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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Emma-Lucy Stories

Mary-Anne Spencer is 14 years old and has lived in care since she was 9 years old. She has two older sisters Lily, Sheila and two older brothers Phillip and William Spencer and they got taken different care homes and she receives a letter from her parents Rose and Logan Spencer one day saying that they would like to fight for custody of her, sisters, and brothers and that they have changed since being in rehab. She ends up suffering a broken heart for the first time when she dumps him after discovering he is older than he says he is.
Lily, Shelia, William and Phillip are all married now, Lily and William have kids called Bella (3 years old) Sarah-Jane (William) Joshua (11 years old)(Lily)

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Contents 1. Mary-Anne 2. Care and School 3. Dear Mum and Dad 4. Alexandra-Lily 5. Missing you 6. Rehab 7. Different 8. One Day 9. We’ve changed 10. Fighting for you 11. Falling in love 12. Sneaking
out 13. Disapproval 14. Seeking for custody 15. Meeting foster parents 16. Getting your heart broke 17. Lies 18. Seeing you again 19. Going through social 20. Together 21. Forgiveness 22. Second
chances 23. What should I do? 24. Do you love me? 25. Surprise
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Mary-Anne Rose Spencer is 14 years old. She has two older sisters Lily and Shelia and two older brothers Phillip and William. Her parents are ex alcoholics recovering in rehab.

She lives in the care home Star West, got taken into care when she was 9 years old when her parents left them alone one night and came home drunk and started abusing them and a neighbour reported
them to the police.

Her brothers and sisters are all married and now left care. Lily has two children Joshua (11 years old) and Bella (3 years old) and William has one daughter called Sarah-Jane (5 years old)

Her brothers and sisters got taken into different care homes than Mary-Anne. She has not seen them since she was 9 years old when she got taken into care.

Her nieces Bella is 3 years old, Lily’s daughter, Sarah-Jane, 5 years old and William’s daughter and her nephew Joshua, 11 years old and Lily’s son has never met Mary-Anne. Her middle name Rose was
named after her mother Rose. Lily’s middle name is Vanessa, Shelia’s middle name is Ruby, William’s middle name is George and Phillip’s middle name is named after his father Logan.

She has not seen them since she was 9 years old.

Her nieces Bella (who is 3 years old and Lily’s daughter) Sarah-Jane (who is 5 years old and William’s daughter) and her nephew Joshua (who is 11 years old and Lily’s son) have never met her.

“Mary-Anne! come down here a minute. There’s someone that wants to meet you” said Joe Morris (one of the care workers)

I ran down the stairs and smiled at Joe.

“What’s up?” I asked “there’s someone who wants to meet you,” said Joe.

Someone stepped forward but stood still hiding behind Joe. “Hey, who’s this?” I asked.

“This is Alexandra-Lily Mullins, she’s a bit older than you,” said Joe “how old?” I asked “17,” said Joe.

I smiled and held out my hand so Alexandra could shake it, but she stood still behind Joe.

Joe smiled at me nervously.

“She’s a bit shy, she didn’t want to be taken into care,” said Joe “no one does, my name is Mary-Anne and I’ll be in my room,” I said “thanks Mary-Anne,” said Joe smiling at me and I walked
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Care & School

When I got taken into care, I had to start a new school.

It is called Star West Middle School; it is an okay school. I did not have many friends until I set my eyes on Mike Williams.

I was sat on a bench in the playground under a tree when Mike came over and looked at me.

I smiled nervously. He bent down and sat opposite to me.

“Hi,” he said. I smiled “hi, I’m Mary-Anne, what’s your name?” I asked “Mike, I’m 10 years old how old are you?” asked Mike “9 years old, I live in Star West Care Home. You look much older than 10”
I asked.

Mike panicked “do I?” he asked.

I nodded in agreement. “Yeah,” I said “oh, that’s because I’m more mature than an average 10-year-old, I act more grown-up” said Mike.

I smiled.

“Is Star West care home good?” he asked. I looked a bit off.

“Don’t you like it there?” he asked “no it’s not that, I do. I just miss my family” I said “oh, where are they?” asked Mike.

Have I said too much already? Should I tell him why I am in care?

I smiled.

“So, tell me a bit about yourself?” I asked changing the subject on purpose.

Mike smiled at me.

“I’ve got a little sister called Martine, and older brother Jake. I have got a stepmom called Jodie. My parents are divorced. My mum and dad are called Sue and Jordan” said Mike.

“You haven’t told me anything about you. What is your middle name if you’re Mary-Anne? Do you have a middle one?” asked Mike “yes, it’s Rose” I said. Mike looked at me

“After someone special,” I said quickly.

Mike smiled then the bell rang for the end of the break.

“What do you have now?” asked Mike “I have got Maths, what about you?” I asked, “same here,” Mike said excited smiling and we headed to class
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Dear Mum & Dad

It was the end of the school day and I packed my things up and headed home.

I was crossing the road when someone tapped me on the shoulder.

I turned around and it was Mike.

“Oh, hi Mike, what’s up?” I asked “I wanted to see this star west care home,” said Mike.

I looked confused.

“Why?” I asked. Mike smiled at me.

“Mike, it’s honestly not interesting. It’s just a care home, it’s nothing exciting but sure, come on” I said giving in.

As we were walking home, Mike kept looking at me. “What?” I asked “you still haven’t told me anything about yourself. Where are your parents and siblings? Why are you in care?” asked Mike “why are
you so interested?” I asked.

He looked at me then he looked at the ground.

“Because we’re friends aren’t, we?” asked Mike.

“Yes, if you like,” I said nervously.

“So, where are your family?” asked Mike. I sighed heavily.

“I don’t want to talk about it Mike,” I said and we walked inside the care.

He looked around the care home.

“Mary, please. I really want to get to know you. I won’t tell anyone” said Mike.

I sighed heavily “fine, come on,” I said going upstairs with Mike.

I opened my bedroom door and Alexandra was sat on her bed who looked up and smiled.

“Who’s that?” asked Alexandra smiling even more.

“This is Mike, he’s my” I paused “I’m her friend” Mike finished “we just met at school today” he added holding out his hand to shake.

Alexandra shook Mike’s hand.

“Alexandra-Lily Mullins, please to meet you. Do you go to our school? I haven’t seen you around” said Alexandra.

As I stared at Alex, she had that dreamy look in her eyes.

Was it a good idea bringing Mike up here? Is Alex starting to fall in love with Mike? Alex smiled “yeah, Star West Middle School. You go there?” asked Mike looking at Mike.

Oh no, is both of my friends falling in love with each other?

“I’ve got homework,” I said quickly “so um” I added “we’ve got homework?” asked Alex.

I nodded and Alex eventually caught up with what I meant.

“Yeah, we have. We’d better do it. We will see you tomorrow Mike” said Alex “okay, well it was nice to meet you both. We will be best friends okay, see you tomorrow” said Mike and we walked down
the stairs to find Joe looking at us.

Joe looked at us. I looked at Joe “hey Joe” I said, “who’s this?” asked Joe.

