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Chapter 33 – Millie (Thirteen years earlier)

“Are you excited for your first day, Amelia?” My mother asked. She was holding my hand and leading me into my kindergarten class.

“I don’t want to go, Mummy,” I told her, a bit afraid. “Why can’t I stay home anymore?”

“Mummy needs to work.” My mother had informed me.

She opened the door to the kindergarten classroom, and we walked inside.

“Hello, Mrs Bennett.” One the workers said as she approached us. She looked at me. “You must be little Amelia.”

I nodded.

She smiled. “My name is Alice,” She told me. “I will be working with you.”

I nodded again.

My mother smiled sadly. “She does talk a lot, but she is very shy.”

“We get a lot of kids like that, Mrs Bennett,” Alice told her, offending me her hand.

“I will show you our classroom, and you can meet the other children.”

I looked back at my mother. “Bye Mummy,” I said before taking Alice's hand and following her out of the room.

Alice led me through the corridor into another room.

In that room, there were nine other children. Six boys were playing with toy trucks and cars on the other side of the room. There were also three girls playing with Play-Doh by one of the tables.

Alice led me towards the three girls playing with Play-Doh.

“Girls,” she said, getting the attention of the three girls. “This is Amelia.”

She looked back at me. “Amelia, I would like you to meet Tabitha, Katarina, and Angelica.”

Alice left the four of us as I sat down and joined them in playing Play-Doh.

Tabitha looked at me. “Don’t you agree that her name is hard to say?” Tabitha said as she pointed towards Angelica.

I tried to say Angelica’s name but struggle with the many sounds in her name.

“Your name is hard too,” Angelica told Tabitha. She looked towards Katarina. “You have a hard name as well.”

“You can always shorten it,” I said as the three girls looked towards me.

“That's a good idea,” Katarina smiled. “We can shorten all of our names.”

“You could be Angel or Angie,” I told Angelica.

“I like Angie,” Tabitha told her with a small smile.

“Me too,” added Katarina.

“I will be Angie then,” said Angelica as she turned to Katarina. “You could be Kat.”

“Kitty!” Tabitha squealed.

“I like Kitty,” Katarina said.

“Now do me!” cheered Tabitha as she excitedly waited to see what name she would get.

“Tabby,” I said.

Tabitha smiled. “I like it.”

“What about me?” I asked.

“I don’t know what you can do with your name,” Kitty said.

“Millie,” Angelica smiled. “I have a cousin called Millie.”

I smiled back at her. “That's a nice name,” I told her.

“We are going to be friends right?” Kitty asked as she looked at all of us.

“We will be best friends,” Tabby said.

“Best friends forever,” Angie added

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