Ripped at the Seams

This is a story about four children. They have had a difficult life; their father died a few days before their mother ran away and since then they have been taken into care. After years apart they arrange to meet up. This is what and how it all happened. Hope it's good. Xx PS. the sole purpose for this novella was for the Keren David 'Salvage' competition but it expanded as I enjoyed writing it!!


6. Lissa

Name: Louisa Aimee Princeton

Birthday: 12th March 1997

Age: 9

Foster Parents: Timothy and Lauren Simons

Area to live in: Liverpool

Date signed: 16th December 2006

Signature:    Timothy Simons      Lauren Simons

I was crying so much as I waved goodbye to Hattie that it never crossed my mind to run after her and get her new phone number or address so that we could contact each other. I still can't remember why we weren't allowed to contact each other. Timothy and Lauren, the people that were going to look after Fern and me, had a daughter already who was eleven. Her name was Isabella. She said she wanted to be my friend and I told her that Fern and I would love to be friends with her. But when we tried to hang out together Fern became stroppy and wandered off so after that it was just Isabella and me. I didn't mind because, since I was a twin, I had always had to share everything with Fern before.

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As my life progressed in Liverpool, I began to realise that it was fun; that I really did prefer life with Tim, Lauren and Isabella than with Mama, I missed Hattie and William though. I wished I could pick and choose my life. It would be good to mix the old with the new to make something perfect!

I started dance lessons in Liverpool. Isabella went and Lauren offered to pay for Fern and I to go too. Fern refused but I had always wanted to dance, so I accepted gladly. And it was so much fun. We did ballet, modern, tap, national and festivals. Every other year there was a show and one time I got to dance a solo in the ballet routine. That was amazing! You cannot believe how amazing it was.

Isabella and I shared so many good times. I had never thought that adoption could be a positive thing but it looked like it to me from the Simons family.  Everything was different but at the same time it was old. It felt like I had been there for my entire life.

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It was years later when I thought Fern was looking sad. After having a heart to heart conversation with her I realised that I had been blind and had taken no notice of what she was experiencing or thinking about our new life. She was suffering and I hadn't done anything about it. I felt so ashamed and distraught that I decided it was time to make a move. I found Hattie's address and wrote her a letter.

I described how Fern and I missed her and that we needed to meet up. I also wrote a letter to William in the hope we could all reunite with each other. Once the letter was written and sealed I went to post it, saying a wish as it dropped into the post box. This could be a new beginning for us all.


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