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What Are Big Sisters For?
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Pronouns: She
Age: 50
Occupation: Nurse
Height: 5 feet 7
Alias: BlackAck
Registered: Mar 2022

#21
"Is body was made infirm by that accident years back. Age just made it worse. It just gave out."
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148 Posts
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Age: 48
Occupation: Railway Fireman
Height: 5'8''
Registered: Feb 2021

#22
Bill nodded to show that he had heard her. He stared at his cup silently. Took it in his hand. Didn't drink but rather turned it around on the table slowly. It made a quiet, scraping noise as it moved on the wooden surface. "I'm sorry," he finally said quietly, still staring at the cup without seeing it. "I'm sorry I didn't come when you asked me to. I was ashamed."
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Junior Member

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Pronouns: She
Age: 50
Occupation: Nurse
Height: 5 feet 7
Alias: BlackAck
Registered: Mar 2022

#23
"What's done is done, Billy. Moapin' about it won't bring him back." She said plainly. He would have to eat his grief and let time heal it. "Maybe its time ta be part of the family again." She quietly patted his wrist.

"Now. You miss my funeral an' I'll feckin' 'aunt you till you die just ta get some peace and quiet. " She added in just the way a sister could.
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148 Posts
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Age: 48
Occupation: Railway Fireman
Height: 5'8''
Registered: Feb 2021

#24
The large man sat stooped in his chair, watching the steam over his cup. When she spoke, turned his eyes up and met hers warily. Did she know what she was suggesting? The children would meet her. They would ask questions. How could he deal with those, when he braced himself to her mere presence, lest memories awoke that he had put to rest. What was the point now, anyway?

When she joked, he flashed a smile that didn't meet his apprehensive eyes. Back in the reformatory, when Mam had suddenly fallen ill, he had not been able to say goodbye to her or ask for forgiveness. Now his indecision had robbed him of the chance to talk to his father one last time. Aye, he did not want the same experience all over.

But he was not her brother anymore. She was a stranger, and her home was no longer his. Homesickness had been one of the first torments had manage to overcome, somewhere in the first month of his sentence, by shrinking from any memory of his family or Billy, and willingly becoming boy 89. The 'Bill' that had returned to them had been neither son nor brother. Their presence had made him feel suffocated, and he had felt relieved when he left several months later. He had been happy to live his own life. How could he be a brother now?

Yet he wavered.

"I wouldn't. I won't ignore yer letters anymore, I promise," he gave in, hoping the admission would buy him time to respond to the other suggestion. "How's Frank?"
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Pronouns: She
Age: 50
Occupation: Nurse
Height: 5 feet 7
Alias: BlackAck
Registered: Mar 2022

#25
"Frank? He's fine. His daughters keep 'im busy enough, courtin' age. Ye know young kids, an' the way they are. I understand ye 'ave kids of yer own now." she said, the conversation was light, airy, to rebalance the atmosphere leaden with guilt and grief.
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Age: 48
Occupation: Railway Fireman
Height: 5'8''
Registered: Feb 2021

#26
Bill nodded slowly, still feeling dazed. "Aye, they're a handful of trouble themselves." Not that he was going to go into detail. She already judged him as a son and a brother. He didn't need her judging his parenting as well. "John, our eldest is in t' army, over in India." Or was in Egypt now? "Ruth, our second's a maid." And a mother without a husband, but no need to mention the elopement drama either. "Joe's looking for a job." That was as respectable as he could make Joe sound. "And our Kate's a pupil teacher. She's doin' well. We're 'opin' she can get a Queen's scholarship." Not that he had a favourite.
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