“She likes you even more now said Martine as they left.’
“Ah but not as much as I like you.’
Bobby opened the door again and Martine slid in.’
“Do you drive Martine?’
Yes but I don’t have a car.’
“Well working in a bar doesn’t pay enough for starters.’
There’s more to owning a car than just driving it; you know that.’
“Are you meant to be working tonight?’
Yes but I changed shifts with Nicola my friend so that I could have dinner with you.’
“I am honoured that you should do that for me.’
“Look Bobby I am under no illusion here; in a few days you will return to Portsmouth and we may never see each other again. Let us just enjoy each others company for the time you have left.’
“Please don’t be mad at me Martine.’
“I’m not honestly; it’s just that I like you so much, and now you are going away again.’ When will you stop running Bobby and face up to whatever it is that is bothering you?’
“I’m sorry have I let you down in some way; I never meant to hurt you or anyone. Driving down the coast road again Bobby was doing 70mph in the fast lane.’
“You haven’t let me down Bobby; it’s just that every time I meet someone they always seem never to hang around and I’m beginning to think that there’s something wrong with me.’
“There is nothing wrong with you and who says that I’m not going to hang around.’
“I have to go back to Portsmouth because I have property there; plus I have to return the truck to the base.’ Can I tell you something and please hear me out.
I found out tonight that my mother who I have been estranged to for fifteen years has terminal cancer.
Then to top it off the man who she is now married to who I caught in bed with my mother is my real father.’
“How is that for a scenario; apparently they had been seeing each other shortly after my sister was born. Mam got pregnant some years later and my father thought that I was his child until she told him the truth?’
My father and mother stayed together until I was fifteen and when her affair was discovered by me then the relationship ended and my father filed for a divorce.
“I ran away to my Aunts and lived with her for eleven years.’
“So now the truth has come out.’
“Yes, and I don’t know what to do Martine my head is going crazy at the moment.’
“What I will say is this Bobby; your mother is your mother whatever she has done.’
“You can chose to walk away or you can spend what little time with her that she may have left.’
“You will feel resentment and be bitterness now but when she is no longer around anymore you will wish you had swallowed your pride.
“Go and see her Bobby; she needs you right now; more than you will ever know.’
Bobby drove down to the Foxhunters pub turning onto Hillhead’s Road again and then on towards Whitley Bay town centre.
“I’m unsure of what I should do Martine; what if she doesn’t want me?’
“Your mother would never turn you away believe me; you are her flesh and blood for Gods sake.’