I looked at Alex panicking “err, this is Mike. He’s our friend from school” I said quickly
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Joe smiled “it’s nice to meet you,” said Joe. Mike smiled back at Joe.

“See you tomorrow,” he said and opened the front door smiling and shut the door.

And we stopped going upstairs when Joe looked at us.

“Mary and Alex. Can I have a word please?” asked Joe.

We both looked at each other than at Joe and nodded.

“Yeah, what is it?” I asked, “it’s more that I want a word with you Mary,” said Joe “okay?” I asked, “your mum and dad,” said Joe “yeah?” I asked “they’ve been in contact and want to see you,” said

I looked at him then at Alex and went upstairs.

Alex looked at Joe confused.

“Follow her, Alex. Find out what’s going on,” said Joe “report back” he added.

Alex nodded and went upstairs to find out.

She opened our bedroom door to find me crying and curled up on my bed.

I sat up when I saw Alex and looked at her.

Alex looked at me “are you okay Mary?” asked Alex.

I looked at her.

“No!” I said “why? Is it something to do with your parents because the minute Joe mentioned them you clammed up” said Alex?

“Alex, I haven’t known you for long but you’re my best friend, you’re the first person who’s actually talked to me since I’ve been here and I’m going to tell you the reason why I’m in care,” I

Alex looked at me.

“Okay,” she said “but you’ve got to promise not to tell anyone,” I said serious “okay, I promise,” said Alex.

“I’ll tell you the reason why I am in care too” said Alex.

I smiled.

“Okay, it all started when I was 9 years old, my parents left me, my brothers and sisters alone one night and came home very drunk and started abusing and hitting us especially me and my big sister
Lily told me to go up to my bedroom and it continued until the hitting and abusing got dragged outside and one of our neighbours were watching and called the police and I got separated from my
brothers and sisters and I haven’t seen them since I was 9 years old. I get letters and texts. This is the first time I have heard from my parents” I said, “and that’s why you clammed up?” asked
Alex. I nodded.

“I can’t, I can’t just forget all the abuse and violence,” I said.

Alex looked at me and smiled while hugging me.

“I get it, Mary, I do,” said Alex.

“So, the reason why I am in care is that my parents died in a car crash,” said Alex.

I looked at Alex “oh Alex” I said “they died when I was just 4 months old and I got taken into care because no one was around to look after me, our family didn’t like us and my grandparents weren’t
in the picture anymore and I’m an only child and I’ve been in and out of care since” said Alex.

“Alex, I’m so sorry,” I said.

Alex smiled and we hugged. “Wait, I don’t understand. Why were you split from your brothers and sisters?” asked Alex

“My social worker thought it’d be good for me,” I said.

Alex looked at me.

“I miss them, I mean they protected me more than mum and dad, they protected me from mum and dad when you know, and I just don’t know. I really miss them. Lily has two kids and Bella-Rose and
Joshua and William has a daughter Sally-Jane and I haven’t seen them since they were babies” I said “oh Mary, how old?” asked Alex “Bella-Rose is 3, Joshua is 11 and Sally-Jane is 5 and William
texted me a picture of her first day at school. My brothers and sisters were too old for the system, Lily and Philip and they got taken to a halfway house when we got taken into care” I said “I
miss them but I don’t miss my parents. I do not ever want to see them
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Missing you

“I understand, why don’t you ask Joe if you could go and see them?” Asked Alex “I don’t know, he’s going to have to go through my social worker, right?” I asked “Yeah, that’s normally how it
works,” said Alex “but what if he says no?” I asked “just tell him how much you miss your brothers and sisters. Joe’s the nicest care worker I’ve had” said Alex.

I smiled “okay, I’ll let you know,” I said. Alex smiled back at me.

I went downstairs while Alex opened her laptop.

I walked over to Joe’s office door and knocked for a respond.

I heard some footsteps.

“Hey, Mary. I was hoping it was you” said Joe “I have a question,” I said, “okay, what is it?” Joe asked.

I swallowed “I’m just really missing my brothers and sisters” I paused.

Joe raised an eyebrow.

“Yes?” asked Joe “would it be possible if I could see them again?” I asked.

Joe looked in shock.

“But what about your parents? They really want to see you” said Joe “yeah but I do not want to see them. Do you remember what they did to me?” I asked “yes, I do. Of course. If this is something
you really want. I’ll get in touch with your social worker Zack, but I can’t promise anything okay” said Joe.

Meanwhile, back upstairs. Alex was typing an email.

It said: Hi, Mr and Mrs Spencer, I am Alexandra-Lily, my friends call me Alex. I share a room at our care home with Mary-Anne and she has said that she misses her brothers and sisters and she also
told me you’ve been in contact with her and she’s downstairs asking our head care worker Joe if she can see her brothers and sisters and I just had an idea, you can come and see Mary-Anne at the
same time as her brothers and sisters, fingers crossed. It goes to planned.

Alexandra-Lily Mullins.

She clicked sent, closed the tab, shut the computer down and went downstairs to Joe’s office smiling.

“Hey, did you ask?” Alex asked.

I nodded “Joe’s on the phone to Zack now,” I said smiling.

Joe hung up the phone and smiled at me and Alex.

“So? What did Zack say?” I asked “he said yes. He has been in touch with your brothers and sisters” said Joe “yeah?” I asked “they’ll be thrilled to see you,” said Joe.

I started jumping up and down.

“When?” I asked excitedly.

“Tomorrow,” said Joe.

I smiled so wild that my face started to hurt but I laughed.

“Oh, thank you, Joe. This means so much to me” I said.

Joe smiled “you’re welcome Mary. What do you want to do about your parents?” asked Joe “I do not want to see them again. EVER” I said, and I went upstairs.

Alex looked at Joe watching me go upstairs then went upstairs behind me
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It was the day that I was seeing my brothers and sisters in that morning, I was up in my room with Alex walking up and down panicking.

“Mary, why don’t you calm down and try and relax?” asked Alex.

I looked at her “how can I?” I asked “I’m about to meet my brothers and sisters for the first time. I haven’t seen them since I was 9 years old” I added.

Alex looked at me “yes, yes. I know M but still, try and relax. I promise it’ll go well” said Alex.

I smiled at Alex “thanks Al” I said, and we hugged.

Then the doorbell rang.

“Who’s that?” I asked and I ran downstairs. Joe answered the door.

There stood my older siblings Phillip, Lily, Shelia and William.

Lily looked at me smiling.

“Is this little Mary-Anne all grown up?” she asked.

I nodded “how old are you now?” asked William.

“I’m 14,” I said smiling.

My siblings all smiled at me.

Then Alex came downstairs.

“Hey M, who are they?” asked Alex “they are my siblings Lily, Shelia, Phillip and William,” I said.

Alex smiled “it’s nice to meet you. I am” she stopped “you are Alex. We know. Mary talks about you all the time in her letters and emails” said Lily. Alex smiled beaming.

There was a knock on the door.

“Who’s that? Are you expecting anyone else M?” asked Alex “no, I don’t think so,” I said.

Lily opened the door and froze.

