Shouldn't Be Alone

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Meet Matt. He's complicated. He's obstinate. He's sweary. Join him and his friends on their journey through the ups and downs of life.

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Submitted: September 26, 2017

In which we meet everyone, but especially Matty, and decide whether or not we like him.
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Do you remember the first time?

Submitted: September 29, 2017

In which Matty does some things for the first time, and does other things for the last time.
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The things we do for love

Submitted: October 03, 2017

In which me meet Carrie, and Matt shows us the lengths he will go to in order to impress her.
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Come away with me

Submitted: October 08, 2017

In which Matty and Carrie escape a problem only to run into a whole new set of complications.
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Too soon to know

Submitted: October 13, 2017

In which things go very well for Matty and Carrie, and then go slightly awry.
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Waiting for a girl like you

Submitted: October 15, 2017

In which Matty reconnects in different ways with varying outcomes.
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Girl on fire

Submitted: October 20, 2017

In which Matty and Carrie get reacquainted, and we find out how they get on.
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Morning has broken

Submitted: October 23, 2017

In which we see Matty and Carrie through Christmas, a birthday, a move and a holiday.
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Ain't no sunshine

Submitted: October 24, 2017

In which things go from bad to worse for Matty.
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Submitted: October 29, 2017

In which we hear from Dec for the first time, while we wait for news of Matty.
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Pieces of the night

Submitted: November 06, 2017

In which Matty continues to teeter perilously between one world and the next, and Dec continues to encounter setbacks.
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Against the wind

Submitted: November 08, 2017

In which Matty rallies somewhat, and we find out what's bothering Dec.
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A little bit stronger

Submitted: November 10, 2017

In which Dec gives it his best shot, and we catch up with Matty and Cal.
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Help me hold on

Submitted: November 12, 2017

In which Dec gets an invitation, and we hear more snippets from Matty and Cal.
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More than one way home

Submitted: November 15, 2017

In which Dec swallows a bit of pride and takes some advice, Matty goes home, and Cal carries on with the intros.
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Everything is broken

Submitted: November 24, 2017

In which unexpected contact is made, which makes matters worse.
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No world for tomorrow

Submitted: November 30, 2017

In which Cal takes matters into his own hands, and Dec feels the weight of responsibility.
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A change is gonna come

Submitted: December 01, 2017

In which comings and goings lead to revelations and alterations.
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Bless the broken road

Submitted: December 02, 2017

In which a huge event has lasting ramifications for Dec, Cal is excited by all the blue lights, and Matty has a disappointment.
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Hope in front of me

Submitted: December 04, 2017

In which Dec and Cal find out what happens when you bounce on the bed, and explanations are attempted.
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The consequences of falling

Submitted: December 05, 2017

In which Dec tries to find his feet and Matty tries to find stuff out.
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Hold on we're going home

Submitted: December 14, 2017

In which Cal uses a fire engine as a listening device, and Dec discovers that bad news hasn't finished with him yet.
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Dream a little dream

Submitted: December 17, 2017

In which boundaries are established, an invitation is made and considered, and dreams of brown boots begin in earnest.
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Bruised but not broken

Submitted: December 19, 2017

In which Dec gets used to a life in which he needs help.
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One step forward

Submitted: December 23, 2017

In which disappointment is encountered.
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Get ready for this

Submitted: December 31, 2017

In which Dec encounters recovery and remembering, and anticipates reunions.
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Who says you can't go home?

Submitted: January 02, 2018

In which there is an arrival, tears are shed, bonds are formed, and dinosaurs are encountered.
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Sometimes you can't make it on your own

Submitted: January 05, 2018

In which ordinary things bring tears for Dec and delight for Cal; hair is cut; things are said and not said.
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Submitted: January 08, 2018

In which it is Christmas, and fever pitch is approached from several different angles.
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Back to December

Submitted: January 09, 2018

In which a deep and meaningful is endured, understandings are undertaken, and it is very nearly Christmas.
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What Christmas means to me

Submitted: January 11, 2018

In which it is Christmas Day, and there is excitement and bonding.
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You can't always get what you want

Submitted: January 14, 2018

In which Dec has dreams and nightmares, Matty has dinner and gets brave, and Cal finds his favourite joke.
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Walking on a dream

Submitted: January 15, 2018

In which Matty takes literal and symbolic strides, and Dec comes a cropper.
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One is the loneliest number

Submitted: January 16, 2018

In which Dec decides Matty shouldn't be alone.
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In repair

Submitted: January 18, 2018

In which the 'shouldn't be alone' concept is explained, proposed and trialled.
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Running in the family

Submitted: January 20, 2018

In which changes are afoot, games are played, and farewells are begun.
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This is how it goes

Submitted: January 20, 2018

In which goodbyes are said, tears are shed, and cheesy dinosaur biscuits are eaten.
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Memories can't wait

Submitted: January 27, 2018

In which rugby is experienced, a girl is encountered and a memory is completed.
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Welcome to my nightmare

Submitted: January 28, 2018

In which we experience a certain amount of deja vu.
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Somewhere I belong

Submitted: January 31, 2018

In which tables are turned, and chairs turned over.
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Defying gravity

Submitted: February 02, 2018

In which we see some snapshots of Dec, and Matt faces a demon.
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You can't hurry love

Submitted: February 05, 2018

In which a move is proposed, agreed and undertaken, and love is requited.
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Life gets better

Submitted: February 06, 2018

In which the lovebirds fly home, before we get caught up with happenings and a baby arrives.
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Dance little sister

Submitted: February 10, 2018

In which we meet Isobel, and Matty finds his Plan D.
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Love shoulda brought you home

Submitted: February 13, 2018

In which there may be trouble in paradise
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She said

Submitted: February 14, 2018

In which Dec finds himself in a sticky situation.
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Someone like you

Submitted: February 15, 2018

In which there is an explanation, a recovery, and a missed opportunity.
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She's lost control

Submitted: February 19, 2018

In which things escalate rather quickly.
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Do you believe in shame?

