Christmas Movies - My Top 10

Christmas time is the perfect opportunity to watch movies with the family.

Work is over with, everyone's at home and you're all feeling festive. Why not pick a movie, turn the lights down (or off) and grab some popcorn.

If you didn't know already (where have you been?!) everyone in the Prince household loves movies. From Disney Classics like Beauty and the Beast to Action-packed gore-fests like Shaun of the Dead. We (the Hubby and I) enjoy old films like 12 Angry Men and newer ones like The Hobbit. My boys love everything Disney but go crazy for Ice Age and Shrek.

With the Hubby's game finished and released and the boys breaking up from school on Friday I decided to make this list of our favourite movies. Over the next few weeks you can be sure we will watch one, or maybe all, of these movies.

10.  The Muppet Christmas Carol

A fun-filled movie following the classic story. Who doesn't love the Muppets?

9.  The Nightmare Before Christmas

My boys watch this movie at Halloween as well as Christmas. They both know the words to almost every song and love to sing along. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a brilliant animated movie with some entertaining characters. When I first saw this movie I really enjoyed it and have seen it about a thousand times (the boys watch it over and over again).

8.  Home Alone

As a kid I loved it, as a parent not so much. This is a great movie for the kids, they find Kevin's antics hilariously funny. Setting traps for robbers and enjoying time alone as a 10 year old boy must seem like a dream to them. I feel for the mother and can't believe she left her son alone in the house. But hey, it's Christmas right? And we all forget stuff at Christmas.

One for the kids more than the adults.

7.  Santa Claus The Movie

This is another movie I watched over and over as a child. I loved the elf in Santa Claus The Movie and I seem to remember crying at the end. The actor who played Santa Claus in this movie symbolised Santa for me. A really great christmas movie.

6.  The Snowman & The Snowdog

Aired for the first time in 2012 and made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Snowman, this movie sticks with a similar story. The first flurry of snow and a boy hurries outside to build his snowman. A touch of magic and the snowman comes alive to take the boy on a magical flight. I love the music from this movie so much we bought the soundtrack and I've been listening to it while writing this post!

5.  The Snowman

I know what you're singing in your head right now. "We're walking in the air...." and you didn't read that, you sang it!

Aled Jones' recorded version of that song was the theme tune of my christmases as a child. I loved the short movie, still do. The magic of a snowman coming alive, the wonder of seeing the real Santa! Truly magical. The Snowman holds a special place in my heart.

4.  A Christmas Carol (1984)

It took me a while to find out that this was a TV movie. I remember it very well but didn't realise that it was a TV movie. It must've been on the TV when I was three years old and repeated because I remember watching it every year. It's the movie I think of when someone says A Christmas Carol. Did you ever watch it?

I like the newer, animated A Christmas Carol but I don't think any other movie will hold a place in my heart like the 1984 version.

3.  It's a Wonderful Life

Whenever I hear the title of this movie I hear Phoebe from Friends complaining about a sucky life. If you know the series well, you'll know which episode I'm talking about. As a child her mother stopped sad movies before the end so that she wouldn't have to see all the bad things in life. When Phoebe catches the end of Old Yeller at Monica's apartment she realises her mother had lied to her and goes on a movie watching marathon which gets her depressed about life. But anyway... This wasn't supposed to be about Friends!

It's a Wonderful Life is a truly Christmassy movie with a fantastic warm feel-good ending. Even it being in black and white cannot dampen the spirit of this movie.

2.  The Holiday

When the Holiday was released I was expecting a Love Actually copy. I had watched another Love Actually copy and not been impressed so I didn't hold any hopes.

Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz swap homes for the festive period, both wanting to get away from men. With clips that will make you laugh and cry this is a must for any rom-com lover. It's perfect to watch with your man beside you and a glass of wine in your hand.

1.  Love Actually

My ALL TIME favourite christmas movie. I will never bore of this film. Ever.

Every year the Hubby and I spend Christmas Eve wrapping presents, making deliveries and trying to quell the inevitable excitement of the children. Once the boys are in bed, and all the presents are wrapped and under the tree we can settle down and relax. And every year we watch Love Actually, it has become our Christmas tradition.

