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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“Don’t be like this Dorothy it’s complicated.’

“Don’t worry about me Allan I will be fine on my own. Dorothy picked up her coat and handbag and walked out of the hall.

 

 

 

The following morning in the staffroom there was an uneasy silence; Allan knew that Sylvia had told them about the affair he had been having with Dorothy Hanson.

He made himself a cup of coffee then sat down in his usual place. Brian Beanie rang the staff room and asked Allan if he could have a word with him.’

He stood up and walked out of the staff room and along to the Heads office.’

“What can I do for you said Allan nervously as he popped his head around the door after knocking? He was expecting to be told that he no longer had a job at the school and that he was suspended?’

“I just wanted to thank you Allan, you’re doing a great job with the art work for the Christmas play.’

“Thank you headmaster, I hope to have it finished by the weekend; it has meant staying behind but it has been worth it.’

“Good man, keep up the good work.’

Brian came out of the office and gave Sylvia a glance; she never looked at him and he made his way back to the staff room.’

“What was all that about said Bradley Finch head of English?’

“He was just commending me on my work with the scenery.’

“He never thanks me for all my hard work so think yourself lucky.’

Just then Dorothy came into the office, she looked tired and pale She hadn’t slept at all. Allan got up and poured her some coffee.’ then approached her and whispered “we must talk as he handed her the coffee.’

“Meet me in the Cannon Inn at lunchtime.’

She took the coffee from him then walked away and began talking with Mary Ellis who was in charge of needle craft and basket making.

Allan so wanted to clear the air between him and Dorothy. He had gone in and told his wife about them she flew into a rage and slapped his face when he told her that the affair had been going on for a year. He packed a case later that evening; he rang the Europa Hotel on the Coast Road and booked himself in.

 “I will be back for the rest of my things once I find somewhere to live.’

“What about the girls?’

“I will arrange to see them when I am settled; they won’t be home from boarding school until the Christmas holidays.’ We can sit down with them then and explain everything.’

Sophie and Ella were twins; they were only seven years old but were old enough to understand as they were both bright children.

“We need to see our solicitors and see where we stand. “ I mean you can keep the house but you will have to take over the mortgage payments.’

“I will send you money for the girls to cover the cost of the school fees.’

“We certainly cannot carry on the way we were Allan, not after this.

“I will ring my mother and father tomorrow and tell them we are getting a divorce; they aren’t going to be pleased about this.’

“Do what you have to do Angela.’ I just don’t want any animosity between us; let’s keep this amicable for the sake of the children.’ “I will ring you tomorrow.’

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