Janice knocks again and yells, "Wayne! Open the door! I've
got a visitor for you." Wayne mutters, "Go away."
He doesn't notice as someone walks into the lounge room through
the kitchen door and says in a child's voice, "Hello, Wayne!"
It's Tick! Wayne is just about to put the pills in his mouth,
but he spins round to look at Tick as the boy adds, "You've
really got to put a lock on that kitchen window! Anyone
could get in!" Wayne stares at him and mouths, "Tick!
What are you doing here?" Janice keeps hammering
on the front door as Tick replies, "Come to stay for a couple
of weeks." Wayne, looking surprised but pleased, says, "Yeah?"
Tick adds, "If you want me." Wayne, tipping
the pills back in the bottle, smiles, "Course I
do. Come here!" Tick walks over to him and Wayne picks him
up, lovingly, as Janice yells, "Wayne Hamilton, if you don't
open this door, I'll kick it down!" Wayne looks
at Tick and muses, "Think I'd better open it!" He heads
out into the hallway, still holding Tick, and opens the door.
Janice walks in and mutters, "You certainly took your time."
Wayne indicates Tick and says warmly, "I suppose this was
your idea?" Janice nods, "He was very eager
to see you again. I didn't think you'd mind." Wayne assures
her, "Of course not - he's welcome to stay any time he wants."
Janice adds, "You'll have to put up with him for a fortnight,
you know." Wayne just smiles, "I think I'll cope!"
He then asks, "You want to come in for a cup of coffee or
anything?" Janice, however, tells him, "Sorry - I have
to rush." She opens the door again as Wayne says sincerely,
A short time later, Wayne and Tick emerge from the kitchen, Wayne
holding a tray of soft drinks and a plate of biscuits. Tick is
telling Wayne about a cat called Tarzan that lives in the house
with his foster parents. They sit down and Tick picks up a biscuit.
He puts it in his mouth - and then pulls it out distastefully,
murmuring as he does so, "It's stale." Wayne takes a
bite of a biscuit and nods weakly, "You're right. I'm sorry,
mate: I haven't been shopping for a while. We'll get some more
later." Tick then picks up the bottle of pills from the coffee
table and asks, "What's this?" Wayne replies
quickly, "Just aspirin - I had a bit of a headache earlier."
Changing the subject, he then asks, "How do you like it with
the Carters?" Tick just shrugs, "They're OK." Wayne
comments, "I reckon you've grown a couple of inches. They
must be feeding you well." Tick laughs, "Except for
the Brussels Sprouts!" Wayne then asks, "How you getting
on at school?" Tick tells him, "I'm the best at Maths."
Wayne smiles, "Good for you! I suppose they have computers?"
Tick replies, "Only little ones." Wayne goes on, "And
they gave you a couple of weeks off because you're ahead of the
rest..." Tick, however, explains, "It's school holidays.
Most of the kids are on a camping trip." Wayne says in surprise,
"You gave that up to come here?" Tick nods,
"Yeah." Wayne tells him, "I'm afraid it won't be
as exciting - but we'll do our best." There's silence for
a few moments before Tick says, "Sorry about Susan."
Wayne looks down sadly and murmurs, "Yeah. There's not much
you can say, is there?" Tick asks, "You alright?"
Wayne smiles, "I'm glad you're here, kiddo."
Alison is serving up lunch to Greg and Sarah on the patio outside
Charlie's. She sits down as she tells them, "The important
thing is that you give yourself time to think before you rush
into anything." She then places an envelope on the table
and adds, "This might come in handy." Sarah opens it
and finds a cheque inside. She gasps, "We can't accept all
this." Alison tells her, "I insist." Greg
adds quickly, "We accept!" Sarah warns, "Greg..."
Alison, however, tells them, "Go shopping. See the sights.
