“My money; all my money has gone.’
“So you had a lot of money in the house.’
“Yes… she thought for a moment then said there was over five hundred thousand pounds in there.’
“Really Mrs Jackson and where did you get that from?’
“It’s none of your bloody business; why am I being arrested?’
“Well we have a list of charges being brought against you Ms Jackson.’
“Charges what charges?’
“Well there’s Fraud; embezzlement, theft, should I go on.’
“I then dawned on her that she’s stolen a diamond necklace from Francoise Dubois. It must have been worth at least two hundred grand and she thought when the plane landed in Newcastle that she had got away with it.
They took her to the station where she was charged then held in the cells until the Monday morning where she was then held on remand in Durham’s women’s prison until her trial.
Her solicitor advised her to plead guilty to all charges but she shouted in court that she was innocent of all charges. The Jury found her guilty on all counts and she was sentenced to seven years imprisonment. Two charges of contempt of court were dismissed.
Bobby, Norman Ryder, John, and Simon were all there sitting in court to see her taken down to start her prison term.
When they got outside Simon shook hands with Bobby and Norman and was about to drive away when Bobby called him back. He handed Simon an envelope and told him to open it.
Simon did and discovered a cheque for two hundred and ninety eight thousand pounds.
“Now you have the means to start your own business again Simon. This time don’t get taken in by blonde bimbo’s.’
Bobby turned and walked back to his new car a silver BMW sports car. See you both on Friday night down at Maggie’s bar.’
“You bet my friend.”
“The first round is on you Simon.’
Bobby got into his car and turned on the cassette to hear his first country music album. The sun was shining and the wind blew through his hair as he made his way towards his mother’s house to take her and Frankie for dinner down at her daughter’s pub.
Strangely as it may seem but the cancer that she had been diagnosed months earlier was now gone. She had an x ray which showed that the cancer in her stomach had completely disappeared. Lizzy now had a clean bill of health. She had gained weight again and was looking a whole lot better. Bobby met his real father for the first time and he couldn’t believe how much alike they were. Maggie passed her driving test first time and the business was a success. She had more customers than she could deal with as the word spread. She bought more tables and chairs so that people could sit outside in the summer months and eat like they did in Italy and France; that she had seen on holiday. Martine and Maggie got on so well together as well.’
Bobby sold his properties and made a massive profit. He quit his job as a long distance lorry driver and became a recording artist.
They all sat together in the restaurant as Maggie came out and asked who was for mince and dumplings…