By Fiona Foden
A humorous, touching tale approximately existence adjustments, friendship and primary love. Josie has lived on her boat, Promise, her entire lifestyles. She unearths it more straightforward to stroll on deck than she does to stroll on land. yet Promise has been condemned, and in flip, Josie is condemned to survive dry land. Then she meets Leon, a boy from her neighbourhood...
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Vince glances round the now-gleaming kitchen, then provides, “Josie – Leon’s searching for you. I didn’t become aware of you had met. ” So Vince is aware him too. “Oh, we, um … we met whilst i discovered his dog,” I say fast, aware of Mum observing me. “Well, I acknowledged he may perhaps come in,” Vince says, grinning, “but he desired to wait outdoors. ” Now Mum and Ryan are either giving me quizzical seems to be. “OK, thanks,” I say quick, turning to persist with Vince out of the kitchen. “Hang on,” Mum says, grabbing my arm. “Who’s Leon? ” I pause, wishing i'll simply run off, yet realizing she’d kick up a fuss. “I simply stated, Mum. i discovered his puppy wandering approximately and he got here to gather her. We acquired speaking, that’s all…” “Got a boyfriend already? ” Ryan teases. “Oh, close up—” “I’m uncertain i love the belief of you placing approximately with a person I don’t know,” Mum cuts in. “How previous is he, besides? ” “Mum, he’s fine,” I protest. “He’s fourteen. ” She pulls off one in every of her rubber gloves with a snap. “OK, yet I’m coming outdoors to satisfy him first. ” What? As she eliminates the opposite glove, I’m approximately to protest that she can’t, and that I’m no longer a toddler to any extent further. Then I notice that residing in London, and realizing tips on how to continue us secure – good, it’s all new to her, too. at the river, you spot, there have been no ideas. Leon’s smile makes me soften like ice cream within the solar. “Hi,” he says as I step outdoors, no longer taking a look remotely shocked that Mum is soaring subsequent to me. “Hi,” I say quick. “Mum, this is often Leon. ” He’s preserving Daisy through her lead. I bend to ruffle her fur, hoping that, by the point I straighten up back, Mum can have performed her protecting mother or father bit and disappeared again within. “Hi, Leon,” she says warmly. “Oh, what an lovely puppy! ” “Thanks. We in basic terms bought her a number of weeks in the past. ” “Bet she appears like a part of the relations already,” Mum provides, and that i wonder whether she’s considering Murphy. “Yeah, definitely,” Leon replies. “So,” Mum says, turning to me, “where are you taking into account going this day? ” “Um … we’ll most likely simply hang around on the park,” I inform her, whereas desperately attempting to transmit the message that she needs to return inside of correct now … and that’s while I scent whatever lousy. Oh God. What have I been doing those previous hours? facing lifeless mice and years’ worthy of kitchen dirt, and the stale scent has connected itself to my outfits and hair. “Er … I’ve been assisting Mum fresh the kitchen,” I say, turning to Leon. “I’d larger have a bath first. ” Mum laughs. “Good thought, Josie. I didn’t prefer to say. ” She smiles at Leon. “Would you're keen on to return in and wait within the pub? ” “Er, convinced, but…” He glances down at Daisy. “Oh, Vince has long gone on a few errand,” she says, “and there’s nobody else round instantaneously. I’m convinced it’ll be advantageous to convey her in. ” all of us head inside of, and that i scamper upstairs for the speediest bathe identified to girl-kind. Afterwards, a concept hits me as I throw on my dressing dress and speedy brush my rainy hair. may still I make extra of an attempt? may still I seize Mum’s hairdryer and a few of her makeup, too? i would have taken the time to benefit to use it appropriately if I’d had a reflect on Promise that i may truly see into – yet by no means brain that.