If you ever wanted a movie that could make you laugh till you almost pee in your pants, cry so hard you don't think you have anything left, and restore your faith in humanity, Love Actually is it. This movie has everything, from the struggling musician to the newly appointed Prime Minister. It also has one of the best openings of a movie. Ever.

Not one for the kids, but after they've gone to bed snuggle up with the significant other and enjoy the peace.

There you are, my top 10 picks for this festive period. Now go grab yourself a glass of wine, pick a movie and enjoy!

To Write Or Not To Write

There are many definitions of writing but for this post I'm talking about novel writing.

Do I continue or not?

I've been working on my current unfinished novel for more than a year. It is intense and challenging and I often need breaks from the darkness. As a result I end up forgetting half my story and having re-acquaint myself with my characters. This is usually fine and I can get back into writing no problem. I know this novel is in me, I know I can get it out, but should I?

Blogging takes dedication and time. Minutes to write the posts but hours editing and finding the right image. Then there's the social side with sharing my post and communicating with others through linky's, social media and email.

Being a mum sucks my time away. I'm swamped by the constant cleaning, doing laundry and daily school runs. I struggle to keep on top of everything and if I don't I end up with a mountain of laundry and blah-blah-blah.

All I'm doing at the moment is complaining, and that's not how I feel about my life at all. My problem is that I'm torn, I want to blog, I want to turn it into something I can be proud of. But I also want to finish the novel, to get that book out there just to say I did. I don't even think it would sell but it would just be for me anyway, right?

The mum part is something I can't escape, those chores will be there every day. No one else will do them for me. So do I need to give something up to feel better about the other thing?

Do I stop blogging and concentrate on the book? I'm not sure I could even do that. I love blogging, and although I'm not consistent at the moment I have a plan for the new year.

So that leaves the book. Do I stop writing it altogether and concentrate on the blog. This is the question that's been plaguing me for a few weeks now. I love to write fiction but I'm better at the shorter pieces; flash fiction and such. I'm not one who is 'good with the words', I didn't go to university and I've spent most of my adulthood with children. Do I have the talent to write a novel?


I hate writing posts like this but I'm at a cross-road and I don't know which way to turn. I could really do with your help. Anyone. Everyone.


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The Writing's on the Wall

When was the last time your children wrote on the wall? 

Have they ever?

Big Prince is 10 years old and I don't remember him ever writing on the wall. Not once.
He drew on his quilt with a felt-tip pen once when he was 5 or 6. He tried to blame his brother, who was less than 1 at the time. The hubby found the drawing while tucking BP in at night and had it been on paper I'd have found it entertaining. But it wasn't, it was on his quilt. I was not happy!

Little Prince has never written on the wall. He has, however, pulled wallpaper off the wall. He saw a piece of paper poking out and pulled. He ended up tearing a whole section off the wall. Again, not happy.

Neither of them have done anything like that for a long time. I thought I didn't need to worry about writing on the wall anymore, even with LP being 5. But it turns out I was wrong.

The other day I came downstairs and saw the Hubby staring at the wall. I wondered if he'd gone crazy until he looked me in the eye and told me to look. I walked into the kitchen and he pointed at this...

This light switch is high up and that drawing is too small and neat to belong to LP. It's the work of BP. The anger bubbled inside me but I tried to quell it. I shouted BP into the room, asked him why he did it.

"I don't know." was all I got.

I shouted. BP stomped. Then he lost (I confiscated) his iPad for the day.

I thought that was it, that there'd be no more writing on the wall. But no...

He also wrote his brother's name, I blurred it out.
When I shouted at him for writing on the wall in the kitchen he failed to mention he'd done this too. When I asked him why he said he didn't want to get in more trouble. Although I understood, I had to walk away as anger took hold of me. He was told not to do it again and punished, but I couldn't talk to him. I couldn't understand why, at 10 years old, he would pick up a pen (that's right, a pen!) and write on the wall.

I still can't. Whenever I think about it anger ties knots in my stomach again. I mean, what possessed him?!

Have your children ever stumped you with their actions?


This week feels like it's flown by, we've had so much going on. The boys' Christmas plays, Christmas Jumper day (at school yesterday), LP has a school trip today and The Snowman & The Snowdog 2014 released yesterday.

The Hubby has been working his bottom off over the last few months, as well as his colleagues, to get the game out. And I've been testing (read playing) the game for him. Normally I would be worn down by the hectic week but I'm more motivated, which is strange. I've made plans for the blog in the new year, that I can hopefully stick to. I'm looking forward to getting back to my healthy eating after Christmas. And I can't wait to get lots of presents*.

Shopping this afternoon, still got so much to do for the big day! Deliveries to be made next weekend so that means lots of driving around the country. Christmas is always a busy time.

I'm currently running a giveaway, which ends on Monday, to win an iOS promo code for The Snowman & The Snowdog 2014. If you win you get the game for free (it costs £2.99). Please stop by and enter - there's a video clip that shows what the game is like.

*Hint, hint, Hubby!
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The Snowman & The Snowdog 2014 Giveaway

To celebrate the release of The Snowman & The Snowdog 2014 I am running a giveaway. 

I have a promotional code to allow one of my lucky readers to download the game for free!

I have watched the Hubby and his colleagues at CrashLab work hard over the last few months to put out the best game they can. The original game transformed to the updated version, and it has been amazing. I remember seeing it on an iPad Air for the first time and loved how it looked on the retina screen.

Whenever you play The Snowman & The Snowdog 2014 you can't help but hope for snow. It captures the magic of Christmas so well. Unlike other games that have annoying Christmas tunes that are repetitive this game has music from the film. My favourite track plays when you're flying in the plane, it fits perfectly. The soundtrack is available to buy on iTunes for £3.99.

What I love most in The Snowman & The Snowdog 2014 are the little touches for that extra bit of magic. For example if you swipe up when flying in the plane, the plane does a loop-the-loop!

There are other things in there too - see if you can find them.

I could go on and on about how wonderful this game is but I'm sure you think I'm biased so I'll shut up.

Check out the video instead!

Lets get this giveaway started!

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The Snowman & The Snowdog 2014 - OUT NOW!

The Snowman & The Snowdog 2014

On 9th December 2012 Channel 4 released the original The Snowman and The Snowdog game on iOS and Android. Downloaded more than 1 million times in the UK and Ireland the game won awards. I am proud to say the Hubby runs the company that made this game.

So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that the Hubby would be making an updated version of The Snowman and The Snowdog game.

After months of hard work and long hours the game is released today! The Snowman & The Snowdog 2014 is available on iOS, AndroidAmazon and Windows phones. It costs £2.99 to download, and that's it, the game has NO in-app purchases.

The Dinosaur That Pooped Review & Giveaway

The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas is a Christmassy story about a boy called Danny. Although Danny already has lots of toys his Christmas list is long and Santa teaches Danny a lesson by leaving him an "unpleasant" present. What comes next is an amusing story about Danny and his present.

The rhyming in this book makes reading easy and entertaining for both reader and listener. Little Prince liked it so much he wanted to read himself but after trying and failing (it's a little hard for him) he asked me to carry on reading. He was amused by the story content and kept giggling to himself as I read.

Christmas Wish List

A few weeks ago Kim over at Northumberland Mam posted her own Christmas Wish List. I was inspired to create my own and so here it is.

  1. A Thomas Sabo Charm Necklace Set.         £125.80
  2. Black high-neck dress from Next.                £24
  3. Grey Metallic Rib Dress from Next.            £30
  4. Central Perk mug from Hawkins Bazaar.     £7

I've wanted a Thomas Sabo Charm Necklace for ages but have been keeping it to myself. I do that throughout the year and then add things to my christmas list. The necklace above is the "Guardian Angel" set but they have lots of other charms too. This is a gift that could keep you going for years and you could end up with a huge collection of charms for it. *Hint, hint, Hubby!

When I was on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago I spotted this...

OMG I fell in love! It's a Lanvin cashmere dress and cannot be bought anymore. I was upset to say the least (not that the Hubby would let me buy something so expensive). However scouring the internet I found a couple of dresses that would just have to do. Both from Next I think they're lovely.

I'm a huge fan of Friends and have always wanted one of those large cappucino cups with 'Central Perk' on it. You can't buy them anymore but the mug from Hawkins Bazaar is awesome!

It's not much but this is my wish list for Christmas. What's on your list?

Are You The You You Want To Be?

When was the last time you asked yourself that question?

When was the last time you thought about yourself?

