The girl next door

Maxie Forster is a binman who carries out ashes from the coal fires of North Shields the holes in his leather soled boots are letting in water from the rain and he cannot afford to go and take the boots to the cobbler shop in Billy Mill. He tries repairing them with some old lino and cuts the shape out with a stanley knife and glues them with some evo stick then places cardboard in the insides. Looking over the road on his round he spots a family being evicted by the bailiffs - the wagon is loaded with furniture and the woman and her five children stand in the rain as the barrow with everything she owns is pushed down the street.


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Why didn’t you then?’

He just wasn’t my type Russell.’

“What is your type then?’

“Someone with ambition and someone who knows what he wants and goes out of his way to get it.’

“Someone like me maybe.’

“Don’t tell me that you are still in love with me Russell?’

“I’ve never stopped loving you.’

“You are like the air I breathe Annabella.’ I love you even more now than I ever did before.’

But why when I left you to go to Austria.’

“You had your reasons I guess but now that you are here have your feelings that you once held for me the same?’

It is easy to become nostalgic Russell and yes I did love you.’

“And now Annabella; what do you feel now?’

“Please do not ask me that.’

“Come; he took her by the hand and led her to his car.’

“Where are we going?’

“My place, I want to show you my new apartment.’

Annabella got into the car and it felt good to be sitting in it once again. The Jag pulled away and they headed towards Walker.

“How are your parents these days?’

My father hasn’t been well; he came down with pneumonia last month and spent a week in hospital.’

“I’m sorry to hear that.’

“How are your parents?

“Fine, my father no longer works on the coal anymore and my mother works in a flower shop. Jacqueline works for Maidstone’s; that is where she met Daniel.’

 “I see; you have done well for yourself Russell;  look what you have achieved in less than two years and all done without me.’

“Can’t you see he said looking at her briefly; I did this all for you.’

They drove though Wallsend then onto Walker. They passed the St Peters Club then drove down to where the iron gates were Russell inserted his card and punched in a code and the gates opened around the twenty feet wall.

Russell parked the car then walked to the building. Annabella stood looking at it as he again used his security card to enter the building. Inside there were marble tiles on the floor and above the lift it said Annabella apartment building in gold lettering.

They took the lift to the penthouse suite then walked along the corridor there were some nice oil paintings on the walls as they went inside the place was so modern.

 The furniture was red oak and the sofa burgundy leather. The floors were all maple wooden. The huge window looked out onto the whole of the Tyne and it was a breathtaking view.

This is fantastic Russell. He showed her the bathroom with power shower and bath that had jets like a Jacuzzi. Then he showed her the bedroom with on suit bathroom and shower fitted wardrobes with dressing table and mirrors. There was three other rooms all decorated to a high standard.

“I’m very impressed Russell.’

“Look at this he said as he used a remote control and out from the wall came a fifty inch television set and a cocktail bar with fully stocked mini fridge.

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