As Eddie grows, Jenny and Paul enjoy taking him out on day trips to soft play areas, Marwell Zoo, swimming and so on. Jenny refuses to take Eddie to anywhere that refers to magic so the Harry Potter films are out but given Eddie’s only just going into toddlerhood, that may be as well. Jenny has read the books and enjoyed them but this was prior to her mother’s announcement. To say Jenny’s views are now prejudiced is something of an understatement. She has no time at all for dodgy wizards. And while she’s got more sympathy for brave ones, Jenny’s sceptical enough to query why they’ve had to be brave and sure enough there you’ll find a dodgy wizard par excellence. Jenny only wishes her mother’s story had been fictional, perhaps the result of a brain storm or something. Alas! Not all wishes are granted.
Eddie has shown some magical abilities already in that he’s managed to obliterate daisies just by pointing at them. Jenny is trying hard not to worry about this feeling that if she does, it will attract unwanted attention from “up there”. Just as Eddie will outgrow certain traits as a human (temper tantrums, the need for nappies), Jenny wants her son to outgrow the magical tendency too and feels the best way of achieving this is to not to make fuss about any magic, to ignore it, to let it die a natural death. The one drawback is this won’t work as her mother tried this with her and look where it achieved for Eileen and Jenny. The one positive is Eileen will sympathize with Jenny here. If Eileen can find a discreet way of giving Jenny a hand with this, she will. Eileen’s problem is not to offend Jenny further (mother interfering etc) or to again draw the attention of the Queen.
Jenny is hoping when Eddie starts school full time and learns to fit in with others that will also help her anti-magic campaign. Jenny knows Eileen won’t be able to say much about this as it is crucial nothing gives away their background. The only worry is would the Queen disrupt the life of an innocent child to force Eileen and Jenny to do as she wants. Eileen would like to put all manner of protection spells on her grandson but knows now Jenny would spot them. Jenny is banking on the Queen’s anti-humanity stance to help her here. Time will tell… Right now Paul and Jenny are trying to make the most of Eddie not being at school such as taking off-peak holidays. Paul has recently started working longer hours Monday to Thursday so he can finish at 1 p.m. on Fridays. Friday afternoons now are spent with Jenny and Eddie, often going out, avoiding the weekend crowds.