I’ve been working on the chapter after this one for a while. It proved tricky to finish but I think it’s done.
This one, on the other hand, was rather easy.
In the last chapter, Maddie took Emily to her friend Tamara’s house then left her there. Emily was rather shocked when she realised whose house it actually was, while Maddie ran off, taking TamTam to the zoo.
Best friends… gotta love them!
“You know where I live now so I guess we’re even,” Richie joked because the silence between them was stretching and Emily was staring at him with a look on her face he couldn’t quite decipher. Part terrified, part relieved, part… longing? Surely that was wishful thinking, no matter what Maddie thought she knew. Continue reading
It’s Saturday and Maddie might just have had enough of waiting for her friend to make a move…
Sometimes all one needs is a little push in the right direction.
Emily got out of the shower and checked her phone to see if Maddie had replied to her text but it showed nothing. Maddie had rung her the night before to tell her that she’d be picking her up at 10am but wouldn’t say where they were going. Emily had become a tad weary of Maddie’s surprises, too many of them over the years had ended up with Emily having to be the sober driver while Maddie made out in the back seat with some girl she’d just met at whatever club they’d been at.
When Emily had broken up with Richie she’d stayed with Maddie for a couple of months and it was at one of her events that Maddie had met Harriet. The two women had instantly clicked and realised they were in love with each other after about two weeks. Harriet was quite the cook and Maddie and Emily had been all too willing to try any of the delicious dishes she’d tried. Harriet’s job as a stewardess meant she was away a lot for work so it had made sense for her to sell her house and move in with Maddie. Continue reading
A short-ish chapter today, to finish off the day at the zoo.
Isn’t funny how fast kids make friends sometime? Then the parents have to have this awkward conversation, playing catch up.
I hope I managed to surprise you with the previous chapter. We all knew Richie and Eve needed to talk… and now they have.
“Why is Uncle Ricky talking to Eve?” asked a sleepy voice and Maddie looked down at Tamara who was wiping the sleep off her face.
“She showed up with your friend Connor when he came to say goodbye but you were asleep,” Maddie explained and the little girl jumped off her lap and looked around.
“I want to say goodbye. Where is he?”
Maddie stood and offered a hand. “He’s over there with his mum and baby sister. Shall we go over until your uncle is done?”
“Yes, please,” Tamara said, taking her hand and following her through the crowd. Continue reading
Maddie is spending a lovely day at the zoo with Richie and his niece Tamara. They managed to discuss the Emily situation a little, once the little girl went down for a nap in her uncle’s arms.
Are you ready for more?
“I need to say goodbye to my friend!”
“Connor, wait!!” Eve called out but it was too late, the four-year-old boy had run off to find his new best friend. They’d spent an hour playing together on the playground at the zoo and Eve had been glad for the break, after a full-on day walking around. Connor’s mum, Eve’s best friend Katie, was sitting on the bench next to her feeding four-month-old Alice. Continue reading
“Where’s Maddie, Uncle Ricky? She said she’d be here.”
Richie looked down at Tamara and didn’t know what to answer to the four-year-old. When they’d left the takeaways restaurant the night before Maddie had said she’d see them at 10am at the entrance of the zoo. It was now 10:13 and no sign of Maddie. He was about to tell Tamara that sometime things come up and grown ups can’t make it when he heard his text alert. He breathed a sigh of relief when he saw it was Maddie.
“Sorry, couldn’t find a park anywhere! Now I have to walk about 500 miles to the entrance! See you soon x”
“TamTam, that was Maddie. She just parked her car so she should be here soon. Do you want to have a look in the shop while we wait? I bet they have lots of elephants in there.”
Having sufficiently piqued the little girl’s interest Richie lead them into the gift shop where they went on a hunt to find every elephant they could. Richie took a photo of Tamara with each elephant she found, so she could have a look later and decide which one was her absolute favourite to take home. Continue reading
Maddie has some cheering up to do…
Emily is feeling rather sorry for herself since reading the emails and it’s up to Maddie to get her out of her funk… Continue reading
Here you go… So in the last instalment, Maddie found Emily feeling very sorry for herself and tried to give her a push in the right direction…
Two days later on the Monday Madison was sitting on a tiny chair, making playdough animals with a group of children, still thinking of the emails and the mess her best friend was in when a little girl who looked around three touched her arm.
“Hi there,” Maddie replied with a smile. “What’s your name, sweetie?” She had seen her around in the past week and a bit but had no idea what her name was.
“I’m Tamara. It was my birthday on Tuesday. I’m four now.”
“Hi Tamara. Happy birthday. I’m Maddie. What’s your favourite animal?”
Maddie picked up a handful of playdough which she rolled into a ball before she started modelling elephant ears. Tamara let out an excited squeal when she spotted the big ears and then the trunk. When Maddie handed the little girl the playdough elephant she found herself squeezed tight by little arms in a very long hug.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! Can I keep it? I’m going to the zoo tomorrow to see the elephants with my uncle Ricky and I’m so essited!!” Continue reading