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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someone else and start again but this time there would be no one who worked unsociable hours. Her mother Elsie came out to the door, she saw the car in the driveway and wondered why she had parked there instead of out on the road.

She looked down at the suitcase then realised what had happened. She went to her daughter and put her arms around her. Helen broke down in tears. Through her sobs she told her mother everything.

“Come in dear I’ll put the kettle on and make us a nice cup of tea.’

Helen picked up her case then went into the house.

Her father was at work so he wouldn’t know until tonight when he got in.

“Your room is just as you left it Helen we were going to decorate but your father told me to leave it as it was.’ He’s an old sentimentalist really.’

Helen walked to her room then placed the case onto the bed then came back into the kitchen. “Have you eaten anything dear?’

“No mother, I haven’t been able to eat a thing.’

“Sit yourself down and I will make us something to eat. I have a home made quiche that we could have with some new potatoes and salad.’

“That would be lovely mother thank you.’

Elsie heated the oven then placed the quiche onto a tray. She had some new potatoes on the gas and then prepared a small salad. Helen took out the plates and then got the cutlery from the drawer.

“Just like old times isn’t it.’

“Yes mother it is; “what am I to do mum, I want children and time is running out for me. I don’t want to be an old mother like you see in the wards. You know the ones who have been caught during the change of life. They are all in their forties and having to bring up a baby. “You know what people are like they will say “ooh isn’t that a beautiful grandson or daughter you have there; “I bet your daughter is delighted.’

“I just couldn’t go through that; I really couldn’t.’

“You don’t want to end up with a child that you have to look after yourself either; that would be far worse.’

“Maybe this will be a wake up call for Robert; he does love you; you know.’

“There’s no going back now mother; it’s over between Robert and I. “we’ve just been going through the motions for years now.’

“I need someone who wants me more than his job.’

“People have to work longer these days for the things that they need Helen. I think Robert was just trying to make a better life for you both.’

“No he wasn’t mother; don’t make excuses for him.’ “He earns a good salary without having to work all these extra hours.’

“I think he doesn’t want children mum and that’s why he works late. “ I mean he’s always asking if I’ve taken my pill, which tells me straight away that he isn’t interested in starting a family.’

“A lot of men don’t want the commitment of having children dear; it puts added pressure on them.’

“No; it’s because all the attention would go to the baby and not to him.’

“He’s selfish mother.’

Elsie drained the new potatoes when they were done and took out the quiche from the oven.

Helen poured the tea then put milk and sugar into her mothers cup and then stirred it.

Helen liked milk only in hers.’


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