Ailie and Sybil: A Tale of Sisterhood - Part Three
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#1: Ailie and Sybil: A Tale of Sisterhood - Part Three Author: CazxLocation: Swansea/Bristol PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 8:10 pm

Archived due to length 13/03/05
Part one:
Part two:

Well done to Patmac for guessing correctly! Very Happy

It was not until after lunch that Madge was able to see her granddaughter. Ailie had insisted that she would show her mother the little girl, she was basking in the joy of motherhood and wished to show the baby off to as many people as possible.
“Isn’t she beautiful.” Ailie said gently as she nursed the baby in her arms.
“She certainly is.” Madge answered with a smile, remembering how she had declared to an indignant Jo that Ailie was the most beautiful of her babies.
“I’m so happy Mummy.” Ailie said. “I mean I was happy before, this is a different kind of happiness though. I feel complete now, I know what I have to do.”
“Every Mother feels like that when their first child is born.” Madge told her wisely. “Am I going to have the chance to hold my granddaughter or are you going to keep her to yourself all day.”
Ailie laughed, “Of course you can hold her. I just love having her in my arms though. It’s a good thing Christian is on the phone, there’d be three of us fighting over her then!”
Madge smiled as she took the baby in her arms, “There is one thing I want to say to you before Christian comes back.”
“What?” Ailie asked cautiously.
“It’s about Josette. I’m not excusing her for what she did but she feels awful about it. If anything had happened to you or this little one then I’m sure she would never have forgiven herself. I’m not asking you to forgive her Ailie but could you just talk to her.”
“I don’t want anymore trauma’s.” Ailie said slowly. “She was like something possessed yesterday, and she scared me so much. I need time to think about it.”
“Very well.” Madge replied, not pressing the subject any further.
Ailie looked away from her Mother not knowing what to say. Thankfully Christian came back before an awkward silence would have filled the room.
“How is she?” He asked as he perched on the bed next to Ailie.
“Sleeping, like she was half an hour ago.” Ailie told him with a grin. “What did Fleur say?”
“You mean you didn’t hear her shrieking.” Christian said. “I couldn’t stop her screaming for ages. She told me to send you her love, to cuddle baby lots and that she’d be visiting you both on the weekend.”
Ailie laughed, “Well I’ll look forward to it.”
“She also especially loved the name.”
“Have you decided on a name then?” Madge asked curiously.
“Yes, it was Christian’s idea but it’s perfect.” Ailie told her. “He thought that as her eyes shine like the stars, then we should call her Stella.”
“That’s lovely.” Madge said as she cuddled the baby. “Stella Matieux, it has a certain ring to it don’t you think?”
“You haven’t heard the middle names yet.” Christian said.
“What are they?” Madge asked as she handed Stella over to Christian.
“She’s going to be Stella Sybil Fleur.” He told her.
“Does Sybil know?” Madge asked thinking that Sybil would be pleased.
“Yeah, I made Christian phone her first of all after he had spoken to his Dad of course. She was so pleased that she couldn’t get the words out.”
Madge laughed gently, “And I’m sure Vina will be pleased to have a cousin to play with.”
“Oh yeah she’ll be thrilled.” Ailie said as Stella began to cry. “Oh give her to me Christian.” She said with a grin. “It’s her Mum that she wants!”

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#2:  Author: VikkiLocation: Sitting on an iceberg, freezing to death!!! PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 9:38 pm

Awwwww! Cazx!!!!!!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!!
That was SO lovely!!!!


#3:  Author: patmacLocation: Yorkshire England PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 9:55 pm

Lovely to see them all together. I do hope Ailie and Josette can be reconciled. This could be the turning point for her too.

Ailie has certainly come a long way since her rebellious early teens.

I can't help wondering if she and Sybil would have been so happy had they lived to their parents' expectations?


#4:  Author: LesleyLocation: Allhallows, Kent PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 10:20 pm

That was lovely Cazx, beautiful name - Sybil will be so proud.


#5:  Author: francesnLocation: away with the faeries PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:14 pm

Aww thank you so much, Cazx.

Nice to see that Ailie can forgive Josette, and her relationship with Madge is so much better now! Sybil must be so thrilled.


#6:  Author: RobinLocation: London PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 10:27 am

aw lovely
and beautiful name

thanks cazx


#7:  Author: JosieLocation: London PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 11:21 am



#8:  Author: SusanLocation: Carlisle PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 2:50 pm

Thank you Cazx. Lovely part of the story. Glad Christian got there and that Madge seems to have come to her senses with Ailie, just hope Josette can do the same.


#9:  Author: Amanda MLocation: Wakefield PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 4:16 pm

Thanks Cazx, that was lovely.
I love the name as well.

Star Wars


#10:  Author: Sarah_KLocation: St Albans/Leicester PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 6:05 pm

It's a gorgeous name (and it was what I'd guessed though no-one will believe me now Very Happy )

Thanks Cazx!


#11:  Author: nikkieLocation: Cumbria PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:05 pm

Thought she'd get Sybil in there Smile


#12:  Author: LizBLocation: Oxon, England PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 3:14 pm

Beautiful Cazx




#13:  Author: CazxLocation: Swansea/Bristol PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:27 pm

It was two days later that Fleur visited Ailie, along with Sybil.
“Oh isn’t she just adorable!” Fleur cooed as she allowed Stella to clutch her little finger with her baby hands.
“She is rather isn’t she!” Ailie remarked with a grin. “She was the best Valentines present, Christian and I could ask for.”
“I love her name.” Sybil said her eyes like Ailie’s and Fleur’s being firmly fixed on Stella.
“It was Christian’s idea, I’d never have thought of it until he said but it’s perfect for her.”
“It is indeed!” Sybil agreed.
“Does Josette mind not having her name included.” Fleur asked, oblivious of the recent troubles between the sisters. “She strikes me as the type who would.”
“I don’t know.” Ailie said shortly. “I haven’t seen her since I first went into labour.”
“How come?” Sybil questioned her brow furrowing.
“We had a disagreement.” Ailie said looking away from Stella and towards the window for the first time.
“About what?” Sybil persisted, determined to get to the bottom of this mystery.
“About why she hates us so much.”
“Was it the argument that caused you to go into premature labour.” Sybil said sharply.
“I don’t know.” Ailie stammered, wishing that all the tensions and fighting in her family would come to an end. “Possibly.”
“And Mummy is continuing to let her stay here!” Sybil exclaimed, feeling that if it were her who had acted in such a way then she would have been ordered to leave.
“Apparently she’s sorry for what happened.” Ailie told Sybil. “And wants to talk things over with me.”
“Well maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad idea.” Fleur chipped in. “I mean when I met Elaine that summer after Nikolai’s accident, we talked things through. It was hard at first but we got there, and it provided us both with an understanding of what had gone wrong. Of course I could not forgive her for what she did but at least I knew why, and now I know that I have a totally justified reason for having limited contact with her.”
“I think there could be more to Josette than we think Sybs.” Ailie said slowly considering what Fleur had just said. “I think that if I don’t give her a chance to talk to me and explain then it could harm her in the future.”
Sybil thought about things thoroughly before she replied, “I think you could very well be right.” She said at last. “But I don’t want her to hurt you again Ailie, in fact I’d be happier if you let me be in the room when you talked to her.”
“I suppose that would give all three of us karma,” Ailie said slowly. “Alright then I’ll ask Mummy to ask Josette if we can do that later.”
“Well let’s turn things to a brighter topic of conversation,” Fleur said with a grin after the room had been silent for a moment or two. “When can I look after Stella?”
“What?” Ailie said wondering if her hearing was playing up.
“When can I look after Stella?” Fleur repeated.
“But you don’t like children.” Ailie stammered.
“I never said that I didn’t like them.” Fleur protested. “I just don’t like the responsibility they bring with them, but I want to look after Stella for you and Christian sometimes, to give you a night off. I looked after Sasha loads, just ask Christian.”
“Um ok, well when she starts teething I’ll just hand her over to you then.” Ailie told Fleur with a mischievous glint in her eye.
“Oh no fair!” Fleur wailed, as Sybil and Ailie laughed.


#14:  Author: LesleyLocation: Allhallows, Kent PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:39 pm

Awww, lovely - and there'll be some major air clearing when the three sisters are in the room together.

Thanks Cazx.


#15:  Author: patmacLocation: Yorkshire England PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:05 am

I'm glad Fleur came as well. Please don't make that meeting 'behind closed doors'!

I do like he way Fleur is maturing.

Thank you.


#16:  Author: SusanLocation: Carlisle PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:59 am

Thanks Cazx, that was lovely. Looking forward to the scene of the three sisters, hopefully Sybil will be constructive during the conversation and give Josette a chance to speak as long as she doesn't hurt Ailie.


#17:  Author: LizBLocation: Oxon, England PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:37 pm

Thanks Cazx

Hope the situation with Josette is resolved before you go off for a month!



#18:  Author: Amanda MLocation: Wakefield PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 3:01 pm

Thanks Cazx. I'm interested to see what happens with the talk, and if they manage to resolve anything.

Star Wars


#19:  Author: AliceLocation: London, England PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 4:25 pm

Lovely to see Fleur as an auntie. I hope Sybil and Ailie can sort things out with Josette.


#20:  Author: francesnLocation: away with the faeries PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:17 pm

Lovely post, Cazx

Ailie is very perceptive - she must be angry with Josette, but she's being very clear headed despite that.


#21:  Author: CazxLocation: Swansea/Bristol PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:24 pm

LizB wrote:
Thanks Cazx

Hope the situation with Josette is resolved before you go off for a month!


The plan is for me to finish the whole drabble before I leave! Have two more posts to write until the end, so should be able to do it! Very Happy

Later that day the three sisters were alone together for the first time in a long while. Sybil was sitting protectively next to Ailie, who was anxiously watching Josette. Paler than usual, Ailie could tell that Josette had been under strain for the past few days, as well as the paleness there were big bags under her eyes, which were also suspiciously red.
There was silence in the room for the first few minutes, none of the sisters wishing to take the plunge and speak first. Eventually Josette spoke first, feeling that as it was due to her that they were together she should really say what she had set out to say.
“I want you both to know,” She began hesitantly, “that I’m sorry for the way I have behaved. I’m sorry for saying what I said to you Ailie, and for slapping you.” She paused. “I lost control and nothing would have stopped me from doing it, though I wish that I could have made myself stop. And I’m sorry to you Sybil for all the emotional blackmail, which I piled on you, and encouraged Mummy to do to, ever since the first few weeks that Vina was born. I’m sorry for trying to manipulate her the other day to.”
“Why did you act in that way though?” Sybil asked. “I know you want to have a child Josette but what normal sister would take her frustrations out on her sisters.”
Josette looked away from her sisters, wondering if she should admit the full extent of her feelings. “It’s as if the longing for a child has consumed me. I want one so much; I want to be a mother, to cuddle her baby, to hear its first lisped words. The frustration is partly caused by the expectations, which people hold that I should have had a child by now. Every time I see Tom’s Grandmother, I’m asked about when I’m going to start a family, and then letters from Auntie Jo are always full of hints. I know they mean well but I just wish they would not say these things to me, it hurts so much. The expectation and my own longing was why I wanted Vina, when she was born. She was so beautiful that I could have loved her so much even though she was not my daughter but me niece.” She wiped a tear away from her eye. “When I found out I was pregnant, I was over the moon. I did everything the doctor’s told me too, no extra exertions, no drinking, not that I do much as it is; I avoided being around smokers. I did nothing wrong. But I still lost my baby. I was depressed, and wished that I would die, so I could be with my baby again.”
“You know I truly am sorry about that.” Ailie said reaching out for her sister’s hand, feeling guilty that at the time she had not paused to think about how Josette must have been feeling.
“When I saw that you were pregnant, I hated you so much.” Josette continued looking at Ailie. “I knew that your baby must have been a mistake and that it wasn’t planned, and I didn’t think it were fair for you to still have your unplanned baby, while I had lost my planned and longed for one.”
“Just because Stella wasn’t planned does not mean that I did not want her from the moment I knew about her.”
“I know that now.” Josette said her voice quivering. “I could not bear to look at you, at both of you in fact. Both with your perfect, happy life’s. I’m not saying that Tom and I are unhappy, it’s just for me life can’t be complete unless I have a child. Then when I saw Vina, I saw what I had missed out on. I spent that afternoon with her, and it was like being a mother to her. She’s a great child Sybil, I hope you realise how much I mean that. I did not set out to try and manipulate her like that, it just happened; she didn’t fall for it anyway… She was too clever for me.”
Sybil did not say anything, she felt desperately sorry for Josette but was unsure how to express it or whether she wanted to.
“The other day Ailie, I was in a foul mood as it was and you with your eagerness over seeing Christian just made me snap and I saw red. If anything had happened to either you or Stella then I would never have forgiven myself. My longing for a child has just consumed me, and there are times when I can’t control what I do because of it. I talked to Tony Greenwood about it and he’s suggested that maybe I should go to counselling and have someone to talk things through with.” She paused, that had taken her a lot of courage to admit to. Many people regarded counselling as something for people who were mentally ill. “I think I’ll give it ago, anything is worth trying if it helps me regain control of what I do.” There was another pause before she added hopefully, “One day maybe you’ll both be able to forgive me for the way I have behaved.”
“I already have.” Generous Ailie told her, her heart bleeding for her sister and the pain she had gone through.
Sybil did not look at Josette, she was thinking deeply. Over the past few years Josette had caused her more pain through her actions than any other person in her whole life, was it possible to forgive her and forget the past? Then her mothering instinct came out in her and she knew that if she were to loose Vina, then she would not be able to cope, and would probably feel the same way Josette had when she had lost her baby.
“I forgive you too.” Sybil replied softly, sometimes you had to forgive and forget no matter how much pain you have suffered. If you do not then you can not move on and resentment will continue to broil inside you forever more.


#22:  Author: patmacLocation: Yorkshire England PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:35 pm

Beautiful and so sensitive, Cazx. Poor Josette. Crying or Very sad


#23:  Author: VikkiLocation: Sitting on an iceberg, freezing to death!!! PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 9:02 pm

Thank you Cazx!!!


#24:  Author: Amanda MLocation: Wakefield PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:36 pm

Thank you Cazx for that. Poor Josette - it must have taken courage for her to speak like that. I'm glad that Ailie and Sybil have forgiven her, though it must have been hard. Hopefully the family will get together now and support each other like they should do.

Star Wars


#25:  Author: LizBLocation: Oxon, England PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 12:25 am

Thanks Cazx - so glad Josette was able to get that all out and Ailie and Sybil understood and forgave her

I hope the counselling helps her

poke insensitive people interfering in Josette's life



#26:  Author: LesleyLocation: Allhallows, Kent PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:45 am

Lovely post - and so realistic. People can, without meaning to, be very insensitive when it comes to having children.

Thanks Cazx.


#27:  Author: RobinLocation: London PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 12:02 pm

thanks Caz, glad they are managing to sort things out but sad this is coming to an end.


#28:  Author: BookwormsarahLocation: Cambridge, UK PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 2:25 pm

Very sweet, and glad that Josette is getting herself sorted out. How often are the little digs to childless people seen, when the desire is there but things just aren't working.

I'd imagine that the tabloids would go wild at the idea of the rock star's baby - 'Christian and Ailie invite us into their beautiful home'


#29:  Author: CazxLocation: Swansea/Bristol PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 7:22 pm

Sybil got her wish for a small wedding. Though she did relent and have a big reception, where nearly all her family was present. At the Registry Office however there was just Madge, Ailie, Christian, David, Annette, Kevin, and Kester, along with Jerry’s mother and siblings, and Vina of course, who was not wearing a lime green flower girl dress. Josette had gone back to Australia but she had sent Sybil flowers that morning, along with a telegram, sending her best wishes.
It was partly due to the changes within the family, which had made Sybil change her mind over the number of guests that would be at the reception. She had recognised that if her family were going to overcome their problems then she would have to do her bit in helping bring the family back together.
In the end it resulted in the only missing family members being Josette, and Margot. Both Peggy and Len, once so firmly disapproving of Sybil came and ate humble pie. Sybil knew that she would never be as close to these cousins as she were to Con but the fact that they had changed their opinion over her meant something.
It was not just a family affair; other old friends were there too. From the school there was Miss Annersley and Miss Wilson, and school chums in Betsy Lucy and Blossom Willoughby. Janice, Judy and Fleur were also there, Sybil never forgetting how they had helped her find the courage to go and make something of her life.
There was no question who, after Sybil, was the centre of attention amongst all the guests. Baby Stella had not gone to the wedding ceremony, Fleur having looked after her. However Sybil had wanted her to be at the reception, if only for a short time, so Fleur had brought her along.
“She’s a lovely baby, Ailie.” Daisy told the proud mother as she nursed Stella in her arms.
“I know, isn’t she just!” Ailie replied with a grin before adding. “I never really thanked you properly, at Dad’s funeral, for saying you’d stand by me. It meant a lot, you know.”
“That’s no problem.” Daisy smiled. “What I said was true so why shouldn’t I have said it!”
“Oh I don’t know, I guess I had cast all the family under the same brush and I had forgotten that some were different to others.”
“And some people seem to be changing.” Daisy said as she looked over to where Madge was sitting talking animatedly with Vina.
“Yes indeed, I hear Auntie Jo has to.”
“She has indeed.” Daisy said before asking, “So when am I going to get to meet this man of yours?”
Sybil, basking in happiness, making her even prettier than usual, was chatting away to her wedding guests. Though for one reason or another she had been unable to talk to the person she really wanted to talk to.
“I’ve been waiting to talk with you for ages.” Con said as Sybil came up to her.
“Same here.” Sybil replied with a short laugh. “I wanted to tell you how happy I am that you looked after Vina that time, if you hadn’t then things may not have turned out this way.”
“Oh I’m sure they would have, Jerry would not have let you slip through his fingers that easily.” Con grinned.
Sybil blushed, “Well no but it could have made things awkward. How are you and Roger getting on with your parents now?”
“It’s going slowly, but we are getting there I think.” Con said looking over to where her husband was talking with her Father. “Mamma is sometimes her old busy body, opinionated self but she’s beginning to get there, and Papa is beginning to realise that he should not indulge her so much.”
“That’s a good thing to hear.” Sybil said touching Con on the arm.
There was a pause before Con said, “You and Jerry look so happy together. You deserve this Sybil, you’ve been through so much but I’m sure that from now on only happiness will be in your life.”
“Not wanting to jinx things or anything,” Sybil said with a satisfied smile, “But I hope so to.”
“I’m going to go and try and steal Stella for a bit.” Con told her cousin. “I haven’t cuddled her once so far today!”
“Tell Ailie to bring her over to me before they go.”
“Will do.” Con told her cousin as she kissed her on the cheek.
Sybil smiled as she looked around the room at her family and friends, she wanted to capture this moment forever. She could not recall ever being this happy.
“Penny for them?” Jerry asked as he and Vina came over to Sybil.
“I was just thinking that I’ve never been this happy.” Sybil said quietly as she blinked the tears out of her eyes. “I just wish Dad could have been here.”
“Come here.” Jerry said as he pulled her into a hug. “This is the best day of our lives and tears shouldn’t be part of it.”
“I know.” Sybil sniffed, as she looked down at Vina who was wearing the worried expression she always wore when Sybil cried. “Mummy is just being silly darling.” She told her lightly. “Now why don’t you go and talk to Auntie Hilda and Auntie Nell, they’ve been trying to catch your attention for the last ten minutes you know, but you just keep running away from them.”
Vina chuckled wickedly before running off.
“I love you Mrs Greenwood.” Jerry said lightly as he kissed Sybil on the nose.
“I love you to Mr Greenwood.”


#30:  Author: LesleyLocation: Allhallows, Kent PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 7:29 pm

Oh, that's lovely! Thanks Cazx.


#31:  Author: nikkieLocation: Cumbria PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:05 pm

Everything is working out, is this the beginning of the end?
Will they live happily ever after?


#32:  Author: Amanda MLocation: Wakefield PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:18 pm

That was lovely Cazx, thank you. It's nice to see the family becoming reconciled, and to see Sybil happy after all the bad things she's been through.

Star Wars


#33:  Author: francesnLocation: away with the faeries PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:13 pm

Awww how lovely!!!!

I'm so happy everything's worked out well for them, even if you did kill Jem Crying or Very sad


#34:  Author: JosieLocation: London PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:34 pm

Awww, bless them Very Happy

Thanks Cazx, that was lovely.


#35:  Author: VikkiLocation: Sitting on an iceberg, freezing to death!!! PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:31 pm

That was beautiful Cazx!!
And I think Jem would have been glad to know that his death repaired the rift in the family.


#36:  Author: SusanLocation: Carlisle PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 1:20 am

Thanks Cazx. That was really lovely. Glad to see the family coming together again.


#37:  Author: LizBLocation: Oxon, England PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 9:19 am


Thanks Cazx



#38:  Author: CazxLocation: Swansea/Bristol PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 10:28 am

This is the final post, managed to finish on time! Very Happy
Thanks to all the comments people have posted, they have encouraged me and acted as inspiration!


It was over a year and a half later, and Christmas Eve. Both Sybil and Ailie, together with their families, were spending Christmas with their Mother at Round House. Madge found Christmas to be the most difficult time of the year for her; it was when she missed Jem the most. However the presence of her daughters, twin sons, and grandchildren helped ease the pain. Her sister, living close by in Plas Gwyn, was also a great source of comfort to Madge, and tomorrow would see the Maynards spending Christmas day with their Russell relations.
However Christmas Eve was an exclusive close family affair. Sitting in the spacious living room, Madge looked at her family with pride. Ailie and Christian, who had got married over the summer, were sleepily snuggled up against each other on the sofa. They had been to a high profile party the night before and were tired out from getting only four hours sleep before Stella had woken them up. Madge was now reconciled to Christian’s profession; most of the time she forgot that he was a famous rock star. The only time that it affected her was when Kaiser Tsar would go on tour for months on end and then she would be unable to see Ailie and Stella. Ailie still worked for the band, but there was now an assistant to allow her time to look after Stella too.
Madge’s gaze then fell on Stella, nearly two now; she was the image of Ailie as a toddler. She was playing some sort of game with her cousin Vina, who in turn was the image of Sybil though lacking the airs that Sybil had shown as a young child. Vina was impatiently explaining, for what seemed to her like the hundredth time, how to play the game. However Stella, either chose to ignore her cousin, or most probably did not understand, and played the game the way she wanted to.
Sybil and Jerry were watching the children with amusement in their eyes. They were blissfully content together, and had found happiness on a new level, when two months previously their son James had been born. The birth of his own son had not caused Jerry to love Vina any less, something which had occasionally worried Sybil, despite the jealously which Vina had first exhibited towards her baby brother. Careful words from both her parents had caused Vina to change her attitude, and now she plainly adored James, and would insist on answering people’s questions on how he was with “My baby’s alright.” Something, which amused Jerry and Sybil greatly.
The twins were now in their last year of school, and would be separated for the first time when next September came. Neither of them was inclined to go into the army or the navy as their parents had first thought, instead depending on exam results Kevin would go to Cambridge and Kester to Oxford.
There was also good news from Australia. Josette having completed her counselling sessions had managed to put her demons behind her and concentrate on living life in the present instead of dreaming of how life could be if she had a child. After a few months of this new calmer Josette, she and Tom had decided that if they could not have a child of their own then they would adopt a child. A fortnight ago, Madge had received a phone call from an emotional Josette who had told her that they had been offered to adopt six month old twins, whose young parents had been killed in a car crash. Josette and Tom’s hearts had gone out to the plight of Harry and Millie, and the small twins were now spending Christmas with their new parents, who were hoping that they could give these two orphans the happy child-hood they deserved. And seeing as Josette had fallen in love with them the moment she had first seen them, it did not seem as if this would be a difficult thing for her to do.
“It’s time you were going to bed Stella.” Ailie said with a yawn.
Stella turned round to look at her Mother and held out her arms to be picked up. Ailie picked her up and carried her over to Madge. “Give Grandma a kiss.” She told Stella, who kissed Madge on the cheek saying “Night Granma.”
“Are you going to give Daddy a kiss?” Christian asked his daughter as Ailie gave him Stella.
Stella giggling said, “No.”
“Why not?” Christian asked as he pretended to begin to cry.
Stella looking concerned immediately kissed her Father saying, “Sowry, Daddy.” Before kissing him again.
Christian laughed and kissed her curls before handing her back to Ailie. “Night angel.”
“I’ll come and check on James.” Sybil told her sister as she followed her out of the room.
“And me!” Vina exclaimed as she ran after her Mother, causing the twins, Jerry, Christian and Madge to laugh.
Christmas at Round House had never been happier.

The End


#39:  Author: RobinLocation: London PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 10:36 am

that was lovely Caz

I do enjoy happy endings - especially glad that Josette got her twins.

Thank you for all of it! Smile


#40:  Author: pimLocation: the Derbyshire wilderness PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 11:24 am

*sniffles* Thank you Caz, lovely ending *fuzzied*

Hope you have a good holiday!


#41:  Author: LucyLocation: Leeds PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 11:31 am

Really enjoyed this Caz - will miss checking for updates each day!!

So glad everything worked out well for everyone (well except Jem of course!!). Really well written

Thank you


#42:  Author: LesleyLocation: Allhallows, Kent PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 12:03 pm

Awwww! That was lovely, thank you Cazx.


#43:  Author: Amanda MLocation: Wakefield PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 12:19 pm

Thankx Cazx - that was lovely. I've really enjoyed reading this story.
Have a good holiday - you've earned it.

Star Wars


#44:  Author: PatLocation: Doncaster PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 12:41 pm

Loved that. Thank you.


#45:  Author: francesnLocation: away with the faeries PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 3:48 pm

*sobs* cos that was so beautiful and fuzzifying

*sobs* cos i'm happy

*sobs* cos it's finished *sob*


#46:  Author: Kathy_SLocation: midwestern US PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 3:57 pm

Wonderful ending! So glad that even Josette is finding some happiness....


#47:  Author: JosieLocation: London PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 4:06 pm

Lovely happy ending, thanks Cazx. Have enjoyed this.


#48:  Author: LizBLocation: Oxon, England PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 6:08 pm

Thanks Cazx - it's lovely to see everyone happy and moving on with their lives.



#49:  Author: nikkieLocation: Cumbria PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:41 pm

Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
Everyones happy!
Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad


#50:  Author: AliceLocation: London, England PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 10:13 pm

A lovely epilogue, thanks Cazx.

Just sad that's the end...


#51:  Author: DawnLocation: Leeds, West Yorks PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 1:14 pm

Have a fab holiday Cazx - you deserve it

Like others I'm so sad that this has finished


#52:  Author: SusanLocation: Carlisle PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2005 12:29 am

That was a lovely epilogue. Glad it had a happy ending, even for Josette.

Thanks Cazx - have a lovely holiday.


#53:  Author: VikkiLocation: Sitting on an iceberg, freezing to death!!! PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2005 8:50 pm

Thank you so much Cazx!!!
That was wonderful!!!


#54:  Author: Miss DiLocation: Newcastle, NSW PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:13 am

Delurking to say how wonderful you are Cazx!

I do love a happy ending!

No I haven't stopped reading everying I possibly can, just am having computer Issues at home so am restricted as to what I can do during the day...


#55:  Author: AnnLocation: Newcastle upon Tyne, England PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 5:58 pm

I've just caught up (see how productively I'm using my Easter holidays!) - that was brilliant Cazx, I'm glad there were happy endings all round.


#56:  Author: SophoifeLocation: down under Down Under PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:13 pm

I've just caught up and Cazx, you deserve the best holiday ever after that beautifully happy ending!!


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