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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“Look I don’t want to get feckin’ involved.’

“You already are; we know you have had a visit from Stephen McGill.’

Just tell us what his plans are. “We can protect you but you must trust us.’

I will make sure that you and your family will be safe from here once we have McGill and his co conspirators behind bars.’

“What about my Job here and my father?’

“Don’t worry we will fly you and your whole family out to America, Canada, or Australia if you wish. Give you complete new identities and new passports; then find you  fully furnished houses and a cars. “We will find jobs for you and your wife and pay for your children to go to the best universities.’ “Seamus if you don’t help us you could end up in prison yourself with your father or even worse dead; is that what you want for you and your family?’

“You know it isn’t.’

“Good; now you are thinking straight.’

Seamus was silent for a few minutes; he was sweating as he thought about the possibilities that faced him. Then he finally spoke.

“What would I have to do?’

“Firstly you will have to wear a wire so we can not only listen in but track McGill’ movements.’

“Has he plans to bomb here?’

“Not in the yard but in Newcastle.’

“When is this coming off?’

“I don’t know yet but it will be soon I expect.’

“Do they want you to make the bombs?’

“Yes, they’ve threatened to kill my family if I don’t cooperate with them.’

“Leave that to us; now listen Seamus this is what you are going to do.’

Ralph went over the details with Seamus then told him that he’d be back to see him in two days.’ He fitted the wire then tested it once he was on the ground.

“Now Seamus, act as normal as possible; do whatever McGill asks of you.’

“I will be in touch.’

Using his binoculars Seamus followed Ralph Mason out of the yard and saw him get into a car and then drive away.’

Seamus was now torn between the devil and the deep blue sea. Did he tell McGill about Mason and the fact that MI5 were onto them or did he go along with Mason in the hope that they would be caught? He had to make sure that his father would be released once he had given them what they wanted. He churned everything over in his head until the end of his shift. Since the visit by McGill Seamus hadn’t done any DIY jobs for anyone; he was afraid that they might lure him to a secluded place and blow his brains out as a warning to his father to keep his mouth shut. Prison does strange things to a persons mind and being locked up for years on end and the possibility of freedom can sway someone into telling everything. Up till now that has not happened His father had stayed loyal to the cause even though his granny was being threatened if he didn’t carry out the bombings.

When his shift was over he had to think of a story to tell the yard manager. He told him that the man was from immigration because of him moving from Ireland and the troubles going on they had to keep tabs on everybody.

Bernie Johnson said that he would vouch for him if push came to shove.

Seamus walked up to the gate then clocked out. It had been a long day and he just wanted to get home.’

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