When they reached Kent Avenue they walked past the front window first in case the parents of the children hadn’t gone out. Alison came to the door as they walked back and ushered them in then closed the door.
“Did you buy us a drink then asked Alison?’
Aye it’s here in my pocket. He handed it to Alison who went into the kitchen and found four glasses and poured them some orange in it.’
Are the kids still awake then? The baby is a sleep but the other two are still jumping around up there.’
“Give me a half hour and I will read them a story and that will send them off.
Going up the stairs Alison walked into the bedroom with her Vodka and Orange and picked up a book called Hansel and Gretel and told the children to get into bed or she wouldn’t read them anything. The two boys did as they were told and they sat and listened as Alison narrated the text and used different voices to tell the story.
By the end both boys’ eyes were closing she closed the door quietly then went down stairs.
“There you go I told you I would get them off.’
“Would you all like another drink?’
“Yes please said Mickey but both Tom and Shirley refused.
“Come on lighten up you two you look as if you have just been to a funeral.’
Here Alison pour them another drink will you.’
Alison took the glasses then refilled them then brought them in on a tray. They sat listening to some music and chatting amongst them selves for half an hour then Alison stood up and took hold of Mickey’s hand and led him up stairs.
No prizes for guessing where they are going said Tom.’
Tom told them about the holiday that they planned on going on and asked if her father would let her go. “Last year the people who Alison babysits for took her on holiday with them and she asked me to go with her but my dad said no.’
Now that I’m nearly sixteen I think my dad would let me go with them.’
“Do you have a passport?’
“Yes I went to France with the school when I was thirteen.’
“Is it still valid?’
“Yes, my dad got me a ten year one.’
Good now we need to find out where the Bainbridge’s are going and when so we can book up to go to the same place.’
“They went in July last year.’
That’s brilliant because it gives us plenty time to save and then get the time off work.’
Tomorrow Mickey and I are going to make a Pannier each for our bikes and we are going to sell stuff in the bars for a fraction of what they cost in the shops.
We will make a fortune by July. We should have enough for two holidays never mind one. I would like to go away in September or October.’
Mind where I would like to go is Egypt or Mexico because I am interested in ancient history.’
“Really; you surprise me.’
“Why, just because I work in a shoe shop doesn’t mean I’m thick you know?’
“I never said that you were.’ So tell me about all these tombs and pyramids that you have been reading about.’
“Do they fascinate you too?’
Shirley went on to explain how Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankharmun.