An Ordinary Girl by Betty Neels

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The worst was over; the sun pushed its way through the clouds, the snowplough trundled through the village and they lunched off bacon and egg pie with a thick potato crust to conceal the fact that six eggs had been made to look like twelve. The Downes were the first to go, driving away carefully, hopeful of reaching Basingstoke before dark. Half an hour later the doctor left, with a transformed Sybil, wrapped in her coat and skilfully made up, bestowing her gratitude on everyone. The doctor shook hands all round and held Philly's hand for perhaps a moment longer than he should have, then ushered Sybil into the car, followed by Clive.

She went the next morning to the Twists' farm and found Rob cautiously cheerful. He was a stolid young man, a splendid farmer and a hard worker, but he was unused to illness. He told Philly that he had had a phone call from his wife and that the baby was responding to treatment. `I've got me mum coming today, to keep an eye on the twins and do the cooking. And the doctor's been to have a look at them. He says they should be all right. ' `Well, I'll take them for a walk,' volunteered Philly. 'We can go picking primroses and violets.

You're most kind and we're grateful. My name's Forsyth --James Forsyth. ' Mrs Selby shook hands and turned to Sybil. ' Sybil lifted a lovely wistful face. 'Yes, I'm so cold and hungry, and we should be in London. ' He stopped speaking as the door opened and two girls came in, both fair-haired and pretty and smiling. `We heard the car. ' One girl offered a hand. 'I'm Flora and this is Rose. There are three more of us, but Lucy's spending the weekend with friends and Katie's finishing her homework.

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