The Troubles

"The Troubles " the story is set in Belfast and the North East in 1969.
Seamus Webster and his family flee the riots in Belfast and come to live on Barnstaple Road in North Shields - where he takes up work as a crane driver in Smith's Docks his wife Annie finds a job in the Co-op in Whitley Bay - Seamus is good at DIY and gets lots of work decorating or fitting out new kitchens for people. His father Michael is serving a very long sentence when he is implicated in a
bombing of an army base- his skills as a bomb maker have been passed down to his oldest son and Stephen Mcgill is on the look -out for him as a bombing campaign has begun on mainland Britain. Newcastle has been chosen as the target - can Seamus avoid getting mixed up in this. Read what happens in this tense thriller.


14. 14

“Friends my eye; I saw you making cow eyes at him.’

“Never mind me what about you and my brother?’ I saw you were getting on pretty cosy with him.’

“We are just going to be friends she laughed.’

“My arse you are; I think I interrupted a moment in the kitchen.’

“He’s asked me to come and watch him play tomorrow and he’s bringing Danny along.’

“Really, Danny Fawcett to play rugby; it will be like a lamb to the slaughter so it will.’

So are you going?’

“I wouldn’t miss it for the world.’

The two girls straightened up the living room before the Hunter’s came back.

Bang on quarter to twelve Brenda heard the key in the door.’

Billy had a smile on his face as he walked in with several parcels of fish and chips.’

Here he said to Brenda; Connie won on the bingo tonight so we bought your supper.’

Thank you said Brenda.’

“Has Steven been any bother Brenda?’

“No Mrs Hunter he was tired and went off around eight o’clock.’ Billy paid Brenda her usual five pounds and Brenda put on her coat and grabbed her satchel with her home work.

Thanks Mr Hunter; just let my mammy know if you need me again.’

Good night then said Janice as they walked out the door.’

Janice walked down the road sharing her fish and chip supper with her friend; once at Malvern Road she said goodnight and turned back for home. “See you in the morning then.’

“Don’t be late mind as Liam likes to get there early.’

Brenda hurried back up the road back to her house she disposed of her chip paper in a bin tied to a lamp post outside of her gate then opened the door to her house.’

“Is that you love?’

Aye mammy; I’ve just taken Janice home.’

“Are you wantin’ some supper?’

“No, Mrs Hunter won on the bingo so Mr Hunter brought our supper in.’

“Wash your hands then; we don’t want newspaper print and grease on the bed sheets.’

Brenda kissed her mother then went up to bed. She went to the bathroom and did as her mother asked then put on her pyjamas and slipped into bed. She lay back thinking of Danny and the closeness that they had both felt.

She remembered how his hand had brushed against hers; and that twinkle in his eye.’

She couldn’t wait for the morning to break.



The guards opened the cell that was holding Michael Webster.

“You’ve got a visitor; come quickly.’

Michael put down his book on the table next to his bunk in the eight by six feet cell that he shared with another political prisoner called Shane Drew.

He walked slowly to the door then turned left and walked to the Iron stairs. The balcony had wire nets stretched across from on landing to the next to stop prisoners from throwing themselves as well some of the guards over the top. The two guards one in front and one behind led him through the prison wing stopping only to unlock an iron gate then relocking it as they passed through. Some of the more trusted prisoners were washing and polishing the floors.

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