Category Archives: Episodes 41-50

#50 – Me and my shadow: Home again

Oh, thank the lord and all his angels. I am on my way back to England, after an extended stay with the Patricks. How extended, exactly? Two weeks, two months, two years? Who knows? Time expands to encompass the drama … Continue reading

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#49 – An unwelcome blast from the past

Maggie: The babies are merely days old, and Oliver is back at work already, so I have stepped in to help. No paid paternity leave for Oliver, but I suspect that is merely an excuse for his absence. The real … Continue reading

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#48 – Hospital visiting hours

  Maggie: Three days ago on April 23rd, at 2:02pm and 2:11pm, Libby’s twins entered the world. She’d taken my old wives’ tale advice, beaten the system, and had the twins the usual way before Gerry Gallagher could admit her … Continue reading

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#47 – Showered with affection

Maggie opens her front door, and I hand her a screwdriver set. “Oliver said you needed this urgently,” I say. “He says there should be one in there that fits, but let him know if there isn’t.” I try not … Continue reading

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#46 – A tale of two mothers

My mother is inexhaustible. She looked so old when she arrived here a few days ago, but not any more. She has a new lease of life. Unsurprising, really – she’s taken all my energy instead and become a life-sucking … Continue reading

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#45 – Mum’s the word

Can’t stop thinking about the awful story of Maggie’s daughter and Anna’s dead brother-in-law. I see why Anna told me — festering half-truths ruined Sara’s life, by all accounts — but I still haven’t figured out what to do about … Continue reading

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#44 – Past imperfect, perfectly tense

LOST: One sense of coordination. Last seen, fleetingly, 9am on Monday while driving on highway. Disappeared entirely at 9:05am at red traffic light, which I acknowledged to be a nice crimson colour but otherwise ignored and sailed straight through to … Continue reading

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#43 – Alone again (naturally)

“Four days. That’s all. I’ll be back before you know it.” Oliver drags his black leather carry-on down the garden path and onto the driveway, unlocks the doors of the rented Ford Taurus, and heaves the case into the boot. … Continue reading

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#42 – Something in the water

“Libby, do stop worrying. Jack will be just fine.” Charlie shrugs off her jacket and drapes it over the back of her chair. “I know you had a bad experience with that other nursery, but Helen Flynn’s place is wonderful. … Continue reading

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#41- Pick & Mix at the Baby Shop

“This is the closest I’ll ever get to shopping for a grandchild, and I’m going to make the most of it.” Maggie manoeuvres our shopping trolley into an aisle stacked with Pampers. “You use the disposable type, I suppose? Everyone … Continue reading

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