“We just wanted different things; my job screwed a lot up mind; you know working unsocial hours I was sleeping during the day and at work every night.’
“I mean why wait until two weeks before the bloody wedding to drop the bombshell.’
Maybe she was trying to find the right moment or just couldn’t tell you until she was forced to make that decision. Luckily for you that you found out now; it could have been ten years down the line.’
It was nearly quarter to three when the taxi pulled in outside the airport terminal. Mickey paid the driver then sprinted off toward the check in area.’
When he reached the counter the girl checking tickets told him that the passengers for flight 36727 were boarding.
“Can I get a message to the plane to tell my girlfriend to get off?’
I’m sorry sir but that will not be possible; the gate is now closed and the aircraft is now taxiing on the runway.’
Mickey looked on as the plane made its way up the tarmac then turned around.
It picked up speed then took off. Mickey’s heart sank.’
He looked around the terminal building hanging on to the hope that she had changed her mind but she had gone.’
He walked dejectedly back outside where the taxi he came in was waiting.’
“I thought I’d wait just in case.’
“You were right they wouldn’t let me through.’
“Come on I will take you back.’ I won’t charge you because I’m going back to Shields anyway.’
Thanks mate it’s much appreciated.’
“When the taxi sped away there was an ache in Mickey’s heart.’ he tried to put a brave face on with the cab driver but inside he was breaking up.
By the time the taxi got back to North Shields it was close to four o’clock Mickey got out and thanked the driver again and walked slowly back to the fruit and veg stall.
Both Christine and Shirley came around and put a comforting arm around his shoulder they could see he was ready to burst into tears at any moment and didn’t say a word.’
Shirley told Christine to tell her brother to come for his dinner after he’d finished; she hurried back to prepare it.
Tonight they were just having a mixed grill with fried liver, sausage, a large pork chop, an egg with some chips. It wouldn’t take her long to cook that she thought.
Mickey paid his sister a little extra before pushing the barrow back home he went into his back yard and stacked the surplus stuff that he could sell the next day and bagged the rest to take to his friend’s house. He’d already given his sister two bags of fruit and vegetables for his mother and Mrs Taylor over the road. He locked up the barrow then went inside. The tears began to stream down his face as Mickey stripped to the waist over the sink. He placed his head over the cold tap and let it soak his hair and face for a long time before grabbing a towel and drying himself.’
He shaved then put on a clean shirt and his Levi jeans and clean socks and boots before grabbing his jacket.
He walked along carrying the bags of spare fruit and veg for his friend.
He knocked on the door and Tom answered.’
Come in mate Shirley has made us a nice mixed grill.
“Shirley’s told you then about Alison.’
“Yes mate she has; come on sit down.’