"Can I go to Lily's for a sleepover on Saturday?"
"No, you can't."
"Why not?" Petra's pulls her face in a pout that looks like a stuffed salmon. Her mother sighs.
"But everyone's going to be there."
"Everybody minus you."
"Because Dad's on lates, and I say so." Her mother doesn't add that Lily's parents cannot be trusted; that Lily and her friends wear clothes beyond their age; who knows what they get up to? No wonder she prefers Petra to be safely under her eye at home.
"It's not FAIR."
"Life's not fair sometimes. Haven't you got homework to do?"
Petra sighs in return and stomps upstairs to her bedroom. She opens her laptop and begins her history essay,"To what extent was Germany's defeat in World War 1 responsible for the rise of Hitler?" She looks up a few websites for information; weighs up pros and cons; ponders the nature of oppression and considers herself hard done by. At last, the essay reaches a state that will satisfy Mrs Blandings. She emails it across and switches to her Facebook page. Suzy's latest update makes her grin.
Suzy wishes Year 10 teachers would stop going on about GSCE's.
Petra has finished her history essay & wishes her parents weren't such control freaks.
Suzy must be on-line. Her response is almost immediate.
Mine too. Do you think they learn it at parent school?
Petra yawns, types back,
LOL. I'm tired. Off to bed now xxx
Just before she closes down, a final message appears,
Sleep well. Talk tomorrow.S xxxx
She smiles and exits.
A hundred miles away, Tony smiles back, as he sits in his bedsit, preparing updates for tomorrow.