Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.


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He licked the grease from his fingers then wiped his hand on the hanky again and then his mouth.’

He looked at his watch and it was just gone ten o’clock.

“Come on there’s a pub over there and we can get a drink before it closes.’

Ruby found them a seat as Richard went to the bar and came back with a pint and half a glass of lemonade.’

“Do you drink a lot Richard?’

“Not really, when I was playing rugby I did, but not so much now. “I like a pint to help me unwind.’ “That reminds me I will have to get a few bottles in tomorrow for when George and Maggie come. A bottle of wine doesn’t go with a bowl of cawl I think.’

 “My brother Gareth and my step father Dfan can drink I tell you.’

“I can’t stand drunkards Richard.’

“Drunkards is it; Richards tone became defensive.’ my father and brother like a drink but they are no drunkards.’

“I’m sorry Richard; I didn’t mean them; I meant drunks in general.’

“I see, is that why you do not indulge yourself?’

“Partly yes, I don’t like the smell of it either.’ I think it comes from my childhood when my father used to come home drunk and slobbered all over Connie and me.’

“Point taken Ruby; “I have some mint chewing gum in my pocket.’

“Richard just drank the one pint then told Ruby that he’d drive her home.’

“You’re not angry with me are you Richard?’

“No,’ it’s just been a long day you know and the drive down and then home again.

“I can get the bus home you know.’

“Don’t be ridiculous; I will drive you.’ Look.’ forget what I just said alright.’

Richard held out her coat so she could put it on and then went to the door he stepped outside then popped two pieces of Beechnut into his mouth then chewed he then offered the packet to Ruby who declined.’

Richard opened the door for her and she got in. He let out a sigh then got in himself.

They drove home in silence and when they got out Ruby thanked him for the evening then ran to the gate and then up the path.

“I will pick you up tomorrow then Ruby, good night to you.’

Richard felt such a fool for opening his mouth. He cursed himself for saying what he had about his brother and his father. Maybe he’d given her the wrong impression of them. Driving home Richard hoped that he hadn’t blown his chances with Ruby.

He banged the steering wheel in anger. “You Idiot he said out loud.

By the time he got home he felt no better. He went straight to bed. Normally he would have a beer or two. He lay awake until 2 a.m. then got up he made some notes from his visit to St Mary’s light house. He prepared everything for the cawl for the dinner later that day and cooked it. all he had to do was heat it though. Richard went back to bed. This time he nodded off.


Ruby entered the house she too felt bad for what she’d said to Richard. She undressed and put her dress away and put on her nightie and lay on the bed she couldn’t sleep for thinking about what she had said. She hoped that Richard would come back. Then she thought what if he just went straight to George and Maggie’s and told them she wasn’t feeling well.’

“What have you done; you stupid, stupid girl she thought. You deserve to be dropped after what you said.’

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