Jessica

Jessica Charlotte George
2011 — 2018
R.I.P.

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Seen at the last moment

Saturday 5 October 2013

The morning starts dull and overcast. The roadway is damp.
At 06:30, the only window lit up to the rear of the house is an upper-storey window of 4 Cypress Crescent.
Not long after 07:15 the GS family’s silver estate car passes the Old Man’s house on its way to George Street where it turns right. The car doesn’t have its lights on.
From about 08:00 the sun is trying to come out. About twenty minutes later, a little red VW with a black tailgate (perhaps the same car I saw the other day, driven by an old man) ascends Acacia Grove. And then the sun does come out.
Mrs Port’s car has departed, unnoticed, some minutes before 09:00.
When I set off for Suburbia Somnolenta, Mr JG is descending his garden path, towards his driveway. This is the first time I have seen him this visit. (I haven’t seen Mrs JG either, but I have seen Nash.) I bid him goodbye.

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Mr Briggs arrives early

Friday 4 October 2013

At 05:33 the roadway is damp.
Not long after 07:20 a dark Media approaches from the direction of George Street, turns, and parks opposite the middle entrance. After a short pause, the male driver gets out alone, crosses the street at a slight downhill diagonal, then walks downhill on the far pavement. I don’t see whether he enters the school — my view is blocked by a group of people walking uphill past the lower entrance.
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Thomas Tanbrit titivated

Thursday 3 October 2013

At 07:35 it is dull and misty. Rain is forecast for later today.
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Reverting to normal

Wednesday 2 October 2013

At 05:45 there are a few tiny drops of rain on the landing window. Ten minutes later it is raining quite heavily, and rainwater is flowing down the landing window. At 06:25 it is raining heavily against the sun-lounge window.
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Industrial (in)action

Tuesday 1 October 2013

I’m half-expecting the school to be closed, owing to the teachers’ strike. In the event, the school remains in darkness except for the left-hand side of the upper storey. There are no school-runs, but Mrs Pavane’s car does make an appearance. Towards 08:55 I see it parked opposite the lower entrance or a little uphill of there. The car has gone not long after 13:10.

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Captive audience, green Oignon, black Oignon

Monday 30 September 2013

When Mrs Wheeler returns from dropping Josh off at the school, Maud runs ahead towards the car, and Mrs Wheeler chases her. No doubt it’s all a game.
Not long before 08:25, Mrs Port is at the nrd of her car, with Laura at her left hand. Mrs Port is wearing a darkish-grey anorak. She leans right into the car, probably adjusting the child-seat or moving items to make space for Laura.
Mrs Pavane’s car is parked alongside the lower part of the school-house garden. A little later, I see that Mr & Mrs Zebex’s car is now nose-to-nose with Mrs Pavane’s car. The Zebexes’ car is a white Rubin, with a 2-litre diesel engine.
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Gardening and gossiping

Sunday 29 September 2013

I arrived at the Old Man’s house yesterday.
Today I mow all four lawns. While I am finishing mowing and then tidying up, Vinnie is talking with Mr Kaufman on the far side of the street.
To the rear of the garage, there are still some blackberries that are worth picking.

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Walking with a slightly halting gait

Friday 6 September 2013

Just after 06:30, Vinnie’s partner is locking the front door of their house. She heads towards the driveway, where their car already has its lights on, and the double gates are open. The car heads off towards Cypress Crescent.
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Smiling, drawing, toddling

Thursday 5 September 2013

First thing, Mrs Trimot’s little red hatchback is parked by the garden-gate and front side lawn of the Old Man’s house. The Trimots’ drive is vacant; Miss Trimot’s car is absent, and Mr Trimot has presumably set off for work already.
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New school year, new school uniform

Wednesday 4 September 2013

Since I arrived at Peakville on Monday, Mrs JG has been driving her father’s car. However, there is no sign of that car first thing today.
It is a warm and sunny morning. As the time approaches 07:55, Mrs Wheeler’s car is parked alongside the lower part of the school-house garden. The nose of the car is close up against a red-and-white traffic-cone. Josh and Maud are approaching the nrd of the car — I imagine that they have wandered off towards the upper entrance of the school, and their mother has called them back. I don’t see any of the Wheelers finally enter the school.
Mrs Wheeler gets back into her car about five minutes later.
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