David and Jo where at home with the babysitter watching the classic film JAWS. David only being 7 years old was quite scared but Jo was really into it, David knew she was scared as well but she was acting grave for the babysitter. Jo looked up to Emma as she was, in here eyes a "Cool teenage girl".
The film had finished and David wanted a drink, he stood up and went to the kitchen, little did he know that Jo was hot on his heels, as David was on a stool getting a glass of water he heard his sister cry "SHARK",
David dropped his glass and it fell into the sink with a smash.
"That's not funny Jo" David said, " I dropped my drink",
"It's ok David there is a big bottle of water in that cupboard" said Jo, pointing to one of the cupboards under the sink. David hopped of his stool and open the cupboard, he picked up the big bottle and took a big gulp. "Eww" said David, "That's not water, its spicy". Instantly he dropped the bottle on the floor and ran into the front room, "Emma, can you get me some normal water please?" Confused as to what David was talking about she got up and walked to the kitchen. "OH MY GOD". She sharply ran into the room towards Davidand grabbed him by the shoulders. " DID YOU DRINK ANY IF THAT WATER?" She yelled with fear in her voice. "Yes" replied David. " But it was spicy so i only had a little bit.
Moments later Emma was speaking very quickly on the phone, the next thing David knew, Emma had bundled him and Jo into her car and was driving very fast somewhere, " where are we going? " said Jo,
Emma didnt reply.they arrived at a big building and was met by Paula outside. Paula picked David up and ran him into the building.
"Is David ok?" Asked jo?
"I DONT KNOW" snapped Emma. "WHY DID YOU LET HIM DRINK FROM THAT BOTTLE JO?"
" IT WAS ONLY WATER" Jo said quietly
"NO SWEETHEART, IT WAS SOMETHING VERY DANGEROUS"
Inside the hospital Paula was sat next to Davids bed waiting to be seen by the doctor, "WHATS HE DONE NOW", David saw John walking towards his bed shaking his head. "Hes drank your stupid white spirit from under the sink, that's what he's done", " Hiw. Any times have I told you to move it out of the kids reach? Now looks what's happened"
The doctor came and examined David, "HE WILL NEED HIS STOMACH PUMPED" said the doctor. " WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KEEP HIM IN OVER NIGHT SO WE CAN KEEP AN EYE ON HIM".
Paula stayed with David and John left taking Jo with him.
MUM! MUM!, " DAVID IS BEING SICK "shouted Jo. "GO BACK TO BED!!" Paula shouted back up the stairs, "PLEASE MUM" jo said, " he's making a horrible noise.
As Paula stormed up the stairs to settle the normally troublesome duo she realised that Jo wasn't just playing around. David was on his back lying in a pool of vomit struggling with every breath, "GET MY PHONE" screamed Paula, Jo ran as fast as her little legs could carry her, down the stairs to find Paula's phone. While Paula waited up stairs for what seemed to be the longest two minutes of her life she desperately tried to help David to breath. Jo finally came bounding back up the stairs and handed her mum the phone, "999 what's your emergency?" "I need an ambulance I think my sone is having an asthma attack!!"
In the ambulance on the way to the hospital Paula tried to get hold of John, but with no joy as usual, "Get out of the pub John, its David, we are on our way to hospital". Hours past and there was still no contact from John, David had finally managed to breath normally again after being on a nebuliser for 2 hours, "where is dad?" Said David, Paula looked at him with sadness in her eyes, " he's at home sweetheart, cleaning up and getting your bed ready for you to rest up" she lied. Paula knew that John was most likely still in the pub where he always is. Johns routine consisted of leaving for work at 4am, finishing at 5pm and not getting home until 1am. How he managed to keep down a well paid job was beyond Paula.The taxi lights pulled into the dark end street of Croydon and disappeared into the darkness just as quickly, there was no sound apart from the odd cry from a cat fight not to far away. As David walked towards the front door with Paula and Jo fast asleep in her arms, Paula noticed something that filled her with concern and then anger. The window on the front door was smashed, her first thought was we have been burgled! But then she soon realised that it must have been John, he's forever forgetting his keys.
Paula opened the front door and walked in with the children, instantly she felt the crunch of broken glass under feet. Slumped on the bottom Step in the hallway was John. "John!!" Paula shouted while kicking at his feet, "WHERE THE FUCK WAS YOU?" John woke with anger in his voice, "ME?" Exclaimed John, " WHERE THE FUCK WAS YOU??"
Paula pushed past John without saying a word. She put Jo down in her bed and then David. She kissed them both and walked down the stairs to John.
Through muffled voices through the ceiling David could here shouting, he knew his dad was drunk again, he could hear his mum yelling at John to just get out and with a bang and another smash John was gone.