19th July 1964
Gordon had just come in from work with Doreen; he saw what looked like an official letter on the table in the hallway and picked it up. Walking through into his study he sat at his desk then picked up a letter opener. Sliding it along the inside he opened it to reveal a letter from Richard Charnock acting solicitor for Mr John James Gales.
He tried to comprehend what he was reading and his mind was working overtime.
He got up and poured himself stiff single malt and drained the glass in one swallow.
“Doreen he shouted up the stairs to his wife.’
“What is it love asked Doreen with concern.’
“You had better come down and see this he replied.’
“What’s wrong asked Doreen as she ran down stairs and into the study?’
“Gordon handed Doreen the letter and after reading it quickly her hand went to her mouth and took a gasp of air.
“What are we to do?’
“We have to speak with Ralph Mason as soon as possible and we have to tell Dawn about her real mother and father.
Gordon Picked up the phone and dialled the private number of Ralph Mason QC. Ralph was one of the top Barristers in the country and a good family friend and God parent to Dawn. They had gone to university together and even played on the same cricket team. Gordon even introduced him to Patricia Davis who would go on to become his wife. They still socialised together and if anyone could advise them he could as divorce and child custody was his specialty. He represented film actors and top MPs in cases and was highly respected.
Patricia answered the phone when he rang and told him to hold whilst she went to get him. He was in his study looking though his old photo collection of local history which was a passion of his.
“Darling its Gordon on the phone, he seems distraught.’
“Ralph picked up the phone and answered. After a lengthy conversation Ralph told him not to worry and that he would sort things out. “I will do some digging into this John James Gales fellow.’
“He must have some skeletons in his closet Gordon. Leave this with me and I will get back to you. “Maybe we could meet up for lunch?’
“That would be nice Ralph; on me mind you.’
“Alright then Gordon I will call you.’
Ralph hung up then told his wife the news. “How awful; they must both be frantic Ralph.’
“Yes I agree; this is going to be messy love especially in a case where there is a child involved. It is a delicate situation given the age of Dawn as well.
How old is she now?
“She will be seven this August.’
How time has flown it doesn’t seem five minutes ago that we were being asked to be her God Parents.’
“We have to do something quickly Ralph.’
“Yes; I am going to make a few calls now darling.’
“Good let me know how you get on.’
Patricia closed the door to her husbands study as he picked up the phone and dialled a number.’
Simon is that you? yes, listen I need a favour.’