This is it

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  • Published: 17 Jun 2014
  • Updated: 17 Jun 2014
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Jada's heart was thumping like a drum in her chest. This was it. This was really happening. Just two minutes, and she would be face to face with the one man she least wanted to see.

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Jada's heart was thumping like a drum in her chest. This was it. This was really happening. Just two minutes, and she would be face to face with the one man she least wanted to see.

Eyes stinging and prickling with tears, Jada collapsed onto her stiff bed. Her hands were trembling violently as she fought to contain her sobs. Gazing out through the small dusty window, she noticed the crystal-like raindrops glittering and clinging to the glass. Dreary grey skies overlooked their pathetic excuse of a garden. Many years back, her mother had tried so hard to make this glum place feel like home. It was no use. They simply didn't have the money- not after Jada's dad left.

Upon the peeling purple paintwork of the bedroom walls were shelves stacked with music certificates. Somehow, music enabled Jada to both lose and find herself at the same time. Just for that moment, when she was performing her piece or writing her song, all the heart wrenching memories of the past and worries for the future just didn't seem to matter so much.

To the left of her bed, on the little bedside table, was a photograph. It was of Jada, her mum, dad and younger brother. Tracing her fingertips over the surface of the photo frame no longer brought a sense of comfort. Only the familiar feeling of guilt washed over her, drowning her.

Finn wasn't here anymore. But unlike her father, he couldn't come back. Jada was meant to be looking after him that day, you see. But she lost concentration, just for a second. That was all it took for Finn to stumble into the road. For that car to come. Nothing was ever the same after that. Her father left, without a word. Her mother gave up. And it was all her fault.

What had Jada now? A mother who couldn't look her in the eye and a father she hadn't seen in six years who suddenly wanted her to stay with him and his 'new family' for a month. She tried to swallow the bitter disappointment that gnawed on her insides as she grasped onto the last few moments she would have just to herself. This was it.

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