Crossroads Day By Day ... continued

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She asks, rather breathlessly:  "I though we were going to have a serious discussion...What are you up to Rex?"
 
"We're going to have a serious discussion indeed," he replies.  "All about you - and me!"
 
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Once Sarah Jane had come home from hospital and made a complete recovery - thanks, in part at least, to Dr Hilary Maddox - the Harvey family felt that there were no more clouds in the sky, and nothing could ever really upset them again.
 
And yet ... It wasn't long before they began to hanker after their own home.  Living in Meg's cottage was a wonderful temporary measure, but it couldn't compare with moving in to their very own house - 'Chimneys'.
 
As Meg said to Sandy:  "I know how they feel ... It's so infuriating to think that they can't get vacant possession, because the present owner can't move out - all because the house he's bought has got a sitting tenant, who in turn is blocked from moving on because ... Well, two or three houses along the chain, there's a little man who can't afford to move, because he's laid out every penny he's got, and now they're asking another 200 or so, for the fixtures and fittings ... For the sake of two hundred pounds - all these people are having to mark time!
 
But Meg Mortimer - being the sort of woman she is - isn't prepared to let it go at that.  She talks the Estate Agent into telling her the name and address of the man creating the hold-up (a Mr Tupper) and goes to see him.  She explains the situation, and offers to lend him two hundred pounds, interest-free - just to clear the blockage!
 
When she tells Sandy what she's done, he teases her for interfering, and warns her what will happen if Stan ever gets to hear of it.  (Stan always had a chip on his shoulder about not accepting financial help from his mother-in-law).
 
Meg says there's no reason why Stan need ever find out ...  But life always has a surprise in store, and one evening Mr Tupper himself calls at the cottage to repay the first installment of Meg's loan - and lets the cat out of the bag.
 
Stan's first reaction is, as Sandy predicted, an angry one.  But  instead of blowing his top, he goes for a walk and thinks things over.  When he comes back, he tells Meg that he realises she has done the right thing.  After all, she isn't going to lose money, and her 'interference' has made a lot of people happier.  He thanks her - and a new understanding springs up between them.
 
Now the Harvey family can move into their own home at last, and begin a new chapter in their lives.
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Stephanie Colby settles in at Mrs Addy's basement flat, as Avis's room-mate, and is only a little uneasy about Mrs Addy's unpredictable behaviour.
 
There is one awkward moment when the two girls decide, as a great treat, to take Mrs Addy to visit the Motel.  She enjoys herself enormously, striking up an immediate friendship with Jeff Gilbert, and buttonholing Mrs Witton with some awkward questions.
 
("What sign of the zodiac are you, my dear?  Leo, oh, you poor soul, and your favourite colour?  Mmmmmm - I see you more as a sour-apple green myself ... You're not happy, I can tell, you have the most frightful vibrations!").
 
Mrs Witton is deeply offended, and next morning Stephanie tells Mrs Addy that she really musn't upset other people.  Mrs Addy protests that she's only trying to help - there's so much to be done, and she has so little time left ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Crossroads Day By Day ... continued