If Andrew, his squeeze and Nic’s mother take as gospel everything Mia says in a snit, they are in for a difficult ten years or so, and she will become a bluddy nightmare. And if she hasn’t learnt from yesterday that the “I haven’t got any mam—ma-a!” card is the one to play whenever she wants something, she’s very stupid.
Which Nanny Discourse will not let me post as a standalone.
Oh well. Apparently 13-y-o girls should be able to entertain whom they please in an otherwise empty house; so I expect it’s safe to assume they never exaggerate or say things purely to wound. Unlike their Evil Stepfathers, natch.
"she was a very appalling little creature.
“Her strongest weapon was that in some mysterious way she had found out that a very small girl who had lost her mother was a person who ought to be pitied and made much of. She had probably heard some grown-up people talking her over in the early days, after her mother’s death. So it became her habit to make great use of this knowledge.”