Mama_andmore, one of the hosts of #AllAboutYou, tweeted me yesterday reminding me about the linky. At the time I'd been wondering what to write. I thought about Zaz (aka mama_andmore) and her recent adventures with training to be a yoga teacher. I considered my own life and my never-ending love-hate relationship with my novel. And I thought about You. Yes, you. I wondered if you're happy with who you are.

International Day for Abolition of Slavery

International Day for Abolition of Slavery

Today,  Tuesday 2nd December 2014, is the International Day for Abolition of Slavery. 

In 1807 Britain abolished slavery but holding a person in slavery didn't become illegal in the UK until 6th April 2010. Can you believe that?

Although slavery is outlawed in every country the number of slaves remains high. According to The Global Slavery Index modern slavery exists in all 167 countries covered by the GSI. The total number of people enslaved is 35.8 million. This number is 20% more than previously estimated (due to improved measurement techniques).

India is the country at the top of the GSI's list with an estimated 14.29 million people living as modern slaves.

Whether through human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, or commercial sexual exploitation, millions of people out there are suffering. Imagine what their lives must be like; unable to go for a walk when you feel like. Forced to commit acts you would otherwise never dream of. It's unthinkable.

That's why the abolishment of slavery is so important.

The Walk Foundation is a global organisation. Their mission is to:

 "end modern slavery in our generation by mobilising a global activist movement, generating the highest quality research, enlisting business and working with government to drive change in those countries and industries bearing the greatest responsibility for slavery today."

If you pop to their site you'll be able to read stories, find out what's happening and help spread the word. You can even follow them on Twitter.

India may be at the top of the GSI's list but the UK still has issues. With the publication of the UK Modern Slavery Bill comes extra powers to convict and punish child traffickers. But some say the bill doesn't go far enough. You can sign a petition to help the government get more powers to prosecute.

Modern slavery is happening right now. Let's help abolish it.

This isn't a sponsored post. I just feel it's important to spread the word. 


I'm back!

It feels like weeks ago that I was raving about things going so well. Ha! Famous last words.

As predicted it blew up in my face. Not even the organisation helped me. And then I got completely swamped with blog design and 'structured data errors'. OMG I never knew blogging would be such work!


Morgan's Milieu | Thankful: A darkened view of a grassy field

This morning I started out trying to be inspired by The Prompt for this week which is 'thankful'. A great prompt but it wasn't helping my blockage. A few words came but I stumbled.

I wanted to write fiction. I have written no fiction for a while, I need to get back to it. Then I remembered being inspired for a blog post I hadn't written yet. All I needed to do was take a look out of my window. 

I got up, pen and paper in hand, and stared out of the window in my office. I wrote a few words, and it happened. That magic writers love; inspiration. The words flowed. And here they are...

Christmas Shopping - How Do You Do It?

I prefer this to the manic shopping centres!

There's less than a month to go...

How prepared are you?

Are all your gifts bought? Wrapped?

Or, like me, have you still got EVERYTHING to do?

Hello World!

Celebrate World Hello Day

It's World Hello Day!

World Hello Day began back in 1973 in response to the conflict between Israel and Egypt. It's aim is to promote peace all over the world and their message is to use communication rather than force, to resolve conflict. Since the start 180 countries have taken part.

Top 10 Kids Movies

The Princes love movies. 

Over the years we have accumulated hundreds of DVDs and most evenings the Hubby and I sit and watch something. The boys enjoy sitting in our 'movie room' munching on popcorn while their favourite movie plays. They love it even more when their friends visit for movie night.

That's what they're doing this evening. The Hubby is in South Korea and I've invited a friend and her girls to visit. The boys are so excited they were up at 6.30am and chose the movie: Frozen.

A Week of Lone Parenting

A week of lone parenting when you're used to dual parenting?

This week the Hubby goes to South Korea and I'll be alone with the boys...

Zombie and Frankenstein children's costumes

Forget About Technology

Morgan's Milieu | Forget About Technology: Two boys sat on a brown leather sofa playing games.
The boys playing games, as usual.
Surrounded by laptops, tablets and smart-phones 24 hours a day can get overwhelming. Never being out of range and always having the ability to access the internet can make you forget the simple pleasures. 

These days children entertain themselves with iPad, Xbox, Playstation, DVDs, Netflix and loads of other technology. They’re bombarded with advertising, whether it be on the TV or iPad, and they always want new things. New Xbox games, new characters for said games, new apps for iPad. My boys rarely ask for new toys, not real toys, like an action man or something. 

