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Great idea, AngelRose! :D

Raining

(Irene)

The rain’s hammering against the window like it’s never gonna stop. Funny how most people only ever see the greyness. But if you were here, Kirst, you’d say the roses are glistening with beautiful tears. Laugh at the way the little streams of raindrops are furiously racing each other down the glass. Tell me the grass looks heaps better a darker green, smile at the birds sheltering under the eaves, point out how the trees in the garden sag only briefly under the weight and spring back again.

Always did see the good in everything and everyone, didn’t ya, dahl? I might never have given Kane a go if it hadn’t been for your trust in him.

‘Cos, you know something, Kane, matey, my little heart was thudding fit to burst, wondering if I’d done the right thing, that day in the Diner when I offered you a home, and both of you sitting there with grins bigger than Cheshire’s plastered all over your faces. Felt someone had to say thanks for what you did for Tasha even though Rhys did his block and the rest of Summer Bay said I’d gone doo-lally. They might’ve known none of that’d wash with me. Never did give two hoots what other folk think. Just like yourself, hey?

Jeez, though, let’s not kid ourselves here, we had our rocky moments in the early days. But you came through good. I got to be so proud of you. And I came to rely on you too. All those fix-it jobs round the house.

Remember that arvo, you fixing the leak in the roof, and Kirsty, oblivious to the fact she was drenched herself, worried to death about the soaking wet lost kitten she’d found? Said it was so cute it had to have a cute name so she’d named it Fluffy. So, Kane, you just had to go and keep calling it Mutley, didn’t ya, matey? Just to tease.

I loved watching your little pretend blues. Anyone’d have to have rocks in your head not to see how much you loved each other. And then the looks on your faces when Tash gets home and says Let’s call the kitten Clarence-the-Cross-Eyed-Lion-But-Not-the-Real-One because in that old, old movie I watched yesterday the lion was called Clarence-the-Cross-Eyed-Lion and I know she’s not really a lion, but don’t you think her eyes looked a bit crossed, well, not really crossed, I mean...

For Gawd’s sake, why am I crying? We fell about laughing so why am I crying? Come on now, Irene Roberts, less of the waterworks.

Can't help myself. I worry so much about you kids. Thinking you’re all grown up and, okay, you’ve been through more than most twice your age...but you ain’t so tough.

Didn’t I catch Kirsty, heaps of times when she thought was looking, having a quiet little cry over something on the telly or something she’d just read? And Kane, where the bloody hell do I start with you? All that swagger, all that bloody toughness! And, like the rest of us, just needing love. Just wanting to be with Kirsty, be accepted in the Bay, put the past behind you.

Gotta hand it to you, matey, the way you won folk round in the end. Kirst, lovey, your family ring me regular, hoping I might’ve had news from you, and they always ask about you too, Kane, even Dani. I’ll never know how you guys managed to get everybody on your side, how you weathered every goddamn thing life threw at you and came out stronger.

So what really hurts, what really tears me apart, is just when you kids were finally getting your lives together, you lost it all through being too soft-hearted.

I wish I could’ve knocked both your heads together. I wish I’d warned you how you can’t trust everyone in this world. Once upon a time, Kane, you wouldn’t have trusted anyone. And then you went and learnt it was okay to love, didn’t ya? And, just this one time, Kirst, your seeing the good in everyone didn’t pay off.

Jeez, I really gotta dry my eyes now, gotta pull myself together, I just heard Tasha.

“Renee! Renee, what’s wrong?”

“I’m okay, Tash.”

“No, you’re not. You’re sad about Kane and Kirsty. Me too.”

You’d be so proud of Tash, guys. How she’s all grown up, got her head screwed on these days. I got you two to thank for that, the way you brought her out of herself. You know, the boot’s well and truly on the other foot and she’s looking out for me the way I always used to look out for her. Oh, we have our moments, she’s still the same old Tash, comes out with the daftest ideas at times. I’m storing them all up in my mind, see, for when I see you again, and, Gawd, won’t we have a right old laugh then, all four of us?

But for now it’s just Tash and me. Enveloping each other in a hug while the rain’s hammering against the window and little streams of raindrops are furiously racing each other down the glass. Funny how most people only ever see the greyness.

But I remember what you saw, Kirst. The grass looking heaps better a darker shade of green, the smiles for the birds sheltering under the eaves, the way the trees in the garden sag only briefly under the weight and spring back again.

Maybe that’s a prophetic choice of words. Maybe Richie-bloody-Gus-Phillips’ll actually tell the truth one day and you’ll be able to come back home. Me and Tash, we keep hoping.

Kane, Kirsty wherever you guys are right now, I want you to know I’m thinking of you. I just want to say it’s raining here in Summer Bay, the roses are glistening with beautiful tears and I’m sending you all my love.

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Nice one I love music; I've not seen you really write for Irene before but you really did it well, of course it was your favourite subject matter Kirsty and Kane...I'm joking, it was brilliant, honestly. I'm racking my brains trying to think of something I could write but nothings hit me yet

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Nice one I love music; I've not seen you really write for Irene before but you really did it well, of course it was your favourite subject matter Kirsty and Kane...I'm joking, it was brilliant, honestly. I'm racking my brains trying to think of something I could write but nothings hit me yet

Thanks. :) Nah, Kane's my fave character. I'm not a huge fan of Kirsty, I just think she's okay. It was interesting writing about Irene, but my writing isn't up to scratch lately :( , don't know if it's because I've got moving house on my mind or what. Hope you have a go at this "thoughts" fic tho, it's a brilliant idea of AngelRose's and I like your style of writing. :D

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