DATE October 2010 ISBN 0781847443076 Buy this book at Amazon
Andrea and Lexi thought that they would be friends forever. Through thick and thin, wild nights out, they were inseperable. But it was to be their biggest adventure that would tear them apart. Whilst travelling through Australia, they were involved in a catastrophic accident. Andrea was left scarred but her best friend was nowhere to be found. What had happened to Lexi... Two years later, Andrea's scar means that she's too scared to leave her flat. Instead, she spends time with her grumpy cat Baz and her hopeless boss Alistair. But when Andy's sister and her boyfriend come to live with her, bringing all their dramas with them, Andy realises that even though she's got secrets buried, it doesn't mean that they'll stay that way.
“My flat just burned down.” Kate,
my younger sister announces quite chirpily from her end of the phone.
“What?!” My half swallowed coffee
comes back up again, only it comes out my nose. It’s painful. I start to cough
in between yelling out some more ‘whats?’
“It’s OK,Andy,” Kate says soothingly. “Well, obviously
my flat isn’t. It’s gutted. You should see it.” Behind her, I hear sirens and
noise and shouting.
“Are you OK?” I start to mop my
nose with my sleeve. Hearing my alarmed voice, Baz, my big black cat meows from
his basket in the corner of the room.
“Well, put it like this,” Kate
says, “I won’t be needing the services your magazine provides just at the
minute.” Then she laughs.
I work for a small magazine called
“It’s your funeral”. It’s aimed at undertakers.
“Ha, ha.” Hearing her laugh relaxes
me. “Is anyone hurt?”
“Naw, we’re fine. I don’t know what
happened. I think Luke was cooking and left the pan on.”
“Kate, that’s awful. What will you
do?” I’m sitting upright in my chair now, slippered feet planted on the ground,
running my fingers through my un-brushed hair. One of the bonuses of working
from home is that no one sees what you look like. Which is just as well as I’m
in a dingy grey tracksuit and yellow tee-shirt.
“Well,” Kate says, "I was
hoping to move in with you for a bit. Just until I get somewhere else.”
I don’t even ask why she wouldn’t
move back to Mum and Dad’s house. I can completely understand her not wanting
to. “Of course you can,” I answer without hesitation, whilst acknowledging the
fact that while I love Kate, we’ve sort of grown a little apart in the last
while. I hope we’ll get on. “No worries.”
Luke is her boyfriend. She lives
with him in the flat that just burned down. Luke is a little odd, I think. He
wears his hair long and braided. His clothes are baggy and he has a Johnny Depp
Pirates of the Caribbean vibe about him. He works in a health shop, knows all
about vitamins and organic rice and on the side, he teaches yoga to people. I’ve
never really talked to Luke properly, just sort of observed him from the
fringes, said hello, asked him how he was and had inane conversations with him
about the weather. To have him suddenly living in my house, lounging about on
my sofas, while I tried to think up things to say to him would all be a bit
stressful, but then again, he is Kate’s boyfriend and she loves him so...
“Sure,” I try to sound as if the
prospect excites me, “No problem. It’ll be great to have some company.”
“Aw, thanks Andy, you’re
brilliant.We’ll be around in a couple
“See you then.”
She hangs up and I abandon my job
at the computer to go to make up the spare room.