Secretly they all resented him because of what he had; they wished it was them who had the wealth. Barry didn’t look as old as the rest of his compatriots; he kept himself fit by cycling around. Barry didn’t need to use the launderette his four bed roomed house in Wallsend had two machines one was a drier so his wife Joan could do any amount of washing and get it dry.
He wore expensive clothes and gold jewellery; but Barry was just one of the lads there was no airs and graces with him. What you saw was would you got.
A different young man delivered the shirts from the infirmary for her to do and she was going to refuse to do them after her humiliating date on Saturday evening but she would be cutting her nose off to spite her face. By the way the costs of my services have got up. Would you inform your friends it will now cost them seven pound’s per wash and iron.
“That will be fine I’m sure said the young man.’
“Doctors were well paid she thought; they could afford to spend that kind of money to see some laundry girl slave away in the heat of the afternoon.’
“Was Tim too embarrassed to face me today Jenny asked?’
“No said the red faced doctor; he’s on a different shift.’
“I see, how convenient of him; I guess every woman in the hospital knows that he’s a right prick.’
“Tim is a prick and doesn’t know how to treat a woman; he asked me out on a date you know; but I should have known that I was just there for him to make fun of.’
“Does he treat all his women that way?
“Actually Tim is gay; didn’t you know?’
“He certainly didn’t come across as a happy bloke to me.’
“The man leant closer and whispered he’s homosexual; we call them gays these days.’
“Why the hell ask me out on a date then?’
“His mother dropped him off and he wanted to show her that he had a girlfriend. You see his parents don’t know about him.’
“So he bats for the other side; now I understand she laughed.’
“Still he had no right to belittle you with his friends, said the young doctor.’
“I can only apologise for my colleague; we are all not like Tim.’
“Thank God for that.’
“Anyway I have a boyfriend now tell him; last Saturday a friend came and picked me up and he told me that he had wanted to ask me out but was afraid that I would reject him. Tell Tim that he is a gentleman and knows how to treat a lady.’
“I am very happy for you.’
“Your laundry will be ready to pick up after five today said Jenny as she handed him his receipt.’
“Can we have six cups of coffee Jenny please asked Albert when she was finished talking with the doctor who promptly left?’
Jenny put the kettle on after placing the white shirts into the washer and the blue ones into another.
John Iddo returned with some washing and Jenny hoped that he’d have enough money to do his washing this time as she poured out the coffee for Albert and his friends and brought it over.