Perhaps you don't think you a re, but you've had a busy day. I'll just read you a short one. It'll be ruined! Mark ate politely, saying it was very nice, but Fanel la felt embarrassed.
He'd separated from his wife three years ago and she lived in Devon, so he couldn't see his children more often. She wasn't sure what to make of Mark. He was quiet and a good listener, but there was something a bit unkind about his attitude, bo th to Ellie and to his own children, that gave her reservations about him.
After the meal, she found herself wishing he would just leave so that sh e could go to bed, and she had to drop several hints about how tired she was. But he stopped in the doorway as he was about to leave, and bent down to kiss her. His kiss was gentle, and suddenly Fanella wondered whether it was a m istake sending him away like this.
When he had gone, she went straight up to bed but found she couldn't sle ep. Too many thoughts were flying through her head. Did Mark want to have a rela tionship with her? Did she want to have a relationship with Mark?
And, if so, ho w would Ellie feel about it? Was Ellie going to be more difficult, now she knew Fanella better? Why was Rod away from school? Would he ever come back? As she began to drift into sleep, she dreamt that she was standing laugh ing in a park watching Ellie playing happily and that Mark had his arm around he r.
She felt complete for the first time in years, as if all her worries had floa ted away She turned to look into the man's face, only to find that the man was n ot Mark at all, but Rod. It was clear Rod wasn't coming back to school very quick ly. The parents were told the temporary teacher was going to continue until half term at least, but they weren't told why. Ellie had taken a real dislike to thi s teacher and was refusing to go to school in the mornings.
Come for lunch,' said Teresa eagerly. She found her da ys alone at home long and lonely sometimes, and was glad at the thought of some company. Fanella took some wine and went round to Teresa's house. What does Timothy think of the temporary teacher? I s he ill? Dan's mother went to the education authority and accused Rod of abusing he r son.
They had no choice but to suspend him immediately, until a court hearing finds him innocent, if they do Dan's the kin d of boy who would drive the most patient person in the world wild. I could imagine some people l osing their heads and doing something silly, but not Rod. Not w ith the child, he's probably just doing what his mother tells him to do. Is ther e some reason why she might not like Rod? Rod likes Ellie and she's not rich.
Anyway, I hope you aren't so upset about this because you 're still in love with Rod? She knew her friend too well to b e completely fooled by what she was saying and felt slightly annoyed by the fact Fanella was obviously still attracted to Rod.
She didn't know why it annoyed he r. After all, she'd always had a similar feeling about him. It was just that Fan ella always seemed so serious about things, while Teresa had felt quite light-he arted about her attraction to Rod.
Fanella hesitated. If you get on well with him, she'll find a way o f fitting in. You could do worse. Anyway, I think you should stop worrying about Ellie. She'll be fine once she gets used to this new teacher. Why don't we take her a nd Timothy out this weekend and you could bring Mark? The things she'd heard about Rod had really upset her. They cou ldn't be true! If they were, it meant she'd completely misjudged his character, and she was usually pretty good at judging character.
It also seemed unlikely he would be back at school very soon. Whatever Teresa said, she doubted if Ellie w as going to get used to the temporary teacher. She decided the only thing to do was to concentrate on her work, or she would go mad with worrying.
Chapter ten The brown envelope Things were going badly for Rod. It was another month until the court he aring and, in the meantime, he had been interviewed by various people trying to establish the facts. His lawyer believed they could win the case, but there was no doubt the whole business would damage his reputation. He didn't enjoy being at home every day either, and Leah obviously wante d the house back to herself. She was dre ssed up to go out to an appointment and smelt of that lovely perfume again, but this time Rod had no desire to comment.
I really felt I could make a difference to their lives. This had become the cause of many arguments between them lately. Being a t home every day had made Rod think about what it would be like to have their ow n child. A lot of men stayed at home to bring up children these days, and it was something he thought he would enjoy. But Leah didn't want children. This hadn't worried Rod before, but now, as he approached forty, he realised how much he wa nted his own child.
He couldn't understand how Leah could be so sure she didn't want them. Once she had left for her meeting, Rod went upstairs to get dressed. The n he noticed a heap of papers in the corner of the bedroom.
He bent down to pick them up and realised they were the children's stories he had tried to write. He 'd been so busy over the last few months, he had completely forgotten about them! He sat on the bed reading through them, and thought they were not too ba d. Then he remembered that he had asked Fanella if she would look at them. Sudde nly he felt better. He would spend the day going through the stories, making cor rections and improving them.
It would give him a focus to his day. He got dressed quickly and went downstairs to sit at the kitchen table. He worked eagerly all day, until he heard Leah's key in the lock at seven o'cloc k. Haven't you had enough of children? Have you made any supper? You've nothing to do all day! He realised he could have made supper, but he had been too i nvolved in his stories to give it any thought.
Leah always seemed annoyed with h im these days, whatever he did. He put his arms around her and kissed her. She smelt as lovely as ever, but she moved a way from him quickly.
I fancy something Indian,' she said. Over the next few days, Rod worked enthusiastically on his stories. He h ad not realised how much time it would take to get them into shape. At last he f elt they were good enough to be read by someone else. He wished he'd had the cha nce to try them out on his class before he posted them. Instead, he had to imagi ne the children in his class and their reactions to the stories.
This helped qui te a bit, and he couldn't help believing there was some potential in them. If nothing else, it had taken his mind off the subject of Dan and his mo ther and given a purpose to his day. When he finally posted the stories, he felt a huge sense of achievement: even if no-one else liked them, he'd done it!
