The Seagulls Song

A young woman discovers she has breast cancer and tells her friend and neighbour- her son is a promising young footballer and his father likes a pint or three. Get the hankies ready when reading this one.

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Tom was up at nine; he had himself a bath then shaved put on a polo shirt and a pair of Levi Jeans and a pair of blue three striped Adidas training shoes.

“Where are you going, asked Margaret?

I’m going into North Shields with Keith he wants me to help him move a three piece suite from his mother’s house into the van and back to his flat, he lied.

“I may go for a pint after it depends on what Keith’s doing.”

Tom put on his black Harrington jacket and headed down the passage.

“Will you be in for your tea then?

“No Keith is making my tea for me as a thank you; see you later.”

Tom went to the news agents to buy a paper and a packet of Wriggles Spearmint Chewing Gum. He opened the pack up then unfolded the silver paper around the piece of gum then folded the strip and placed it into his mouth.

He looked at the headline which was all about the US president Nixon Watergate scandal. He boarded the bus and sat at the back. He wanted a cigarette but didn’t want his breath smelling of smoke. Brian “Smidger” Smith took his fare as the bus headed towards North Shields.

He was excited about meeting Sandie again; last night had been great catching up with her again and all the chat about Ralph Gardner School stirred up a thousand memories.

When the bus pulled into Northumberland square he saw Sandie sitting on one of the benches waiting for him, she looked beautiful in a figure hugging grey pencil skirt with a white blouse and a red belt and black shoes. She was carrying a jacket and a Black Hand bag over her shoulder as Tom walked up to meet her.

“Hi Tom; said Sandie as she stood up and then kissed him on the cheek.”

Hi, you look nice he said trying to hide his blushes.

“Thank you Tom; it was something I just threw on she lied.”

In fact she had spent over an hour trying clothes on and applying make up.

Like Tom she was excited at the prospect of meeting the man she had had a massive crush on at school.

Right Sandie let’s go down to the quayside; they walked leisurely down Bedford Street, past the Salvation Army hall then the police station before crossing over the road.

“The place hasn’t changed that much since you left you know said Tom as they walked down the tiger stairs that led onto the fish quay.”

“I hope not Tom the place is so nostalgic; it keeps calling you back you know?

“Does it? 

“Yes every morning I hear the seagull’s song as I wake up; even though there are none.”

They stepped onto the road that led to the fish quay and they walked along towards the Gut where the fishermen were repairing their nets in the lovely sunshine.

“This place is always a hive of activity isn’t it?

“Yes they certainly earn their money down here alright.

 

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