It was my parents Rose and Logan
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Rose and Logan stood there and smiled at us.

We came over to Lily and froze.

“What? What are you doing here?” I asked.

Rose looked at me confused.

“M, we got an email from you saying you want to see us?” asked Rose.

William, then looked at our parents.

“Don’t call her that. Do you remember what you put her and us through when we were younger? Mary-Anne, she was only 9 years old when we got taken away from you. We have had no contact from you
since we all went into care, sepatured care homes by the way. Mary, she is settled in Star West and you think for one minute she wants you to come here and play happy families” asked William angry.
“William, we are so sorry. You have to believe that, if we could turn back the clock, we would” said Mrs Spencer.

“When you started hitting us, you scared her to death even tried to hit her, but Lily protected her. She was only a little girl. How could you do that to her?” asked William. “We know son, but you
have to understand that we didn’t know we were doing it, we were drunk. You must believe us. We just want to make amends starting with our kids, we are going to fight for you. Will you at least
forgive us and start fresh?” asked Mrs Spencer.

William looked at my mum and dad.

Lily came over.

“Do you even know that Will and I have kids which means you are grandparents?” asked Lily.

“What? No, we did not” said Mrs Spencer “and that we have all left care expect Mary. We are all married” said Phillip.

“No way, who?” asked Mr Spencer “I’m married to a particularly good man called George and he was my childhood sweetheart. I have had a daughter called Bella-Rose who is 3 years old and a
11-year-old son Joshua. Bella’s full name is Isabella-Rose. We named her after you Rose” said Lily looking at her mother.

Mrs Spencer smiled “And I’ve got a 5-year-old daughter Sally-Jane with my wife Shannon” said William.

As Rose and Logan smiled at us all. Alex and Joe came over and smiled.

“M, I need to tell you something” said Alex.

“I never sent you an email to see you. I never want to see you again. Don’t ever come back here again. You’re the reason I’m in here” I said and stomped upstairs.

There was a knock on the door.

Joe answered and it was Mike.

“Hi, Mike. Can I help you?” asked Joe “is Mary in?” asked Mike.

Joe looked at my brothers and sisters.

“Yeah, she’s upstairs. This is Rose and Logan, Mary’s mum and dad” said Joe.

Mike smiled “it’s nice to meet you. Does Mary know you’re here?” he asked.

Joe nodded worried.

“Go and check if she’s okay. Alex, too” said Joe.

Joe and Alex nodded and walked upstairs.

As Alex and Mike got to my room.

Alex stopped. Al, what is it?” asked Mike.

“Mike, I’ve done something really stupid” said Alex.

“Tell me?” asked Mike.

“I’m the one who sent the email to Rose and Logan pretending to be Mary. She does not want to see them. I thought I was doing the right thing” said Alex.

As Alex finished. I opened the door.

“It was you? You sent the email” I asked.
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One Day

“Guys, what’s going on?” I asked.

Mike and Alex looked at me then at each other.

“M, you have to understand I thought I was doing the right thing,” said Alex.

I did not say anything just looked at my friends looking betrayed.

“I can’t believe you’d do that,” I said.

Alex looked at me.

I signed and walked downstairs.

“Mike, you have to believe me,” said Alex begging.

“Al, you know how M felt about her parents, she made it crystal clear that she doesn’t want to see them apart from her brothers and sisters. What do you do? Go behind her back, pretend to be her
and invite her parents anyway? No wonder she feels betrayed” said Mike walking downstairs leaving Alex with tears down her face.

Mike went to go and find me in the garden.

“Hey, M. are you okay?” asked Mike “fancy going to the park?” I asked.

Mike looked at my blanket.

“Er, sure but should I go get Alex?” asked Mike.

“No,” I said, Mike looked at me then sort of smiled with a worried look.

We walked into the care home where my brothers and sisters were talking to Joe.

“Joe, is it alright if we go to the park?” I asked.

He looked at me “Alexandra too?” he asked. I looked panicked at him then looked at Mike.

“No, she can’t come. She’s ill in bed” I lied. Lily looked at me suspiciously.

Joe looked at me then frowned.

“Oh dear, I’d better check on her,” he said “no, it’s fine. She’s probably sleeping” I lied.

Lily was still looking at me suspiciously.

“What is it that she has then Mary?” she asked.

I panicked.

“Umm, she’s got some sort of bug. I am not sure. Anyway, see you later. Come on Mike” I said quickly and ran out of the care home without a look back.

“Lily was getting suspiciously there M,” said Mike “I know, don’t worry. Come on” I said.

We headed to the park.

When we got to the park, we sat down on a bench.

“M are you ever going to forgive Alex?” asked Mike.

“She went behind my back Mike, I thought we were best friends,” I said “I know M but she thought she was doing the right thing,” said Mike “but she knew how I felt about my parents,” I said “I
understand but maybe one day, you can forgive her?” asked Mike “remember, she’s your best mate. She made a mistake” he added “I guess, maybe one day” I agreed.

There was a rustling in the brushes.

“What’s that?” I asked, Mike, shrugged “I’m not sure M,” said Mike.

Then Alex came out of hiding and looked at me with tears down her face.
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We've changed

“Alex?” I asked, “I thought you were poorly with a bug in bed?” asked Mike “no? Asked Alex confused then they looked at me seriously.

I looked at them feeling guilty.

“Okay, fine. I lied!” I confessed “Why M?” asked Mike.

I looked at Alex.

“I lied because you went behind my back, Alex. you knew how i felt about my parents and I never wanted to see them again, yet you contact them, pretend to be me and invite them anyway,” I said.

Alex signed “I honestly thought I was doing the right thing. You’ve only got one set of parents M. people can change, you’re lucky and I am sorry I went behind your back but look at it from my
point of view, I thought I was doing the right thing. Please, forgive me” said Alex.

I signed heavily.

“I’m sorry but like I said people can change,” said Alex.

I looked at Alex.

“Not my parents. Have you forgotten what they did to me and why I got taken into care? I can’t just forgive and forget” I said “you’ve forgiven me? What’s the difference?” asked Alex “the
difference is, you thought you were doing the right thing then you realized you were in the wrong and you’ve said sorry. They never will and I am sorry” I said smiling and I went back upstairs.

Mike smiled at Alex.

“What?” asked Alex “you’re friends again,” said Mike “I guess,” said Alex.

Mike smiled then walked out into the garden and Alex followed him.

“Mikey,” said the little girl who smiled at Mike and ran up to him. Alex hid behind a brush.

“Hi sis,” said Mike “are they fooling it for it?” asked a man.

Mike smiled.

“I told them I was ten years old when Mary revealed her age “next step is to get Mary to be my girlfriend,” said Mike laughing.

Alex looked shocked, went back inside and upstairs.

She walked into our bedroom.

I looked up from my laptop smiling “M, I need to ask you a question” said Alex.

“Okay,” I said sitting up “what do you think of Mike?” asked Alex, “I think he is the most amazing guy I’ve ever met,” I said “I know you have feelings for him,” said Alex.

I went a bit red and looked embarrassed.

