“What is that?’ It stops you getting pregnant.’
“How would you know; I heard Nancy Carter going on about it at work.’
“Is she still after you?’
“Of course not love.’
“Well she’s certainly letting you know that she’s on the bloody pill.’ If that’s not a bloody hint then I don’t know what is.’
“Every time I come to the shop she’s around you like a bee to honey; flashing her bosom at you.’
“It’s all just a bit of fun that’s all.’ Anyway I don’t fancy her I told you.’
“She will get a right slap off me one of these days.’ Shirley picked up the sponge and began to wash herself and Tom left the scullery. He couldn’t take any more of seeing his wife naked and not being able to do anything about it.’
Jeffery was crying as he went into the bedroom and picked him up he removed the nappy. Tom changed him after creaming and then using talcum powder.
Once he was finished he replaced him back into his cot and shoved a dummy into his mouth. Jeffery happily sucked on it as he closed his eyes and went off to sleep.
Tom undressed in the darkness after turning of the bedside lamp then crawled under the blankets. He could hear Shirley as she emptied the water out of the tub using a pan she kept especially for that purpose.
Shirley came to bed she got in and then turned her back on Tom and closed her eyes.
Tom was hoping that his wife wasn’t turning like her own mother as he turned towards the window. He could make out the moon through the crack in the curtains.
He watched as it moved out of view and then he was asleep.
All throughout the next day he avoided the attentions of Nancy Carter he just went about his work without a word.’
“It hadn’t gone unnoticed by Liz Hopkins and when Tom took his break she followed him outside.’
“Are you okay Tom.’
“Nothing that can’t be put right Liz.’
“Do you want to talk about it?’
“It’s Shirley; I think she’s gone off me.’
“Liz laughed, then took his hand and said all women feel like that after they’ve had a baby silly.’
“Do you think so?’
“I know so; I have two kids of my own you know.’
“It’s been over six months now since we you know.’
I will have a word with her over a cup of coffee in the café over there when she calls in to collect her bread at lunchtime.’
“Will you Liz; that’s great thank you.’
“Don’t worry I won’t say you told me.’ I will say that you look down in the dumps.’
That’s true he smirked.’
“All work and no play make Tom a dull boy eh’
Tom shared his ham and tomato sandwiches with Liz and they drank their tea before going back into the bakery and washing their hands.’
It was twenty past three that afternoon when Shirley arrived. Nancy Carter was about to serve Shirley when Liz came through and told Nancy that Rob needed her help.