We meet Steph again the following week for her next psych evaluation (18th February 2013).
This time the psychologist wants to talk to Steph about Toadie. Steph describes him as her best friend and that they even got married but then everything changed. Was that because of the trial?, the psych asks and Steph avoids answering directly, instead repeating what she told Toadie to get on with his life and be happy.
PSYCHOLOGIST: And you feel differently now?
STEPH: When I first got here I thought that justice had been served, I'd killed someone, I deserved everything coming my way and then I got talking to the other women.
PSYCHOLOGIST: The other inmates?
STEPH: Yes. When they heard my story, they couldn't believe it, how I had been suffering from postnatal depression and they said that a good lawyer should have got me off.
PSYCHOLOGIST: So you don't think that you should have been punished at all?
STEPH: No, I got six years for an accident. Do you know that I am surrounded by drug dealers and cold blooded murderers who got less?
They psychologist points out that there are lots of variables in a criminal trial and suggests that some may argue that her lawyer did a good job. Steph disputes that: Toadie shouldn't have represented her full stop.
STEPH: We were too close, he was emotionally involved, it clouded his judgement, simple as that.
So how are you going to cope seeing him again?, the psychologist asks and Steph reckons she will be fine.
PSYCHOLOGIST: But if you are harbouring residual feelings of anger
STEPH: I have come to terms with what happened.
PSYCHOLOGIST: It doesn't seem like it.
STEPH: Look, I can't say that were ever going to be best mates again but I'll be fine when I see him. Really, I will, I'll be fine.
To be continued