“I guess. I was thinking of asking him out, on like a date” I said.

Alex looked at me worried.

“What’s up?” I asked, “is it because you had feelings for him too but he rejected you?” I asked “no, I just don’t think it’s a good idea. How well do you know him? I don’t want you to get hurt”
said Alex
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Fighting for you

“What are you on about Alex?” I asked “he’s not who he says he is, M and I know you have feelings for him. This is not jealously Mai, this is me protecting you. I don’t want you to get hurt” said

I smiled at Alex.

“Al, I love you but Mike is the sweetest guy we’ve ever met” I said.

Alex smiled at me then my parents came over smiling and I walked over to them.

“We’ve got some news Mary. Where’s your brothers and sisters?” asked Mrs Spencer.

“I don’t know. What’s your news?” I asked.

“We want you to come and live with us” said Mrs Spencer.

I looked at my parents shocked, didn’t say anything and walked off upstairs to find Lily.

Lily was upstairs when I came in crying.

“Hey, hey. What’s up?” asked Lily quickly coming over “mum and dad. Mr and Mrs Spencer. They want me to come and live with them again” I said.

Lily looked at me not sure what to say but hugged me tight.

“Oh, what are you going to do? Don’t trust them M, they will just hurt you all over again and I’m not there to protect you” said Lily.

Then she looked at me and I started crying again then she walked downstairs.

“How could you be so selfish?” shouted Lily to her parents.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about, Lily” said Mr Spencer “yeah, I agree” said Mrs Spencer.

“You told Mary that you want her to come and live with you again” said Lily “why would you even have that idea? Have you forgotten everything? I was the one who protected her during your drunken
nights remember? The answer is no” said Lily “just go. We never wanted to see you in the beginning and I bet everyone will agree” she added.

As soon as she finished. My other brothers and sisters came over.

Lily looked at them mortified.

“Lils, what’s up?” asked William “Mr and Mrs Spencer want Mary to live with them again” said Lily.

William, Shelia and Philip looked at Lily.

“Are you serious?” asked Phillip

Lily looked at Phillip.

“Not happening. She is only eleven years old. Who’s going to protect her from you both when you are drunk and violent” added Phillip.

Mr and Mrs Spencer looked at their children.

“Look, we did some terrible things during your childhood” said Mrs Spencer “you’ve got that right” said William “and we understand. We’ve never forgiven ourselves but we’ve changed since being in
rehab” said Mr Spencer.

Lily raised her eyebrows.

“Really? So how come you never got in touch with us until now?” asked Lily. “You have to believe us how sorry we are for the way we have treated you” said Mr Spencer.

Back upstairs, I was laid down on my bed watching Harry Potter when Mike walked in.

He smiled at me then frowned when he saw my face.

“M, are you alright?” he asked worried.

I sat up and wiped my tears.

“Don’t tell Alex I told you before her” I said serious “I promise” said Mike “Mr and Mrs Spencer want me to go and live with them again” I said “they’re out of rehab?” asked Mike.

I nodded but smiled “anyway is everything okay?” I asked “Mary, since meeting you my world has changed. You are my best friend and I’ve developed feelings for you ever since I met you and I’ve
wanted to ask you out but Alex, I don’t see us working and I don’t like her in that way and that’s why I rejected you and I understand that she’s your friend but please say yes” said Mike.

“Yes” I said giggling
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Falling in love

Chapter eleven – Falling in love

“Really?” asked Mike. I nodded and we walked downstairs holding hands.

Alex looked at me as we reached the bottom step.

“You’re together?” she asked.

I nodded and she took hold of my hand and dragged me over to have a private chat near the office.

“Your mum and dad are still here” she said “yeah” I said with a sad face “what’s up?” asked Alex “they want me to move in with them” I said “I don’t know what to do” I added “oh M” said Alex as she
hugged me and I started to cry.

“Lily said it’s not happening so did Will. There will be no one to protect me when my parents are drunk” I said “I don’t want you to go. I agree with your brother and sister. If they are as violent
as you say they are and you’ve been hurt by them before and you got taken away when you were 9 years old and they ended up in rehab” said Alex “you shouldn’t trust them” she added.

I looked at my best friend.

“You’re the best A. You haven’t met my brothers and sisters have you? They’re in the front room” I said.

Alex smiled at me.

“M, are you sure you can trust Mike? I don’t want you to get hurt again” said Alex “100% percent I promise. I love you A” I said “I love you too M” said Alex sounding worried but smiled at me.

“Come on, let’s go” I said grabbing Alex’s hand and led her to the front room where my brothers and sisters were with Mike and Joe.

“Oh Mike, hey” I said and we kissed “hey princess” said Mike.

I smiled at my brothers and sisters.

“Guys, this is Alex, short for Alexandra. She is my best friend and she is seventeen” I said.

Lily stood up and smiled.

“Nice to meet you, Alex. M, have you decided what you’re going to do? Joe will speak to our social worker tomorrow and sort it all out” said Lily and shake Alex’s hand.

I looked at Lily worried.

“I don’t know Lils, I just don’t know” I said crying.

“Hey, it’s okay. We are just looking out for you M. We don’t want you to get hurt. You know what they are like when they are drunk or violent and none of us wil be there to protect you. There’s a
reason why we got taken away from them remember. You landed in hospital because of them!” said Lily.

“I know. Maybe just maybe, start with days out, visits with the social worker. I’m not saying no, I’m not saying yes. I am saying maybe. I need to be able to trust them again and without my
brothers and sisters to protect me” I said.

Joe looked at me smiling.

“Okay, Mary. I’ll get that sorted first thing tomorrow” said Joe and he walked to his office.

Lily smiled at me and we all hugged.

“M, can I talk to you?” said Mike “yes” I said and we walked upstairs to my bedroom.

“Would you like to meet my brother and sister tomorrow? My parents are divorced and my dad got remarried and my Stepmum is called Jodie” said Mike “yes, I’d love to meet your family” I said. “Okay,
meet me outside, 11am tomorrow princess” said Mike “okay baby” I said “love you” said Mike “love you” I said back and I walked downstairs and Mike walked to the front door.

“Nice meeting you, guys. See you tomorrow M” said Mike and closed the door.

What I didn’t know was Alex sneaked out and started to follow Mike.

“Jake, the plan is working. We’ve started going out” said Mike “great” said Jake “she’s meeting you and Martine tomorrow at 11am” said Mike.

Jake looked at Mike “don’t tell me that you are actually falling in love with this girl for real?” asked Jake “no course not” said Mike “the plan is working. Next is we just need her to trust me
and scram her into giving me money” said Mike.

Jake smiled at Mike
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Sneaking out

The next morning, I came out of the bathroom with Alex smiling.

I smiled back but Alex’s smile turned into a sad frown.

I looked at her confused.

“What’s up A?” I asked “are you sure this is a good idea?” asked Alex “you’ve asked me that already A” I said laughing.

Alex looked at me serious. She wasn’t joking.

“I’m serious Mary” said Alex. I looked at my best friend. “I swear A. You have nothing to worry about” I said “I promise” I added.

