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At Midnight

Katie watched her daughter, Olive, tiptoe to her room. Not a sound from any footfall. Even avoided the squeaky spots in the floorboards. She was good, clearly adept at creeping home after curfew. From where she stood, leaning against the doorframe, Katie wondered where she went wrong. Probably trying to take on the father role… Continue reading At Midnight

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'But I don't even understand why you had to go there,' Betty said to her eldest child, Anna. 'Mum, I'm a grown woman. I can go where I like.' 'Well, now you're in a bit of a muddle, aren't you?' Anna stared into the space just over her mother's left shoulder. Mum was right. She… Continue reading Witness

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News reaches the Mansion

'I don't even want to see him again.' I speak softly but there is a defiance to my tone, my words. Mother looks down her aquiline nose. She's perfected the disapproving gaze. I sometimes imagine that she used to stare at her own mum like that. But Granny would not have tolerated such insolence. Insolence.… Continue reading News reaches the Mansion

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Misha’s Dad

'I'm serious,' Mum said. She looked it. I'd never seen such concern writ large over her features. Her brow was tightly drawn, her eyes dark and cloudy. Her lips were a thin, taut line. In contrast, I was all dumbfounded shock. My mouth was gaping open while I thought of something to say. But how… Continue reading Misha’s Dad

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Kicked Out

'It's the lies! I can't take it anymore!' Mum's face is bright red. Spit flies out of her mouth. She's breathless, panting as though she's run five kms. Geez, looks like I've really done it this time. 'After you clean up your room, you can get out.' 'What do you mean? 'Exactly as it sounds,… Continue reading Kicked Out