Driving down to Percy Main in the Meadowell Estate; which was right out of her way Linda drove Ann home.
She didn’t look forward to going back home in Howdon.’
Where have you been till this time; the bingo doesn’t go on this late.’
Dad it does and I had to drop Ann off in Percy Main. Linda gave him fifty pounds from her winnings which seemed to sweeten his temper. I’ll have a cup of tea if your making one said her father as she took off her coat.’
Did you eat your dinner that I made you?’
“Aye but I couldn’t eat it all there was just too much.’
Linda scraped the plate into the bin then ran the tap to wash up whilst she waited for the kettle to boil. She looked out of the window to see children playing a game of football in the street. She looked at her miserable life and wished for better.
The kettle boiled and she filled two cups with water onto two Tetley teabags then dunked them a few times to infuse the tea to brew. Then added milk and sugar and took a cup into her father. Are you getting ready for bed dad because I’m going to my room in a minute?’
“I can manage myself Linda just go to bed.’
“Good night then dad; I will see you in the morning.’
Linda took her tea with her and then undressed. She liked to sit in bed and do her competition magazines. It was after one when she turned out the light.
The next morning she made her father toast and then placed some pork pies and two sandwiches in his carrier bag. She had gone to the paper shop and bought a copy of the Sun Newspaper so that he could pick out his horses at the club.
“Linda had to drop him off at the Howdon legion at twelve o’clock on the dot or there would be hell on.’
Have you got everything dad, have you got your glasses?’
“Stop fussing will you.’
“Well you know what you are like; we get down to the club and you’ve forgotten something and I have to go back and get it for you.’
I’ve got everything I tell you hurry up or I will be late.
Linda helped her father into the car and fastened the safety belt before getting in and driving away.
When they got there Hughie was just opening the door.’
Hi Bob, how you doing?’
“Fair to middling Hughie; Have you picked out your horses for this afternoon?’
“Hey,’ Y na me Bob they are always done.’
“Well giz a minute and I will write my bet oot.’
Bob sat down holding onto the small oblong Formica topped table whilst Linda got him a pint of John Smiths and then left. She now had three hours to herself but there was washing and ironing to get done first.
She had to go Christmas shopping at some point as well and wondered if she could get out and back in time to pick up her father. She thought it was worth the risk.
Bob took a sip of his pint as Trevor his son walked in and sat down. Here get yourself a pint.’
Trevor wasn’t working and relied on his father helping him out.’
“Do you want a packet of nuts dad?’
“No,’ but get some for yourself if you want some.’