Alex didn’t look conceived.

Just then, I had a text come through on my phone. I smiled; it was from Mike “Mike texted me!” I said “what does it say?” asked Alex.

I show it to Alex.

“He wants you to sneak out to meet him?” asked `Alex.

I nodded and we started walking up to my bedroom.

“What about Joe?” asked Alex.

I looked at Alex.

“A, please don’t tell” I begged “M, please just think about this. You will get caught and be in deep trouble or even throw out. Where would you go?” asked Alex seriously “I won’t, I promise. He
wants me to meet his family A. This is important” I said begging as I was climbing out of the window and I was about to go down the ladder that I put against the window earlier that day.

Alex sighed and smiled “okay, M. I won’t tell” said Alex. I sighed with relief.

“Thank you, thank you and thank you” I said “you are the best. I love you” I added grinning “when will you be back?” asked Alex “before the morning. Thanks for doing this for me Alex, you’re the
best” I said and we hugged before I started going down the ladder.

Alex watched me down the ladder and I waved to her and I began to go to the park where I was meeting Mike.

I sat down at a table and got my phone out.

“Hi, babe, I am here. Alex promised not to tell. Love M”

I waited for Mike to appear.

Then 15 minutes, someone tapped on my shoulder. I turned around and it was Mike with a much older man who I assumed was his older brother Jake. I smiled and a little girl was standing behind Jake
and I bent down and smiled.

“Hello, you must be Martine. I’m Mary” I said smiling. She came out from behind Jake.

“Where’s mum and dad?” asked Mike as he asked, an elder woman and man came over.

The woman smiled at me “hi. You must be Mary. I’m Mrs Williams, but called me Sue” said Sue “Hi Sue” I said back “this is Jordan, the children’s dad and my first husband” said Sue.

Jordan smiled nervously and shoked my hand.

“Would you like to come back to ours for some tea?” asked Jordan “I’ll give my wife a text” he added.

I looked at Mike. “Well, I should really be getting back, my” I stopped.

“Oh yes, you’re in care, aren’t you? Mike told us” said Sue.

I nodded nervously.

“I’ve got to get back” I said quickly. I looked at Mike “please, M” said Mike.

Then my phone beeped. It was Alex after I looked back up at Mike.

“I got to get back” I said “it’s only Joe, he won’t notice” said Mike “please” Mike started begging.

I looked panicked.

I then started texting Alex.

“Hey A, Could you please cover for me a little while longer? Mike’s asked me around for tea with his family. I promise, I will explain everything. I love you Alex Love M”

I smiled “Okay”

Mike grinned and we began to walk to Mike’s flat when we bumped into Mike’s Stepmum Jodie who was carrying some shopping bags. “Hey babe, want a hand?” asked Jordan. Sue then looked awkward. “I’d
better go Mike, darling. It was nice meeting you Mary. See you again” she said and she walked away.

We then looked at Mike’s Stepmum.

“This is Mary-Anne, Jodie. Dad invited her round for tea. Mary, this is Jodie. My Stepmum” said Mike.

“Nice to meet you Mary” said Jodie. We walked into the flat.

“How does spag boi sound?” asked Jodie “sounds yummy, thank you” I said.

“Come on, let’s go up to my room” said Mike
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The next morning, I woke up in someone else’s bed in a panic. It was not my own.

It was Mike’s. I was in Mike’s bed and he was fast asleep next to me.

I looked at my phone, I had more than 50 texts from Alex now. I opened one of them.

“Mary, where are you? Please call. Love A

Then I opened another while Mike was snoring.

“Mary! You are going to get in so much trouble. Where are you? Love A I rushed out without leaving a note for Mike.

I quickly ran back home when I bumped into Lily.

“Oh sorry, lil. I didn’t see you there” I said.

I started walking again but Lily stopped me.

“Hey, have you been crying? What’s up?” asked Lily.

“I may have done something really stupid” I said.

Lily looked at me then George and the kids came over.

We both smiled at them.

“Hi love, hi Mary. You both okay?” asked George “yeah, thanks Hun. I will meet you at home okay. I’m dropping Mary back home, we bumped into each other” lied Lily but smiling “okay, see you at home
love. Bye Mary” said George and they walked away.

“So what’s up?” asked Lily.

“I sneaked out at night to go and meet Mike” I said.

Lily looked furious at me.

“MARY! You are going to be in so much trouble. Does Alex know?” asked Lily “yeah, she was the one who helped me sneaked out without getting caught” I said.

“But that’s not all of what’s happened” I added “I spent the night with him!” I said.

Lily looked even more furious.

“MARY! You idiot” said Lily as we got to the front door of the care home. A woman came up to us and tapped on my shoulder.

We turned around.

“Hello, is this star west care home?” she asked.

I nodded.

“Hi, I’m Paris Stevenson. Joe’s wife” said Paris.

I looked at Lily then at Paris.

“It’s nice to meet you Paris. I am Mary-Anne. I live here, this is my sister Lily. I” I stopped.

I looked at Lily panicking.

“She stopped over at mine to sleepover. I’m just dropping her back home” said Lily quickly. I opened the front door and Joe and Alex were looking at us.

Then Paris looked at Joe. He looked at his wife confused. “Paris? Are you okay? What are you doing here?” asked Paris “yes, I am fine. I bumped into these two lovely ladies Mary and Lily. Mary
stayed over at Lily’s last night and she is just dropping her off” said Paris. “Okay, well my name is Joe and it’s nice to meet you Lily” said Joe.

Paris looked at us.

“Mary, can I talk to you a second?” asked Alex “yeah, sure. Come on Lils” I said, and we all walked into the front room with the door shut.

“What really happened?” asked Alex serious.

I looked at my best friend then looked at my phone. It was a text from Mike.

“Hey M, Where are you? Are you okay? I loved last night. I hope we can do it again. Love Mike”

I shown the text to Alex and Lily.

“What is he talking about? Tell me? What happened?” asked Alex.

I looked at my best friend.

“Okay, please do not get mad” I said “okay” said Alex.

I looked at Lily then at Alex again.

“I slept with Mike” I said.
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Seaking for custody

“I can’t believe you! How could you?” shouted Alex “yeah, M. I have to agree. You’re 14. It doesn’t sound like you” said Lily.

“M, he’s not who he says he is. He’s lying to you! He’s not trustworthy” said Alex.

Then suddenly I woke up, it was the morning. I ran into Alex’s room shaking her awake.

“What’s up M?” asked Alex looking at her alarm clock “it’s six o’clock” she said then put her head back on the pillow.

I sat down and pushed her to shove up to make room on the bed.

Alex signed and sat up yawning.

“So, what’s up?” she asked “I had this dream and I told you and Lily that I had slept with Mike” I stopped.

Alex stared at me

“You did what?” asked Alex.

I looked at her then there was a knock on the door.

“Come in” said Alex sounding angry. It was Joe.

“Mary, your parents are here and they are asking for custody and for you to live with them again” said Joe “guys, you do know its six oclock right?” asked Alex.

Joe and I ignored her.

