The Seagulls Song

A young woman discovers she has breast cancer and tells her friend and neighbour- her son is a promising young footballer and his father likes a pint or three. Get the hankies ready when reading this one.

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“What is your poison then if you pardon the expression Sandie.”

“Could I have a vodka and orange?

“What about your friend?

“She will have the same if that’s alright?

“Of course it’s alright; another pint Keith?

“Cheers Tom.”

“I will come with you to give you a hand; it will allow your friend and Alice to get acquainted.”

Oh I see; so what brings you back to this neck of the woods Sandie?

“I would have thought that this place would be the last place you’d want to come back to.

“I miss the smell of the fish quay in the breeze and the seagulls Tom.

Tom ordered the drinks then asked Sandie if she was married.

“Me, no I just never had time for all that romance and stuff; I was too busy studying.

“What about you then?

“Yes I’m Married and I have a fourteen year old son.”

“What do you call her?

“Margaret Ward can you remember her She was in Mrs Orde’s class?

“No not really.”

“Why isn’t she out with you then Tom?”

“She goes to the Bingo Hall on a Friday with her friend.”

Sandra took a sip from her drink and Tom looked at her; she was taller than his wife, she had blonde hair that was cut short she wore a short blue skirt and Tom noticed her long legs under the table.

She told Tom that she kept in shape by swimming at the pool three times a week.

“Tom didn’t do any exercise these days apart from climbing ladders and carrying bricks. He was in excellent shape considering he smoked. Tom was about five feet eleven, slim but athletic looking.

Tom took a sip from his pint of McEwen’s best scotch.

“So where are you staying?

I’m spending the weekend with Alice; she was my class mate in Ralph Gardner.

“She lives in Baulkwell Green do you know it?”

“Yes it’s up the road from my house.

“Would you like to come back to her house after this?

 “Maybe tomorrow; would you like to have lunch in town with me?

“Maybe we can take a walk down to the Fish Quay; where you can see the seagulls.”

“That would be nice.”

“Okay then I will meet you In Northumberland square at say eleven thirty?

“That would be fine by me Tom

They continued to chat until time was called and Tom got up from his seat.

“I will see you tomorrow then Sandie.”

“Bye for now Keith, it was nice meeting you Alice.

 

“Goodnight Tom.”

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