Mrs Snape knocked at Tobias' door impatiently.
"Toby, wake up," she called out. "You'll get late for school. "
Tobias Snape hated his life. Mr Snape was an skilled architect who had his own architectural firm and had amassed a fortune. And Mrs Snape was a famous lawyer. Despite being exceedingly wealthy, nobody could understand why the Snapes chose to shift their residence to Spinner's End.
"Its very much tranquil over here," Mr Snape said. And Mrs Snape found it easy to concentrate on her work in this peaceful locality. But, neither of them thought of eight-year old Tobias. Tobias, though, liked it that way. He hated the constant fussing and he also hated this locality. No one wanted to be his friend here. All the children here thought that Tobias was as snobbish as his parents. He spent his time sketching birds in his garden.
Tobias got out from his bed reluctantly. Apart from Spinner's End, the other place he absolutely detested was his school. Even over there, children didn't want to talk to him. The other day, he smiled at a seven- year old girl but the smile that she returned was a forced one.
"Toby," his mother called out again.
"Coming, mother," Tobias said. "And don't call me Toby," he added under his breath.
Tobias dressed up hurriedly and went down to the dining hall. He sat down as the doorbell rang. The butler, George, went and opened the door and Tobias saw his neighbour, Mrs Prince standing there with a loaf of bread in her hand.
"You are again late in bringing the bread today, Mrs Prince," Mrs Snape said, not looking at her. "Do you expect my son to go hungry to school everyday?"
Mrs Prince looked down at her feet. "I'm sorry, Mrs Snape," she apologised. "I had to get my daughter ready for school." Just then, George entered the dining hall with a tray full of fresh fruits.
"Very well," Mrs Snape waved her away. "Don't be late tomorrow."
Tobias cringed at this very obvious show of wealth by his mother. He immediately made up his mind to find out about Mrs Prince's daughter and be her friend, whether she liked it or not.