Ralph Mason returned and told them that he had made up the amount in different denominations. There is five hundred pounds in fifty pound notes three hundred in twenty pound notes and two hundred pounds in ten pound notes.
“Thank you. Can I pay these cheques into my account?
Wait a minute can the money be split between my sister and I as I don’t want my fathers money not being shared equally.
“What ever you say Mr Wray have you both got your bank books with you?’
“Yes; please give me a few minutes to pay these cheques in then I will add the new balance to both your accounts.’
What am I going to do with all of that money Bobby?’
“Now that we are both millionaires I would suggest that you move away from this area and start a fresh somewhere else. North Shields is my home though Bobby.
There are some lovely houses near the town centre that you could buy. I can help you there as I buy properties so I know how to play the game.’
Would you really?’
“Yes I’m your brother I want you to rely on me.’
Ralph returned with the books and the new balances had been added.
Ralph shook their hands and wished them well.
He had placed the money into an attaché case then handed it to Bobby. Courtesy of Lloyds bank he winked.’
Thank you Ralph said Bobby as he and his sister walked out the bank very wealthy.’
They walked along to the Cottage Kitchen home cooking café and ordered the special for that day which was beef stew and dumplings.’
“Well how does it feel to be a millionaire Maggie?’
“Please Bobby be quiet I don’t want the world to know that I have money and don’t be telling Steve either; he is lazy enough.’
“What are you going to say when you move?’ you are better off telling him the truth.
“I will say that my father bought us the house because he will squander it other wise.’
“What are you going to do?’ Don’t be living a lie Maggie tell him.
“Well first I think we ought to find you somewhere decent to live. Then Steve can get a few friends around with a van to help you move. I will have it decorated and refurnished with all the mod cons. I want a nice garden where I can sit out and enjoy the sunshine.’
Once the funeral is over you can move in.’ Bobby ordered a pot of tea then took the letter from the inside of his Jacket and broke the seal.
He opened the letter and began to read it out loud so Maggie could hear what their father had written.
Dear Bobby and Maggie,
if you are reading this then you will know that I have passed and I am now in a better place.
I am sorry that I wasn’t a very good father to you both but I did love you both dearly. I hope that you can forgive the way I treated you and your mother over the years.
To be honest, your mother and I should never have got married but what is done is done. When your mother and I got married we both knew that we had made a mistake but we tried to make a go of it anyway. It was a blessing when your mother had the affair because it gave me an excuse to get a divorce. I never blamed your mother for the break down of our marriage I knew that she loved Frankie Dillon and if circumstances had of been different she would have married him not me. I am glad