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CHAPTER SEVEN.

Kimberly got dressed for school and I kissed her and Samuel goodbye as Ronan was going to take them to school today. That left Matilda and I in the house after half eight, staring at the clock wondering what the hell to do with ourselves.

"Should we set off for school?" I asked and she nodded before running a hand through her hair.

"Do I look okay?" She asked as she applied some lipgloss to her lips. I put a hand on my hip and pouted at her, "Of course you look okay! You look stunning. You've even put weight on missy." I prodded her stomach, "Seriously, you look great. You're gonna turn some heads girl."

"And probably gain a tonne of haters too." She answers back, zipped up her makeup bag and shoved it into her handbag. I shrugged my shoulders as I picked up my jacket and my handbag and put it over my shoulder.

"Let the haters hate, when people hate it's because they're jealous bastards."

"I think you're right there Poppy." Matilda said as we left the house. I closed the door behind me, locked it and put the keys deep into my handbag. Ronan wouldn't be coming home, he'd be working at the fruit and veg stall as usual.

Matilda snacked her arm through mine as we walked along the street, "You nervous?" I questioned and glanced at my sister.

She smiled softly and shook her head, "Why would I be? I'm coming back to school?"

"I don't know, does it not — you know, feel strange to be back?"

"A little but this is what, the fourth time I've been back to school to finish my education? I'm not bothered about fitting in and all that other shit. I'm me, I'm Matilda Jones and you're my little sister Poppy Lawson and together, we're deadly."

She started to laugh and I joined her. It was true though, together we'd be deadly.

Waterloo Road was in for fireworks. Matilda and I reached school for half-past eight and I stood outside school and took out my packet of cigarettes and lit one up. As I blew the smoke in the opposite direction of Matilda, she prodded me hard in the arm.

"Tut tut, smoking's bad for you."

I smirked and shook the box in her direction. She shook her head and smiled softly, "Mum would kill you if she found out."

"Good job she won't then innit?" I answered back, took a drag on the cigarette and blew out the smoke; "What time's your appointment with Mr Byrne?"

Matilda shrugged her shoulders, "8:45, 9-00. I actually can't remember, would probably be better if I got there early wouldn't it? Impress them and all that."

"Well I don't think Mr Byrne would be happy if you turned up late on your first day."

After I finished my cigarette, I flicked the cigarette bud into the drain and linked arms with Matilda again. We walked into the school and towards the reception desk. When we got inside, I told Matilda that I would take her to Mr Byrne's office.

"Look at you, you geek!" She said and I punched her in the arm playfully, "Shush."

We got to Mr Byrne's office for 8:45, the time of her appointment and I hugged her tightly, "Good luck. Let's hope you're in my form otherwise I'm gonna be a proper billy. I love you." I kissed her cheek and left, making my way to my own form room.

I was a couple of minutes late but it was safe to say Ms Mulgrew didn't notice. I sat down in my usual seat near the back of the classroom and noticed that Rihannon was absent. That itself was strange, she was never absent!

Ms Mulgrew did the register and then told the class that they could talk for the last ten minutes. I stared at the desk, playing with the rings on my fingers wondering how Matilda was getting on.

"You alright?" Josh asked and I looked up. I smiled softly and nodded my head; "Yeah yeah, why?"

"You're really quiet that's all."

"I'm just thinking."

"About?" I sighed and twisted the ring on my index finger four times. As I made eye contact with Josh again, I answered;

"I'm thinking about Matilda." I leant over and whispered in his ear, "She's with Mr Byrne, she's coming back to do the final part of her A-levels."

"So has she moved up here?" He asked and I nodded, "She's living with me and Ronan, Kimberly and Samuel. It's cramped but it's great to have her back!"

"Does she know about Ronan?"

"That he hits me?" Josh nodded and I nodded too. She knew, she guessed right away but how did I expected her not too? Matilda didn't miss a trick. Like she said, people don't walk into doors, people throw you into them.

There was a knock on the classroom door and Mr Byrne opened the door. We all stood up from the desk in respect and Matilda followed him through the door. As Mr Byrne was telling Ms Mulgrew about Matilda being in her form, Matilda caught my eye and smiled.

I smiled back and I knew, I knew everything was going to be okay. It had to be.

"Take a seat behind Poppy please." Ms Mulgrew told Matilda and pointed to me. As she walked towards the desk at the back of the classroom where Rihannon usually sat, she dropped her bag on the desk, pulled out her chair and sat down.

She waited a couple of minutes before she leant over the table and whispered; "It's good to be back."

"It's good to have you back sis." I smiled as Josh said something similiar. It felt like the old days again, Matilda, Josh and I. Forever getting up to mischief and annoying the teachers of Waterloo Road. It gave me an idea, maybe I could organise a reunion?

"He's fit." I heard behind me and I turned around and stared Matilda in the eye. She was looking at a lad at the front of the classroom and I shook my head and laughed. Matilda was definitely back in the building.


jottings — i've loved writing poppy and matilda again, they're wonderful. if you like it enough to favourite/alert, please review;3