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Murder As soon as I heard the news of my mothers illness I took the next plane back to Melbourne I started to regret moving to Sydney - I had been too focused on my career and I obviously hadnt thought enough about my family My little sister picked me up at the airport and drove me back to our old home I hadnt been back since Id moved away and it was comforting to see that nothing had changed Dad was waiting in the kitchen He was busy cooking dinner I peered over his shoulder to see what he was making It was coq au vin - my favourite I wasnt sure whether or not I really wanted to see Mum The thought of how I had abandoned her made my eyes well up with tears But I made my way upstairs and into my parents bedroom As I opened the door she sat up Phoebe - I didnt know you were going to visit Her eyes lit up and she gestured for me to sit down on the end of the bed Howve you been Mum Could be better - but at least I have some time to knit I laughed as she held up a half-finished jumper Mum had always had a knack of finding a positive in every situation We spoke for awhile I told her about my job and my new partner She seemed a little disappointed that I had never brought him down to meet her but she didnt say anything Instead she changed the topic and began to tell me all about the azaleas she had planted in the garden and how they were really beginning to bloom It was great talking to Mum - something Id really missed in Sydney After a bit Dad poked his head around the door - dinner time Come on Pheebs time for dinner And I think your mothers a little
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