By Laurene Kelly

Fourteen-year-old Julie starts off crying on Monday while issues move badly in class. even if cheered up by means of her puppy, Jessie, issues aren't far better at domestic. they usually cross from undesirable to worse. at the day Julie and her brother, Toby choose to sign up for Ruby on the neighborhood waterhole, there's an coincidence. yet whatever extra is inaccurate. Her father is in medical institution and Jessie isn't there to greet her.

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I put the pot and cups down. ’ ‘Well I was wondering . . um . . well . . you know . . um . . well . ’ ‘I don’t know, and don’t say um,’ she answered sharply. This was more like the mum I knew. Maybe it was best just to forget it. If she was pregnant, I’d soon know. It wasn’t something she could hide for long. ’ ‘Um . . ’ ‘Because he is a bigoted bastard. ’ Toby asked. ’ This was mum the teacher asking me. ‘I think so. ’ ‘Yes, that’s a pretty good definition. ’ He looked at me as if to say why did I ask.

This was something I hadn’t thought about. Leaving my friends. I’d known them since I’d started school. Lots of kids’ parents fought but very few left their partners. ’ I suddenly felt very sad. I didn’t want to leave my friends, the school or anything. Why couldn’t Dad just go? That would be the best, then not everyone else’s lives would be disrupted. ’ ‘Well . . well. ’ Toby rode off quickly. I ran after him. ‘Toby, Toby stop,’ I called. ‘It is too bloody hot for me to chase you. ’ 41 He was at the bus stop, and I could see the bus.

He shouted. ’ He could sleep forever and he still wouldn’t be beautiful, I thought. I wasn’t going to dob Toby in, so I said nothing. He looked at me and I turned away and wiped Jen’s mouth. ’ ‘I . . I’m not sure,’ I lied. I gave it away by looking towards Toby’s bedroom. I would be no good as a spy. They would get things out of me in no time. Oh well, at least they wouldn’t have to torture me. He stormed in there. ’ I followed him. As soon as Toby saw him, he jumped out of bed faster than I have ever seen anyone jump.

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