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Friday
Nov182011

ARABELLA: BONNIE'S DOUBLE, OR IS THERE MORE TO HER THAN THAT?

'Arabella, you'll fall and break your neck!  I'm always telling you that. Get back through that window.  What can you be thinking of, sitting out there like that?'

'I'm bored.  I don't know what to do.'

'Come and help me make a chocolate cake.'

'Cakes are boring.'

'Come and arrange these flowers.'

'Oh Mum, must you, flowers.'

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The girl looked at Arabella.  The girl called Bonnie.  It was a strange, searching, awkward stare.  She seemed to take her in from head to foot.  She looked now at her hair, now at her eyes and nose and mouth, now at the way her hand lifted her fork.  'What's so strange about the way I look?' Arabella thought.  'Why's she staring at me like that?'

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'You won't go, will you Bonnie? When this is all over, and everything's safe again, you won't fly off and leave us, will you?  You know...' She heeld up the blue stuff of the balloon, and managed a shaky smile, 'fly off in your balloon.'

Bonnie couldn't move.  'I hated you.'

'I know.'

'I could have killed you.'

'But you never did.'