She wasn’t sure when it had started, butMegan was becoming aware of a presence.She was being followed. Some teen would bethere when she left school…
… and whenever shewent to the park, shehad a shadow. Meganwas not easily scared,but this had herworried.
Megan didn’t go to James for help, butwhen he noticed she was looking downhe asked her if she was ok. It was aSaturday, didn’t she want to go to thepark like usual? Megan spilled. That girlhad been waiting at the end of the streetfor hours.
James would be the first to admit heusually shied away fromconfrontation, and Megan was theconfident one. But someone scaringhis little half-sister roused somethingin him. No matter how badly they’dgot on in the past, he would do hisutmost to stick up for her now.
He went on the offensive and surprisedher form behind. Who the hell was she,what did she think she was doing? Heshould call the police! Why was shestalking his baby sister?
To his surprise, the girl backeddown immediately, andseemed genuinely apologetic.She said she understood whyhe was so upset, and beggedfor the time to explain herself.Somewhat mollified, Jamesagreed. One hour.
She took him to a nearby pub and spilled her guts. She got it all out so quickly Jamescould only gape. It was impossible, ridiculous. His step-mother had never mentionedthe possibility… this girl claimed to be Teresa’s daughter, Emma Marshall.
James knew Teresa had arrived tobe a housekeeper when he was atoddler, and that she had alwaysbeen quiet about her past. He hadeven heard her tell Bernice, herbest friend since childhood to stopprying.So there was a gap, a time inTeresa’s life no one knew anythingabout. But an abandoned daughter?Surely Teresa was too maternal tohave dumped a child. She’d been soattached to him when she’d… oh.Maybe that was why she hadbecome so attached to him. Hadshe been recovering from the lossof her own baby?
Things were going far betteracross the road at number 4.Ambrose had let Gareth stayover, the first time she hadgone so far with a man. Beingwith him was magical, she hadfallen in love.
She decided to ask him if theywere a couple, because herlack of experience meant shewasn’t sure. Watching Bernicehad taught her a bit ofwoohoo didn’t necessarilymean a relationship. She wasthrilled when he said theywere. Her first boyfriend!
After a quick affirmingchat with Teresa, Bernicedecided to bite the bulletand do the same. Shewould ask Gracie outproperly.
Bernice had never asked anyone outbefore, never wanted a relationship. Shereally like Gracie, and wanted thingsperfect. Luckily, Gracie saw her bumblingmumbling question as adorable, andagreed to be her girlfriend.