It's my treat: I want you to have a good time." Sarah assures
her, "We will. Thankyou. But I came here to find my mother;
I don't feel like spending too much time on sightseeing
tours." Greg tells her, "Relax. I want to find mum too,
but after ten years what's a few days?" Sarah insists, "I
at least want to make a start. After leaving home and
being told I can never go back, I don't feel quite so calm as
you." Alison looks at them in surprise and says, "You
saying Phyllis cut you off?" Greg retorts, "At
the neck. It was swift and painless. After we dropped the initial
bomb, there was an almighty row where Phyllis said if we leave,
that was it. Naturally, I could take it all in my stride; as far
as I'm concerned, the feeling's mutual. For Sarah, it's
been a pretty big decision." Alison remarks, "What sort
of woman would do that? She must be an ogre."
Greg nods, "You said it." Alison then tells him and
Sarah, "You won't regret moving up here; I promise you."
Sarah replies, "I won't if I can find my mother."
Greg assures her, "We will - but let's spend a couple of
days getting to know the place; I wouldn't have a clue
where to start at the moment." Alison tells him,
"I've got a Private Investigator on the job. So far he's
drawn a blank, but when he does get a lead you'll be
the first to know." Greg looks at Sarah and declares, "There!
We're on the trail already." Alison adds, "After all
the trauma in Melbourne, I think you deserve a break."
She then adds, "I have to go out for a while, so make yourselves
at home." With that, she stands up and heads inside, leaving
Greg to comment to Sarah, "The water looks good; let's go
for a swim."
A short time later, Greg drives into the pool. Sarah is wandering
around the edge, looking glum. Greg looks across at her and sighs,
"What is it? I know twins are supposed to be psychic, but
I can't pick this one!" Sarah asks him, "Do
you think we've done the right thing?" Greg replies, "What,
leaving home? Yes I do." He climbs out of the pool as he
carries on, "I know you copped most of the flak from Phyllis
- and even dad - but it's the best thing you could've done: apart
from finding mum, you've finally got a chance to live your own
life... make your own decisions." Sarah asks warily, "What's
going to happen? What are we going to do here? I don't
like Phyllis any more than you, but at least I knew where
I was at home." Greg retorts, "And where was
that? In a prison, that's where. This is freedom; it's
an adventure; it's living!" Sarah just mutters, "Is
it living?" Greg tells her, "You've got to grab your
chances when they come." Sarah sighs, "The arguments
were bad enough, but the worst thing was thinking you were quite
happy to go off and leave me there by myself." Greg
insists, "I wouldn't've done that." Sarah points out,
"You said you would. That's what finally made me
change my mind: I couldn't stand the thought of being alone back
there." Greg admits, "I've got a confession to make:
if it had come to the crunch, I would've stayed."
Sarah glares at him and snaps, "You lied to me."
Greg insists, "It was the only way I could make you leave.
I wasn't going to stand around and watch you get stuck in Phyllis's
routines, never able to break out." Sarah snaps, "You
couldn't trust me to make up my own mind?" Greg retorts,
"Frankly, no." Sarah glares at him. She then gives him
a shove and pushes him back into the pool! Greg surfaces and demands,
"What was that for?" Sarah snaps, "To
remind you that you're not my big brother. We're exactly the same
age, remember?" Greg just smiles, "Looks like Sydney's
working already: lady's finally coming out of her shell!"
Alison is standing with Michael in his room at the mansion, saying,
"So you can imagine my surprise when I found myself face-to-face
with Pamela's children: suddenly I'm 'Aunty Alison'!" Michael
comments, "They're twins, aren't they?" Alison
nods, "Greg and Sarah. They're nice kids, having a rotten
time at home. When I invited them to stay with me in Sydney, they
jumped at the chance. They're over at Charlie's now."
