The Crossing

"The Crossing" tells of two Dutch girls in 1970 who come looking for work on the DFDS ferry- it is In North Shields they meet Mickey Boom Boom McCabe a local boxer who helps them find digs in Whitley Bay- one of the girls becomes romantically involved with Nigel Worthington a local business man and crook when she is working with her friend in the Rex Hotel as a receptionist. Worthington set up another boxer Jeff Decker when Jeff goes to collect a strange package he opens it to discover two kilo's of coke. He recuts the coke and sells it. Worthington finds out and Jeff ends up in hospital with a broken jaw and several ribs. Mickey McCabe rallies his boxing friends together where they mete out their kind of punishment- Mickey is forced to move to London and gets involved with the underworld after Worthington seeks revenge- Can Mickey fulfil his dream and become the welterweight champion of the world- in this story which will take you around the North East - London and Zaandam in Holland.

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Mickey ran down the stairs to the passage where there was a pay phone on the wall.

He dialled the number and waited for a reply.

“Hello Ralphie it’s me, Mickey McCabe; you know that flat on the second floor has it gone yet.’

“There was a silence then Ralphie Mason answered; hello Mickey I’m sorry mate, the flat went yesterday.’

I have two Dutch girls here who have a job at the Rex Hotel as receptionists; they are looking for a flat. Mickey covered the phone with his hand while he asked the girls how long they would be staying.

When they told him they wanted the flat for a year, he then told Ralphie.’

“Listen if the girls want it there is a room in the attic; it’s been used as bit of a store room Mickey but they could use some of the furniture and fix the place up.’

“How much would it be per month Ralphie?’

“Say seven quid a week?

“Come on Ralphie; if these girls are going to decorate the place then it’s got to be a fiver a week.’

“Go on then a fiver a week; a month payable in advance.’

“Have you got £20.00 Mickey asked?’

“Yes, replied Britta we have it.’

“Okay Ralphie they will take it.’

“I will come around first thing in the morning.’

“Make it nine o’clock Ralphie I will be back from work by then and I will help them move the heavy furniture.’

“Okay see you at nine in the morning.’

“Thanks Ralphie you are a star.’

Mickey replaced the receiver and told the girls the news.

“You can still sleep here tonight and I will help you tomorrow.

“I have some paint left over from when I did my place; you are welcome to it if you like. In fact I will paint the place out for you whilst you are at work and sort the room for you.

“You won’t recognise the room when I’m finished.’

“You would do that for us Mickey?

“Yes; what are friends for.

“Danke; both girls kissed him on the cheek.

Right I will bring your stuff up from the bikes outside just in case it rains tonight.

 

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