person and he made her clean his shoes, fetch and carry for him. Betty never said anything as they all treated April badly. April was still at such a young age to be doing this and people noticed. They often tried to help her, but if they mentioned it to Betty she would tell them to mind their own business. One day, when April had had enough and told the teacher why she was being late. April and her teacher, Mrs Mills, spoke for half an hour before class started. She told Mrs Mills about her horrid step-mother and her demanding stepbrother. Mrs Mills then said that she would not hit April anymore for being late and that she understood. April enjoyed classes now as Mrs Mills helped April and always told her that she was a bright pupil and very well behaved at school. April liked her as she was one of the only people that understood the struggles that she was going through. Sometimes at the weekends April enjoyed helping people with their shopping. The lady up the street grew vegetables and she had an apple tree in the garden. She sold the apples and vegetables from her shed and asked April to help her out at the weekends. This gave April another chance to escape the prison which was her house although she knew that she would have to return. April enjoyed this, and the lady paid her for
32 helping and told her to put some of the money in her sock for herself as she knew that Betty would steal it from April when she returned home. April tried to cope and get on with her life best she could, often thinking of her mother and wondering if she was still looking for her. Hoping that one day she would find her. April continued with her life feeling sad and lonely. One day the family was surprised to hear the news that Betty had just found out that she was pregnant with John’s baby. John was happy and hoping for a boy yet again, but April felt strange about having a half-brother or sister with Betty as the mother. Betty hoped that one day that she and John would marry but John didn’t like the idea of remarrying. April also hoped that her father didn’t marry Betty.