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A little while later, Dan and Meryl arrived and their mood was even stormier than before. Apparently the people that they had camped with had taken the shower key, so sleeping the night in a tent without a shower apparently did not agree with Meryl or Dan, who were people that never went without. As they were sorting things out they were making a racket and not considering that David and Jenny were sound asleep.

Meryl saw that there were two other plates. David and Jenny had just woken up and were going to make themselves a hot drink each. “Hi Auntie Meryl and Uncle Dan,” said Jenny pleasantly.

“Hi …and you kids need to know some home rules like cleaning up for yourselves. Dishes need to be put in a dishwasher,” snarled Meryl.

“Well, I don’t know how to use yours and-”

“What are you, five? Or a complete idiot,” barked Dan.

“Hey now, you listen here mate. They have just arrived here and I will not tolerate you speaking to David and Jenny like that,” I retorted. In the corner of my eye I saw that Mum just sat there like an idiot unwilling to back me in this situation.

“Now Tam, this is my house and did you thank my missus for having your teenagers here? Did you thank her? Did you thank her did you thank her,” Dan barked, going red in the face.”

“Oh shut the hell up,” I said to him and walked.

“Well in that case you can leave right now, Tam. You and your bloody kids go right now,” smirked Meryl.

“Great that is the best decision I have heard from you all day.”

I went to my room and started packing. I did not realize that Mum had followed me into the room. “Tam, are you okay,” she asked, trying to appear genuine.

“Look lady, are you for real or what,” I barked.

“Hey there is no need to talk like that to me. I am your mother,” Mum snarled.

“Really? You sure you did not have kids just as a fashion accessory as you have the power to be able to change Dan. This all falls back to you, Mum, because you did not allow Dad to discipline Dan and that is what you arrogant pig. You have effectively enabled and condoned such behavior and he thinks it is okay to treat people like dirt.”

“No, that is not so, Tam,” barked Mum.

“Will you just get lost or help as I have to get out of this hell hole” I said, packing bit-by-bit into ports until it was done. “Are you ready kids,” I asked, calling out to them.

“Sure where do we go now,” asked Jenny.

“Where I should have gone straight away,” I said, feeling really down. All of a sudden I heard the taxi beep and David and Jenny followed me up to where the taxi was. I did not even bid Mum goodbye.

“Now where are we going to stay, Mum,” asked David curiously.

“Well, the local cabin park. They have showers and what not,” I said.

I booked into a small cabin, with a storage shed and porch. I looked into my wallet and saw that I had extra money…enough for food and bond.

As I went back to our cabin, the kids were waiting outside. “Oh there you are, Mum,” smiled Jenny as she took the key out of my hand and opened the door to our cabin.

“Now there are two rooms, one that holds two beds and I will take the single bed,” I faltered, feeling like flopping on my bed and off to sleep.

“Are you okay there, Mum,” asked Jenny, popping her head around the door.

“All this moving for Mum, on top of work, study and prac work has taken a lot out of me,” I sighed. “Now how about we get some supplies?”

“Not a bad idea as first we need to get something to eat,” sighed Jenny.

“Okay, there is McDonald’s right near the shopping centre. How about we get a feed, then pick up supplies and then get home,” I said. “Well put Mum,” said David.

We ate and then bought supplies and went home. “I am pooped kids,” I said as I flopped on the bed.

I must have fallen asleep and woke up when it was nearly dinner time. “So what are you going to do while we are away, as it is only a week to go, Mum,” said Jenny.

“Look for a job,” I said.

“Oh, that is okay, because while you look for a job we’ll cook the food, Mum” said David and Jenny supportively.

“Thanks for that,” I said wondering what the future held for all of us.