Over at the Bailey’s, Warren was busy dealing withhis sons needs. He had found a psychiatrist whospecialised in music therapy on the local hospitalswebsite. He did home visits, and had come to meetJames face to face.
He began by observing himand his little sister. Meganwas audibly annoyed by thespecial attention being givenhim, and kept subtly pointingout he was hardly thefamilies star pupil.
Next, he sat down to have a long chatwith James. The subject of musicappeared very quickly, without thepsychiatrist bringing it up.
He asked James how music made him feel, and theboy visibly lit up as he talked. He talked aboutpeople and places and genres… Warren had neverseen him so animated.
The stranger turned theconversation around onto thesubject of school, and Jamesadmitted he wasn’t very happyat his. His sister was soconfident, people only referredto him as ‘Megan’s brother’and largely ignored him. Hecouldn’t find his place.Megan, who waseavesdropping, refused to feelguilty about that. If he wouldjust talk to people, he’d makefriends in no time. She had noappreciation of how hard itcould be to be shy.
With her homework finished andeveryones attention still squarelyon James, Megan decided to get outof the house, cycle off some of herfrustration. She forgot that it wasafter dark, and therefore aftercurfew.
Trinity was on herway back from a jobalongside the Poetwhen she spottedMegan hangingaround the back ofsome buildings.
Something in Megans sullen nature calls to her, so she strikes up aconversation. After a little probing, Megan talks about her brother. He’sweird and annoying, and gets more attention than her.
Driving her home like theresponsible citizen shepretended to be, Trinitysoftly suggests that Warrenand Teresa worry aboutJames more because,having lost a parent at anearly age, he might havebehavioural or socialdevelopmental problemsto overcome.Really, she’s the lucky oneand should support her bigbrother.
Megan came back with acheeky quip, and Trinityfound herself liking the kid.She recognised a child whowas a little bit different fromthe family she was born to…and that was familiar.
Trinity suggested, if it’s okwith her parents, that Megancome round her house for anafternoon now and again.Trinity figures this would bespecial treatment for Meganwhich she craved, and wouldget her out of her parentshair.
At the end of the dayMegan had been out aftercurfew, and that wasillegal. Trinity knew allabout being successful onthe wrong side of the law,and you didn’t want tostart out by becomingknown to the police tooyoung as some kind ofdelinquent.Not that she wassuggesting a criminalcareer for her youngneighbour… but still.
Megan returns home to a shock, the specialist had suggested James attenda boarding school that concentrates on music and the arts. He wouldimprove his social skills while learning about what he loves.
James wants to go, and her mum and dad are behind the idea as well. Megan can’t help but reflect that you should be careful what you wish for.For all her harsh words, Megan was stilltaken aback. She had never dreamed herbig brother would be sent away.
Deasil StreetNo. 1 No. 3Trinity and Belladonna Darkstone The Williams FamilyNo. 2 Marley, Aimee and MalikaThe Bailey Family. No. 4Warren , Teresa, James and Megan For Sale No. 6 No. 5 Pablo and Jennifer Martinez For Sale No. 7 Ariette Vickers, her father Harry and daughter Annette Next How soon will James move away to school? Time… How will Jen adapt to life on her own? Find out next time on Deasil Street!