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Chapter Ten

‘That was awesome.’Stepping down from the metal surround of the Waltzers, Jessie glanced behind her as Simon gripped the handrail. ‘Are you all right there?’

‘I will be.’

Linking her arm through his, she supported him as they made their way down the steps. Laughing, she shook her head. ‘Maybe we should give the rollercoaster a miss?’

‘Nope. I said I’d go on it.’ Pausing, Simon took a deep breath, a little colour coming back to his cheeks. ‘I’ll be fine.’

‘Okay, as long as it’s not me who has to clear up if you throw up.’

‘Urgh. I won’t be sick.’

‘Umm, I believe you.’ Jessie glanced across at him before looking at the rollercoaster towering in front of them.

‘I promise. I won’t. I’ll be fine on the rollercoaster. It’s the spinny thing the Waltzers do.’ He spun his forefinger round and round.

‘Uh-huh. The spinny thing. So, you’ll cope just fine hurtling around a rickety old wooden track in a flimsy cart then?’ She grinned.

Rolling his shoulders back, Simon ushered her towards the entrance to the rollercoaster. ‘I’ll be perfectly fine.’ Leaning in towards her, he lowered his voice. ‘As long as we don’t read the ride information. I think I’d rather live in blissful ignorance about how old it is.’

‘Ha-ha. It can’t be any older than the one in Margate. I’m sure my dad told me it opened in 1920.’

‘Umm, let’s hope not. Hop in.’ Standing next to the cart, he indicated for her to get in.

‘Uh, no. You can get in first. Knowing you, you’ll let me get in and then run.’ Crossing her arms, she tilted her head towards the cart.

‘Thanks. You’re too kind.’ Chuckling, he clambered in.

‘I know.’ Grinning, Jessie joined him, their knees touching as they pulled the bar down across their laps. Looking across at him, she watched as he wobbled the safety bar, making sure it was secure. ‘We can get out if you’d rather?’

‘And miss out on the opportunity to show you how brave I am? I don’t think so.’ He checked the bar again, before looking at her. ‘I think it’s secure.’

‘Yep. I don’t think it’s going anywhere. Thanks for this.’

‘For what?’

‘For bringing me here. It’s been great.’

‘So far.’

‘What do you mean?’

‘I mean, we’ve got to survive this yet.’ He grimaced.

‘I thought you were trying to show me how brave you were.’

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