“How do you feel about that?” asked Joe.

I looked at Joe surprised then rushed downstairs as quickly as possible.

I saw my parents and rushed over to them.

“How could you?” I shouted.

My parents looked at me confused.

“Mary, wait. Let me explain” said Joe running over to me with Alex, now out of breath.

“How could we do what?” asked Mrs Spencer.

“Fight for custody of me and ask for me to live with you again” I said.

My parents looked at me.

“We have changed. We are different. Things are different, why don’t you believe us?” asked Mr Spencer. “Because I don’t want to. People do not change that quickly. The answer is no” I said and I
walked away walking upstairs while my parents, Alex and Joe all looked at me while I walked away.
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Meeting foster parents

Joe looked at Alex and my parents then walked upstairs.

There was a knock on the door. Rose and Logan answered it and it was Shelia and Frank.

She looked at Rose and Logan.

“What? What are you doing here?” asked Shelia.

“We’ve asked Mary if she would like to come and live with us again as we are fighting for custody of her” said Rose.

Shelia looked at her parents.

“You are joking aren’t you?” she asked.

Rose and Logan looked at their second eldest daughter confused. “You made our childhoods hell; Mary wasn’t even a teenager. She was nine years old when she got taken away from you and all of us, we
didn’t see each other for years. We got taken to different care homes and halfway houses and we only just got into contact with Mary. You expect her to forgive her after everything and for her to
live with you both again?” asked Shelia “I know what we have done and I don’t blame you for suspecting us but rehab, it really changed us didn’t it Logan?” asked Rose looking at her husband “yes,
we are just trying to have a fresh start” said Logan “and this is our way of saying sorry for everything” he added.

Shelia rolled her eyes.

Back upstairs, Joe knocked on my bedroom door.

“Come in” I said “Hey, Mary. Due to your parents seeking for custody. You would have to leave care” said Joe.

I looked at Joe “I’ve already told them; I don’t want to move in with them ever” I said then there was a knock on the door. It was Shelia. “Mum and dad. I can’t believe it” said Shelia “they want
you to live with them. Don’t” she said.

“I know, I don’t want to move in with them. I’ve finally made friends here. I got a boyfriend” I said.

Then there was a knock on the door. It was Alex.

“Mary, Mike is lying to you” said Alex.

I looked at Alex confused.

“What are you talking about?” I asked “he’s not who he says he is, M. Honest” said Alex.

I looked at Alex completely in shock.

“What’s he lying about?” I asked “everything, he’s not really ten. He’s seventeen like me” said Alex.

“Are you sure?” I asked “yes, he’s been acting strange for a few days, right?” asked Alex “yeah but” I stopped “then think about it, M. he’s not who he says he is and he’s using you to get money”
said Alex “I promise, why would I lie to you?” she asked.

“I believe you, I do. I’m going to do some research about his past. He doesn’t really talk about his past much” I said “there you go then!” said Alex.

Alex came over and started to hug me as I started crying.

“I love him, A” I said “why would he lie to me?” I asked
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Getting your heart broken

“I heard him admit it to his brother” said Alex “What? Jake?” I asked “I don’t know, M. it was his brother, older I think” said Alex “then it is Jake” I said “he might mean something else A” I

Alex signed heavily and look at me “no, he is lying to you about who he is! I bet Jake isn’t even his brother” said Alex now getting angry.

I started crying then Alex went over to her desk and picked up a notebook.

“This is the research that you did last night remember? Look, M I know you love him but don’t you remember when you thought me and him were going to be together and that misunderstanding, that
ruined our friendship we didn’t talk for a week and I bet he was relived about that” said Alex.

“A, come on. He’s not like that” I said.

Then there was a knock on the door. I answered the door and it was Mike looking worried.

“And here’s the liar now” said Alex.

I looked at Alex unimpressed.

“Mike?” I asked “yes babe?” asked Mike “How old are you? Tell me the truth” I said serious.

Mike looked at me.

“M, what are you on about? You know how old I am. I’m ten like you” said Mike.

I looked at him then Alex. She nodded at me

“Then why is Alex saying that you are 17?” I asked.

Mike looked panicked.

“She’s lying Mary” said Mike.

Alex looked at him.

“No, I’m not. Tell her the truth she deverses it” said Alex.

Mike signed.

“Okay, fine. I’m 17 and I am using you to get money off you. I know you’re loaded” said Mike confessing.

I started crying into Alex’s shoulder.

“Then we are over. We’re finished” I said hugging into Alex.
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I looked stunned.

“Babe, please” begged Mike.

I didn’t look at him. He for once looked guilty at what he had done to me.

“I don’t ever want to see you again” I said and walked downstairs.

“Alex, please” said Mike begging.

Alex ignored Mike and walked downstairs and Mike followed.

“Whoever you are, just get out. I wish I’d never met you and to think I thought you loved me” I said.

“I hope you all the money you wanted” said Alex and followed me. Mike sighed and walked outside.

“Has he gone?” I asked starting to cry again.

Alex nodded and I cuddled into her as we sat on the sofa.

“I can’t believe him I thought he loved me” I said.

Then I sat up “how long have you known, Alex?” I asked “a few weeks” lied Alex.

I raised an eyebrow “okay, fine 3 months since you two have been dating. I sneaked out to the park and spied on him admitting it” said Alex.

I looked at her horrified.

“WHAT?!” I asked standing up.

“I didn’t know how to tell you, I’m so sorry M” said Alex “so the whole time he was lying to my face?” I asked. Alex nodded guiltily

I looked at her then smiled.

“Al, don’t be silly. His loss, I’m over it as long as he doesn’t come around here again asking for another chance!” I lied laughing.

“Mary?” shouted Joe from downstairs.

Alex and I ran downstairs.

I came up to Joe and there was Mike. I stopped and didn’t go any further.

“What do you want?” asked Alex as I kept looking at Mike.

“Mary, please I want a chance to explain. Please” said Mike begging.

I looked at him staring and looking at him upset.

“She doesn’t want to see you” said Alex “but” said Mike.

“EVER. Now go” Alex finished and Mike left with his head down.
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Seeing you again

As soon as our backs were turned, the doorbell rang again.

I answered it again.

I smiled widely. It was my brothers and sisters.

“Hey” said Lily.

“What are you doing here?” I asked “why is Joe telling us that Rose and Logan are seeking for custody of you?” asked William as he pushed through Lily and Shelia with Sally-Jane on his hip “since
when did you call them Rose and Logan?” I asked “since we got put into different care homes. Answer the question” said William.

I looked at William.

“What are you talking about? I know they asked but I said no” I said “Joe?” I asked and I looked at Joe. He came over “it’s true, I’m so sorry Mary. They are seeking for custody again even though
you’ve said no” said Joe “Why are you sorry? This is fantastic” I said “you’re not thinking about going, are you?” asked Lily seriously.

“M, think about it. You can’t trust them” said Lily “Didn’t you say that you don’t believe them when they said they’ve changed?” she asked.

