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 doctor left Albert and Charlie then went about his rounds.

Charlie put his arm around his son in law and they both went into the room where Laura was.

Albert bent down and kissed his wife’s head.’

“I’m tired Albert, really tired.’

“I know darling we will let you sleep in a minute but there is something that I must tell you first.’

“The baby is alright isn’t it?’

She looked at both her father and then at Albert.’

“I’m sorry Love, we lost the baby.’

Albert held onto her hand as the tears rolled down Laura’s cheek.’

“Was it a boy?’

“Yes,’ it was a boy.’

“Never mind Albert there will be other babies when I’m well enough.’

“I’m afraid that won’t be possible Laura.’

“Other women have miscarried and went on to have children Albert.’

“They had to give you a hysterectomy Laura.’

“What does that mean?’

“It means we will never have children together.’

Laura screamed and the nurse came in. Laura was crying hysterically now and the sister decided that the best solution was a sedative to make her sleep. Once it was administered Laura drifted off into oblivion. Albert wished he could do the same. He felt so empty. He would have gladly given his own life to save the life of his son.

Charlie and Elizabeth led Albert out of the room. The sister told them to come back tomorrow as the sedative would knock Laura out for hours. Albert drove both Charlie and Elizabeth home. They asked him in and offered to make him something to eat but Albert said that he wasn’t hungry and that he wanted to be by himself.

“I understand said Charlie, see you tomorrow son.’

“Good night said Albert then got back into his car and drove home. Albert stopped off to tell his parents. They told him that he could stay over and have something to eat if he wanted but again Albert refused. He drove home to the empty house and walked into the nursery room that had all the soft cuddly toys and a mobile above the cot. He turned the key and “Rock a bye baby” rang out. Again the tears flooded down Albert’s cheeks as he tried to compose himself he walked out of the bedroom then went to the cabinet; He took out a crystal glass and filled it half full of whiskey then got ice from the fridge. He plonked three cubes into it then took a large swallow. The whiskey burned in his throat then in his chest but it made him feel better. By his second glass quarter of the bottle had gone. He grabbed the bottle then carried the glass to his bedroom. He swallowed the remainder then poured another. His senses were beginning to become dulled and he lay back on the 

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