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Friday, 11 March 2011

Do you like Aunty Jane?

“Do you like Aunty Jane?”
Emily and Jacob were in a tent made from two clothes horses, a couple of sheets and the old sitting room curtain.
“Do you?”
“I hate her.”
Jacob had to be careful.  This could be a trick, like when Emily had told him that Mr Hobbs was cross about his flowers and that the only thing that would calm him down was for Jacob to go round and say sorry and Mr Hobbs had shouted at him because he’d rung the door bell when he was having his after lunch sleep.
            “Do you.  Do you hate her like I do?”
            “Why do you hate her?”
            “I’m not telling you.  Not till you say you hate her too.”
            Jacob wasn’t sure if he hated his aunt.  He didn’t hate her like he hated Lorna.  He really hated Lorna.  She was the meanest most horrible girl he knew.  She did things like spit on your food and put bogies on your chair.  And he didn’t hate her like he hated the troll in the story, the one that was waiting to trip the billy goats gruff up when they crossed over to eat the juicy new spring grass.  But he didn’t like it when she came to stay.  Something went bad in the house.
            “Alright,” Jacob said.  “I hate her too.”
            “I hate her for three things,” Emily said.  She tucked her hair behind her ear and wiggled her bottom into a more comfortable position.  “I hate the way she talks with her tongue sticking out.  It makes me feel sick in my neck.  And I hate her bag.  I wish there was a snake in it. 
            Jacob agreed about the bag.  “What’s the third thing?”
            “You tell me why you hate her first.”
            “I hate her for what she said to Mummy,” Jacob said.
            “Me too.”
            “It’s just not fair that she comes and lives with us when her house is being painted, and then tells Mummy that she doesn’t cook nice meals.”
            “No.  And anyway, Mummy’s meals are nice.  It’s Aunty Jane’s that taste like sick.”
            “Yuk, yes.   And they look like sick.”
            “The sheet’s falling off, quick.  Go and put it back.”
            Jacob did as he was told, fixed the tent and crawled back in.
            “And do you remember when Mummy shut us out of the kitchen, shouting at us even though we hadn’t done anything?” Emily continued.
            “And I went to the kitchen door and listened and Mummy was crying and Aunty Jane was shouting at her and saying what had happened was all Mummy’s fault.”
            “What had happened?”
            “I don’t know, but Aunty Jane said it was Mummy’s fault and she should be ashamed of what she’d turned into.”
            Jacob started to cry, very quietly, mostly sniffing, but some tears were falling on the wooden floor.  Emily put her arm round his shoulders.  “She shouldn’t make Mummy cry. We’ve got to think of a way to make Aunty Jane cry,” she said.
            “Do you want to know what else she said?”
            Jacob nodded even though he wasn’t sure if he did. 
“She said that Daddy was just bored and not getting what he needed which is just a lie because he always watches whatever he wants on Saturdays.  It’s Mummy who’s bored when he wants to watch the football, and he gets everything he needs because I always hear her say is there anything you want when she does the shopping.” 
            “Yes and yesterday Aunty Jane gave me a cuddle which I didn’t want,” Jacob said.  He’d stopped crying now.  “She smelt horrible, like an old lady.  And she said she wanted to take us on holiday.”  He shuddered thinking about it.
            “I’m not going on holiday with her,” Emily said.  “Not even for money.”
            “She said Daddy would be coming with us to, and it would be in a gigantic ship, she whispered it, and said it was a big secret.  And she said that one day she was going to make us a bedroom each, and mine would be blue and yours would be pink and she squeezed me really tight.  I don’t want to have a blue bedroom.”
            “She can’t make our bedrooms," Emily said.  "This is our house and I don’t mind having you in my bedroom.”
            “It’s not your bedroom.  Mummy said it’s both of ours’.”
            “I don’t mind having you in our bedroom, then.  Anyway, we haven’t got any more rooms here.  Not when Aunty Jane’s staying.  We must make her go.  I’ve got a plan.”
“What is it?” 
“Promise you won’t tell?”
“Cross you heart?”
“Yes, but-”
“Hope to die.  You have to say it.”
“Hope to die.”
“Say it again without your fingers crossed.”
“Well,” Emily said, resettling herself into the back of the tent.  “I know about a special bush in the garden.”
            “But Mummy said we must never ever-”
            “It’s got mauve flowers behind the greenhouse.  We can get some of that and put it in one of her pies that taste like sick.”
            “But Mummy said -”
            “Do you want her to carry on making Mummy cry and cuddling you and making you feel sick?  Do you?”
            “Then you must do exactly what I say.”


  1. This is interesting! I like it, where is this going? :) Cool post!

  2. Thanks very much. Where's it going? What do you think?

  3. Aconites! Not the aconites! Please may we have more story?

  4. I thought it was finished with a ... and now my laziness has been found out. Okay, I'll finish it and let you know.