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.


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Both Bobby and Steve liked a lot of sauce on their sandwiches. It was running out the ends of the bread and onto the plate and Steve mopped it up with the bread.’

The tea was poured and Steve shovelled the sugar into his mug whilst both Maggie and Bobby looked on.

“What said Steve as he placed the spoon back on the table?’

“Why don’t you put some tea in your sugar said Bobby.’

“I love my tea nice and sweet.

“You could stand your spoon in that mug mate.’

“I go though a pound of sugar a week with him you know Bobby.’

“I will get you the catering packs of sugar Maggie, the same with everything else; it’s cheaper that way.’

I will send you some stuff normally dumped; perfectly edible so don’t worry about sell by dates. It will save you a fortune believe me.’


Steve did the washing up when they were finished whilst Maggie did her hair and put on a pair of leggings and one of the new tops she had bought. The door bell sounded and Bobby went to answer it. There stood a thirty something looking woman with spectacles.

Hello I’m Doreen Laws. I’ve come to take you on your first driving lesson.

“Sorry Dor’ but it’s my sister who is having the lessons.’

“Oh I see said the woman; with a look of disappointment on her face.’

Maggie came out and Bobby kissed her and wished her luck.

They sat in the car for a long time as Doreen went through all the controls then eventually Maggie pulled away from the kerb slowly; she drove down the street and was out of sight.’

There you go said Bobby she’s taken to driving like a duck to water.’

Can you drive?’

“Yes, learned years go there’s nothing stopping you from getting yourself a car too then.’

Yes,’ I never thought of that.’

I’m going down to see someone tonight so I will run you down to the Black Bull.

That’s good of you Bobby.’

“You will have to get a taxi back though because I maybe staying over.’

“Is this the same woman who you’ve been seeing these last few nights?’

“Yes; she lives in Whitley Bay.’

 “Is she posh bird then?’

“Not really, she works behind a bar but she’s really clever. You want to see the computer she has it can record and play music.

“Has she rich parents then?’

“I don’t know.’

“She owns her own house is all I know.’

She couldn’t afford a computer or pay a mortgage on what they pay for working behind a bar.’

“I never asked her but now you’ve mentioned it; I will.’

Steve made his phone calls then changed into his old clothes again.

He felt like the male version of Cinderella as he hung up his suit. He liked how people looked up to him because he was wearing a suit. It certainly was a true saying “clothes maketh the man.’ In his casual clothes he was nobody; but dressed he was and felt more confident.

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