10 The New Deal

Was it air or was it water? Kate felt like she was swimming. The light was so strong that there could not be water all around. Should she swim towards the light? Could she swim at all? Then she saw it! An angel with wings floating towards her. Her hair was light blonde. Her eyes shone a bright blue colour. There was something familiar with this slim, tall angel who had appeared from where that bright light originated. Then Kate realized who it was. It was her mother!
– “Mum!”
The angel smiled at her.
– “My Katie!”
Floating through the air, they met in an embrace that seemed to last for an eternity.
-“You’ve got to go back!” her mum urged.
Kate gripped harder round her mother.
-“No, I wanna stay here with you… for all eternity!”
Her mum stroked her hair gently.
-“It’s not your time yet! You have a whole lifetime ahead of you!”
Kate sniffed.
-“I don’t care! I wanna stay here with you!”
The angel pushed Kate away. She was extremely strong, and Kate could not stop it. Then the angel gave a sudden jerk that sent Kate spinning and rotating back away from the light.
-“We’ll meet again, Katie dear, but not for many years to come.”
Kate’s mouth opened widely, but nothing came out. Then, a fews seconds later, her scream ripped through the otherwise calm scene.

The paramedics stopped the heart massage as Kate spat out water and fought to catch her breath. Her eyes flickered around the room as she coughed several times.
-“Mum!” she yelled. -“Mum!”
Therer was a small circle of people round her. Mrs. Barnes and Carmen were both there as well as two paramedics who had arrived with a stretcher. Kate had been pulled out of the cubicle and onto the floor of the restroom. Mrs. Barnes made clicking sound wth her tongue.
-“The poor child is dilerious!” she mumbled.
Kate looked around, but there were no sign of Brenda or her helpers.
-“How are you feeling?” the female paramedic asked.
Kate coughed.
-“My chest and throat hurts,” she complained.
The male paramedic spoke softly.
-“We will take you to the hospital just in case, but you should be okay. There might be some water left in your lungs, but that should not prove to be any problem.”
He peered around at the others.
-“Put her on the stretcher, and let’s go. She should be fine, though.”
Carmen raised her voice.
-I’ll come with you!” she exclaimed. Then she turned to Kate.
-“What happened, Kate?”
Kate went quiet. She didn’t know what to say, so she didn’t answer.
-Kate?” Mrs. Barnes raised her voice.
-“You didn’t drown by yourself!”
Nausea and tiredness crept up on Kate as they laid her on the stretcher and lifted her up.
-“Brenda happened!” she whispered.
So there! Now it was out in the open. What would happen to Brenda because of this? Would she be sent away? kate could only hope…

There was something very familiar with that woman. The round glasses and pointed nose belonged to Jill Turner, the social worker that she had met before the trial. Her brown eyes looked at Kate with great interest. Heaven knows how long she had been sitting there with her notepad, chewing gently on her pen.
-“Miss Turner?”
Kate’s voice was a bit croaky after her sleep. Jill Turner smiled.
-“Yes, Kate! It’s me again! How are you?”
Kate sighed.
-“Oh, I’m doing just great!” she blurted out, ironically.
-“What are you doing here?”
Miss Turner picked up a folder from the nightstand and started flipping through the papers.
-“We – that is Amanda Colman, your lawyer, and myself – we are trying to appeal your conviction from court. We think 10 years is an awful long sentence for such a young girl as you. What do you think?”
Kate was excited to learn that the two women were actually interested in helping her, and she sat for a long time talking to Jill Turner. Eventually, she got tired, and they decided to meet again the next day.
Kate told Jill Turner as much as she could in their pow wows at the hospital. She also came to see her after she had been released from the hospital. Kate was put in an emergency foster home while they were working on the appeal for the court. She was not allowed to go out, and there was nobody else there. The home was run by another social worker, Ann – something – Crowden. She was a strict redhead with green eyes who always wore her hair in a bun on top of her head. She was extremely fit, thick arms and legs, but they were muscular, not fat. Ann Crowden wore military clothes, although she was not military. It was probably her style of clothing. Upstairs was a room with loads of training equipment. Kate was allowed to train with the weights and run on the treadmill. She quite enjoyed the training, hoping that she would get bigger and more muscular, but although she grew stronger, she still looked tiny and fragile.


gavel and striking block

Jill Turner

Amanda Coleman

Judge Cooke

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