“Yeah but maybe they have” said Shelia “Guys” I said “you don’t know do you?” asked Lily “and you do, do you?” asked Shelia “no but I know they cant be trusted” said Lily “I mean, look at their
past. They’re the reason Mary is in care in the first place” said Lily “yeah, exactly. Past” said Shelia “maybe they are trying to prove that they have changed for the better” she added.

Lily looked at William and Phillip.

“Help” Lily whispered.

“M?” asked William “yeah?” I asked “don’t do it. What about what they did to you when you were very little and vulnerable. We literally had to save and protect you from them when they were very
drunk” said William.

“Guys, I need to tell you something else” I said changing the subject.

“What?” asked Phillip.

I looked at my brothers and sisters.

“Well, you know my boyfriend Mike?” I asked “yes?” asked Lily “what’s he done?” they all said getting protective.

“Well, he is actually 17” I said “What?” asked Lily “and he’s been using me to get money” I added.

“WHAT?!” they shouted together
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Going through social

My brothers and sisters looked at me.

“Did you know that they were doing it?” asked Lily looking at me.

“Well” I said “you did?” asked Lily “sort of. They asked me if I would like to go and live with them again” I said “what did you say?” asked Lily “no” I said honestly.

“And that’s still your answer?” asked Lily.

I nodded and started crying.

Lily looked at me “oh Mary, I’ve been so insensitive” said Lily “I can’t believe Mike would do something so horrible” said Lily confronting me “yeah” I said.

“Mum and dad have to go through social, anyway don’t they?” asked William “you mean Rose and Logan?” asked Lily. William looked at Lily not impressed.

There was a knock on the door.

Joe who was in the office peeped his head round “who’s that?” he asked “I don’t know” I said.

He walked over the door and answered it.

It was Rose and Logan.

Lily looked unimpressed.

“What do you want?” she asked.

Rose and Logan couldn’t stop smiling.

“What?” asked Lily “we got news” said Logan.

“This should be interesting” said Lily “what is it?” she asked. “We spoke to your social worker and she said you can” said Rose “can? Can what?” asked William “you can come and live with us again;
your social worker gave us the A-Okay” said Logan.

I looked at my mum and dad freaked out, didn’t say anything then stomped upstairs not looking back.

Lily watched on at me going upstairs, looked at my mum and dad then followed me upstairs.
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Lily knocked on my bedroom door.

“Come in” I said.

I smiled as Lily walked in.

“Hey” I said “so what are you going to do?” asked Lily “I’m going out” I declared and got my coat.

She stood up.

“Mary, we need to talk” said Lily but it was too late, I had already left the room and walked downstairs.

I started walking towards the park when I bumped into Mike, the last person I wanted to bump into.

I looked at him without smiling then started walking again but Mike followed me and he held on to me.

“Mary” he said. I signed and ignored him but turned around.

“What?” I asked “I want to explain” said Mike “to explain what?” I asked “explain why you used me” “no” said Mike “I want to explain why I did what I did”

I looked at Mike “this should be interesting, another lie. I can’t wait” I said “I don’t know, I needed the money and I knew you were in care so I took pity on you” said Mike “how?” I asked “I
didn’t tell you until I met you” I said “well” said Mike.

I raised an eyebrow.

“I’m in care as well” he admitted.

“What?” I asked “what do you mean?” “I’m so sorry, I don’t know but I felt sorry for you and when you told me the reason why you were in care. I felt like we were the same person” said Mike “why
are you in care?” I asked “my parents died in a car crash when I was five” said Mike “so the same reason as Alex then?” I asked “yes, I’m so sorry. Is there any way you can give another chance?”
asked Mike.

I looked at him “I wish I’d never met you, I never see you again” I said and stomped off walking back home.
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As I walked in and walked upstairs.

“Guess what?” I shouted “what?” asked Lily calmly “Mike is in care” I said now calming down “wait what?” asked Lily now standing and coming over.

“Yep, he told me” I said “when?” asked Lily “when I went for a walk, I bumped into him” I said “what did he say?” asked Lily “he told me why he did it and give him another chance” I said “and are
you?” asked Lily “I don’t know Lils, I mean I love him but I just” I stopped “you’re not sure?” asked Lily “I want to” I said “why did he do it?” asked Lily “he felt sorry for me and he needed
money” I said “felt sorry for you? Why?” asked Lily.

Then there was a knock on the door.

It was Shelia “M, he’s here” she said.

“Hang on, why did he feel sorry for you?” asked Lily “he’s in care, he felt like we’re the same person” I said.

Shelia looked at me confused “Back up, when did he say he was in care?” she asked “when she went for a walk” said Lily “so he used you for money because he felt sorry for you?” asked Shelia “yes” I
said “what are you going to do?” asked Lily “I don’t know” I said “what do you think?” I asked.

Lily and Shelia looked at one another than at me.

“Look, M. I know he hurt you in a big way” said Lily “and lied to you” said Shelia “but he admitted it in the end and he does love you” said Lily “we think you should give him the benefit of the
debt and forgive him” said Shelia “so I should give him another chance?” I asked.

Shelia and Lily nodded looking at them both then rushed off crying running to Alex’s room.

I knocked on her door. Alex answered and I rushed in and sat down on Alex’s bed. “M, what’s wrong?” asked Alex.

“Mike is in care” I said crying “wait what?” asked Alex “and Lily and Shelia think I should give him another chance” I said “what?” asked Alex “when did he say he was in care?” asked Alex confused
“when I went for a walk, that’s why he did what he did” I said “because he’s in care?” asked Alex “yes. He felt sorry for me and needed the money. Do you think I should give him a second chance?” I

Alex looked at me.

“M, do you want the truth?” asked Alex.

I looked anxious but nodded.

“I know, he hurt you really badly and I understand the betrayal and that you are hurt but he admitted it in the end. I had a bad feeling about him but you are my best friend and he made you happy
and that made me happy too so I began to like that guy for your sake and I understand if you don’t want to forgive him and that’s okay. Whatever you decide, you know I’ll always have your back and
you’ll always have me as a best friend and a sister” said Alex.

I smiled at Alex and hugged her.

“Thanks, A” I said. Shelia walked in.

“M, he’s still here. What are you going to do?” she asked.

I rushed out and ran downstairs.

I walked over to Mike with Lily, Shelia and Alex.

“Mike?” I asked “Mary?” asked Mike “I will give you another chance” I said.

The look on Mike’s face then he lifted up and kissed me.
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Second chances

“Oh, M. You won’t regret it. I promise” said Mike.

Joe popped his head around the door.

“Mary, can I have a word?” he asked. I nodded and walked into the office.

“You can’t go out with Mike” said Joe “what?” I asked “it’s illegal and he got money out of you” said Joe “yeah but he feels really bad about it” I said “I should call the police” said Joe “Joe,
please don’t” I begged “I’ve got to” said Joe.

I signed and walked off upstairs crying.

Mike followed me upstairs.

“What’s up?” asked Mike walking into my bedroom “Mike, Joe knows we’re dating” I said “he’s called the police, I am so sorry” I added crying “what? Why?” asked Mike “it says it’s illegal and I’m so
sorry” I said between tears.

