Under Scrutiny

A story of back street abortion in 1948 and how the change came about where women were given contraception and could go to a clinic to have a termination. A doctor who's ex- wife dies of cancer is left to bring up his daughter who has downs syndrome. His perception of the disability is changed when he discovers that his daughter is brighter than he first thought. This is a story of acceptance and the love between a disabled girl and her father. The story includes prize fighting when Billy Tugg Fawcett and his friend a black heavyweight fighter called Bill Peters fight their way to a title fight but gangsters and racketeers are after Bill when he refuses to throw a fight.


15. 15

After reading the poem Greg put down the book on the table next to him trying to keep the thoughts of the verse that he’d just read. He closed his eyes and was soon asleep.

It was dark when Greg woke up; he rubbed his eyes then headed towards the cloak room to get his coat. He closed the front door and headed towards the Quarry Tavern

The place was always quiet on a Sunday evening. Greg went to the bar and asked Debbie if she could rustle him up something to eat.

“Actually Doc’ there is some roast beef left and I could make you a dinner if you can wait half an hour?

“That would be wonderful Debbie; did I tell you that you were an angel.”

“Many times.”

Debbie disappeared into the back to the kitchen area and began to peel potatoes and carrots, she had some frozen broccoli, and she had Yorkshire puddings left from the lunch that afternoon which could be reheated. She made some fresh gravy then set the pans away to boil.

Debbie popped back into the bar then poured Greg a pint of Guinness.

“Dinner won’t be long Doc’.”


True to her word Debbie brought out the Sunday lunch for him. There were some condiments on the table and Greg helped himself.

“Thank you so much he said as he tucked in.”

“You’re welcome Doc,”

There was four thick slices of beef on his plate and he waded into that first then the Yorkshire puddings, he couldn’t finish all of the vegetables.

Debbie came over to clear away his plate. ‘Did you enjoy that then?”

“It was absolutely delicious.”

 “All you have to do was ring you know and I will have a meal ready for you when you come in.

“That’s very kind but I do not wish to put you to any trouble.”

“No trouble at all Doc.”

Debbie scribbled the number of the Pub on some paper and gave it to Greg. “Now there is the number and just ring me and I will cook you anything you wish.”

He paid for his dinner and the drinks and left Debbie a big tip before leaving.

Tomorrow was going to be a big day for him.


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