Alice’s teddy is more than her only possession in the world. It’s the only thing that’s ever hugged her.
As her father dislikes children, he hates sleeping next to her. In the morning, he’s always the first to wake, and he immediately throws a tantrum and wakes up Alice to tell her to leave the room. Alice understandably responds that they’re not in a room, and she doesn’t have anywhere to go. Then they argue, and Kev seems to blame Alice for every possible thing.
As her attempts to nap on the bench at ‘home’ are always interrupted, Alice does her best to skip the bus after school and find somewhere else to sleep. At first, this used to be the bench in the school playground.
Then one day she found the Joy household next door to the school, who invited her in. She immediately climbed into their bed for the best sleep she’s ever had. Her hosts weren’t terribly pleased as she stank by this point, but didn’t try to wake her. I can only assume they took pity on her.
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