“Oh I’m sorry love, I didn’t hear you. You were all still fast asleep when I got in the shower, and with your friends being here I thought I’d better lock the door, just in case somebody walked in half-asleep, I wouldn’t want them to be embarrassed.”
Still half asleep, and a little shaken by her unexpected dash outside, Em just nodded in agreement. “Could’ve been really embarrassing though if I’d not made it!” She retorted grumpily. “Where’s Danielle, anyway, if she’s not in there? Her bed’s empty, but everybody else is still asleep.”
“Well, I’m glad you did make it in time. You did, didn’t you sweetie?” Lisa asked this in her most understanding voice, knowing that sometimes her daughter would admit to thing in a rather round-about way, particularly where she was embarrassed, and wanting to be sure that her comments hadn’t in fact meant that she needed to go and change.”
“Mum! Did you really just ask that? I can’t believe you!”
“Calm down love, it’s my job to ask these things. Look, come into my room a minute whilst I sort my hair, there’s something I want to talk to you about, and I’d rather we weren’t overheard.” Spotting the opportunity, Lisa thought this was the perfect moment to talk to Emily about what had gone on the night before, whilst the potential embarrassment of her own near-accident was still fresh in her mind, and without any of the other kids around to hear more than they were supposed to.
Sitting herself down on the end of her bed, and paying the empty space next to her, signalling for Emily to join her, Lisa took up her hairbrush and began teasing apart the tangles in her long, sleek hair, glad to have something to keep her hands occupied as she braced this most difficult of subjects.
“What’s up Mum, is Danielle ok?”
“Listen sweetheart, I need to talk to you about something, and I’m trusting you to be mature about it, ok? I’m afraid Danielle has had to go home early. I need you to promise me that if I tell you what happened, you won’t say anything to any of the others, or anybody else at school. Danielle didn’t want anybody to know, but I think you’re going to want to help your friend.”
“You’re worrying me now Mum, what on earth’s the matter? Of course I won’t tell a soul, not ever. Please, please tell me that Danielle is ok.” Emily’s heart rate was increasing and she was starting to panic that something was seriously wrong, worrying that their argument last night had really upset Danielle, or that she was sick.
“Yes love, Danielle is fine, so stop worrying. Something rather embarrassing happened to her last night though. She woke up very early this morning, and found that she’d had an accident. What I mean, she’d wet the bed. Now as you might expect, she was really very upset by this, and didn’t want anybody to find out about it. She was even trying to go home without me knowing, and had phoned her Dad to come and pick her up by the time I woke up, but I bumped into her before she’d had a chance to get changed.”
Emily gasped, clapping a hand to her mouth as she took this news in. The very tinnier part of her felt that maybe Danielle deserved to be embarrassed, after what she’d done to for Becky, but that was immediately overridden by her realisation of just how bad she’d have felt if she’d had an accident at a friends house. She knew that she’d be absolutely mortified, and so ashamed, so she completely understood how Danielle must have been feeling. Oh how she wished she’d been awake to help her friend, and to give her a much needed hug.
“Before she went home, Danielle asked me to tell you all that been sick during the night, and had to go home because she wasn’t well. That’s what I think we need to tell the others, too, but I thought that I could trust you with the truth, just in case anybody else does find out, so you can hopefully help to keep the secret, and if it comes to it, to stop anybody making fun of her for something that she couldn’t help. As I said to her last night, sometimes accidents happen, that’s just life. It’s embarrassing, yes, but nothing to feel ashamed about.”
“Oh Mum, of course I’ll keep it a secret, and I’ll help if anybody does find out. I wish you’d woken me up last night so I could help. Poor, poor Danielle, what a horrible thing to happen. I can’t imagine how that must feel, she must be so embarrassed. You’re right though, little accidents can happen to anybody. I feel bad, too, because we’d had a bit of a falling out last night, and she went to sleep before we’d made things up.”
“Ah, I did wonder whether something may have gone on. When I came up to bed, you were all asleep on the bed, apart from Danielle who was on her own. I guess that explains it. Try not to worry sweetie, I’m sure you’ll be able to sort things out at school tomorrow. I reckon she’s going to need her friends, she must be feeling pretty rotten right now. Thank you for being so grown up about this, I’m proud of you. Don’t say anything to the others unless they ask, I’ll talk to them when you all come down for breakfast. Now, why don’t you go and get yourself dressed…and, I know you said you made it, but if you need to go for a shower that’s fine too.”
“Muuuuuuuuuum!” Emily groaned loudly, rolling her eyes and blushing as she walked out, heading towards her own bedroom, her mind reeling from what she’d just heard, and her heart breaking for poor Danielle.2
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