Salt-Water Engine Car

For Big Prince's 10th birthday my brother-in-law bought him a salt water engine car kit. On opening the box the hubby said BP needed help to build the car. I think the hubby was excited and wanted to play too!

Alton Towers Fireworks 2014

Alton Towers Castle at sunset
Alton Towers Castle
Every year Alton Towers reserves the last weekend of the season for their Fireworks show. On the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at 7pm the show begins. 
We attend most years (with merlin passes it's free) and the boys look forward to it every time. This year was no different and as we headed home from school on Friday 7th November they were super excited.

It's The Simple Things

We dream of a better life. 

Whether it’s winning the lottery or snagging that perfect job we have an urge to do or be better. No matter where you live or what job you have there’s always that nagging feeling someone has a better life than you. Their lives are easier, or they’re more lucky, or more beautiful. 

We work lots of hours, push ourselves hard thinking we can get there. We chastise ourselves when we don’t succeed and push harder next time. I’m guilty of this myself, I try hard to achieve something and when I don’t self-doubt eats away at me. 

Drawing Stitch

Back in my teenage years I loved to draw; sketching, shading, colouring, anything artistic. I’d spend hours on one drawing and even though I had little talent it made me happy. I was self-critical, but I always enjoyed the challenge of sketching something intricate.

Drawing of Stitch by adult
My attempt at drawing (and colouring in) Stitch

A New Yoga Routine

At the start of half-term, concerned that I wouldn't be doing any walking, I checked out yoga videos on YouTube

I rolled out the mat. The instructor recommended doing yoga every day for a week. And this is how it went...

Monday 27th October

Day 1

Followed the instructor on the video. My whole body stretched and lengthened which is a new experience. I enjoyed it though. Being able to exercise my body without getting out of breath is nice too.

The Wonders of Organisation

Half-term is over; time to get back to work. 

The house is empty and quiet. My room is waiting…

At this point in my cycle I’m usually struggling to find the motivation. The kids are back at school, I have plenty of time to work but motivation escapes me. 

Except this time it’s different. I’m looking forward to getting back to writing. 

The Bickering Siblings

When I was a child, living at home with my parents, me and my sisters fought. We bickered and taunted each other. We pulled hair, scratched, bit, punched and kicked. The older we got, the worse the fighting got.

I remember our mother yelling. A lot. She told us to stop bickering and annoying each other. She confiscated toys, took away TV and punished us in every way she could. In fact I remember getting a clip around the ear once or twice. 

Ghouls, Ghosts and Goblins

Skeleton Halloween Outfit

Skeletons, witches and zombies.

On Halloween they emerge from the underworld trawling the streets for victims. Weapons in hand, swag slung over one shoulder. Travelling from house-to-house they collect their ‘gold’ and shriek into the night. Then head home to munch on sweets.

Exercise Anyone?

Exercise is important.

Or so the experts say. It reduces the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and if you need to, helps you lose weight. The more exercise we do the healthier we are. And yet so many of us find it difficult to drag our lazy butts to a gym. Including me.

Half-Term Writing Holiday

So it’s half-term; holiday for the kids and holiday from writing the novel. After my great week of progress two weeks ago I would normally be annoyed that the holidays were so soon. It always happens - soon after I make good progress the kids are on holiday. But this time I’m not as bothered by it. In fact I’m welcoming the break.

Sinful Characters

Have you ever sat to write, imagined the character you’re writing about and wondered why on earth they’re doing what they’re doing?
Silhouette of a man

Their acts are so beyond your understanding that it seems impossible to write. Yet somehow you have to.

I have a character who is handsome and charming. He’s a man who could talk you into loving him. A man who would do anything to make you his. But…

Beneath all that he is broken. His fractured personality makes me afraid. I’m scared of the depths he’ll go to. I’m terrified he’ll unleash a part of my own personality I didn’t know was there. 

I’m stuck. To write my next chapter I need to listen to the sinful part of him; to subject myself to his depravity. The part of me that is quite happy where I am (thank-you-very-much) wants nothing to do with him. Then there’s the other part, the little voice in the back of my head pressing me to ask questions that would make him mad. 

My own fear is holding me back.

