“No Steve I’m not kidding; Dad left both Bobby and I over a million pounds because he had been playing the stock markets after he won the pools.
He won the pools and he was livin’ like Staggy’s ragman. ‘
“Its true look Maggie went to her draw and then showed Steve her bank book.
“Jesus Christ! It’s true.
“Don’t blaspheme in my house Steve.’
“I don’t believe it; the old bugger had all that cash and he lived like a tramp.’
“What are you going to do with it? Well I owe Bobby nearly three hundred thousand pounds. He paid for our new house and bought me a car today.
“A car; you don’t even drive.’
“Well from tomorrow I’m having lessons so I will so be driving my own car.’
“Where’s this house you’ve bought with out consulting me?’
“It’s in Abbots Way by Rake Lane hospital.’
“What if I don’t want to move?
“You will when you see it; I will get Bobby to drive us down there tomorrow.
Don’t be daft woman I have work tomorrow.
You can write out your resignation tomorrow; you are finished working for the council.’
“What am I going to do?’
“I’m going to open my own bar restaurant and you are going to help me run it Stephen Aplin. People are going to respect you because you have your own business. Don’t think that you are going to sit around drinking all the profits either Steve; we are both going to work hard to make this work.
“Yes pet we will.’
Tomorrow we go to buy you some new suits; you will never be seen behind my bar restaurant like a tramp. I want everyone to look up to you and there will be no bad language in my bar either. Mind you in West Monkseaton there is a better clientele. “There’s doctors, teachers, and the like.’
“Is this where you are going to start your business?’
Maggie I don’t know the first thing about running a bar. All I know is how you pull a pint.’
“That’s a start; we will get someone who will train you.’
“You are not thick Steve you work in a stock room in the council so you can do the ordering of beer and keep accounts. You do that at work do you not?’
No buts Steve have some balls and let’s make a go of this.’
Right get some sleep we have a lot to do in the morning.
Yes, we have to find a good premises; Bobby is a great negotiator He got five grand knocked off our new house and money off my car; free oil, spare tyre, and carpets to put your feet on.’
“There’s more to Bobby than what meets the eye.’
“Bobby is confident Steve and that’s what you are about to become.’
You are going to be the man I always wanted you to be. Now get to sleep.’
Bobby returned at eight o’clock and both Maggie and Steve came out.’