STORY CORNER: NEVER GOOD ENOUGH (PART 9)

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“Do you think tomorrow will be okay?” Jenna shifted her weight constantly between her feet. “I mean we haven’t spent too much time on it, but…” “We’ll be absolutely fine! Don’t stress about it,” Casey reassured her. Casey had always been good at calming Jenna down. It was something about the tone of her voice, […]

STORY CORNER: NEVER GOOD ENOUGH (PART 8)

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  A pervasive awkwardness hung in the room. It was uncomfortably silent, save for the sniffing that punctuated the silence at regular intervals. Jenna still watched her father with enraptured curiosity. It was the first time he had ever displayed such emotion. Well, that she had seen, anyway. He was so strong. Nothing was supposed […]

STORY CORNER: NEVER GOOD ENOUGH (PART 7)

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Jenna hurtled down the stairs to the front door. A muffled voice came from within the living room. “Can you get that? I’m indisposed at the moment.” Of course. You always are. She ignored him and composed herself, cupping her fingers around the metallic door latch. Its cold touch was strangely comforting. After a few […]

STORY CORNER: NEVER GOOD ENOUGH (PART 6)

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Jenna’s hands trembled as she terminated the phone call. Clasping it with both hands, she shoved her dated mobile to the back of her pine desk. She plonked herself down in her great black swivel chair, rotating it back and forth and tapping a steady rhythm with a pen on her lap. She had just […]

STORY CORNER: NEVER GOOD ENOUGH (PART 5)

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It was half past five in the morning when Jenna’s eyes flew open. Rolling over on her side, she glanced at the window, mesmerised by the chinks of soft light seeping in through her curtains. She would not get out of bed just yet though. This was her favourite time of the day, to plan […]

STORY CORNER: NEVER GOOD ENOUGH (PART 4)

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It was one minute to eleven, on a Saturday morning. Jenna stood outside of Casey’s front door, constantly shifting her weight from one leg to another, smoothing her hair and tucking wayward strands behind her ears. She smoothed down her green and white polka dot dress and glanced at her watch. Eleven ‘o’ clock exactly. […]

STORY CORNER: NEVER GOOD ENOUGH (PART 3)

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It was eight thirty in the morning. The school bell rang and the pupils were ushered in their class lines to their classrooms. Jenna slumped in the brown plastic chair by her individual desk at the back, exhausted and in a foul mood. She spied Casey, laughing and joking with two classmates by the door. […]

STORY CORNER: NEVER GOOD ENOUGH (PART 2)

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“You’re a constant disappointment.” His voice boomed. “Now, she has the right attitude. Everything is done to perfection with her.” “Casey didn’t get full marks!” Jenna retorted, defensively. “She came first in virtually everything.” “I came first in two subjects, dad.” Jenna interjected.  “In Spanish and in Art.” “Concentrate on the serious subjects. Those two […]

STORY CORNER: NEVER GOOD ENOUGH (PART 1)

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Bang! The dining room door crashed open and a girl stood outside panting. Her chestnut hair was bedraggled, and she looked physically exhausted. She had run all the way home from school and felt knackered, but excitement danced merrily in her emerald eyes. The man was sprawled out on a black leather sofa, eyes riveted […]