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12th March 1994

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Donna heard Allie’s giggles as she entered the house, following the sound towards the kitchen, also hearing the sizzle of oil in a pan. She poked her head around the doorway, spotting Allie sitting at the table working on some homework whilst Dolly stood at the oven talking her through her maths homework.

The giggles erupted again as Allie spotted her, slipping out of her seat and running over to hug her around the legs.

“Mam, you did a stupid!” she giggled, clinging onto Donna’s leg, “Silly Mam!”
Donna just rolled her eyes, catching Dolly’s eye with a sigh and a mouthed ‘sorry’, to which Dolly just replied with a shrug and a grin.

“Dinner will be ready in 10,” Dolly told her, putting down the spatula and coming over to kiss Donna briefly on the lips, “Allie’s just finishing up her work and then she’s going to set the table so you have time to go change if you want.”

Donna did as she was told leaving the door half open so the sounds would carry through the flat to their room. She carefully hung up her suit, and slipped into a comfy pair of leggings and an oversized t-shirt. She paused in the doorway, the familiar warm feeling flowing over her once again as she felt the stresses of the way vanish and she was once again at ease.

After a few minutes passed and she could hear the sounds of clicking cutlery, she made her way back to the kitchen, perching on one of the chairs as she watched Dolly dish up plates of sautéed potatoes and gammon, carefully balancing them as she moved across to the table, passing them around.

“So how was school today Allie-bee?” she asked cheerily as she picked up her knife and fork, Allie’s cheery chatter soon filling the air. Yes, this was definitely home.