The first thing Lem said to me was, ‘You look terrible.’

‘Thanks.’ I spilled out everything that had been happening to me. Lem didn’t say a word, she just looked at me across the kitchen table. The rest of her family were out so we had the house to ourselves. ‘I thought it was Dicey’s mum’s dodgy chicken, but it’s been nearly a week now and I’m starting to feel scared.’

‘Could you be pregnant, Jade?’ Lem whispered.

Automatically my head shook from side to side. Suddenly I felt very cold, even though the day was warm.

‘No, I couldn’t be.’ Lem just sat staring at me.’

Millie Murray – was born in London, England. A qualified nurse she has attended drama college working with several black theatre workshops and been a vocalist in a gospel choir. She created the radio series, The Airport; has written for the television series, The Real McCoy; and facilitates Creative Writing workshops throughout the UK. She is presently a Writing Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.

Millie Murray is the author of the popular Livewire novels Kiesha (1988), Lady A, A Teenaged DJ (1989), Cairo Hughes (1996) and Sorrelle (1998); as well as All About Jas, Ebony and the Mookatook Bush, Addicted (with Steve Derbyshire), Lois, Tough Talk, I, II &III.

She is married with two children.

This book is a work of fiction. Any reference to historical events, real people, or real locales is used fictitiously. Other names, characters places and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination, and any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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