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By Laurene Kelly

Fourteen-year-old Julie starts off crying on Monday while issues move badly in school. even if cheered up by means of her puppy, Jessie, issues usually are not far better at domestic. and so they cross from undesirable to worse. at the day Julie and her brother, Toby choose to sign up for Ruby on the neighborhood waterhole, there's an twist of fate. yet whatever extra is incorrect. Her father is in medical institution and Jessie isn't really there to greet her.

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I hope he kills himself,’ she said. I didn’t know if she meant it or not. Well, at least we’ll be able to sit on the porch tonight, I thought. Dad wouldn’t be back for hours. If Mum could forget about him for a minute we might be able to have a nice evening. I had a lucky charm I carried around in my pocket, not that it had brought me much luck. Well, that’s not quite true, because there is good luck and there is bad luck. I sure had my share of bad luck. Maybe my lucky charm brought me bad luck.

I said as a way of introduction. ‘Sort of,’ he said. ‘Hi. ’ Ruby shook her head. ’ He passed her the bottle. I couldn’t eat the chips in front of Ruby. She passed the bottle to me. I took a big swig. It felt good. ’ Toby said, looking at the town clock as if that would help. ’ ‘We can’t. ’ I gave him the look that said, D-A-D. Remember? ‘Dad’s a prick,’ he said. ‘I thought you said because of your mum,’ Ruby said to me in quite a hostile way. ‘It’s because of Mum,’ I lied, and of course went red.

49 ‘Mrs Thompson,’ I said in my best goody goody voice. ’ ‘Um . . ’ ‘She seems later than usual,’ she said as she looked at the clock on the wall. It told the right time. Twenty to five. ‘It’s so hot that Toby and I are just dying. ’ ‘Would you please tell her,’ I hesitated, ‘um . ’ I looked at Toby for support. ‘Tell her we’ve gone to the waterhole with Ruby,’ he blurted out. ‘Hold on,’ she raised her hand, ‘that was a bit fast for me, Toby. ’ ‘We are going to the waterhole with Ruby,’ I said.

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