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.


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“What could I do?’

“I don’t know anything; Brenda’s mother works in the Co-op on the deli counter.’

“What,’ you would see me working behind a meat counter?’

“It’s a job isn’t it?’

“Yes but it’s not what I would be looking for.’

“You mean it’s beneath you to work in a food store.’

“I didn’t say that darling, it’s just that your father wouldn’t like it if I went to work in a food store.’

“I’m sure that there are plenty of other jobs like Fenwick’s selling perfume; or in a jewellery shop.’

Yes, I could do that couldn’t I?’

 “My friends are coming around later; we are going to finish our home work.’

That’s fine; you need friends.’

“I have to get out Janice; you see that don’t you?’

“If you say so mother; frankly I don’t care anymore; do what you like.’

“So are you going to tell your father?’

 “What would that solve?’

“Nothing I suppose.’

“Are you in love with Melvin?’

“I don’t know; he is a good man.’

“Yes and he’s married; just like you. I bet you every penny that you have in the bank that he’ll not leave his wife for you.’ “I mean what does he do?’

“He’s a car salesman.’

“A what.’ how’s he going to support us on his salary?’ Get real will you mother.’

“Look just forget about this; I won’t see him again; it’s over. Gillian walked towards the portable bar and poured herself a large glass of Jack Daniels she added some ice from the freezer then took a drink from the crystal glass.’

“I’m going up to do my hair and make up; Gillian turned away carrying the drink up stairs.

Janice poured herself a large Jack Daniels from the bottle her mother had opened and added some Ice and topped it up with Pepsi Cola. She sipped on the drink and pondered over her life.

She wondered what would happen to her if her parents did split up. She couldn’t wait until she was eighteen so she could go to live in the halls of residence in the university then she would get a place of her own once she had graduated. Janice was sure that her father would give the deposit needed to buy her own studio.

One thing was certain she could no longer live in the same house as her mother.

Janice didn’t want to be treading on egg shells whilst her parents went through the sham of a marriage. Janice knew long ago that something was wrong between them. The rows when he came home and her mothers drinking it had gotten worse over the last five years. She had found her mother slumped over the bed totally out of her mind with alcohol. At first it was just the odd glass then she was taking the bottles up to her room.

“She didn’t realise it then that her mother was an alcoholic; looking back now she could put the pieces together. Maybe the marriage had been over years ago but she’d shut her mind to it and pretended that everything was alright. She remembered that her mother went into hospital when she was eight. It was a private hospital in York and her father used to take her down to see her mother. Was it a rehab centre for alcoholics?’

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