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I run out of that house leaving the door wide open. SEVEN The next morning, for the first time ever, I decide I can’t wait for the holidays to be over. At school I have people telling me what to do, giving me direction. There are timetables, expectations: eat now, write this essay, dissect this, analyse that. Usually, the sheer promise of an empty day is thrilling. I can get up when I want to, wear whatever I like, ride the feeling until something happens. I don’t want to get out of bed. I lie there for ages, but I can’t get back to sleep.
Just tell Mum what happened to the package. A couple of calls, a few favours traded; Jordan Mullen will regret messing with me. If there’s one thing my family’s good at, it’s retribution. It’s not that I’m scared of Mum, or Matt, or Dill—it’s like being protected by the mafia. But there’s always a price. If they call in the debt, I’m back to being a Dodd. Reduced. FIVE When I go inside, the house is dark, the air heavy and humid. I make myself an instant coffee and rummage around for something to eat that was once alive, like fruit or muesli or something.
She can even make mine look good with enough time and product. A bit of heat, a handful of goo and voilà—it’s dead straight and I look like a girl. ’ I jump. The telly’s not on, which is weird, and the blinds are still down. I didn’t expect Mum to be home. She’s just sitting there in the semi-dark, like a flat tyre— all the air gone out of her. ‘I didn’t know you were here. ’ I try to sound casual but my voice comes away ragged. Her stillness is freaking me out. She knows, she must know. I can reach out and touch her disappointment.
All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield