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There was probably one on the staffroom dartboard. She’d always thought Strehborn had left a photo with detailed notes for the new deputy. Perhaps he made up individual information packs for all the new teachers as well. There was stuff-all to do now. She walked on aimlessly, in the general direction of the shops. A police car passed her, at reduced speed. She thought it might stop. Every so often the police had a blitz on kids out of school. They reckoned they were usually up to no good. Drugs, shoplifting, graffiti, house break-ins, you name it.
She’ll be out sooner than she thinks,’ said Mrs Reynolds. ‘I’m going to make myself a cup of tea, then turn the electricity off at the mains. ’ I made time to call in on the breakfast program this morning. Laughter and chatter competed with the clatter of dishes and cutlery. Somewhere in the background was the sound of a hyped-up DJ on morning radio. The volunteers seemed to relish their work. It was like a little social club. I complimented everyone on their efforts and joked with Cathy Lee that she must be spending more time at school than Aaron.
Jamie was forced into the corner as they were all thrown off balance. Then Jamie Joel - pages 25/7/03 4:34 AM Page 28 28 bodies pressed together, and Dominic’s dreadlocks brushed her face. He braced his arm against the window. ‘Take it easy, mate. We’re not all belted in,’ he growled. Anton tapped the accelerator, like an edgy smoker. They darted in front of a delivery truck and onto the roundabout, to shrieks and giggles from Paula and Kane. Dominic couldn’t stay upright. Jamie was smothered again.