The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


21. 21

“I’ve been in love with you since we first met in that bus stop.’ I want you to be my wife Laura; not yet, but when I’ve saved up enough money to give you a nice wedding and a honeymoon.’

“I want that too Albert, but I won’t marry you unless you understand one thing. I will not be bossed around by you or anyone else.’ I have to be in charge do you understand.’

“I know that you are very headstrong and a determined woman.’ Maybe we can compromise.’

“No Albert; the decision’s will be mine and mine alone.’

“Alright if that is the way you want it; you can make all the decisions.’

“Let’s go then and you can meet my parents.’

Albert opened the door after paying the bill at the bar. They walked outside then Albert opened the car door as Laura got in. The sun had gone down now; it was still very humid so he left the canopy down.

The thought of meeting Laura’s parents scared him. He just didn’t know what to expect.’

Walking up the pathway to the house with light tanned stone cladding Albert Kinnear and Laura stood at the door. Albert gazed at the modern property that had a large window in the front with two smaller windows at the side there was a porch with a flat roof with a garden bench underneath and two large brown terracotta flower pots at each side stood with blue lobelia and white alyssum inside. The borders in the front garden were an array of mixed impatiens, French marigolds, and Viburnum. There was a neatly trimmed lawn. The person who lived here was certainly a gardener.    Elizabeth Millsap looked Albert Kinnear up and down as she came to the front door. Albert was already feeling decidedly nervous as Laura introduced him to both her parents.

“So Mr Kinnear what is it that you actually do in this library.’

“Well,’ there’s more to it than just placing books in alphabetical order on bookshelves if that’s what you mean Mrs Millsap.’ I keep all the historical documents on file so if anyone wants to look through the archives at say a specific event in local history then I can get it for them as long as it has been documented. We can trace some events back to the early 1800. We constantly update our files as more information comes to light.’

“Does this employ afford you a lavish lifestyle then Mr Kinnear?’

“On the contrary Mrs Millsap, The salary is better than some skilled workers but I wouldn’t say it is a lavish one.’

“You have a nice new car outside I see.’

“I had to save up over several years in which to buy it.’ 

“Can I ask you your intentions with my daughter?’

“Yes,’ that’s a fair question, I hope with your permission of course to marry Laura one day.’

One day you say.’ You wouldn’t not expect my daughter to hang around for years until you save up like you did for that flash car outside. I mean… where you both would live for instance?’ my daughter wasn’t brought up in some shack as you can see.’

“Neither was I Mrs Millsap, My parents may live on a council estate but our house is clean and tidy.’

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