3. All Change
After the death of their father and the disappearance of their mother the four children were put into short term foster care until Cassia Princeton could be found.
Fern and Lissa, being twins, were allowed to stay together in a small cottage with a few other foster children. There were lots of bedrooms and a large kitchen which made it the perfect place for Lissa and Fern to be housed. Dan and Sophia were a lovely couple and they were skilled at looking after confused and scared children like Lissa and Fern were. The other children currently staying at the cottage were of a similar age so the twins made friends with the other children immediately. When Hattie and William went round to visit they found Lissa in the garden playing badminton with a tall, slim, sporty girl called Tia and Fern was in the kitchen helping Sophia to make cakes with a five year old named Maisy. They were happy in their foster home which made Hattie and William feel slightly better. At least half of them were happy with their new strange surroundings.
Hattie and William were staying with an old retired couple called Max and Grace. They were good people but had old fashioned ideas and wanted to provide protection which neither Hattie or William had experienced before. Grace insisted that they call her Auntie Grace and chose to call Hattie by her given name of Harriet. Hattie found this most annoying as she had never been called Harriet in her entire life. There were two babies staying there too. Hattie loved helping look after them; she felt the chubby baby, Lily, had taken a fancy to her whilst the other baby, Alex, often gurgled at William whenever he came over to him.
The local police visited regularly to keep them informed about the search for their mother but it had, so far, been unsuccessful. The four of them attended a funeral for their father but their mother did not turn up. The police force involved in the case began to make enquiries into getting the children permanently fostered or adopted. It seemed like the only sensible way to rebuild their lives until their mother was found. If she was ever going to be found.