Underneath

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We go into the lounge. There are packing boxes piled in the corner and the room is noticeably bare. It’s decorated in the old nineties style of burnt orange wallpaper with a floral border around the ...middle. It has laminate flooring, an orange sofa and a beanbag. There are an array of toys around the beanbag and a folded back copy of Hello! lies on the sofa.
    ‘I’ve just made a pot of coffee. I suppose asking if you want one’s a silly question?’ ‘A bit.’ My mouth attempts a smile.
    ‘Take a seat. I’ll be back in a sec.’ She brings in two mugs of coffee and a plate of chocolate biscuits on a tray, setting it on the floor in front of us.
    ‘Sorry. I’ve packed the table.’ ‘Oh, yeah, right.’ ‘I haven’t seen you at school the last few days? Niall said you were on a mini-break?’ ‘Niall threw me out after a photo arrived of Seb leaving our house.’ ‘Oh.’ ‘It’s not what you think. He came around because I needed some advice, but presented with that picture on the back of everything else…Niall found me guilty as charged.’ ‘I’m sure he’s just angry and bewildered.
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