As Ellie sat brooding over her awful situation, she felt her phone vibrate in her jeans pocket, and fishing it out noticed that ‘Lucy Daniels’ had accepted her friend request. Not feeling all that chatty after what her Dad had just done to her, she closed the app, thinking that maybe she’d introduce herself properly later, when she was back home and showered. Yuck, her wet jeans had now gone stone cold, and she felt sticky and minging all over. It had been YEARS since she’d had an accident, and it wasn’t something that she ever thought would happen to her again, certainly not at 13, and most definitely not in the middle of a theme park with hundreds of people around to witness her shame!
Keeping her word to Lesley and her Dad, she watched the 4 boys, who were getting to know each other through a game of tag, running in and out of the crowds and generally making a nuisance of themselves in the way that only young boys could, but at least they were out of her way she thought.
“Thanks, Ellie Love, I really appreciate you keeping an eye on the boys for me, sorry I took so long, but I had a bit of a brainwave. Look, your Dad was only trying to help you know, shouting at him like that isn’t going to help anybody.”
Ellie knew this, and in truth she did feel bad about laying into her dad in the way she had. It wasn’t his fault the ride hd got stuck, after all. Nor could she blame him that the gift shop wasn’t really prepared for teenage clothes needing to change their clothes part way through the day. And, blushing to herself again as she thought it, it was only her that had wet her pants, not him.
“I caught up with your Dad and had a quick word with him, then nipped out to my car to pick up these.” Lesley handed Ellie a plastic carrier bag, which she took with an apprehensive smile and a questioning look. “Some spare clothes belonging to my daughter, Lucy. There’s a pair of leggings in there, and also some clean undies, although don’t worry I realise you may not want to wear them! She’s a couple of years younger than you, but quite tall, so I think they will probably fit you ok . Even if they’re not perfect, it’s got to be better than wet jeans…or walking around all day like you’re ready for bed, haha.”
Ellie peered inside the bag, and was relieved to find a pair of straightforward, black leggings. Not at all unlike some she owned and wore herself. She looked back up at the kind lady, and gave her a warm grateful smile. “Thank you miss, you’re a lifesaver! I’m sorry I shouted at dad like that, I know he meant well, but really…did you see that nightie he bought?” She giggled a little. “Like anybody over the age of 5 would be seen dead in that? I wonder why they make it in my size, no wonder they still had them in the shop, I bet they’ve never sold any of them!”
Lesley chucked to herself at the young girls indignation, she definitely had a point that nobody her age would want to wear a dinosaur nightdress out in public, although didn’t point out that her daughter Lucy actually had the same one back home, in fact it was her favourite snuggly sleepwear when she needed some comfort, so long as nobody else was around to see her wearing it!
“Ok love, you nip into the loo and get yourself cleaned up and changed. Pop your we…dirty things into the carrier bag when you’re done. If you Dad comes back whilst you’re gone, I’ll let hm know where you are, and I’ll watch your brothers too whilst you’re getting sorted.
“Thanks Miss. Thanks for everything. You know, Sam was right, you really are the best.” and she beamed at her former teacher, realising for the first time just how much she missed her old primary school and the amazing teachers there. Her brothers didn’t know how lucky they were!3
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