The dreaded call from school.
“Hello, is that O’s dad? Are you free to talk?”
A sharp inhalation of panic.
(The first voice you will hear in your worried parent’s head will be wobbly, utterly unconvincing Little Internal Voice.
‘It’s probably nothing’, he wheedles,. ‘He forgot his maths copy or something’.
(‘SHUT UP, YOU SAP, THIS IS A JOB FOR BIG INTERNAL VOICE:
(‘WHAT HAS HE DONE? … HE’S BADLY HURT, ISN’T HE? … THE AMBULANCE IS ON ITS WAY … ’)