by Martin Chambers
copyright 2010 Martin Chambers
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Bree and Monika stopped at the top of the gangway to watch the crowd on the jetty. Teenagers had gathered in groups at every available spot on the jetty, talking and yelling, giving high fives and group hugs. Some men, probably police, stood watching passengers move down the gangway, looking at people in that adult way of not really seeing. To the side there were two more in uniform, an older man and a younger policewoman whose uniform was immaculate. With them was a nursing sister who smiled at Bree, seeming to be the only person who saw her. Bree returned the smile, held eye contact for a moment, then scanned the jetty for the boys. She saw them a little further along, standing in a group with their bikes and surfboards. Charlotte and Helen were already there. She waved, then walked through the throng to meet them. The jetty was crowded with teenagers and big gangs of them stood blocking the walkway, queuing to get their passes, hugging, yelling, whooping, all carrying surfboards or eskies or snorkels or some other essential for an island holiday. One of the boys turned to meet her as she and Monika came up.