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CHAPTER ONE



Bit by bit, Amanda is piecing Jo together.

Jo was the baby they threw in the dustbin nearly twenty-two years ago. What a black, smelly, start to life, in that cylindrical tin coffin. Yes, it was a start and not a finish to life, because Jo is still alive today. Somewhere.

Jo's guardians must have found her wrapped in an old Daily Telegraph under old tea leaves and rotting potato peelings. They will have wiped her free of tea stains and thought, Finders Keepers. They’ll have tried to make her their own but they’ll never have made her whole because Jo still bleeds from having her other half ripped off. She will share the pain of parting. She will know what it is to have grown up without her reflection.

Jo is the twin sister Amanda has never seen, except in her mind's eye. It's in spiritual terms that Jo is most clearly defined. Jo's spirit is pearly-pink or green or blue. Iridescent. Amanda thinks every person has a psychic colour, although she’s not sure she has one of her own.

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