…every candle had burned out… And Bronwen was trapped inside a very strange dream… They were searching the mountain… for Tessa… Quick, quick, Rupert was saying, hurry up, please, there’s no more time. All of us are waiting… Everyone: except Tessa. God knows where Tessa had gone… …she better say sorry, ‘cos I’m not fuckin’ sorry… She’ll have a shock now when she hears… Bronwen grinned from ear to ear…
Because one of these days Tessa would have to learn that a mother is a mother and, surely, Tessa must know deep down inside that whatever a mother does is never really wrong?
South Wales, U.K., 2010
Blackout – The Dark Side of the Valleys. Written & Read by Tracy Williams
Excerpts from Chapter 40.