The girls spun around to face the person speaking to them, and just as they did so they heard Emily walking down the driveway calling out “I’ve not got my key, and my Mum’s not…” She topped dead in her tracks as she turned the corner and came face to face with not only her two friends, but also her Mum!
“…answering the door?” Lisa finished the sentence for her. It was difficult to tell who was the most taken aback by this meeting, clearly neither party had expected to bump into the other.
Surveying the scene, Lisa was trying to understand just why the 3 girls were looking to shifty, and why she’d found 2 of them lurking on the corner outside her house. Then she noticed Lucy’s jeans, which Dan’s jacket hadn’t quite managed to cover fully.
“Oh my dear, whatever has happened? Come on inside all of you, quickly.”
Lucy blushed at having been caught out, but realised that it was probably far better than being seen by her friends in this state. Em’s mum knowing was going to be bad enough, but if the other girls had seen she’d have been teased mercilessly.
The three of them followed her into the house, Em explaining that Lucy hadn’t actually had an accident and wet herself, even though that’s exactly what it looked like, but had in fact been having a wee at the park and completely missed her aim, soaking her clothes in the process! Lisa shook her head and laughed, but understood.
“Oh dear Lucy, what a mess eh! Well, don’t worry about it, these things happen. You nip upstairs and get yourself changed – bring your things down and I’ll pop them in the wash for you, so you don’t have to explain to your Mum too, as I’m sure that would be pretty embarrassing.”
Lucy smiled gratefully, thanked Lisa and slunk off upstairs to change into the shorts she’d brought with her, along with a fresh pair of undies, suddenly grateful that she’d had the foresight to bring spares.
“What happened to Daniel?” Lisa asked her daughter, suddenly noticing that the boy wasn’t with them.
“Oh, yeah, we left him at the park. You see, Mum, when Lucy had her little mishap, we were trying to come up with a way of hiding it, and then Dan told us that some of the other girls had arrived, so we had to let him in on the secret so that he could distract the rest whilst we sneaked Lucy out of the park and back here to get changed. If they’d seen, she’d have been so embarrassed.”
Lisa nodded “Ah yes, a couple more of your friends did turn up here not long after you’d gone out, so they dropped their bags off and then set out in search of you. I guess they tracked you…well, Daniel at any rate…down. I have to say, well done girls, you’ve been so very mature by helping Lucy with this, and I’m sure she really appreciates it. I hope Daniel wasn’t teasing her?” Lisa knew all too well what tween boys could be like, and whilst her nephew was usually well behaved she didn’t want the poor girl to be given a hard time, as she must be feeling lousy enough as it was.
Both Becky and Em giggled. “Oh, don’t worry, I don’t think there’s much chance of Dan teasing Lucy. They’re quite ‘close’ y’know, and I reckon he’s got a bit of a crush on her.”
Upstairs, realising that she really didn’t have time to shower and also that somebody was bound to notice if she turned up at the park with wet hair, Lucy had found a packet of wet wipes in Emily’s bedroom and quickly gave herself a wipe down to freshen up, before pulling on her black cut-off jean shorts and bundling her wet clothes up. She was glad none of the others had seen her earlier, so at least she wouldn’t have to explain why she’d changed her clothes.
As she was making her way back downstairs, her phone tinged in her pocket. Fishing it out, she saw a new friend request on one of the social media sites she used – a girl called Ellie Peters. Hmm, odd, she didn’t recognise the name.
She found Lisa in the kitchen, bust preparing snacks for the sleepover guests, and shamefacedly handed the bundle of jeans and pants over to her with a husky “Thanks, and I’m sorry for making work for you.”
“Don’t be silly Lucy, it’s no problem at all. Sometimes accidents happen, but it sounds like you’ve mostly got away with it. Go on, off you go back to the park and enjoy your afternoon. The girls are waiting out front for you.”
“That’s much better” Lucy announced, as she made her way down the driveway to meet her two friends. “And thanks for helping, and not laughing. Honestly, I’ll be glad when this week is over with! Say, do either of you know an Ellie Peters?” She pulled her phone back out of her pocket as she asked the question, finding Ellie’s profile and showing them both the friend request.3
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