Michael asks, "Pamela know?" Alison shrugs, "I
didn't have a chance to tell her." Michael gives her an inquisitive
look. The two of them sit down at the table as Alison goes on,
"Haven't you heard? She's taken off with Nick. No one seems
to know where." Michael, looking surprised, murmurs,
"No, I hadn't heard, actually. That's hardly surprising:
Nick never tells me anything." He then asks, "How
do you feel about it?" Alison retorts, "As
far as I'm concerned he's welcome to her - although
how long they'll last is anybody's guess: your brother's track
record with fidelity is... well..." Michael suggests, "Atrocious?!"
Alison nods, "Absolutely!" She then continues, "It
started me thinking: I don't know whether to tell the twins about
Pamela or not. Naturally they'd want to stay with her
- assuming she tells them where she is - but I think it would
be a big mistake: what they need now is stability, and I doubt
whether Nick's going to be a model father." Michael muses,
"I'm sure he wouldn't." Alison then tells him,
"There's something else: I'm probably letting my imagination
run away with me, but do you remember how Nick used to enjoy playing
Pamela off against me?" Michael nods his head. Alison
carries on, "Sarah's a very attractive girl. With mother
and daughter under the same roof, what if he goes for the quinella?
I know it's a perverse thought--" Michael interrupts, however,
and tells her, "No, you're right. That's just the sort of
thing he'd go for." Alison suggests, "I think we should
try and protect her, don't you think? I think we don't mention
Pamela at all at the moment." Michael replies, "Sounds
sensible." Alison smiles, "Good. Glad we agree. Now
the only other person I have to warn is Charlie."
Michael comments, "Isn't she at a health farm?" Alison
replies, "Yes, thank goodness. She's a wonderful friend,
but keeping secrets is not her forte..."
Sarah and Greg are sitting on the couch in the lounge room at
Charlie's when Sarah suddenly hears a whimpering noise. The front
door then bangs and Charlie's voice says, "Mummy's little
sweetheart! Diddums misses mummy--" She breaks off as she
walks into the lounge room and finds the twins sitting there.
She stares at them and demands, "Who are you?" Greg
retorts, "Who are you?" Charlie says pointedly,
"I am Charlie Bartlett. I live here." The twins
stand up quickly and Greg explains, "I'm Greg. This is Sarah.
Alison's our aunt; she said we could stay." Charlie comments
in surprise, "She's your aunt? Who did
you say you were?" Greg replies, "Greg Hudson."
Realisation dawns for Charlie and she totters over and gives Sarah
a kiss as she exclaims, "Oh! You must be Pamela's
children - the twins!" Sarah nods, "That's
right!" Charlie beams, "How cute! Of course, you're
welcome to stay here, but the only thing is it's just a teensy
bit inconvenient this afternoon: I'm expecting someone."
Greg looks at Sarah before replying, "Um... that's OK: we
were going out anyway." Charlie smiles, "Super!"
She then looks at a plate of chocolate cake that Greg is holding
and exclaims, "Oooooooo! I haven't seen anything that tempting
for ages! I've been locked up in a health farm and I'm
simply dying for calories!" She then hands Isabella
to Greg, adding, "Just a tick." She heads out of the
room. When she's gone, Sarah hisses to Greg, "Yuck. She reminds
me of the mob Phyllis used to impress." Greg just
murmurs, "Not so loud. Feel like a bit of sightseeing then?"
With that, he grabs Sarah's arm and leads her towards the front
door. Charlie walks back as Greg tells her, "We're just going
sightseeing." Charlie asks, "You sure you don't mind?"
Greg says quickly, "No! Nice to meet you! See you later!"
They head out as Charlie calls after them, "We'll have a
proper chat later. I want to hear all about you!" She then
closes the door and bites into a chocolate bar! A few seconds
later, there's a thump on the door. Charlie opens it and Greg
hands Isabella back to her!
Wayne is sitting at the dining table at Dural, an uneaten sandwich
in front of him. Tick joins him and asks, "Like something
else to eat?" Wayne, who's looking glum, murmurs, "No.
Thanks." Tick then says eagerly, "I know: why don't
we go sailing?" Wayne just murmurs, "Maybe tomorrow.
