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Tuesday
Nov152011

GRANDBAG: ONCE MET, IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET...

‘If you knew Grandbag, you’d understand.  She catches sight of things, you see, and they have to be hers.  And not just things either.  People too.  If someone’s hers she’ll never let them go.  She wouldn’t let me go.  And she wouldn’t give a chance to Maybelle either.’

‘Perhaps she loved you both too much.’

‘Oh no, it wasn’t like that.  She doesn’t love anything.  It’s greed.’

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Bonnie imagined Grandbag hauling her coat straight again and folding her emphatic arms in that gesture of hers.  She imagined the make-up, thickly caked to hide her creeping age. She imagined the thin lips, the wobbling hat, the eyes. She flattened herself against the wall and heard Maybelle say that she'd been here a minute ago; that she didn't know where Bonnie had gone.

'You should have left the child with me,' Grandbag said.  'It's not going to work, you mark my words.'