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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Silently he approached the bed ready to strike. Dickson was on his stomach which would make the job easier he thought. In a flash Arma had jumped onto Dickson thrust the pillowcase over his head then threw punch after punch to the mans face until the blood started coming through the pillowcase from either a broken nose or a laceration to his mouth. Dickson had been knocked unconscious and Arma worked quickly he took a pair of pliers from his pocket and began to pull out Dickson’s teeth one by one. He had forced a handkerchief  deep down inside Dickson’s mouth so he couldn’t scream out. Dickson was unable to move as his arms they were trapped  under the bed clothes and the sheer weight of Arma was holding him down. The pain he felt must have been excruciating as Arma pulled just about every tooth from Dickson’s mouth at the front leaving only his wisdom teeth at the back.

“Not such a pretty boy now thought Arma as he went about his work. Dickson lost consciousness again as Arma looked upon the smashed face of Allan Dickson. He removed the handkerchief, placed all the teeth into it, and then left the room as silently as he had come.

He jumped over the wall then ran towards his own house near Hawkey’s Lane. Arma had bought a house in Scorer Street; just up from the North Shields Boys Club.

He let himself into the house and as silently as he had broken into Dickson’s house went to the bedroom where his wife lay sleeping.

He took out the blood soaked handkerchief from his pocket with all of Dickson’s teeth inside then left it open on the bed side cabinet. He then left the room and slipped out into the night again. He checked his watch before running back to his sisters. It was now three forty five.

Moira hadn’t gone back to bed instead she kept the kettle hot and had made her brother a cooked breakfast. She was so relieved when he returned unharmed.

“I don’t think Mr Dickson will be bothering Margaret again he laughed.’

“You haven’t killed him have you?’

“I should have; but he won’t be eating solid food for a while put it that way.’

“Are you hungry I made you some breakfast?’

“I’m starving said Arma with a smile as Moira pulled out a plate from the oven then fried two eggs and made some toast for her brother.

“I will eat this then disappear because I don’t want you implicated in all of this.’ “I will go to see our mother. “The Redcaps will have been and will surely be knocking on Mother’s door at about 6 am in the hope of catching me.’

“I have got to get back to the barracks before they catch me Moira; now my cover story is this. You have been very ill; which is true so they can check that one; Moira had pneumonia and had spent a week in Preston Hospital. “I will say I came home to see how you were because I was worried about you.’

“I will say that I didn’t stay long after visiting you and returned to my base at Catterick as soon as I knew that you were alright.’

“Don’t elaborate Moira; just stick to the story okay.’

“Will you be on a charge?’

“Yes, but not a serious one; I will be confined to barracks for a couple of weeks and lose a weeks pay but that’s nothing. I have money. “Speaking of which here put this somewhere safe. Neil gave his sister a hundred pounds.’  

“This is far too much Neil; I hope you haven’t left yourself short.

“I would not have given you it if that was the case.’ buy my mother something nice as you know what she’s like she won’t take money from me.’

Right I’m fed and watered I’ll get back into uniform and be on my way in five minutes.’

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