Liam had been excitedly babbling to Ella about Nigel, and his adventures with Aunty Daphee and Aunty Lettie, when Daddy, Millicent and Justin all gave them sad and very grown up looks.
He wanted to interrupt 'Cent and tell her that Daddy wasn't going to let him see Mertha, when she said that someone was mean and now Mertha was in heaven.
He frowned for a minute, trying to understand it all. The angels. Mummy was with the angels too, but she was still there. "So Mertha is a ghostie now, like Mummy?" he said, not wanting to believe anything else.
He was going to tell Mertha all about his adventures, but nobody else was smiling.