Lydia sat on her bed her big sister was applying make up to her face
a boy Lydia said
boyfriend at your age? Gloria teased
Lydia stared at her sister's tight red skirt
he's a boy Lydia said
what? Mum and Dad let you go? Gloria said gazing at her 9 year old sister in the mirror's reflection
yes Lydia said
what's he after? Gloria said smirking
after? what you mean after? Lydia said frowning
leave her alone you Lydia's mum said passing the open doorway just because you drop your underwear to the nearest bloke doesn't mean you can get her to be like you in any case she's just 9 so it isn't right
just joking Gloria said moodily
well it isn't a joke her mother said well Lydia what did you do with the Benny Boy?
watched trains Lydia said
is that all? Gloria said
yes and Benny bought me a glass of milk and we shared a big biscuit
big spender eh? Gloria said
watched trains? her mother said all the time?
yes Lydia said all sorts big trains and smaller ones lots of steam and noise but we like that
Gloria said glad my boyfriend ain't like that or I'd drop him like dog's turds
her mother walked off shaking her head
and Lydia went off to the lounge to watch TV thinking of Benny and the shared biscuit and the promise of going to Scotland one day far far away.
A 9 YEAR OLD GIRL AND BOY AND HER BIG SISTER AND HER MOTHER IN LONDON IN 1958