Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

At Top of the Ladder; TOMORROWChapter 2 What Story Does the Picture Tell?

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

At Top of the Ladder; TOMORROWChapter 2 What Story Does the Picture Tell?

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Byline: Robyn Courtney

BINDA flicked through the pages of the magazine sitting on the table in front of her a nothing. She flopped back on to the sofa and stared aimlessly at the TV a nothing. She checked her mobile for the hundredth time a nothing.

The 14-year-old sighed.

It was Friday night and Binda had nothing to do but wait.

This baby-sitting job could be a drag at times but it was good money with few hassles.

Binda's neighbours Mr and Mrs Vincent often asked her to take care of their three children while they attended important work and social functions. Mrs Vincent was the chief executive officer of a large pharmaceutical company and Mr Vincent a research scientist for the same firm.

Their kids, Lola, 4, Gemma, 6 and Tom, 9, were great. They were easily entertained and always did what they were told. Unlike some of the baby-sitting horror stories Binda had heard of, this job was no sweat.

The clock on the bookcase ticked over to 11.43pm. Binda was expecting the Vincents home around one. Her charges had gone to bed just over three hours ago.

She'd filled the time since then reading, catching up on her social network, drawing a few things in her sketch book, working some photos she had taken and strumming a few songs on her guitar but now she was restless. A trip to the refrigerator provided a short break from the boredom. As usual the fridge was well stocked making the late night snack a feast.

Binda was in an inquisitive mood so after feeding her face she decided to go exploring.

Even though she'd been in the house many times before she had only ever gone into a few rooms. In comparison to the house she lived in with her dad, the Vincent's home was a mansion a two storeys. So as not to wake the sleeping trio upstairs, Binda crept around downstairs looking into everything that opened and shut. …

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