Understanding his motives is one thing, but I need to be there while he does what he does. I would say ‘a fly on the wall’ but it’s more than that. I have to feel what he feels; think as he does. 

When this character came to me his story unfolded. I knew I’d be researching sensitive topics but it didn’t sink in. I didn’t realise how complicated things would get.

As a mother and a wife how do I get to that dark place? When school-runs and chores are in the back of my mind how can I join my character in his madness?

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Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light - Review & Giveaway

Skulduggery Pleasant

A few weeks ago I received Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light to review. It is a book I'd never heard of but thought it might be something BP would enjoy reading. I'm always looking out for books to encourage him to read more.

Here's a teaser...

Finishing Drafts or Editing

Last week I was very pleased with myself. Having written 10, 289 words and made lots of progress with the novel I was on a roll. But as with all creative things, the roll came to a stop, and it wasn't a slow and steady stop either, oh-no, this was a crash-into-a-brick-wall stop. 

Lots of non-writing related things have cropped up this week and sucked the time away. One minute my fingers flew across the keys and the next I couldn't get any time in front of the computer. Tuesday (midday) is the first time I have looked at my computer since Friday. Kids parties, chores and meetings stole my writing time.

Writing Update

My road ahead looks clear. I wonder where that bend will take me?
This past week I have written 10,289 words. 9,388 of them were part of the novel, the other 901 words were me getting the story straight in my head.

Every day I wake and wonder how much writing I'll get done. Yesterday I even skipped my usual morning walk (it was raining lots) so the grocery shopping got done sooner. This meant that by 11.15 yesterday morning I was back in front of the computer.

My usual routine when I sit down to work is to check my emails and respond, check social networks, and write any blog posts I had planned. Once that is done I move onto reading and responding to others' blog posts. This left me with no time to create.

Back to the Book

I'm getting to know the shadows in my head again.
In my How's the Book Going? post I mentioned that I haven't written anything for the book in a while. In fact the last time I wrote any words was ten weeks ago. The problem with taking such a long break from a book you're in the middle of editing/rewriting is you forget the story.

Yesterday I stepped back into the world I created. I had to familiarise myself with characters and settings. I began by reading through my draft and resisted the temptation to change it. Instead I planned my next steps, making sure I knew where the story was going and what the characters were doing. Although I had forgotten the majority of my story it didn't take long before the characters were talking to me. They retold their stories and I got caught up in minutes. The story came flooding back.

The Storm Rages On

A lightening strike in the night
The Prompt this week was Thunder and I was immediately hit with inspiration. It has taken me all week to hone this flash fiction and I hope you all like it. 

The walls shook as the front door slammed. My heart jumped into my throat.

He was home.

I put on my mask and smiled as he walked into the kitchen. But something had happened, he glared and the anger in his eyes burned my skin. I fought back the tears.

"I told you the drive needed clearing!" He said.


He left the kitchen and headed into the lounge. Not wasting a second I darted out of the kitchen and hurried upstairs, making sure to keep my footsteps light. I closed the bedroom door behind me and as it clicked I froze. Holding my breath I listened for him coming up the stairs. Nothing.

"ANDREA!" His voice boomed from the lounge.

My heart hammered in my chest as I looked around for somewhere to hide. The wardrobe was small but tucked away in the corner. He wouldn't look in there. I pulled the doors open, climbed inside and closed the doors. I shuffled into the corner, wrapped my arms around my knees and prayed that he wouldn't find me.

"Andrea!" He shouted.

I heard his heavy footsteps as he stomped from one room to another looking for me. The storm was brewing and it would make landfall soon.

"What is this crap? I'm not going anywhere!"

He shouted from the bottom of the stairs. A moment's silence and he ran upstairs; footsteps like thunder raging inside the house. The bedroom door burst open. I held my breath.

Please don't let him find me. Not again.

The bedroom door closed but I couldn't bring myself to check. My heartbeat thumped in my ears.

"I won't be back." He called.

The front door shook the house again and I let out a breath. I clambered out of the wardrobe and inched the bedroom door open. I peeked out. The house was silent.

I creeped downstairs. My foot landed on the carpet at the bottom and I sighed. As I walked towards the lounge my heartbeat settled. I glanced in and stopped dead.

His cases still sat in the centre of the room.

"Hello Andrea." He smirked.