The Netmaker

"The Netmaker" the story follows four families who are all linked in some way to the Wilkinsons Lemonade Factory that was bombed during WW2. This is a tribute to the 107 people who lost their lives on 3rd May 1941

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It was nearly nine o’clock when Emily woke from her drunken sleep her head was pounding. She looked at herself in the mirror in her room and felt ashamed that she had let herself get into this state. The gin bottle lay beside the bed she opened it and was about to drink it but stopped herself then went to the toilet and tipped its contents down the netty and flushed it away. She hid the bottle inside her cardigan and walked to the dustbin carefully removing the lid then threw the bottle inside along with the rest that she had drank that week. She replaced the lid then looked around the path to see if anyone had seen her. She went quietly back into the house and closed the door.

Sam had left her some dinner on a plate which could be reheated and there was some gravy on a pan on the range. Emily knew she had to eat something so she placed the plate into the oven then sat down and smoked a cigarette. Both Sam and Tom were in their rooms. She checked her purse that was in her bag hanging on the chair she was in arrears with her rent and hoped that J.J would send some money so that she could keep a roof over their heads. Emily would have to work another Saturday she thought to pay off the arrears. Sam could go to the pictures again and that would get rid of him until late afternoon. Tom would more than likely be seeing Iris so she could go down to the rent office in Bedford Street and pay it off after work. When her dinner had heated through she pulled it out of the oven with a tee towel then poured some of the gravy from the pan on top of it. Sam was becoming an accomplished cook she thought the pie was lovely. She tried but couldn’t finish the meal as the cramps started in her stomach and she felt sick. She was about to rush out to the Galleon wine shop for another bottle of gin but Sam got up out of bed and wanted a glass of water.

“Are you alright mam Said Sam out of concern for his mother?’

“Yes son I’m fine it’s just a headache.’

“You ought to see Doctor Macey; you seem to be getting a lot of headaches lately.’

“Yes, I will make an appointment next week son, don’t worry. Her hands began to tremble with the alcohol withdrawal Sam picked up on it straight away. He knew that Mrs Short across the road from Eric Forster shook like this as a result of her drinking.

The kids all called her a plonkey as she scuttled around the street. Many times she had fallen and sometimes blacked out completely.

Sam hoped that his mother wouldn’t turn out like Mrs Short.

Mam you need to get help he said as he put his arms around his mother.’

“I don’t need help son I will be fine honestly.’

“Mother I have seen all the empty bottles in the bin; you are drinking more and more.’

“They are not mine someone must have dumped their bottles in our bin she lied.’

“You know what will happen to us mam if you continue to drink? “ We will end up in care, they will take me away into a care home mam; is this what you want?’

Emily began to cry and she grabbed her son and held him.’

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