Sorry, Tick - I'm not very good company right now." Tick
asks, "What's up?" Wayne replies, "Nothing. I'm...
just thinking about Susan. Why don't you have a go on the computer?"
Tick insists, "I don't mind staying with you."
Wayne, however, tells him, "No. It's alright. I'd rather
be on my own for a while." Tick turns and heads towards the
hallway, adding as he does so, "I think I might go outside
first; wander round for a bit. See you soon." With that,
he heads out.
A short time later, Tick is outside, wandering down the driveway,
hitting the road with a long stick that he's holding. He stops
in his tracks, suddenly, as he spots Greg and Sarah approaching.
He quickly runs and hides behind a nearby tree and watches them.
Greg is saying to Sarah, "There's a beach at Manly; we can
catch a ferry from there." Tick pokes his head out
carefully from behind the tree and stares at Sarah as she approaches.
Looking impressed, he gasps to himself, "Wow!" He then
steps out in front of the twins and says, "Hi! I'm Tick -
mate of Wayne's. You know Wayne?" Greg replies, "No."
Tick goes on, "You know Charlie, though?" Greg nods,
"Yeah." Tick tells him, "She's a mate of mine too."
Greg shrugs, "Great!" Tick then asks, "Where are
you going?" Greg tells him, "Sightseeing. Probably catch
a ferry... visit a few of the beaches." Tick says quickly,
"I can show you around." Sarah asks, "Won't
your mother want to know where you are?" Tick shrugs,
"I'm staying with Wayne. He won't mind if I'm gone
all day." Greg and Sarah look at each other. Greg then tells
Tick, "OK! I'm Greg and this is my sister, Sarah." Tick
probes, "Only your sister...?" Greg nods, "Yeah.
Why?" Tick smiles, "No reason. Just wondering!"
Alison arrives back at Charlie's and calls, "Charlie?"
Charlie calls back, "In here, darling!" Alison joins
her in the lounge room. Charlie is standing in the middle of the
room and she asks, "What do you think?" She shows off
her new figure. Alison just says, "Very nice. Have you seen
Greg and Sarah?" Charlie stares at her and exclaims, "Do
you realise the blood, sweat and tears I've gone through to reach
my optimum figure potential and all I get from you is 'very nice'?"
Alison sighs, "I'm sorry, Charlie. I have just traipsed all
the way up to the health farm to warn you about the twins."
Charlie, sitting down, mutters, "So you should.
I got quite a shock to find out they were my welcome-home committee."
Alison sits down as she snaps, "Damn. What did you say to
them?" Charlie just shrugs, "Oh. All the right things."
Alison demands, "Where are they now?" Charlie tells
her, "They decided to leave - about ten minutes ago."
Alison growls, "Just after you'd had a little chat, I suppose."
Charlie smiles, "Yes! They're adorable, aren't they!"
Alison, however, mutters, "Well done, Charlie. Once again
you've put your mouth into gear while your brain was still in
neutral!" Charlie stares at her and gasps, "What have
I done?" Alison just retorts, "That's typical:
no idea when you've put your foot into it." Charlie exclaims,
"Honestly, Alison, I don't know why you are being so beastly."
Alison retorts, "Because you have just ruined all my plans,
you empty-headed bigmouth." At that moment, a well-built
guy in his twenties walks in, holding a bowl of salad. He looks
at Alison before saying to Charlie, "Who's she?
Do you want me to throw her out?" Alison just looks at Charlie
and muses pointedly, "All blood, sweat and tears, eh?"
She walks out of the room. Charlie calls after her, "You
don't understand! Todd's not just light entertainment; he's my
fiancé!" Alison appears back in the doorway,
a look of astonishment on her face!
