It was just after nine when Miriam made her way over to the camp. She saw Maureen Turnbull and told her that Janice would be staying with her at the farm house.
Why is that then, asked Maureen?
“Well it makes sense it is a good mile to walk every day to the field where you are camping and she can get more done with the animals if she is nearer don’t you think?
“Yes,’ I see your point Miriam well she will have to cough up some of her wages to the farmer’s wife for allowing her to stay.’
“I think that goes without saying don’t you.’
“You’re right of course; will you tell her or should I?
“I will if that’s alright with you.’
“I will leave it to you then said Maureen as she went back into her tent.’
Miriam walked to where Janice’s tent was and pulled back the flap.
Janice was sitting on the home made wooden bench; she was crying.
“Janice what’s wrong have you told him?
“Yes,’ and guess what he said?
“What did he say?
“He asked if it was his child and then said it could be anyone’s child. He called me a no good whore.
“Collect your things we are getting out of here right now.
“What am I going to do Miriam he doesn’t want me.’
“Cora has made you a bed up in my room and you will stay with us until the baby is born.’
Janice took the bag with her clothes and then left with Miriam towards the farm house.
When they got there Thomas was waiting and he helped Janice into the house; she was still crying. Her eyes were red and Miriam gave her a handkerchief to wipe her eyes.
Thomas jumped into the Land Rover and drove off before Miriam could say anything.
Cora asked how things were and Miriam told her everything.
“Men Cora said out loud handing a cup of tea to Janice; drink this love, it will make you feel better. I know it seems bad now but don’t worry we are going to look after you.’
It was just after ten o’clock when Thomas knocked on the door of the Barrett’s house.
His father came to the door and asked Thomas in but Thomas declined and asked if he could speak with George.