‘It was explicit in the letter,’ Stacey said, passing it back to her lawyer. ‘I wanted join custody of our pet parrot. This says my ex will be taking him full time.’

‘As I told you over the phone, the animal welfare team your husband hired, and there were concerns about your working full time, and being able to look after Fred.’

‘He’s a parrot, and it wasn’t like Tom will be there to look after him. I arranged for my mum to look after her, while I was at work. He works too.’

‘He works nights apparently, and that’s when your parrot sleeps.’

Stacey sighed, thinking about how much her parrot hated her mum. She was always complaining about him swearing. Maybe he would be better off where he was, but she would miss him. Especially when he woke up her for work with a song.

She was about to ask the lawyer if she could have visiting rights, when she had an idea. They were paying way too much just to do something they could do on their own. It would cost to send another letter, but it would only cost her pride if she contacted Tom directly.

Typing her message – Tom, you’re right, she will be better off with you, but is it alright if I see her on weekends? Seconds later, his reply was quick – of course you can, he really misses you.

‘Is everything okay?’

‘More than okay, I’ll leave it thank you. I’ll agree to his terms.’

Published by writerravenclaw

I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.

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