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  1. 1. After a few days of thinking, James gotback in touch with Emma Marshall.The rest of the family were out, so heinvited her over to the house to plan.
  2. 2. He’d spent some time coming up with how tointroduce Emma to her mother. Most scenario’sdid not go well. But Megan was due to age upsoon, and that could be perfect. They wouldn’treveal who she was just yet, just get introductionsover with.
  3. 3. Emma found herself adecent dress and arrived forthe party. She was nervous,but James encouraged her.
  4. 4. Teresa assumed James had finally made a friend of his own, and didn’t think anythingof the fact that this Emma was as shy as her step-son. She seemed nice enough.
  5. 5. Emma managed a whole conversation withher a little later. It was about nothing inparticular, and Teresa had no idea howmomentous it was. But to Emma it meantthe world.
  6. 6. But the evening was all about the birthday girl, so their conversation was cut shortwhen the moment came for Megan to blow out the candles and become a teen.
  7. 7. Megan was more than ready for this. Once she was ateen her parents would take her more seriously,Allain would stop being a babysitter and become anequal, and she could start having fun.
  8. 8. After the party, in her bare bedroom, Megan startedplotting. She would stay in school becausequalifications opened doors, but she couldn’t waitto find out what Allain was doing since he droppedout. Maybe she could now be a part of it.
  9. 9. Bernice had been with Graciefor a week or so before hergirlfriend dumped her. Wordhad got back to her aboutBernice sleeping around, andshe wasn’t happy. She waslooking for love, not just a goodtime. Bernice tried to explain,but was unable to defendherself.
  10. 10. There were a few men out therewho maybe hadn’t got themessage that she was committedto one person nowadays. A few phone calls later, andBernice knew which one thoughtthey were an item and had gotthe word to Gracie to stay away.
  11. 11. It wasn’t pleasant, but she got through it. Shemade it clear as gently as she could that sheand Ian were not exclusive, and that him tellingpeople to stay away from his lady was notacceptable. He was angry, but she had expectedthat. In some way, she felt it was penance.
  12. 12. Bernice managed to getGracie to come over. She toldher everything, and asked fora second chance.Gracie replied she’ll have tothink about it. She wastouched by the lengthsBernice has gone to makethings right, but she had tolook after herself.
  13. 13. Deasil StreetNo. 1 No. 3Trinity and Belladonna Darkstone The Williams FamilyNo. 2 Marley, Aimee and MalikaThe Bailey Family. No. 4Warren , Teresa , James and Megan Bernice Kasitova and Ambrose Merrihall No. 5 No. 6 Alfred Hennrick Jen Potter and Angus McKirrick No. 7 Ariette and Annette Vickers Next Is Aimee Marley’s job hunt finally going to bear Time… fruit? What secret is revealed at the Darkstone twins birthday party? Find out next time on Deasil Street!