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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They had a wonderful afternoon backing a few pounds on the horses after winning forty pounds on domino cards on board the coach. Later that evening they went to the Ferry hill Social Club, where they played bingo and danced the night away.

They both laughed, and had fun together something that they had not done in a long time.

“Maxie had never broached the idea of a relationship with Donna until nearly two years after Shirley’s death. Donna invited him for Sunday lunch at her house in Willington Quay. It was a newly built two bed roomed house on Armstrong Road.

Donna kept the house spotless.

“I like your house he said as he entered.’

“I bought it with the money Phil left me when he died.’ It’s all bought and paid for.’

“Come in make yourself at home.’ Dinner won’t be long I’m just waiting of the Yorkshire puddings.’ You do like them I hope.’

Oh yes, I love them.’

“Good, because I’ve made plenty; now you can help me carve the roast beef if you don’t mind.’

“Of course not; taking the carving knife Maxie carved into the beef joint and set some onto two plates as Donna brought out the vegetables and set them down onto the dining table.

“Don’t be shy Max said Donna, just help yourself.’

“Max shared the vegetables and took two Yorkshire puddings then poured some gravy from the boat on the table.

“This is wonderful Donna I don’t usually cook a Sunday lunch because there is no point cooking for one.’

Then you will come here for dinner Max; I cook every week and a lot of it goes to waste.’

“As long as you let me by the joint of meat we have a deal.’

“Can I ask you something Donna?

“Yes, anything.’

“Well we are sort of becoming good friends aren’t we?’

“Yes, I think so.’ I mean I don’t ask just any man to come to dinner at my house if that’s what you mean.’

“No, what I meant was; I would like us to become more than just friends.’ We are both still young and could have many happy years together if you wanted to that is.’

“I would like that too, but I was afraid that I would lose you if I brought it up.’

She reached for his hand and squeezed it. “I never thought that I could love another man after Phil died but since I met you I have been the happiest that I have ever felt in a long time. I mean fifty four isn’t old is it and as you say we could have many years together.’ “Would you get married again?’

“Yes, I would if you would have me.’

Donna stood up and so did Max they walked around the table and they kissed. He held her in his arms and it felt good. Shirley was right when she told him that he would find love again and he hoped that she was watching and smiling down upon him.

After dinner I have made you a nice apple pie and some custard that we can have.’

“Later he said as he led her to her bedroom.’


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