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he nurse comes in with sleeping pills. Swollen runny nose, a muffled voice. Sorry ladies I've got a bad cold.

Only Maggie has room for a sympathetic response. Tracy is eager for the pills. She isn't bothered to try the telephone again.

It is time for Nadia to go home.

A few stops on the underground, no need to change lines but she is still home a little late. I was at the library, she lies to her parents and feels again that odd disappointment when they believe without question what she says. And that evening she does not eat very much of the dinner Lateefa cooked. She is too full of cheese sandwiches.

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