Submitted: February 20, 2018

In which regrets are experienced and articulated, leading to surprising consequences.
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I want you to want me

Submitted: February 24, 2018

In which Julia and Matt get to know each other better.
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Kiss me

Submitted: March 03, 2018

In which there is another meeting in a churchyard and more rules are imposed.
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Throw it in the bag

Submitted: March 06, 2018

In which plans are made to meet in a shop.
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I don't want love

Submitted: March 09, 2018

In which it all gets a bit much, and consequently a request is made and chivalrously denied.
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Down with love

Submitted: March 13, 2018

In which a seduction is interrupted, and mutual opinions are shared.
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No one knows

Submitted: March 14, 2018

In which things are discovered.
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Baby do you wanna bump?

Submitted: March 16, 2018

In which ground rules are established, and not everyone celebrates good news.
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We are family

Submitted: March 17, 2018

In which there are introductions, and opinions are formed.
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I'm not in love

Submitted: March 19, 2018

In which festivities draw to a close, a decision is made, and we move on apace.
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He don't live here no more

Submitted: March 26, 2018

In which Dec goes back to his roots.
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Sorrow about to fall

Submitted: March 30, 2018

In which the smallest thing causes the biggest reaction.
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Worried man blues

Submitted: March 31, 2018

In which the long day comes to an end for some, and is prolonged for others.
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Beautiful surprise

Submitted: April 01, 2018

In which Matt's mind is blown, Dec is featured in a magazine and a surprise gift is not a spider.
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Sitting, waiting, wishing

Submitted: April 04, 2018

In which Matt goes off at a tangent and then returns to ask a game-changing question.
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You've got to hide your love away

Submitted: April 06, 2018

In which people say they love each other without using words.
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Isn't she lovely?

Submitted: April 09, 2018

In which a new arrival brings a shock revelation.
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The end of this chapter

Submitted: April 11, 2018

In which truths are explored, revealed, accepted and expressed.
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Going out of my head

Submitted: April 14, 2018

In which the truth hurts.
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Lean on me

Submitted: April 17, 2018

In which help is sought, and a sudden plan is made.
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Various methods of escape

Submitted: April 19, 2018

In which there is a reunion.
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Shake it out

Submitted: April 20, 2018

In which there is an interlude while hard truths are avoided.
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Hopeless wanderer

Submitted: April 21, 2018

In which the worst is faced, and help is sought.
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At last

Submitted: April 26, 2018

In which eyes meet across a crowded room.
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A dream of you and me

Submitted: April 28, 2018

In which a meeting has an unexpected outcome.
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Anything could happen

Submitted: April 29, 2018

In which there are misunderstandings, misconceptions and misgivings.
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Let's spend the night together

Submitted: May 01, 2018

In which spending the night together means different things to different people.
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Never gonna give you up

Submitted: May 05, 2018

In which bumps in the road are hit.
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Kissy kissy

Submitted: May 06, 2018

In which two people miss each other all day.
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Found out about you

Submitted: May 08, 2018

In which a relationship encounters conflict and hostility.
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Night moves

Submitted: May 09, 2018

In which there is a coming together, er, so to speak.
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So sorry

Submitted: May 14, 2018

In which things are torn asunder, and a rescue mission takes place.
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Hold my hand

Submitted: May 18, 2018

In which two people find that the morning after the night before is a happy place.
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From where you are

Submitted: May 20, 2018

In which holding hands across a city occurs.
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Pencil full of lead

Submitted: May 24, 2018

In which practicalities are faced, appointments are made, and shopping is scrutinised.
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You are all I see

Submitted: May 28, 2018

In which past loves, past lives and present likes are compared, and there is a declaration.
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Truly madly deeply

Submitted: June 03, 2018

In which two people love each other, and the news begins to spread.
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Family affair

Submitted: June 04, 2018

In which the family is met, and a new addition seeks acceptance.
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Sticky drama

Submitted: June 12, 2018

In which there is a sad event, there is a happy event, and then there is a proposition.
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The nurse who loved me

Submitted: June 15, 2018

In which things are looking up ... then down ... then up again ... then ...
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Submitted: June 19, 2018

In which a whole lot of life is crammed into a short space of time, and wishes appear to have been granted.
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Marry your daughter

Submitted: June 24, 2018

In which there is a sudden wedding to arrange and announce. Not necessarily in that order.
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Diamond ring

Submitted: June 25, 2018

In which there is a ring and a journey and a delivering.
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Nothing can stop us

Submitted: June 26, 2018

In which pre-nuptial entertainment is undertaken, written promises are considered, and the day of reckoning dawns.
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Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours

Submitted: June 28, 2018

In which the deed is done.
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I wanna dance with somebody

Submitted: June 29, 2018

In which there is a big party, and a surprise trip is announced.
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For the first time

Submitted: July 01, 2018

In which a journey is commenced, a honeymoon embarked on, and bread products instigate a falling out.
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Home again

Submitted: July 06, 2018

In which it's good to be home.
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Hold me now

Submitted: July 08, 2018

In which a letter is read, and there is a big surprise.
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I've got news for you

Submitted: July 15, 2018

In which word gets around.
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Ghost of days gone by

Submitted: July 17, 2018

In which good news brings back bad memories, but good strategies prevail.
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