The whole way home, Belle was quieter than usual; and even Lottie, who hadn’t known her as long as the others, noticed this. “You ok, honey?” she asked, ten minuti into the bus ride. “You’re very quiet.”
Belle roused herself. “Just thinking about something, Lottie, that’s all.”
“Ooh, nothing bad, I hope.” Lottie gave her an encouraging smile. “It’d spoil a perfect day!”
Belle managed to return her smile. “No, I think I’m just a bit worn out, that’s all.”
“Is it any wonder?” Meg looked over the back of her sede, sedile at Belle. “After chasing around the beach...