A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY

Paul Malik the handsome Arab, inherited the laundry business from his father who came to live in England in 1948 and started life in Liverpool, He buys his first shop with six old washing machines when he moves to the Arab and Jewish community in Benwell in Newcastle. He notices how the community struggle to wash clothes by hand and sets about opening a laundrette. Des Baldwin, the racial bigot does not like Paul or any other black man or woman for that matter. He works in a garage on waterville road and does fiddle work on the side. There is a knock on his door one evening and a bony faced man in a suit asks if he will repair a friends car. the 1968 Jaguar belongs to Darren Ingles a notorious gangster from the West End of Newcastle. The car has been used in a robbery and has been damaged. Read how Des' gets involved with the mob. The story is set in 1971 and will take you to Manchester, and Tenerife and the Canary islands. This is a story of drug trafficking, Dealing and murder.

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Jenny was mopping the floor when Paul came in carrying a package.

Hi Paul it has been a horrible day I’m afraid. We had some trouble with two young lads and I threw them out and one of them ran across the road and was hit by a car speeding around the corner.

Is he alright then?’

“Yes, he has a broken leg and a few stitches in his head. One of our regular customers who lives beside the infirmary told me. He rang them to ask how he was at just after five o’clock this afternoon.’

 “As long as the boy is alright.’ Paul took his key and began to empty the cash boxes.

Then Jenny gave him the money that she had made from selling the drinks.

Seems we have some thirsty customers.

“There is still five litres of Juice which should last tomorrow but I have sold a lot of tea and coffee today. It got really busy about five o’clock and it was about nine when they all finished. There was only one lady here after that and she was just using the driers.

“Very good Jennifer you are doing well here; finish off the floor and I will take you home. I brought you something for your supper because I notice that you do not eat much. I had a sandwich earlier.’

“That is not enough to sustain you.’ I have made you some couscous, with chicken and some onions and peppers.

“What is couscous?’

“It is like rice but finer and less starchy.’

 “Thank you Paul, I will bring back the Tupperware tomorrow.’

“There is no hurry; do you have a microwave at home?’

“No we don’t.’

“All you need to do is put everything into a pan with a little oil and heat it through on a low heat which should only take a bout ten minutes. Please keep stirring though as the couscous will burn and it will taste bad.’

Jenny locked the shop at ten forty five and then got into Pauls car.’

“Have you heard from your doctor?

“No; I just said that I would meet him on Saturday outside the Haymarket.’

“I could drive you there if you like and pick you up later to make sure that you get home safely.’

“That is kind of you but I will be fine on my own.’

“As you wish.’

Paul drove down towards her house and parked alongside of the jaguar.’

“Thank you again Paul.’

“It is not a problem, enjoy your meal.’

 “You are too kind, Good night.’

“She went inside and closed the door.

“He’s bloody persistent that A-rab isn’t he.’

“Dad please leave Paul alone; he has shown me nothing but kindness since he started coming in.’

“Aye and I know what he’s after as well.’

“What does that say about me then dad?’

“I didn’t mean that you…

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