Megan shows Trinity apicture of her crushTrinity watched her littleneighbour experimenting with herlook, a little concerned. WasMegan copying her, and if so howwould her parents react?
On one of Megans visits, Trinity was relieved to discover it wasabout her at all. It was about a boy. Though as Megan put it, allthe best people dressed this way and the inclusion of herself inthe girls list of ‘best’ people warmed her.
She listened indulgentlywhile Megan spilled herheart about her crush.Eventually, she revealedit was a teen calledAllain, and showed her ablurry picture takenwithout his knowledge.She told Trinity not tolaugh, but he was herbabysitter. But she wassure he didn’t think shewas a baby. Maybewhen she aged up…
As gently as she could, Trinity warned Megan that thisAllain probably does see her as just a child. Chances areeven if she aged up soon, he would still think of her as hisold babysitting charge wouldn’t return her feelings. Shecould see Megan wasn’t convinced, so dropped it for now.
Her relationship with Edward wasstalling. She still had fun on theirdates, but his secrecy was killing herinside. That was why she made thedecision to use some of her shadyskills and pick his pocket. She had tofind something, a receipt from hislocal corner shop, anything.
One night he took her to the club,this was the perfect opportunity.When he missed his wallet, therewould be any number of people onthe dance floor that might have liftedit. She bided her time and waitedfor the perfect moment.
At the end of the night, he left her alonewhile he checked with the staff to see if hiswallet had been handed in. She had a riflethrough but there was nothing in it of useexcept a tatty old photo.Luckily, and against all the odds, theperson in it looked familiar…
Trinity was certain, theblurry picture of the teenMegan had a crush on andthe kid in Edwards walletwere one and the same.This was the lead she’dneeded, now she couldtrack her boyfriend down.
As the sun set, twotravellers arrived at the lastempty house on DeasilStreet. They stayed quiet,not wanting to disturbanyone before the morning.
The next morning however,Bernice Kasitova couldn’twait to tell her best friendTeresa the news she’d beenkeeping from her as asurprise. She had moved toDeasil Street!
Ambrose Merrihall hadmade it possible. Aftera few chance meetingsin the city at parties,Bernice discoveredboth of them wanted tomove to Appaloosa. Ahouseshare was theperfect solution,Ambrose hated livingalone and Bernicecouldn’t afford to.
Bernice goes over the road to meet Teresa, big happy reunion. She chucked a pebble at Teresa’s window, which had been their code when teens. Teresa came out to tell off the papergirl and was stunned to see Bernice standing there instead.
She ran to Bernice and grabbed her in a big hug. Shehardly dared to think, was the furniture movingtruck she’d seen yesterday connected to her friendsappearance?!
Bernice explains her elderly parentshad just died, so she’d finally beenfree to move out of the tiny villagewhere they’d grown up. Followingher to Appaloosa had seemed theperfect option.
Teresa was a bit concerned that Bernice doesn’tseem too upset by the death of her parents, butthere was no more time that day to do any digging –she had to get to work.