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.

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It was eight o’clock by the time Greg and Ruth got back to the church hall

Lynn was sitting at the table with Mollie she was eating a sausage and some chips.

“I hope you don’t mind but Mollie was hungry and this is what she asked for.”

Both Ruth and Greg Laughed.

“It’s her favourite meal said Ruth.

Mollie smiled at them both as she chewed the sausage on the fork.

“Did you enjoy your meal said Lynn looking at Greg?

“Yes Lynn it was very nice thank you.”

“Ruth blushed when she said it was the best afternoon she had ever had for a long time.

“I got you a present said Lynn, as she handed Ruth a book; I hope you enjoy it.”

Ruth tore the paper that the book was wrapped in and saw that it was “Brief Encounter” by Noel Coward.

“Oh thank you Lynn.

They were having a jumble sale yesterday in the church I saw it and thought you would like to read it.

“You are so thoughtful; thank you again.”

When Mollie had finished her meal they said goodbye to Lynn and headed home.

Ruth read Mollie another fairy tale when they got in she quickly undressed her and put on her pyjamas before she went off to sleep.

Greg was in the conservatory when Ruth came in.

“Fancy a nightcap Ruth?

“I think I’ve had enough alcohol for one night; I’m bushed do you mind if I go to bed?

“Of course I don’t Ruth; good night and I will see you in the morning.”

 “Goodnight.”

Ruth undressed then lay on top of the bed and opened the book Lynn had given her

And began to read it; after two chapters she set it down on the bedside table.

She had heard Greg go into the bathroom then into his bedroom.

She thought about the meal they had eaten and then the walk through the dene 

But her mind kept playing back the kiss in the car; she got off the bed then went to the bathroom Greg’s light was still on as she came out standing in only her bra and panties she entered Greg’s room and got into bed with him.

“Greg kissed her ever so softly then she got up for an instant and removed her under wear turned out the light and got back under the sheets.

 

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