Then there was a knock on the door.

I walked downstairs crying with Mike following.

Joe opened the door.

“Hello, you phoned?” asked the police “yes, come in” said Joe “what’s going on?” I asked “we’re here to collect Michael Williams” said the policeman “why?” asked Mike “we need to bring you down for
questioning Michael” said the police.

The policeman grabbed Mike as they headed towards the door.

I followed them.

“Mike?” I asked. Mike looked at me not happy.

“Would you like me to come with you?” I asked smiling.

“No, we’re done” said Mike and the door closed behind them leaving me standing alone starting to cry.
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What should I do?

I kept walking up and down my bedroom when Lily and Shelia came in.

“Hey, we just saw Mike getting arrested. What’s going on?” asked Lily “Joe called the police” I said “what?” asked Shelia “why?” asked Lily “it’s illegal. He took advantage” I said “well” said
Shelia “what?” I asked “Joe has a point, you are only 14 and he’s 17” said Shelia “he’s dumped me” I said “what?” Lily asked.

“Good! You deverse better” said Shelia “I’m still in love with him” I said “I don’t know what to do” I added.

Alex walked into my bedroom “M, what’s going on? I heard Mike got arrested” said Alex “yeah, Joe called the police and he dumped me for good” I said “oh M, what if you guys still be friends?” asked
Alex “maybe but even after everything he’s done, I still love him, A” I said.

Phillip came upstairs and walked into my bedroom. “Hi, Phil. What’s up?” I asked “M, I don’t know how to tell you this but Mike got off with a warning” said Philip “what does that mean?” I asked
“he’s gotten released and he’s on his way over” said Phillip “what?” I asked in shock.

“Yeah” said Phillip “what should I do?” I asked.

Lily looked at me and held my hands together.

“Do you still love him? It’s okay if you do, we’ll understand” said Lily “of course we will” said Shelia.

Then William came in.

“What’s up?” he asked “he’s coming here” said Lily “who?” asked William. Lily looked annoyed at her brother “who do you think? The queen! Mike is coming over” said Lily “what are you going to do?”
she asked me looking at me “I’ve decided that we can be friends and there’s something else. Where’s Alex?” I asked “I think she’s gone back downstairs” said Lily “okay, I’ll be back” I said and
went downstairs. Alex was in the living room.

“Hey, A. can I speak to you?” I asked “yes, of course” said Alex “well you know my mum and dad want me to come and live with them again?” I asked “yes?” asked Alex “I’m going to do it but would you
come with me?” I asked “what do you mean?” asked Alex “would you move in with me and my parents? They want to adopt you” I said.

Alex was about to respond but then there was a knock on the door.

“Who’s that?” asked Lily coming down the stairs.

I went over to the front door and answered it.

And there stood the last person I wanted to see. My ex boyfriend Mike Williams.
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Do you love me?

“Mike, what are you doing here?” asked Joe “I’ve come to see Mary” said Mike.

Joe looked at Mike “what?” asked Mike “she’s leaving, Mike” said Joe “what? She’s leaving care?” asked Mike.

Joe nodded.

Mike looked at Joe broken.

Back upstairs, I looked at Alex.

“What did you just say?” asked Alex “mum and dad, they want to adopt you!” I said beaming.

Alex looked at me then all my brothers and sisters rushed into my bedroom.

“M, don’t do it. They’ll only let you down again” said William.

“Yeah, M. don’t go” said Shelia.

I looked at them confused.

“I’m not going anywhere?” I asked “Lily said you’re leaving care to go and live with Rose and Logan” said William “yes they have asked me but” I couldn’t finish.

“I knew it. They’re a let-down M, and we won’t be there to protect you when they start hitting you just like last time” said William.

“Will, please don’t. Mary’s probably got good reasons” said Shelia.

I looked at Shelia “thanks, shell. Mum and dad want to adopt Alex” I said “that’s why I am leaving care”

“Really? Oh that’s wonderful” said Lily looking at Alex “I don’t know if I am going yet” said Alex “what do you mean? Why not?” I asked “I don’t know, M. I’m not family am I” asked Alex “yes, you
are” I said “yeah of course” Lily agreed. Alex smiled.

Then Mike rushed in.

“Mike!” I said standing up looking at my ex.

“What are you doing here?” I asked “you’re moving in with them?” he asked “yes, problem?” I asked “well, you continuing complain about them to me and now you’re moving in with them” said Mike
“Mike, answer my question” I said “what are you doing here?” I asked “I’ve been released and on a warning” said Mike “Mary, can we talk?” he asked.

I looked at him then I looked at Lily.

“She doesn’t want to see you” said Lily “please, let me explain” said Mike begged.

I signed then Lily suddenly fainted and we all ran to Lily and bent down around Lily.

I looked at Shelia scared and she was on the phone.

“Who’s that?” I asked “George” said Shelia.

When we got to the hospital, there were lots of doctors around checking her over and doing tests when George came over to us.

“Is she okay? How’s the baby?” he asked.

We all looked at George.

“Baby?” I asked.

Then we all looked at Lily.

“I’m pregnant” she said.
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“You’re pregnant?” I asked beaming “yeah, SURPRISE” said Lily

Mike then rushed over.

“Mary, please let me explain” begged Mike.

I signed and nodded and went over into a corner.

I looked at Mike.

“So?” I asked “I want to explain why I did it” said Mike “okay” I said “I’m really sorry for what I did. I do love you and I’m sorry, I did what I did because I love you” said Mike.

I signed “Mike, it’s okay, I forgive you. Can we just stay friends?” I asked.

Mike beamed very big. “Thank you Mary” said Mike.

We walked over to Lily and the others and Lily was holding the baby.

“It’s a girl” said Lily.

I smiled.

“Congratulations sis. What’s her name?” I asked.

Lily looked at me.

“Chloe Mary Shelia Rickson” said Lily.

“You named it after us?” asked Shelia.

Lily smiled “yes, you’re my best friends and M, whatever you decide about living with mum and dad, we’ll support you” said Lily “won’t we?” she asked the others.

“Yes, of course. If you say they’ve changed then they’ve changed” said William.

Alex, my mum and dad walked over to us.

I smiled at Alex.

“I’ve made a decision about living with you, your mum and dad” said Alex.

I looked at her smiling.

“Yeah? What is it?” I asked beaming.

“I would love to come and live with you!” said Alex.

I smiled and hugged my best friend.

“A, I love you” I said then I turned around and looked at Mike.

“Mike, I understand why you did it and I’ll always love you, and you will always be my best friend and I hope you find happiness with someone one day” I said.

I said hugging Mike.

My parents came over to us.

Lily gave Chloe over to my mum.

“She’s beautiful Lily, congratulations. I promise things are going to be different” said Rose smiling.

Lily smiled “I know mum, it’s okay” said Lily.

We all smiled at each other.

“Happily ever after?” I asked.

My parents smiled and then they both hugged me.

“We love you Mary” they said “happily ever after all around” said Shelia. Then we hugged each other and smiled.

“Welcome to the family Chloe and Alex” I said smiling.
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