Maddie: Happy for Now

We crept down the hill toward the warehouse, I just hoped that Daisy wouldn't start screaming.  I leaned against the wall and listened to see if anyone was in there. It was risky going in but it was a risk we had to take.

Harry was clinging onto my leg, nearly falling backwards with the rucksack on his back.  We tip toed to the door, trying not to make too much noise on the gravel with the truck and our foot steps. As we got to the door I good of sworn I heard voices.  Well hear goes.

We walked down the narrow hall as quietly as we could, I still heard rustling, probably just a pigeon. We crept down and then this girl was there pointing a gun at my face. Crap!

"Sorry... I didn't..." Harry was holding onto me for dear life. Daisy stirred but didn't wake up.

I caught my breath, I think she was the same as us. "That's OK." She might be the same as us but I still didn't trust her. She lowered the gun and smiled.

"Er... Hi.."

"Hi, what are you doing here?" I questioned.  A man came round the corner and put his hands round the girls waist.

"We could ask you the same question." she gently poked him in the rips.

"Be nice Liam." they smiled at us.

"Who is it then?!" someone shouted from the other room.

"We have guests Ollie!" they turned and walked round the corner. Harry pulled on my t-shirt, I looked down at him and gave him an encouraging nod.

We walked down the corner, with all our supplies, Harry was still clinging onto me.

"Oh." A guy on the other side of the room was rubbing his hair out of his face. "Hi."


"Who are you then little man?" the girl said looking down at him. I stroked his hair, as he looked up at me. I nodded again.

"My name's Harry." he said in a small voice. She walked over and kneeled on the floor in front of him, holding out her hand.

"Hello Harry." She said softly. "My names Scarlett, nice to meet you" she smiled. "Would you like to come and meet Liam?" he nodded and took her hand. She lead him over to Liam. He looked back at me and I smiled.

I walked over to the corner and dumped our stuff there. Ollie came and stood next to me.

"Who's this little one then?" he asked as I got her cot out of the truck and put her in it gently, trying not to wake her up from her ‘afternoon' nap.

"Her names Daisy."

"Pretty name. Is she yours." I shook my head standing up again.

"Little sister's more like it." I smiled. "Who are you then?"

"Ollie." he said shaking my hand. "And that's Scarlett, my sister." he pointed over to her playing with Harry. "And that's Liam." he coldly muttered.

"What's up with you?"

"Nothing, I just don't like him."

"Why not?"

"Because... he's with my sister and he got her pregnant."

"So. What's wrong with that? Don't you like seeing your sister happy? It's not like she's doing drugs or sleeping around with twenty other guys. At least you know who the father is." he seemed stunned at my response. I raised one of my eye brows and let him digest that little piece of truth.

I walked over to Harry who was laughing and playing games with Scarlett. It made me happy to see him like that. Happy, for now anyway.  I held out my hand and introduced myself. "Hey, I'm Maddie."

"Hi Maddie." she smiled and shook my hand.

"Seems you got the mothering thing sorted then." I smiled.

"Pretty much." She laughed. "I take it Ollie told you." I nodded. "Grumpy old sod." She tutted and rolled her eyes.  "Harry's such a nice little kid." she smiled down at him, waving.

I smiled. "Yeah, but he's had to deal quite a lot for a four year old."

"Haven't we all." she muttered to me as she knelt down to play with Harry again.

The End

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