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 went down stairs and the two girls hugged each other. Looks like Mickey is going to be a very good friend to us. They went down to help Mickey with the things that they had brought.

Once they had got it all Mickey set to work making them something to eat.

They helped him wash and prepare fresh salad whilst he grilled for large chicken breasts and made some baked potatoes in the micro wave oven and then finished them off in the oven with melted cheese.

They sat in the kitchen and ate their meal together then the girls did the washing up.

They all came back up stairs once they had eaten. Mickey asked what music they liked and the girls said they listened to most kids of music. He lifted the lid on his new bush stereo and put a cassette in the chamber then closed the draw and pressed play. Motown’s greatest hits began to play and both girls got up to dance to the sound of Marvin Gaye’s “I heard it through the grape vine’ Mickey danced along with both girls way into the night until tiredness got the better of them.

Mickey said that the girls should take his bed and he would use the sleeping bag so the girls would have some privacy. The girls were reluctant at first until Mickey insisted. He made them a cup of hot chocolate and added some marshmallows then he said good night to the girls and lay down inside the sleeping bag. He hugged the pillow with his arm he thought about the wonderful day he’d had and was glad that the two girls were going to be living above him in the attic room which was actually bigger than his once all the junk was removed. The only drawback was there were only a skylight and a tiny window about a foot square that looked out onto the promenade. But at least it was something until someone else moved or they found something better.

It wasn’t long after that Mickey was fast asleep.

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