Changling

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Chapter 17

"We failed you sweet heart."

We did indeed to think we did not deserve you. What the fucking hell are you flying away from us for? Did we deserve that sort of thing. Even down to the nappies. Why is it hell being a parent when the parents have no rights at all?"

"By now you should have married your father and nagged him to death instead of me."

"Sweetness put a beak on it."

There are no breaks on Emu. Emu is starting to go ahead forge alone foraging for the stuff to find a place to nest in. The moment Emu did they brought her back to the stuff indoors you go. Look do not be silly we need you. Siblings need you the house will fall we would fail if you are not there to see to everything.

"I'm flattered but..."

"Come home now."

"You must have a conscience do not allow spite to rule your life and ruin ours."

"I am sorry sis."

"So you should be now jump in the car and we drive away."

"Who is not in charge of this beastliness?"

"We won't talk about how you always run off."

"Yes we will remain quiet."

"How are you mother?"

"My leg is bad."

"What else?"

"What do you mean?"

"Your leg has always been bad."

"I have jaundice. Look I have gone yellow."

"Is it something you ate?"

Her face began to swell up so much I thought she would explode. The doctor was called in and then when he laughed out loud for a couple moments. He left and she went to bed. Hoping to die and so the despised doctor could get his licence revoked.

Emu flee something said but she was now trapped for good.

"Well try to communicate."

"I will try."

"Nursing is the key she must rest." had said the doctor.

"Why do you have to deal drugs?" went to mum's bedroom she had began to take morphine sedatives and such like.

"Instant money."

"Why did you come back?" asked mother in a rage. "Why did you come back when you left in the first place to contaminate this house to make me feel the wrath of the neighbours?"

"Why did you?" I thought and went to bed without doing the tea.

"Temporary hitch."

Next morning was a new day and everything was forgotten and forgiven as mother said it was now right in the head. She cherished having me there. B went to work or school and there was not much left of them.

"Want to know them people who are these monsters?"

Emu flew into the air with her head in the air did not want to answer but Jane insisted and made her.

No use being flighty with the truth tell all. Jane had no secrets so wanted to know every blessed one of the worst kind.

Who was that creature who spat them words? She looked awful I thought she was going to die. There was nothing but to nurse her back to health.

"She was married to dad. He would have thrown me out I hated. Did not want to do the sex actions with them. So mummy had to live and be there to pretend to be mum. Living on the streets does it not make sense. Mother's problems did not compare to that of living and being dirty and cheap? On the streets?"

Want does that to you when on the streets is survival but when resuming life as it had been one becomes different easily imposed on.

"Wantons are not given a second chance they are given a second dosing does that make sense to you ladies now?"

Men become homeless too now.

Emu do not speak you might say something nasty.

So when resuming life after being homeless Emu lost her vote she lost the sense of being in the family. She became a full time carer and did as she was told. She became to be known as the woman who did the chores and all that.

Wheeling her mother in her wheelchair and making the time to be always there. Yes she did humble pie and nobody thought it was not her. She was pretending she had been in a pet and no one thought that she was getting annoyed angry and destructive.

"What ails you mother are you okay?"

"I just need tea."

"Yes mother."

"And a bite of that cake."

"Yes mother.

"Bloody hell Emu tea not hot enough?"

"I will put it in the microwave?"

There is a sour glance.

"It is alright do not put yourself out."

"I do not have a chip on my shoulder."

"Mama?"

"Yes darling."

"I am involved with a wanton world."

"Your true love will handle it I am off to bed."

"Fucking heckle mother when are you going to listen."?

"Maybe tomorrow."

"Emu kicked the door but the gentle woman locked it and placed her cushion on her head. She said the following morning as she needed a good night's sleep. When she woke up Emu said it crying "I asked you politely nicely and even decorously why don't you listen to me?"

"I am too busy, Hurry Emu hurry Emu there is a chance we might get rid of their appetites and then they might go out to work as well."

"I am not dealt with properly surely this is not right?"

But the long queues were the only answers to many questions that day and it went on and on until Emu felt dried up as a prune. Then floated the stuff left them to it and said nothing but the worst of it was there was not much left but empty feelings and bad moods. Emu got so bad tempered She became known as a filthy tempered odd bird.

He stepped outside for a cig and never looked back no one missed him at all except for the cash register which he took the odd bills from.

"Did he run away again?"


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