame Bondi (de laa bondar, as in dolofana). These are the images captured by the security cameras in the new household Madame Bondi is visiting. She’s been waiting for a few hours now, the lady of the house left to buy flowers for her chambers and she’s not back yet. At least that’s what Marlon, the gloomy eyed butler, told her.
Madame Bondi got a feeling that this Lady shouldn’t had been spending so much time buying flowers because:
1. There was only one small flower market in that countryside. It should have taken no more than 20 minutes to get there, see all the stands, negotiate and get back.
2. She noticed flowers on her way to the room; there were an abundance of white tulips and only ONE vase with fresh cut red ones. That meant the lover was new, the fling was probably at the beginning; they met daily, the red tulips were not older than a day.
She must be having a lover. Or consuming opium. Or both! – She thought while waiting and waiting and waiting.
Snooping around is another hobby of Madame B’s. More precisely snooping around and examining easily stashable pieces of silverware and décor. And this lady surely knew a thing or two about design. For example, this furniture is surely custom made by some of the best custom made furniture producers in Romania, La Maison, which have their own factory. She knows the owners of La Maison, Cristina and Patrick Zelmat. She knows that they are specialized in designing and decorating full homes, with a designer in house and collaborating with other designers La Maison delivers the chic-est homes she had ever seen. Especially the kitchens, which they produce and decorate with everything including sanitary objects and the refined La Cornue ovens (for which La Maison is the official and exclusive retailer in Romania and Moldavia)
7 hours have passed and there was no Lady in sight. By this time, all of the household staff suspected that the Lady was having an affair. And Madame Bondi was certain!
That could have been the perfect place for her, she would stay there, regardless of the Lady’s liking of her. She knew how to keep secrets and how to manufacture excuses. She had the leverage she needed, and she could be of great help to this Lady.
Madame Bondi picked up some silver wear and dashed straight to the butler demanding to be taken to her room. She needed two candlesticks, a bucket of ice, a bottle of champagne, a few dessert spoons – for her breaks during the day; all of them to help her relax. After all, being the best governess in England was exhausting.
Photos by Costrut
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May you all step in places which instantly take you to a different world!