Forever in my Heart

A story of young love when the daughter of a priest and black south African woman falls for a young lad from North Shields. Will their relationship survive the racial prejudice.

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Joe sat on the grass verge in the park as his friends played on the roundabout better known as the “witches’ hat” because of its conical shape. There was about twelve boys and girls standing on the metal bars that so that they wouldn’t fall they hung on as on of the boys pushed the ride around then jumped on. Joe knew most of the boys who were playing but the two girls he had never seen before. One of them caught his eye as she climbed up onto the ride as it slowed down. The girl was tall for her age Joe thought. She wore pair of Wrangler Jeans and a pair of black loafers

Her coffee coloured skin highlighted by a pair of big brown eyes and a perfect smile.

The girl had dark hair that was in an afro style. Joe got up onto his feet, he slowly walked over to the ride that girl was on waiting until the ride slowed down enough to get on it. He climbed up onto the metal bars; swung out like a chimpanzee from bar to bar until he was next to the girl he had seen. He looked over at her and thought she was even more beautiful close up.

“Hello, I’m Joe; what’s your name?

“Ayesha replied the girl.”

“You’re not from around here are you?

 “No, we came here six months ago from London.

“Didn’t you like it there?

“Yes but my father got a new job and we moved here; my father is the vicar at St Joseph’s Church on Wallsend Road.”

“Where do you live then asked Ayesha?

“I live on Wallsend Road.

“ I’m fourteen.”

“I’m fourteen this September; I have one sister who is older than me she is called Yasmine.”

Joe and Ayesha got off the witches hat and walked towards the swings.

“Do you come here a lot asked Joe?

“Pretty much every week; I like it here.”

“Have you seen the stream at the other side of the park?

“No where is it?

“It’s over there said Joe indicating with his finger; “come on I will show you.”

“Alright; is it very far?

“No not really said Joe; as they walked along the stone path that led them to a grass bank and onto the stream.

“I come here and catch frogs, newts, and sticklebacks in the summer.”

“What do you do with them Joe?

“Take them to school we have a nature table and there is a fish tank with rocks and plants where the frogs are kept until the autumn then we release them again to breed.”

 

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