A TIRED mum is silently hoping her yelling son is not hurt badly enough for her to have to move from the sofa.
Helen Archer has muted the telly and is listening carefully, praying that the impact she heard from the room above was just harmless horseplay and will not lead to an eight-hour wait in A&E.
Archer said: “It sounded like a dull crash, the sort of noise you’d get from falling off the top of a bunk bed or pulling a shelf of books off the wall.
“Is he shouting with pain, shock or just because he’s scared I’m going to go upstairs and catch him at whatever mischief he’s getting up to and is preemptively trying to quash my anger? I’m banking on the latter.
“This is the first time for five days I’ve had a moment to sit down and catch up with Eastenders, so as long as he isn’t stumbling in here with a smashed nose and bleeding all over my new Next rug, I’m going to ignore him and hope for the best.
“I’ll go up if he’s still crying in ten minutes. Or when Eastenders has finished. Whichever is first.”