Meanwhile, Fanella was struggling with the problem of what to do with El lie. She had found the best method of dealing with her not wanting to go to scho ol was to drop her off in the morning and leave straight away. If she hung aroun d for long, Ellie would hold onto her, making the whole thing worse. The possibi lity that the legalisation of the adoption would not be finalised, if it was see n that Ellie wasn't happy, was always at the back of her mind.
Yet, despite the heartache Ellie gave her, Fanella had grown to love her dearly, and she couldn't bear the thought of not having her in her life permanently. Quite often, in the mornings, Ellie would crawl into bed beside Fanella and together they would read or listen to the radio until it was time to get up. And at the weekends they had a great time together. It was only school that thr ew a shadow over their life together.
To stop herself from worrying, Fanella concentrated on her work. She fel t a sense of relief as she left the school for the more peaceful atmosphere of t he office. Then she worked hard until it was time to go and pick Ellie up from t he club she attended after school.
One morning, as she arrived at the office, she was surprised to find a l arge brown envelope sitting on her desk. It took her a little while to realise who the bundle of stories was from. She had completely forgotten about her conversation with Rod in the pub garden last September, when he'd told her that he'd written some stories for children. It felt strange to have them here in front of her, when she hadn't seen him for so long and knowing what he'd been accused of.
But she was pleased he'd sent th em. Looking through them, she was impressed. Rod clearly had an understandin g of what interested children; his language was appropriate and the stories had an originality which would make them sell. She was quite excited to have them, a lthough she knew there were a number of stages to go through before she could of fer him a contract.
She would have to take them to an editorial meeting, then to a sales meeting, and get approval from both of these. But in the meantime, ther e were a few changes she would like him to make. She would have to arrange a mee ting with him, too! His phone number was at the top of the letter and later that day she dia lled it. Her heart beat loudly as she waited for his reply, and she realised she was shaking as he picked up the phone. This was ridiculous! She was simply perf orming a professional task.
But it seemed silly to be too formal when she had seen him every morning a few weeks ago at school. He hadn't expected such a quick reply to h is letter, and he certainly hadn't been at all confident about his stories being well received.
Of course, it helped that he'd met Fanella, and he hoped she was n't just being kind to him because he'd taught her child. He realised she'd prob ably heard about the accusation that he'd hit Dan and he wondered what she thoug ht about it. I t felt strange, as if she was asking him out on a date.
She liked Brown's. It was always busy, but the food was good and the tab les big enough to work at. What time? If sh e made it too late, they would not have much time together before she had to pic k Ellie up from school.
Chapter eleven Lunch with Rod It was a wet morning. The rain poured down. Fanella had cycled to work a nd had planned to cycle to the restaurant to meet Rod, but now realised she woul d arrive looking a mess. She decided to get there early, so that she could tidy herself up in the cloakroom before Rod arrived. By the time he did turn up, ten minutes late, she was feeling calm.
She had already had a Martini to calm her nerves and she ordered Rod an orange juice at his request. They then sat and looked at each other across the table for a f ew seconds before Fanella spoke. You really helped her settle in, and she's been taken back a few steps by the temporary teacher who doesn't seem to have your patience. But schools are required to follow procedures in cases like this: it's to protect the children.
It's doing them more harm than good. Fanella smiled. It was the first contact he'd had with any of the parents since his suspension, and he suddenly realised what an enormous relief it was to be able to mention the subj ect. In his mind, everyone had turned against him. The reality was clearly quite different.
Fanella, aware of the sensitivity of the issue and anxious to move on fr om the subject, went on, 'Now, we need to discuss these stories. I like them ver y much and believe they could do well. Have you thought about illustrations at a ll? But we'll need to adjust the length of some of them and one or two other details if they're to ap peal to an international market. International market! It all sounded so much grander than he'd imagined.
He felt hugely grateful to Fa nella for having so much faith in him, but there was still a worrying doubt at t he back of his mind. If he was found guilty of hurting Dan, if the authority wen t against him, surely Fanella, or her publishers, wouldn't want to take him on a s a children's author. He would be seen as a corrupting influence. It wouldn't d o their sales any good at all to have their name connected to a child abuser. At that moment, the waiter arrived with their food.
They ate in silence for a few minutes. Fanella looked up at Rod, wondering what was going on in his mind. He suddenly seemed very quiet, and she wondered if she'd said something to upset him. Perhaps he didn't like the idea of having to change his stories.
Som e authors never wanted to alter any of their precious work, even if their editor s knew it would help to sell the books. Rod glanced up at her. He sat back in his chair and took a deep breath.
To tell you the truth, it's on e of my lifetime ambitions. But I can't help feeling You know, my name could be mud in a few weeks and yo u might regret taking me on. Goodness, how he made her heart race! She would like to lean across and kiss him then and there. His deep dark eyes looked into hers, as if desperate for some reassurance, and seemed to hint at an equally deep soul.
She couldn't have felt more certain that this man would be the last man on earth to hurt a little boy, however annoyed he might have been. As far as I'm concerned, there's no question about your innocence, ' she burst out. Jump to Page. Search inside document. Bue this was. She eyeled actoss Cambridge, avoiding tourists and. That is the love for children. Further more, she is dating with Mark. But she is also facing a trouble.
And Mark dislike children. Therefore, Fanella has to try her best to persuade them get along well with each other. When Fanella knows Rod is suspended, she is upset. She go to comfort and encourage him. Rod is grateful. Rod feels a warm affection for Fanella.
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