Michael is standing in the hallway at the mansion, looking at
the noticeboard outside Fiona's room, when Janice comes in through
the front door. He smiles, "Hi, Janice! How did it go with
Tick?" Janice replies, "Wayne was certainly thrilled
to see him. It should work, I think. I would ring up and check,
but one thing I've learnt in social work: you should never start
acting like Big Brother!" Michael tells her, "I think
it was a masterstroke. If anyone can figure out a way
to cheer up Wayne, it's Tick!"
Sarah and Greg are sailing along on the Manly ferry. Tick is
telling the two of them about the history of the Sydney landmarks.
Greg looks across the water and remarks, "What a great skyline."
Tick tells him, "You can get a great view from the top of
Centre Point. You can see as far as the Blue Mountains on a clear
day." Greg smiles, "We'll put it on the list!"
He looks at Sarah and smiles.
Charlie is sitting in her lounge room, exclaiming, "As if
I'd ever say the wrong thing! How could you possibly think
it?" Alison, sitting next to her, replies, "My apologies.
I simply assumed, when you said they'd gone, that you'd given
the game away." Charlie mocks, "Such faith! And you're
my best friend! I've half a mind to be quite offended over this!"
Alison says, "I was wrong; I admit it. Where are they now,
anyway?" Charlie explains, "They've gone sightseeing.
They'll be gone all afternoon, I expect." Alison tells her,
"Good. Now look, there's something else you should--"
She breaks off as Todd walks in, suddenly, with a tray of tea
things. Charlie looks round at him and beams, "Oh Todd, darling,
you are a treasure!" Todd puts down the tray and
then takes Charlie's hands in his own, saying warmly, "Camomile
this time. Helps you relax." Alison rolls her eyes, looking
sickened at the slushiness! She clears her throat pointedly. Charlie
takes the hint! She says to Todd, "Why don't you go to the
gym and have a workout? You've spent quite long enough fussing
over me." Todd asks, "You sure you'll be alright?"
Charlie coos, "As long as you promise to hurry back!"
They then kiss on the lips. Alison rolls her eyes again! Todd
tells Charlie, "See you in couple of hours." With that,
he heads out of the room, leaving Charlie to smile at Alison,
"Isn't he a dream?!" Alison just sighs, "God, Charlie,
when are you going to wake up?" Charlie, however, retorts,
"You can be as cynical as you like, but I know this is the
real thing. Ever since the first day, when he showed me up to
my room. It was so romantic! He was so brave, too: he even smuggled
me up little forbidden goodies!" Alison teases, "How
brave!" Charlie retorts, "You can scoff, but he's madly
in love and so am I and that's all that matters. Now, what were
you going to tell me about the twins?" Alison explains, "I
want you to help me keep them busy. They must never know the truth."
Charlie asks, "Which truth are we talking about?" Alison
replies, "The fact that Pamela stayed with us. I've already
warned Michael in case he drops in. Wayne shouldn't
be any problem: he's in the doldrums at the moment; hasn't been
out of the house for days." Charlie just shrugs, "Fine,
fine! I don't know why we're going to all this bother, but I'll
play along." Alison tells her, "I've got a private detective
doing a final report for me. The twin are going to learn the tragic
news that their mother has passed away - and eventually Greg and
Sarah will be all mine..."
Greg and Sarah are back on the ferry. Greg is commenting, "Not
a bad little town!" Sarah, who has a new dress on, remarks,
"Bit expensive, though." Greg just shrugs, "What's
money? You look great. Very, er, chic!" Sarah takes a plastic
bag containing her old clothes and dumps it in a rubbish bin on
the deck. Greg tells her, "We're going to make it
here, you know?" Sarah just shrugs, "Maybe." Tick
joins them, holding ice creams, and asks Sarah, "Which do
you prefer: vanilla or chocolate?" Sarah smiles, "You
shouldn't have." Tick insists, "It's nothing."
Sarah then says, "Chocolate, please." Tick hands over
her ice cream and gives the vanilla one to Greg. Sarah then asks
him, "Where's yours?" Tick shows her a packet
of white sweets and replies, "I've got these, instead. It's
all I want - honest." Sarah holds out her ice cream and smiles,
"Have a lick of this!" Tick gets stuck in!
