Me & Lou

Lou is very imaginative- and also kind, caring and helpful. And when she gets packed off to the countryside during the war, she finds that those qualities are important. But can she keep up the soft approach, even when panic, trouble and worry hits?

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13. Farewell But Not Goodbye

Ida hugged me, tears streaming down HER face. We were standing on the platform, ready for me to go back to London. 

"Farewell," she said, "But not goodbye eh? Do come and visit, Lou!" I told her that I would, and then gave hugs to Grandpa and even Frankie. Then Jem. I rustled in my suitcase and have him my copy of David Copperfield, and he beamed.

'Thankyou SO much, Lou!" He threw his arms around me. "I'm going to miss you!" Rosie was next.

"Goodbye!" she said. "Have a nice time in London, send us a postcard!" She plunked a litle cupake in my hand, which felt so sweet. Victoria didn't know what was going on as she dived into my arms.

"See you tomorrow!" she laughed. "After you've been to London!" She handed me a scrunched up piece of paper, and I cried.

"I'll miss you all!" I said, turning to Gwyneth. "Goodbye!" We both sobbed, and then I hopped onto the train.

******************************************************************************************************************************************Back in London, Mother was waiting eagerly. When the train stopped to a halt, she was almost crying with excitement. I ran to her and we hugged for ages. I told her all about Ida and her family, and that's when I remembered. I pulled out my piece of paper from Victoria, and it was another drawing, this time of us playing The Wizard of Farm. And I almost cried again. At the bottom, in very wonky, very practised red crayon writing, it was there. Me & Lou. 

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