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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When Danny walked in Brenda’s mood lightened up and she walked over to him and they began to chat away.

“So how have you been Liam asked Janice as she saw Brenda talking with Danny?’

“I’m sorry Jan there’s a lot of stuff going on at home which I cannot talk about at the moment.’

“I’m not trying to pry Liam; if its any consolation I have problems going on too.’ Maybe we can go somewhere else and discuss them.’

“Alright where; my mother has gone out so you can come back to my house. “I can call a taxi if you’d like.’

“Taxi its just done the road we’ll walk.’ “Give me a second until I speak with Brenda.’

Liam went to Danny then asked him to make sure that his sister got home before 11.30 pm.’

“Where are you going?’

“I’m going to Jan’s place.’

Oh Aye, are you two getting friendly then?’

“She needs someone to talk to and she wants to chat to me that’s all.’

“Since when have you been a guidance councillor?’

“I like her Danny; I admit it okay.’

“I like Brenda too; you don’t mind if we go out together do you.’

“Aye, as long as you keep your hands off her Danny then that’s fine with me.’

“Look I’ve got to go tell Brenda I ill see her later.’

Liam took Jan by the hand and walked down the short cut to her house.

“Are you sure this is okay said Liam as they walked along the street passing Ken Clarke’s fruit and veg shop which led to Malvern road.

Yes its fine Liam, but I have to tell you that my mother isn’t all that she seems.’

“What do you mean Jan?’

There was a long silence before Jan spoke again and she looked at Liam with tears in her eyes.

“What is it Jan, just tell me.’

“My mother likes a drink Liam.’

“So do I; so what.’

“Yes but the difference between you and my mum is that you can do without a drink; she can’t.’ she’s drinking about three bottles of spirit every day.’

“What are you saying; does your mother have a drink problem?’

“Yes Liam, I think my mother is an alcoholic.’

“She needs help; have you spoken with your father?’

“No, my father already knows; my mother has already had treatment you see Liam.’

“Christ; I bet you have had a bad time of it.’

“Yes, over the years I have found her unconscious; I’ve dealt with her vomiting and her withdrawal of food.’ She has become very crafty and she hides bottles all over the house.

“Every day I have to search the house to see if she’s hidden any alcohol anywhere.’

“She buys it in from the supermarket 10 bottles at a time.

“I have disposed of I don’t know how many bottles of Bourbon.’

They reached her house and Liam walked up and opened the gate and they went up the drive.

Janice opened the door and went inside she ran upstairs first to see if her mother was lying down on her own bed. Then Jan checked the spare room and then her own. 

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