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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The man she spoke with was very sympathetic and said he would sort it out right away for her.

He asked if she was coming over to deal with any legal bills that her mother may have incurred.

“Yes I will be on a flight this Friday evening.’

“Good, if you need any advice please do not hesitate to give us a call and once again I am sorry for your loss.’

“Goodbye said Laura and put down the phone.’ She went to the coffee maker in her office and poured out a strong one and then took a sip. She now had to tell Albert. Albert was full of apologies when he heard. In his lunch break he went out and bought some roses for his wife. Even though things were still not good between them he clung on to what little hope that there was. On her lunch break she called into Dawson and Sanderson and booked a flight to Ibiza. They told her that the earliest flight was at 5.30 p.m. which meant she had to be at the airport at 3.30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. She saw out her shift then got into her car and drove home.

When Albert arrived at the store Laura had already left he carried the roses back to the car then drove home. He found her sitting in the garden when he got home. She had been crying again and her eyes were all red. He brought her a tissue out and tried to console her but she pushed him away she ignored the flowers that he had bought and went to her room.

Bobby came soon after and it was he who she clung to when he went to her room. They were in there for some time before Bobby got her to come down stairs. He made her some coffee which she drank but did not eat the food that Albert had cooked. They sat in relative silence throughout the night. Bobby said he would go with her to Ibiza to sort things out when Albert suggested going with them he was told to stay here just in case any of her mother’s relatives called to ask about funeral arrangements.

When Bobby left Albert stood up he looked over at Laura and then said I guess I’m resigned to sleep in the spare room again am I?’

“Do you mind Albert, I just want to be alone for a while?’

 “Not for long I hope Laura after the last time, I don’t think I could go through that again.’

Laura just ignored the comment as Albert headed for the bathroom. He took out a pair of pyjamas from the bedroom then walked into the bathroom and closed the door.


When Friday afternoon arrived Laura left one of the senior girls in charge she wheeled her case out to the car and drove to the airport. Bobby was waiting for her in the terminal building as they checked in.

“Coffee mother said Bobby once they got through clearance.’

“Yes, I think I need one.’

“Two espressos please said Bobby as the girl behind the counter poured them out into large cups.

They sat in the duty free area until the call came for their flight Bobby took the boarding passes and the passports then walked with his mother to gate 22. They showed them to the security man who looked at them then let them pass. They walked down to the tunnel and onto the plane after 

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