The small town of Hope Springs wasn't a bustling town, nor was it a quiet one. It was a town just outside of Chicago in Illinois, so there were many automobiles and pedestrians coming and going throughout the town. During the vernal season, the flowers bloomed vibrant colors and the rain fell in sheets. In the summer, the heat would rise to almost ninety degrees Fahrenheit and the clouds barely loomed across the sky. In autumn, the leaves would change to beautiful colors of goldish-yellow, sweet, caramel browns, glowing oranges and fiery reds. In the winter season, the skies would grey and thick blankets of snow would cover the grounds. It was a beautiful city, no matter what time of the year.
Hope Springs' School for Girls was one of the busiest schools around, for there were dozens and dozens of girls ranging in age from eleven to eighteen. Each family had at least one girl, and if they didn't, they didn't have any children. The Miller family was a rather large family of six girls and three boys. Mrs. Genevieve Miller passed on three years prior during childbirth, and Mr. Miller was barely around, holding a rather long job to support the family. The economy was great during the 1920s, but they still had to pay taxes on their rather large house.
The Miller children consisted of Pippa Miller, the eldest daughter, who, in 1925, was twenty. After Pippa came nineteen-year-old Rodger Miller and his twin sister, Charity. After Rodger and Charity came seventeen-year-old James Miller, and after James came sixteen-year-old Charlotte Miller. After Charlotte came fifteen-year-old Ruby Miller, then thirteen-year-old Louise Miller. After Louise, seven-year-old Charles Miller was born, and then three-year-old Hettie Miller, the last of the Miller children.
Pippa worked as a waitress in a nearby diner. Pippa was a beautiful young woman with dark shoulder-length curly hair and bright blue eyes. Pippa had received a full education from the Hope Springs' School for Girls and was recognized as a very educated young woman.
Rodger and Charity both worked at a grocery store as a clerk and a stocker. They both possessed the same traits: brown hair and dark green eyes. Rodger dropped out of Hope Springs' School for Boys after his mother passed away so he could help support the family, though he encouraged Charity to continue her education. Charity completed her education in 1924 and wrote novels as a side job.
James Miller was still attending the Hope Springs' School for Boys in hopes of one day becoming a lawyer. He had always dreamed of being one, and he knew that lawyers made a lot of money. The more money he made, the better life that he, his future wife and kids and current family would have. No one in the family saw much of James because after school, he would leave for the train station to help load the cargo onto the cars until dusk.
Charlotte Miller was a very colorful young girl with passion, ambition and a love of the arts. Charlotte, though she preferred Lottie, loved dancing and singing and could dance to the sound of anything. She had reddish-brown hair and vibrant green eyes that popped with the color of her hair. On the left side of her face just above her upper lip and just below her nose was a beauty mark that she was born with. Her brownish-reddish curly hair was cut into the classic short Flapper-style bob. Lottie still attended the Hope Springs' School for Girls, but her passion for dancing kept her from keeping her head straight when it came to schoolwork.
Ruby Miller was very much like her sister, Lottie. A year younger, Ruby shared the same passion as her elder sister. Like Lottie, Ruby loved to dance, sing, and she also loved to draw. Ruby was a very talented artist, and had been told so on many occasions. Ruby had brown hair with deep, dark blue eyes. Her brown hair was cut short into the classic Flapper-style bob as well. Like Lottie and James, Ruby was still in school, and like Lottie, her passion for dancing kept her from concentrating in school.
Louise Miller was a very intelligent young girl who loved to read and draw. Like Ruby, she had a passion for art and loved painting and drawing sceneries. Louise had tried doing portraits, but she never had an interest in them. She loved painting and drawing amazing landscapes that she would one day love to sell. Louise attended Hope Springs' School for Girls and was loved by almost all of the teachers. Her hair was a light brown color and her eyes were almost as green as Lottie's. Louise was short for her age, but it didn't matter much. She didn't dance as well as Lottie or Ruby, but she certainly didn't mind that, either. Louise's passion for art certainly was an interesting trait to possess.
Charles Miller was the youngest boy in the family. Still in a one-room grade school, Charles was a smart young man, though not quite as intelligent when it came to common sense. When the American Professional Football Association was introduced to America in 1920, Charles decided that he would love to be a football player for the Chicago Tigers, the Chicago APFA team. Charles had light brown hair and bright clear blue eyes. He was tall for his age, and one day, his father decided, he would make a great football player.
The youngest child, Hettie Miller, was too young to start school. She was unlike the other Miller children, with light, curly blonde hair and deep, earthly brown eyes. She was quiet for a toddler, but it didn't concern the Millers one bit, as they had all been quiet in their toddler years. After Mrs. Miller passed on, Pippa had to quit one of her jobs in order to keep an eye on Hettie, though she still took night shifts at the restaurant she worked at. If Pippa had to work early, Hettie would go to the neighbors for the day.
Early in October of 1925, Lottie sat in her Biology class feeling bored as ever. She had no interest in science whatsoever, and all that crossed her mind was images of her dancing on a stage in front of a rather large audience. She was dressed in her school uniform, which she hated more than anything. When the bell rang, Lottie was the first one up and out of the classroom. She sat on a bench just outside the mess hall when she was joined by Ruby, who groaned loudly.
"If I have to sit through another long and boring class…" she murmured, pulling out a small mirror to check that her hair remained untouched and unchanged.
"I'm so eager to just get out of this jailhouse and feel the sun on my face once again," said Lottie, her arms crossed across her chest. Lottie's friend, Nannie Henderson, another girl who shared the same passion as Lottie and Ruby, soon joined them.
"Can you believe these teachers today? It's as if they all took the same boring pill this morning!" exclaimed Nannie loudly. Like Lottie and Ruby, she had her gingerish-blonde hair cut into the classic Flapper-style bob.
"This day is running slower than any other day," said Lottie.
"Indeed it is," said Nannie. "Well, I'm going to be late for my next class. I'll see you both later." With that said, Nannie stood and left both girls sitting on the bench.
"What'll happen when we leave school, Lottie?" asked Ruby. Lottie turned to look at her.
"We'll find a job just like Pippa and Rodger and Charity," Lottie told her. Ruby sighed.
"I don't want some dumb old boring job… I want to dance!" Ruby exclaimed, standing. Lottie stood as well.
"Well, father would want us to hold some 'dumb old boring job'!" Lottie snapped. She looked away from Ruby, thinking to herself. "But if we were to become famous, we wouldn't need some dumb old boring job!"
"What are you saying, Lottie?" asked Ruby, eyeing her suspiciously.
"I'm saying…" Lottie began. She dropped her voice to a whisper. "…we drop out and head to Hollywood." Ruby looked at her with wide eyes and a shocked expression.
"So young? Lottie, you're only sixteen and I am fifteen…" she said.
"And does it matter? We'll be famous! We'll get jobs in Hollywood and throw in a few auditions… and before we know it, we're famous! We'd be able to take care of ourselves!" Lottie exclaimed excitedly.
"But how do we drop out? Won't father be ashamed of us?"
"Maybe at first…"
"Well… I think we should! Once we're famous, father won't be ashamed of us and we'll have millions!"
"Indeed we will! I say we leave for Hollywood this weekend, what do you think?"
"Without telling father?"
"He'd try to stop us."
"Well… okay… This weekend it is then!" Ruby exclaimed. The two girls nodded to one another and rushed off to their next classes.
That very weekend, Lottie and Ruby found enough money for a train headed west for Hollywood and the infamous Hollywoodland sign. Once they arrived in Hollywood, they knew that things were going to change for the better.