own right. Dawn got on well with Travis Davis’ parents Randy and Abigail. Travis had two brothers Robbie and Kyle who both adored her and her music.’
Dawn was in love for the first time in her life she was bringing Travis over to stay for the weekend. She had kept the house in Seaton Delaval and they would be staying there.
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It was just after eleven o’clock when everyone turned up carrying Christmas gifts.
It had been a year since Dawn had see Jim and Rosina and he didn’t look well at all.
He had lost so much weight. He was thinner than Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones. Dawn was very concerned about him and asked if he’d been to see a doctor.
“I don’t need a doctor Princess I’m fine he assured her but it was clear to everyone that something wasn’t right.’
He barely touched his Christmas dinner. He was drinking a lot she noticed and went he went out for a cigarette in the garden she asked Rosina what was going on.’
“He’s hitting the bottle again Dawn I can’t do nothing with him.’ He goes through two bottles of whiskey in a day. “He eats virtually nothing as you can see and won’t take my advice to go and seek help.’
“Leave this to me said Dawn I am going to have him admitted to a private clinic tomorrow.’
After dinner when all the dishes were washed and the table cleared away they all opened their presents.’
“The twelve of them sat around chatting and of course Jim was helping himself to Gordon’s reserve of single malt.’
Alwen, Dylan, and Dai and his wife Molly were all staying over until the Sunday morning so they all agreed to meet up the next day.
By eleven Jim was well away with the drink and Rosina told him she would drive him home.
“I will come around in the morning to see you dad said Dawn as Rosina led him staggering drunkenly to the car.’
Dawn thanked her father for dinner then kissed him and Tracey before leaving with Travis.’
Ralph and Pat made a move to leave too and as they were leaving Ralph handed Gordon a letter I couldn’t give this to you until now Gordon I hope that you understand.“Read this on your own he said as he left.’
Gordon excused himself and went into his study and opened the letter which told him that Doreen his first wife was pregnant when she died.’
He sat at his desk and crumpled up the letter. Even after all these years the thought of his former wife being pregnant to this Italian restaurant owner cut him up inside.
He poured himself a large scotch and sat drinking it until Tracey came through to ask what was wrong.
Ralph just gave me a letter telling me that Doreen was pregnant to that Italian when she died.’
“Why tell you now Gordon?’ why didn’t he tell you years ago.’
“Maybe he thought that I would do something stupid.’
And now, what are you going to do?’
“I will ruin him and his business.’
“But you don’t even know this man or where he lives.’