When he was finished he swilled his face then stuck a clean piece of paper under his nose where he had nicked himself.
Then he patted the rest of his face dry with a towel before emptying the shaving mug down the sink the soap suds collected by the plug outlet and Tommy ran some cold water to get rid of it.
He washed under his arms and then took some Brut deodorant and spayed underneath his armpits before putting on the same make of aftershave. Both had been bought for him by wife for Christmas.
“Christ, how much are you putting on Tom’ you’d think you’d had a bath in it.’
“Well you sweat in the bakery yer na. You wouldn’t want people calling me sweaty pits would you?’
“I guess so.’
“It’s got nowt t’ do wi that Nancy Carter down there then; I mean since she started work down there it’s been shaves every day and clean shirts.’
“I told you Shirley love that there’s only one woman for me and that is you.’
Doing up the buttons on his clean shirt that had been ironed by his wife Tom tucked it into his trousers.’ He was taking huge swallows of tea in an effort to get something warm inside him. He then slipped outside to the netty and poured hot water into the cistern and waited before flushing.
“Fancy a night out tonight then love Tom said upon his return?’
“Where are you taking me?’
“Well there’s a good turn on at the Panshop Club; you can play bingo an aal.’
“Go on then; bring some bread, pies and cakes home; me mother was askin’ why you never bring her owt these days.’
“Tell her I’ll bring he some tonight; I’ll drop them in after I’ve been to my mother’s house; My Da’ likes those big steak pies we do wi a tin of marrowfat peas, chips and a big stottie buttered wi Stork margarine.’
Oh I can’t eat that shit; it’s got to be Lurpak for me or nothing.’
“Nowt wrong wi stork we use it in all our pastry.’
“Nae wonders I come doon wi galloping heartburn.’
“Diven’t complain lass, it saves us a fortune when I bring stuff home.’
“Aye your right love, sorry.’
Where’s me bait bag, have yer seen it?’
“It’s over the back of the door where it always is.’
“She went and fetched it for him as he put on his jacket then tied the shoe laces on his boots and put on his bicycle clips.
He went into the passage and wheeled the old Raleigh bike outside it was still pitch black so he placed the dynamo on the tyre after feeling them to see if they needed pumping up.
“Here you forgot your cap.’
She slipped it on his head then gave him a kiss, “See you later then love he said as he made his way down Charlotte Street. They had lived on Charlotte Street for five years now. She fell pregnant after an accident; when the contraception Tom was using split and they were forced to get married, as that was the done thing to do in those days. They hated living in as they had no privacy. She had to bathe when her father in law was out of the house; usually on a Saturday night when he took Agnes to the club on King Street.
She would make sure that she was out the bath and emptied it and ready to be hung outside before they got back.