Janice emerges from the kitchen in Fiona's room at the mansion
and comments to Michael, who's tidying up some tea things on the
coffee table, "I wish Fiona didn't make such scrumptious
cakes. I'm so full and it's nearly dinner time." Michael
tells her, "I'll make some scrambled eggs; they're nice and
light." The door to the room opens suddenly and Charlie sticks
her head in, smiling, "Hello, darlings!" She then looks
around and says in a disappointed tone, "Oh. Is Fiona in?"
Michael replies, "Afraid you just missed her." Charlie
sighs, "Oh, what a pity." She heads back out to the
hallway, where Todd is standing, and tells him, "She's not
there." Todd asks, "What about them?" He indicates
Fiona's room, adding, "Are they friends?" Charlie
smiles, "Of course." Todd says, "Well tell them."
With that, Charlie opens the door again. Taking Todd by the hand,
she leads him into the room and smiles at Janice and Michael,
"Sorry to barge in, darlings, but I want you to meet a friend
of mine. Todd Buckley... Janice Reid and Michael Benson."
Michael shakes Todd's hand. Charlie then announces, "We're
engaged!" A look of shock crosses Janice's face. Michael
exclaims, "That's great! Congratulations!" Charlie shows
off her engagement ring. Janice says, "Very nice. Congratulations."
Michael asks, "How did you meet?" Todd explains, "At
the health farm. I help with the exercise program. Charlie was
a star performer; we hit it off right from the start." Janice
asks in surprise, "You only met a few days ago?"
Charlie declares, "Twelve days, eight hours and thirty-six
and a half minutes ago! It's been a wonderful whirlwind romance!
He was my knight in shining armour! I don't know how I would've
survived up there without him." Todd clarifies,
"She's talking about the little goodies I smuggled into her!"
Charlie smiles at him, "Tonight, though, we are going to
eat as much as we like!" Turning back to Janice and Michael,
she adds, "We're going to a simply gorgeous little place
in the Hawkesbury. We are going to be naughty after all that dieting!"
Todd suggests to her, "We'd better make tracks." Charlie
smiles at Janice and Michael, "Make sure you tell Fiona when
she gets back!" With that, she and Todd back head out. Michael
turns to Janice and comments, "How about that, eh?!"
Janice growls, "I don't like him. He's after her money; did
you see the engagement ring?" Michael replies, "Not
really." Janice mutters, "It wasn't worth much."
Michael muses, "I didn't know you were a jeweller!"
Janice snaps, "He's half her age and they met less than a
fortnight ago. Speaks for itself, doesn't it?" Michael remarks,
"So you think she's got Buckley's, huh?" Janice snaps,
"No - I think Buckley's got her - well and truly!"
Greg and Sarah poke their heads round the doorway of Charlie's
lounge room and Greg asks Alison - who's sitting on the couch
- "Alright to come in?" Alison smiles, "It's alright
- I won't bite!" Greg explains, "Charlie wanted the
place to herself before." Alison tells him, "I'm
sorry about that; she wasn't expected home for another couple
of days." Sarah shows off her new dress before she and Greg
sit down. He tells Alison, "We spent every cent we had!"
Alison, reaching into her handbag, comments, "Looks like
you'll need a top-up." Greg, however, insists, "Put
it away. Even old Greg Hudson has to draw the line somewhere."
Alison ignores him, saying, "You're here because I invited
you and living expenses are part of the deal." She hands
over some cash and Greg takes it, reluctantly.
Wayne is dozing on the couch in the lounge room at Dural when
Tick runs in and gives him a shove to wake him up. He says eagerly,
"Wayne, wake up! I've got some news!" Wayne stirs and
asks tiredly, "What's up?" Tick beams, "I've got
a girlfriend. She's fantastic! I'm going to marry her!"