Looking for Yesterday

"Looking for Yesterday." Bobby Wray returns to the North East after an absence of fifteen years. After the sudden death of his father. he has been estranged from his mother since he discovered her affair. He stays with his sister Maggie and she tries to get him to build bridges with his mother when the truth is revealed about his father.


19. 19

“I would like to run a motor way café with a motel but one that serves beer and coffee.’

“Isn’t that encouraging drivers to drink?’


“I never thought of that.’ But I would only serve beer to the residents that were staying in the motel.’

“Sounds good; I have a friend in Leeds who does it. She says it can be pretty lonesome at night.’

“Was she just saying that for your benefit or was she really lonesome.’

“I don’t know; maybe.’

“Are you just passing through or are you going to be here for a while.’

“I’m only here for a few days; my father died and I’m here for the funeral.’

“I’m sorry.’

Its okay, I can talk about my father because we were close. I rang him every week.’

“What about your mother?

“Well that’s a long story; but she and I don’t get along. My mother and father divorced many years ago and I went to live with my aunt.’

“I have my own place in Roxborough Terrace.’

I recently bought two flats in Belmont Street, just off Kings Road in Portsmouth. I rent out the upper flat.

“Expensive down there though isn’t it?’

“Yes, the cost of living is a lot more than here.’

“Both Simon and John were on the dance floor with Susan and Heather.’ Martine took hold of Bobby’s hand and led him to the dance floor where they danced along to AHA Take on me” and then Whitney Houston singing “saving all my love for you’

Bobby held Martine as they danced around the floor. She stood around five ten in her bare feet and had the look of Yasmin le Bon she had a parting down the centre of her head and her shoulder length hair was dark with light brown high lights in it. Her eyes were dark and mysterious looking and she had a sexy grin when she smiled.’

Looking up Martine kissed Bobby on the lips and Bobby responded.’

“Would you like to come back to my house for coffee?’

“Are you sure; I mean we just met.’

“Yes, I wouldn’t have asked you if I didn’t. I’m not in the habit of bringing men to my home with me so please don’t get that impression.’

“It would have been none of my business even if you had.’

“Well I don’t usually because most of the lads I have been out with do not know how to treat a woman.’

Bobby told Simon and John that he was leaving and that he would catch up with them both later.

Bobby escorted Martine through the sea of people to the door and said good night to the two doormen on her way out.’

“Do you know those guys?’

“I know all the doormen around here; most of them have worked outside of Fitzgerald’s at some time or another.’ It never cost’s me a penny to get in any of the clubs.

Walking up the esplanade they turned on the corner of where they had first met then crossed the road walking past the back of the fire station and the lane to the Arcade fish and chip shop they came to the bus station then crossed over the road again 

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