The Skin Shop

The story which is semi autobiographical tells the story of Ralph Mason Growing up in Collingwood Terrace in North Shields in 1948. it is a story of Hardship, poverty, love, and friendship just after the Second World War. Some names have been changed and I have used some poetic licence to bring the story to back to life as some of the places talked about in this story are no longer with us. "The Skin Shop is one boys journey into manhood. i


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 “She was about forty years old and married to a wealthy banker, I believe.’

“What did you do?’

“Nothing, I was just a fool in love.’

“Did you get over him?

Oh yes, and I had the interest of another young lad who I went out with after that but nothing serious if you understand.

“What about now?’

“No, I’ve never had a steady boyfriend; anyway they are well vetted by my father no wonder they get scared off.

“Your father didn’t scare Revie off did he?’

“Love always finds a way.’

“It certainly did in your case.’

“Are you in love with Norman?’

“Give me a chance Jenny; I’ve only known him just over a week.’

“They say that it only takes thirty seconds for someone to know whether they are attracted to each other.’ “Some people spend a lifetime with someone and never really know them at all.’

“I don’t know Jenny, but I feel good when I’m with him and he makes me feel special, you know what I mean?’

“Yes I do.’ I felt exactly the same about Revie.’

“I just couldn’t get him out of my head, he ruled my every thought. I found myself day dreaming about him and he kept me awake at night as well.’ “It was the best feeling that a woman can ever have.’

“I guess I’m in love then, because that’s exactly how I feel.’

Agnes lay back on her pillow with her hands behind her head thinking about Norman. She couldn’t wait to see him again and she wanted to feel the softness of his lips on hers again.

It was a long while before sleep overtook her; Jenny had dropped off two hours before.


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