Awake and Dreaming (Novel)

By Kit Pearson

Theo and her younger, irresponsible mom appear trapped of their depressing, poverty-stricken lifestyles. Theo goals of belonging to a “real” kinfolk, and her dream turns out to return real while she is mysteriously followed via the big, hot Kaldor kin.

But as time passes, the magic of Theo’s new lifestyles starts to vanish, and shortly she unearths herself again along with her mom. have been the Kaldors genuine or simply a dream? And who's the shadowy determine who haunts Theo’s thoughts?

 

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On the finish her voice turned strained as she requested Theo how she used to be. “Good,” acknowledged the puppet Theo. Then Sharon talked to her for a couple of minutes. the second one time, she requested Rae approximately sending funds and Theo may pay attention her mother’s offended excuses. After Rae hung up, Theo and Sharon paced the condo individually for a couple of minutes. Then they accumulated jointly at the sofa, as though in mutual contract to ignore Rae. The puppet Theo didn’t brain that her aunt taken care of her like a far more youthful baby. Sharon even washed her hair and reminded her to sweep her enamel each evening. She by no means enable Theo move wherever alone—not even to Skye’s residence, or to varsity, or to play with Skye in Beacon Hill Park. “A little boy disappeared in Victoria many years ago,” she shuddered. “You can’t be too cautious. ” She used to be like a nanny in an English book—but now not a magic nanny like Mary Poppins. The puppet Theo attempted to not take into consideration magic; not anything could ever be magical back. each evening, despite the fact that, the genuine Theo dreamt in regards to the Kaldors. Now she didn’t are looking to dream approximately them, simply because those desires weren’t a similar. They have been like usual dreams—fragmented and patchy, sliding out and in of info; in contrast to the lengthy, marvellous dream she’d had at the ferry which had appeared so genuine and constant. Her goals nonetheless introduced again the Kaldors, however—she may well pay attention Lisbeth’s chortle or Bingo’s bark. They made her so unbearably homesick for the kin, she attempted to consider dull issues prior to she went to sleep to maintain the goals away. It didn’t paintings. each evening the true Theo awakened in tears that she used to be dwelling with Sharon and never with the family members she had as soon as belonged to. After a month with Sharon the true Theo started to get back within the daylight hours, too. The friendly yet uninteresting sameness of her new existence began to irk her. “This software is boring,” she acknowledged one night, as she and Sharon watched their traditional Tuesday evening sitcom. Sharon regarded stunned. “Do you think that so? move and do whatever else, then, if you’re bored. ” yet there has been not anything else to do. Theo strode round the small house and regarded out the window. The bushes around the highway have been a froth of red blossoms and the floor underneath them blazed with crocuses. Spring used to be here—again! boys bicycled in the direction of the water. Theo remembered driving a motorcycle with the family—puffing on the tops of hills, then coasting down with the wind in her face. She circled to Sharon. “Can i've got a motorbike? ” “A motorcycle? ” Sharon appeared apologetic. “Oh, hon, motorcycles are dear. ” “You might get me a secondhand one,” stated Theo. “Skye’s mum bought her one on the police sale. ” “I’m sorry, Theo, yet I’d fear an excessive amount of approximately you in case you had a motorcycle. There’s loads of site visitors round right here and it will get a lot worse in the summertime with all of the travelers. What when you had an twist of fate? ” “Could you borrow Skye’s mum’s motorcycle and are available with me? ” Theo attempted. Sharon laughed. “Me on a motorbike? No, thanks—I’d relatively force. What’s acquired into you this night? Spring fever? Are you feeling ok? ” “Uh huh,” muttered Theo. She went again to the window and Sharon went again to her application.

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