Bobby would have stayed in the bath but he was picking Maggie up at five.
He washed himself then pulled out the plug.’ The water began to drain away as he dried himself all that was left was the foaming Radox suds. picking up the bath cleaner and a cloth he rinsed out the bath and then went into the bedroom and sat on the edge of the bed and had a shave with his electric shaver. He combed his hair then placed a clean tee shirt on and some socks and clean underwear. He pulled on his leather boots. Bobby looked at his watch which told him that he was five minutes late.’ He went out to the new car taking his guitar with him. Bobby hadn’t played it in two days which was unusual for him; he placed it in the boot then got in and drove away. Turning on the radio he tried to find a country music station. He found Chris Country who played a variety of tunes from Nashville. He sang along to a Dirk’s Bentley number as he turned down Verne Road towards his mother’s house. It was quarter past five when he reached the street and there was no sign of Maggie so he drove up to the house then honked the car horn. Maggie stood at the door and kissed her mother goodbye; Bobby didn’t look at his mother as Maggie got into the passenger seat.’
Maggie gave her mother a wave as Bobby pulled away.
“Mam isn’t well said Maggie after a few minutes of silence. She has lost a lot of weight. She asks after you Bobby.’
God Bobby; I just wish you would stop this feud with mam.’
“I have said all that I’m going to say on the matter Maggie.’
“She’s tore up inside because you won’t forgive her.’ After all these years you are still punishing her.’ I told you the reasons and still you won’t forgive her.’
Bobby turned up the radio in an effort to drown out his sister’s voice until Maggie reached out and turned it off.
“Now you listen here Bobby Wray, you can hate our mother as much as you like but she is still our mother after all said and done.’
“I told you I want nothing to do with her. She blamed me and called me a liar in front of dad and I was the one who got belted, not you Maggie.’
Bitterness will eat away at your soul Bobby Wray; I thought you were better than that and I always looked up to you even though you were my younger brother. But today I have seen a completely different side to you Bobby; you have a cold, cold heart. Just like the song that Hank Williams used to sing about. You’re bitter and twisted and one day when mam is no long around you will see that for yourself.’
“Can you not just swallow your pride and accept what mam did.’ Don’t you think it hurt me too when mam took up with Frankie Dillon, then what made matters worse when you ran away to Portsmouth. I was left with all the fall out; I had to deal with the rows and the heartache Bobby.’ But when mam explained why she had done it I began to understand.’
“If you loved a woman and was forced to marry another for the sake of a child how would you have felt eh?’
To make one mistake was bad enough but to make two is unforgiveable.’
“The thing is Bobby she didn’t make the mistake with you.’
“What do you mean?’
“Mam got pregnant with you after her affair with Frankie.’
“You were the child that she’d always wanted with the man whom she loved and wanted from the very start.’
“Shit; this gets worse; you mean I am Frankie Dillon’s son?
“Yes you are.’
“Did dad know?’