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.


52. 52

Richard dropped down the gears as he came to a junction in road then drew to a halt.

He looked at her and smiled.

“I’m really flattered Richard; no one has ever though about me this way.’

“No one ever really sees themselves as others do. That is what makes us so unique.’

 I love the purity, the naivety, and a freshness that you have. It is inspiring.’

“You think I’m naïve?’

“Yes I do, but in but in a good sense of the word.’

As they passed Durham it wasn’t far now before they would reach the cottage. He hoped that his dinner that he’d left on a slow cook was not ruined. Richard swung the car to the right and carried on. The hills started to come into view as they left the motorway and took the county roads to Churchill West Road and onto Mown Meadows Road where they came to a halt outside the cottage. He ran around and let Ruby out then opened the gate. He took her by the hand then led her to the door.

Once inside he sniffed the air for signs of burning. Everything seemed fine.

“Come straight through Ruby because we might have to serve this dinner right away.’

He took the casserole dish out of the oven with some gloves then set down on the stove. He then reheated the vegetables and then plated out the food.’

“This looks absolutely delicious Richard. I’m going to have to take some cooking lessons from you.’

Ruby cut into the braised pigeon which was so tender it just fell away when she cut into it.

“Mmmm, this is beautiful Richard. It really is restaurant quality food.’

“Not as beautiful as the way you look tonight.’

“Stop it you’re making me blush.’

“I love it when you blush; Richard opened the wine that they’d drunk the day before and poured some into both glasses.

“Here’s to a wonderful evening; may it fulfil you every wish and all of your desires.’

Ruby told Richard about the neighbours and what they had said as they ate their meal.

They chatted away for over an hour. Richard talked about the trip to Wales and about his mother before he cleared the table.

Richard was about to wash up when Ruby took him by the hand and asked him to show her to his bedroom.’

There was a small staircase that led onto a balcony the bathroom was on the left and too bedrooms on the right further on. Richard opened the door to his bedroom and Ruby was surprised at how big it was. There was a large double bed with an oak frame – two matching cabinets with little lamps with red shades at either side. An oak double fitted wardrobe on the far wall and pictures of the cottage as it was when it was first built on the walls. There was a full length mirror that stood in the right hand corner of the room. The floor was polished wood and there was a cream and pink coloured carpet on the floor. Ruby stood nervously as Richard walked towards her. He took her in his arms gently and kissed her softly. She was trembling as Richard kissed her neck then began to unbutton her blouse. The warm glow within her began and her hands responded by themselves it seemed as she undid the buttons on his shirt.

He slid the blouse over her bare shoulders then kissed each one. She wore a slip under her skirt and Richard unzipped it at the back and it fell to the floor she stepped out of it then lifted Richards vest over his head. He was bear chested with just a few hairs that went down past his belly button. She felt the softness of his skin as he pulled down her slip. 

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