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 took the Tupperware carton and placed some oil into the pan and turned the heat down and began to stir. There was enough for three people in the pan as she kept it on the move.

“What are you cooking said her father as he came into the kitchen and apologised.

“Sorry Jenny but I cannot help being protective. You are my only daughter and I love you.’

“I know you do but you have to be a little more trusting.’

“Alright I will try.’

“Now would you like some supper there’s far too much here. Paul made it for me.’

“Go on then put out a little for your mam as well.’

Jenny heated the food through then set it out onto three plates.

Its ready said Jenny as she took three forks from the drawer and sat down at the table as her mother came through and joined them.

“Hey,’ this is good said her father what’s in it?’

It’s couscous, which is a finely ground rice with chicken, onions, and red and green peppers and I can taste garlic as well.’

Jenny went on to tell her father and mother about the young lad who had been knocked down.

“He shouldn’t have been larking about Jenny; so don’t go blaming yourself.’

After supper Jenny washed up the plates and the Tupperware box then dried them all out ready to take back the next morning.

“I’m going to have myself a bath before I go to bed mam so if you want to use the bathroom would you go now.’

“It’s alright love we will wait until you come out.’

Jenny went to the cupboard outside of the bathroom and pulled out two towels, one two wrap her hair in and one to dry herself with. She entered the bathroom then poured in some bubble bath with a soldier on the bottle then ran the hot tap. Jenny went to her room and got her night clothes, clean underwear, and her hair brush then went back into the bathroom and closed the door.

When the bath was filled she tested it with her hand and then stood in it before sliding into the bubbles and lying back against her bath pillow. She closed her eyes and tried to relax but the thought of the lad she’s evicted from the launderette kept coming into her head.

Then she heard Pauls soothing voice and she felt calm again she began to shampoo her hair. She thought that Paul was really handsome with his thick dark hair and eyes that held you transfixed. He was wearing a white short sleeved shirt today and she noticed his chest through the opening; he had several buttons undone as the humidity rose in the air.

Ducking under the water she rinsed the shampoo from her hair before using clean warm water in a jug to rinse it out again she used both hands to sweep her hair back and rid the soap from her eyes before picking up a flannel and drying them.

She quickly washed the rest of her body then stepped out onto the bath mat. She wrapped a towel around her head like a turban then dried herself with the other towel.

 She applied some cream to her legs, face, and breasts to stop the sweat rash. Then put on a clean vest that she wore for bed and a pair of briefs.’ She washed out the bath

then she slipped on the terry towelling dressing gown before going in and saying goodnight to her father and mother.

In five and a half hours it would all begin again.’

Jenny hung up her gown then sat at her mirror to dry her hair before slipping under the covers and turning out the light from the bedside lamp.

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