Aged 25, Nessa grew up and went to school with Raven in Framleigh. She was responsible for getting Fern to Portugal for that fated holiday. Although initially charged with aiding and abetting her boyfriend, Stefan, in the alleged assault on Fern, those charges were dropped due to lack of evidence against her. But she did make a statement that will be used in the trial.
Can Annie gain any insight into what makes Nessa tick? Let’s find out. Here comes Nessa. With her head bowed like that, she doesn’t look happy about being here. Either that or she’s avoiding someone.
AS: Thank you for coming, Miss Sullivan. I’ll be brief; I’m sure you have other things you’d rather be doing.
(Nessa gives a faint smile and nods)
AS: I see you didn’t return to your job as a payroll manager after your summer holiday. What was the reason for that?
AS: So, you have no plans to return to that profession? What do you intend to do … By way of career?
NS: The job at Hann & Merrie paid the bills, but I never felt fulfilled by it. I’m a home-maker, maybe I’ll go into home decor one day. But, first, I want a big family … with Stefan (Her eyes twinkle at the thought)
AS: You’re happy to give it all up to raise a family with the defendant?
NS: More than happy. It’s my dream to have a family, and children, lots of them, and to be a good parent. All with Stefan, of course.
AS: Is he of the same opinion? What if he goes to jail? What then? Who will be your support? What about friends?
(Nessa drops her gaze to her lap, where she fiddles with the hem of her tunic. When she looks up, despite tears in her eyes, her voice is steady) I’m sure he’ll be released; he did nothing wrong.
(AS makes notes : fails to comment on her fractured friendships – interesting – I’ll rephrase that)
AS: But, you have friends and family to support you if he is jailed. You’d return to Framleigh, I presume?
NS: Oh no! I have no intention of going. There’s nothing … and no-one there for me now. My former friends have deserted me. I can live with that – I don’t understand what I ever did for them to drop me like a stone, but I don’t need them in my life. No, my place is here now. I’ll wait for Stefan, no matter how long it takes.
AS: You seem very set on being a good mother. Is there a reason for that?
NS: I want my children to have the family environment that I never had. I will be a good mother: caring, fair and truthful.
(AS writes furiously in her notebook: Has issues stemming from her own childhood. Looks at parenting through rose-coloured glasses. Cannot comment on what her so-called partner wants either. All rather vague and wishy-washy.)
AS: Can you see yourself working part-time or from home?
NS: Maybe, once the children are at school.
(AS puts her thoughts on paper: has unrealistic ideas about the cost of raising a family, especially if alone. Despite once having a good career that demanded some skill and intelligence, she has lost her focus.)
AS: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
NS: With a family home filled with laughter and happy children. (She cannot contain a huge grin)
(AS scribbles down – Oh my Lord, she’s either Mary Poppins or a real-life version of the nursery rhyme “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe”)
AS: Thank you. I have all I need. Close the door on your way out, please.
Summary: This is a woman whose self-worth is tied up in her relationship. She is blinkered by the man and highly emotional. Seems to miss her friends but is angry with them for not seeing things from her viewpoint. Stefan and having a family with him is her be all and end all. I sense she would say anything to keep him out of jail, even if it involves lying. So much for being truthful!
Finally, Annie talks to Stefan. It promises to be interesting.
Thanks for reading 🙂
In the meantime, you can read The Fifth Wheel – A Prequel now and find out what happened last summer.