Walking Alone – a sequel to Walking Apart proposed release date, Autumn 2019.
‘She’s gone,’ Helen said. ‘Not seen her for almost a week, now.’
‘Mum, no. What, just disappeared?’ Lizzie was horrified.
‘She’s not my cat.’
‘She’s everyone’s cat. Were you feeding her? Giving her some attention.’
‘Of course I was feeding her,’ Helen snapped. ‘I actually thought one evening I quite liked her being here. At least it was someone to talk to.’
Helen sat at the table and when Lizzie turned she heard a faint sob and watched as her mother covered her face with her hands. She hesitated, then sat beside her.
‘It’s only a cat,’ Lizzie said, placing a hand on her mum’s arm. ‘She’ll come back. We can put some posters on lamp posts and ask if anyone’s seen her.’
Helen’s shoulders heaved with emotion and for a few minutes, all Lizzie could do was sit quietly and wait.
Eventually Helen reached for a tissue. She seemed to regain some composure.
‘For goodness sake, it’s not Floss I’m crying about,’ she said, as if Lizzie was a stupid child, ‘it’s Dad.’