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    The Year of The Rat – Clare Furniss

    “The traffic light glows reed through the rainy windscreen, blurred, clear, blurred again, as the wipers swish to and fro. Below it, in front of us, is the hearse. I try not to look at it. My hands fidget as though they don’t belong to me, picking at a loose thread on my sleeve, stretching my skirt down so that it covers more of my legs. Why did I wear it? It’s way too short for a funeral.” Pearl has a new baby sister. However that sister – The Rat – is the reason Pearl no longer has a mum and Pearl isn’t sure if she’ll ever be able to…

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    Heartbeat – Elizabeth Scott

    “I sit down with my mother. My smile is shaky as I tell her about my day.‘I think I did okay on my history test,’ I say. ‘Oh, and Olivia wore her new pair of false eyelashes, the ones I told you about. She was batting them around so much that a teacher stopped and asked if she had something caught in her eyes.’I laugh at the memory, and the sound is shaky too. ‘Olivia wasn’t super happy about that.’There’s a slight movement, but its not on Mom’s face. Her face never changes. But under the skin of Mom’s stomach… I don’t want to look but I can’t help it, because there…