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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If he comes tomorrow I will beg his forgiveness and tell him that it will never happen again. if only Richard was here now she thought. It was way after four in the morning when she finally got to sleep.


When Richard awoke he washed and shaved and was ready to leave after eating only a slice of toast. He couldn’t wait to see Ruby and apologise. Driving through the village, he stopped at a nearby garage and filled the tank with petrol then drove the familiar route to Ruby’s house. He was earlier than expected and when he pulled up Ruby who had also been up early and had been looking out of the window every five minutes ran down the passage then outside and down the path.

She ran into his arms and he held her for what seemed and eternity.

I’m sorry Richard; I shouldn’t have said those things last night.’

“No it was my fault said Richard; had I not mentioned my father and brother we would not have argued.’

“Come into the house and I will make you a cup of tea. My mother has gone to mass.’

Richard held her hand as they walked up the path then into the house.’

Once inside the passage he pulled her to him and they kissed long and hard it was a passionate kiss that left them both breathless but they kissed again and she held him as if her very life depended on it. Then they broke off and laughed. He followed Ruby into the scullery and sat in one of the chairs then Ruby sat on his knee with one arm around his neck as Richard kissed her neck. That warm glow she felt when ever he touched her returned. She didn’t want to stop but stop she did. She stood up and filled the kettle at the sink but Richard was behind her and his arms went around her his hands moved up towards her breasts and her caressed them softly he kissed the nape of her neck and she felt herself flush red the warm glow was getting stronger now and as Richard slipped his hand inside he blouse she felt his hand on her midriff then up under the bra. His fingers brushed against her and she hardened to his touch; she gasped out loud as he held her between finger and thumb.

“We must stop she panted, “my mother may come home any minute.’

“I want you Ruby White; I want you like I’ve never wanted a woman before.’

“We must wait Richard; not here.’

“When then?’

“The next time you take me to the cottage.’

 “Will you come tomorrow?’

“Yes, I will come tomorrow night.’ oh Richard I love you so.’

“I love you too Ruby; I’ve never told a woman that ever.’

“You are my first and you will be my last.’

  Richard kissed her again, and they held each other until Ruby heard her mother turn the key in the door. She straightened her skirt and made herself presentable.’

“Ruby are you in.’

“I’m in the scullery mam, I’m making Richard a cup of tea do you want one?’

“Oh yes please; it is cold out there now.’

“Well it is nearly winter mam.’

Betty White hung up her coat and unpinned her best hat then placed it on the side board before coming into the scullery.

“Morning Mrs White said Richard,’

“Well good morning to you Richard.’

“I’m sorry if I’m a little early, I couldn’t wait to see Ruby.’

“Well you have a long drive ahead of you don’t you.’ 

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