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.


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“Come in Mrs Richards I’m Robert Shapiro.’

Hello Mr Shapiro, it’s actually Miss I’m not married.’

“I see, look I will get straight down to business Miss Richards if you don’t mind. Now there was a robbery at a Quickie Mart liquor store about ten miles from here.’ Your, I mean Devero Martin had stopped off to buy cigarettes when three men entered the store. They had a shot gun and two pistols and told the woman to give them all the money from the cash draw.’ They hadn’t seen Devero who had gone to the back of the store for a six pack. When he saw what was going on he took a can of beer and launched it at the man holding the shotgun. It hit him in the face and he fell to the ground. The woman pressed the alarm button which alerted the police. Two off duty police officers heard the call on the radio they were only a block away. They sneaked into the store as Devero had disarmed another of the robbers but the police seeing him with the gun shot him twice in the chest. The woman behind the counter told the police what Devero had done. They shot dead of the suspects who made a run for it and apprehended the other two.’

Devero was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery to remove the bullets from his chest. The priest was called in and he managed to tell him that his son was called Nathaniel and his mother you. He told the priest to tell you that he wanted you to know that he did not abandon you he was just scared. He was only twenty years old at that time and not ready for responsibility. He died shortly after giving that statement.

“As the years passed Devero watched you and his son every weekend from a distance in his car. He also put money into a saving’s account for his son.’

“There is over five thousand dollars here. But that is not all Miss Richards. There was an inquiry and the two officers admitted that they had shot Devero by mistake.’

The court awarded your son $250.000 dollars to be used for his upbringing and a further $200.000 dollars to be used for his education. Because that is what Devero had told the priest “Make sure my son is looked after and gets a good education.’

I, I don’t know what to say.’

“You don’t have to say anything Miss Richards just sign here and I will give you a cheque.’

“Betty swallowed hard as she took the pen from Robert Shapiro and signed the two copies of a document. Robert gave her one to keep and the other was put into a file.

There is also his personal effects which you might like. I also have included all of the press cuttings from the local papers and a video of the news report.’ Devero Martin was a hero Miss Richards. It is unfortunate that your son has gained from his misfortune.

Betty wiped the tears from her eyes with a tissue as Robert Shapiro handed her a cheque for $455.000 dollars.’

She shook hands with the lawyer then walked out of the office and then outside.

Betty Richards sat in the car a long time before driving away. She was now a very wealthy woman and no longer had to worry where the money would come from to look after her mother and her son. She put the car into gear then drove away.

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