@StellaOlivetti – thank you for your feedback and please don’t feel back about nitpicking. I like nitpicking, I want nitpicking because that’s what’s going to help me improve on my story so all your comments are very helpful!
The main reason about the grandmother being Russian is a kind of nod at Neil Gaiman and American Gods and the idea that people bring their folklore and old tales when they come over to a new country. Also the pet name she uses for her granddaughter, Lapushka means little paw in Russian so an indirect connection to the story.
@johnSAlty – thanks John that’s really helpful, especially the hoodie/hood I didn’t pick up on that and I’m always keen to tighten the narrative where possible 🙂