They stayed the night at the Petite Madeleine before driving back to the ferry terminal.
Gordon had never felt so lonely that first night back the house seemed empty now without the sound of Doreen.
He poured himself a glass of Shiraz and sat in the garden drinking alone.
He asked himself why Doreen had been taken from him was it some punishment for not allowing his daughter to be with her father.’ He decided that he would let fate decide so two days later when Jim came to the house after he’d rang him.
They talked about Dawn’s future.
“I would like Dawn to stay with you for a while said Gordon as they sat in the conservatory.’
“I understand that you need time alone Gordon but don’t shut out your daughter completely; she needs us both now more than ever.’
“Yes I know that but it was my wife who tried to prevent you from seeing Dawn and it destroyed her. “ Dawn must find her own path; I know that she is still young but she is very mature for her age.’
“I will take good care of her Gordon and if she wants to come and see you I will bring her.’
“Thank you.’ She will be in from school in a moment; I will ask her to pack a case with her clothes and things that she will need and then she can go with you.’
“Are you sure this is what you want?’
“Yes, it is.’
Gordon heard the key being turned in the lock and dawn ran in after noticing Jim’s car outside.
“What’s going on?’
Jim is going to look after you for a while dear; I am going away for a while to Italy.’
“Do you not want me to come with you?’
“No, dear I need to be alone for a while but I will call you alright.’ Now go a pack your case and Jim here will take you to his house.’
Dawn turned and went up to her room and packed the clothes she would need and her school uniform along with several white shirts.
She checked her room then remembered her camera coming down the stairs she snapped a photo of her father sitting in the conservatory. They say a picture tells a thousand stories and this one certainly did. Gordon was grieving and he needed time.’
“I will see you soon then daddy she kissed him on the cheek and he stood up and walked her to the door. Jim shook his hand then walked down the driveway to the car and opened it for his daughter.
She slid in the front seat and Jim pulled away.
“I don’t know how you are going to cope; my house isn’t as big as your fathers place.’
I’m sure we will be fine. They drove along the coast then turned at the sign for Whitley Bay Town centre when they passed the Ship Inn then turned sharp right then left up to the round about then straight on which took them past the quarry they did a loop then pulled in outside the house.
“Well here we are.’
“It looks nice said Dawn as they went through the Iron gates and up the drive to the door.’
“Woman of the house Jim shouted; we’re home.’
“Rosina came out to greet them both; she kissed Jim then Dawn on both cheeks.