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Imagine you are Grandma, just after Zoe's second visit. Zoe has confided in you about her meetings with Daz and the desire to run away.

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Gabrielle Drake. Imagine you are Grandma, just after Zoe's second visit. Zoe has confided in you about her meetings with Daz and the desire to run away. At the age of one hundred and four you would think I would be allowed to live out peacefully my last remaining days, but thankfully that is not the case. I may be old but I am still very mentally alert. I live in a senior citizen's apartment in Silverdale, but I used to live in a place called Rawhampton. It was a wonderful city, full of people, big stores , cars and very bright 'a million lights'. Now it is a different place unrecognisable to what it used to be. 'Derelict houses, some burnt out. Cracks in the road with weeds poking through....all smashed up.' I had to leave Rawhampton when the government divided us up in suburbs and cities. The basis is of where you went was determined by money or lack of it. The people who live in the suburbs are self contained, affluent , with everything we could wish for. ...read more.


If things are repeated often enough then people come to accept it as the truth. Zoe's dad is 'the most brainwashed person ' I had ever met. The next visit was expected as things had been moving at an alarming rate. Her parents were selling everything and moving to Peacehaven, about one hundred miles away. They had asked me to go with them but I was staying here in Silverdale. Zoe had been told of this at the last moment. Zoe was not happy when she came into the apartment. I knew her parents were in the wrong, not telling Zoe, who was growing up and should not have been treated like a small child. I felt sure that she'd make new friends and settle down and told her so. Her request to stay with me had to be turned down, for one , her parents would not agree to it, secondly I only had one bedroom and lastly at my age it was more than enough to look after myself. ...read more.


For a short time my courage and strebgth that has sustained me through years of secret resistance to an oppressive regime seemed to diminish. Mr. James, an enlightened man , who recognised the wrongness of prejudice , is also a member of FAIR and he kept me up to date after Zoe ran away to go to Rawhampton to be with Daz. I wrote a letter to her and had Mr. James deliver it to her. I had empathy for Daz and Zoe . I realised that their resilience suggested that their relationship was more than a teenage crush but, their actions were putting lives in danger. The solution was for Zoe to take Daz and his mother to the Wentworths . I might never see Zoe again and so I finished the letter with 'We are members one of another. hoping that in time Zoe would understand this. My last memory was that Zoe had eaten my letter so no one would find it, thus protecting me from harm. I was so very proud that in Zoe I saw myself , again ! ...read more.

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