Breaking the chain

Heather Reid a sixteen year old girl is found collapsed in Howdon - she has run away from her home on West Percy road North Shields, because she is pregnant. She is taken to Willington Quay Maternity hospital where upon she gives birth to a baby Girl that she names Dawn because the dawn was breaking when she was giving birth. After complications set in Heather dies of Toxaemia and her father will not bring up a bastard child. Dawn is adopted by two university lecturers - follow her story as her real father seeks her out and a court battle ensues. this is a tragic story that will have you reading until the end.

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Gordon sat next to Tracy who Pat introduced him to and Gordon looked at the girl who must have been ten years younger than him he thought and Ralph was right she was very attractive her long straight blonde hair dropped just below her shoulder blades at the back and was parted down the centre. She had large blue eyes and full lips she wore a soft peach coloured lipstick unlike his late wife who always wore a dark red.

“Hello Tracy; I’m pleased to meet you.’

“And you too she blushed; Ralph has told me so much about you.’

“All good I hope; actually I must apologise Ralph got me here on false pretences.’

“Well I’m not disappointed Gordon, you are a very handsome man.’

“Not bad for a man knocking on the door of forty.’

“I like older men she said with a smile showing a near perfect set of teeth.

“You’re on a winner there Gordon said Ralph as he poured himself a glass of wine from the bottle that he’d given him.

Gordon picked up the other bottle and poured Tracey a drink then himself.

So tell me Tracey what is your line of work.’

“Oh did Ralph not tell you; I’m a solicitor for a local firm in Whitley bay Peters and Jackson do you know it.’

Yes I do it’s across the road from “The Ship Hotel isn’t it?’

“Yes, that’s the one.’

“Beauty as well as brains.’

“You flatter me Gordon.’

“Have you worked there long then?’

“No, only two years I moved down here to get out of a bad relationship but I won’t bore you with the details.’

I’m sorry Tracey I wasn’t trying to pry into you private life.’

No I am over him now Gordon and a lot of water has passed under the bridge so to speak.’

“Do you deal in divorce law?’

“No more on the business side of things you know; tax evasion and tax avoidance.’

“So do you help people say out of prison or lock them up?’

Tracy laughed, not really I advise clients on the best course of action to take.’

Ralph tells me that you are a lecturer at Newcastle University.’

Yes for my sins, my late wife was one as well.’

“I’m sorry Gordon, she was very young.’

“Yes she died of cardiac failure.’

“Do you have any children?’

“Not of our own but we adopted a girl some seven years ago; she is called Dawn; her mother who bore her gave her that name before she died in childbirth apparently.’

“It’s a lovely name.’

“We thought so too that is why we kept it.’

“Where is she now?’

 “She is with her real father at the moment; he came to find her because he was only fifteen when Dawn was conceived. He was given visitation rights by the court which my wife wasn’t happy about. In fact it was the stress of the courts that ended her life.’

“How tragic is that.’

“How is Dawn coping with the loss of her adoptive mother?’

“She is very well under the circumstances Tracey.’

“And you Gordon?’

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