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II

When I got back to the house, I found Megan sitting on the veranda steps.

‘Hello,’ she said. ‘Could I come to lunch?’

‘Of course. If you like Irish stew.’

‘A bit. I mean, it’s like a dogs’ dinner isn’t it, mostly potato and flavour?’

‘Exactly,’ I said.

Megan stretched out a long dusty leg. ‘Look, I’ve mended my stockings,’ she said proudly. ‘Is your sister good at mending?’

‘I don’t know,’ I said.

‘Well, what does she do when she gets a hole in her stocking?’ Rather embarrassed, I said, ‘I think that she throws them away and buys another pair.’

‘Very sensible,’ said Megan. ‘But I can’t do that. I only get a very small allowance.’ She paused. ‘I suppose you think I’m awful, like everyone else?’

‘Don’t be stupid,’ I said.

Megan shook her head. ‘That’s just it. I’m not stupid. People think I am. They don’t understand that inside I know just what they’re like, and that all the time I hate them.’

‘You hate them?’

‘Yes.’ Her sad, eyes, looked straight into mine. ‘You would hate people if you were like me, if you weren’t wanted.’

‘Don’t you think you’re being rather negative?’ I asked.

‘Yes,’ said Megan. ‘That’s what people always say when you speak the truth. And I understand why I’m not wanted. Mummy doesn’t like me because I remind her of my father. What Mummy would really like is to be just herself with my stepfather and the boys.’

I said slowly, ‘If some of what you say is true, why don’t you go away and have a life of your own?’

‘You mean earn my living? What at? I am stupid when I try to do things. And also…’

‘Well?’

There were tears in her eyes. ‘Why should I go away? They don’t want me, so I’ll stay and make everyone sorry. I hate everyone in Lymstock. They all think I’m stupid and ugly. But I’ll show them. I’ll…’

I heard a step on the path round the side of the house. ‘Get up,’ I said roughly. ‘Go up to the bathroom and wash your face. Quick.’

She jumped up and disappeared through the French windows just as Joanna came round the corner.

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