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.


12. 12

By the time the main feature had ended Ayesha was crying, as Midge the adorable otter was killed by a ditch digger with a spade. She grabbed his arm and leant into his shoulder. The lights came on and so Joe stood up to allow Ayesha to get out first then followed her into the foyer.

“That was so sad she said.”

“I know said Joe; I was fighting to keep myself from crying too.

“There is no shame in letting out your true emotions Joe; we are all human and share the same feelings.

Joe looked at his watch it was only twenty past ten so he thought they would have time to buy a bag of chips from the chip shop further down Heaton Terrace. There was a group of lads in the shop and they began to lift up Ayesha’s dress.

“Are you black all over darlin’; I’m partial to a bit of black puddin’

“What did you say said Joe?

“Why? What you goin’ to do about it

“Joe’s fist shot out and connected with the older boy’s nose. The other two who were with the bully backed off. Joe was ready and set himself for an attack from the bully he lunged towards Joe but Joe was aware and he just side stepped the boy and he buried a hook into the boys solar plexus. The boy just doubled up on the floor.

The owner came out and threw Joe and Ayesha out of his shop even though Joe tried to explain that it was the other boy who had started it.

“Get out and do not bring that “Nigger in my shop again.” Joe ran towards the man but he went inside and locked the door.

“Come on Joe; leave it. There was another chip shop around the corner on Front Street so he went in and bought some chips that they could share.

Ayesha still had her Kiora so they shared that as they ate the chips out of news paper.

“What happened there will keep happening you know Joe; people are always going to make comments about the colour of my skin.

“They are ignorant Ayesha; they cannot see beyond the colour of your skin.”

She linked his arm as they walked back home. She stopped just before the church and kissed Joe again.

“You are my knight in shining armour, my protector, “I will never forget what you did Joe.”

“You say that as if we are never going to see each other again.”

“Don’t you think it would be for the best if we didn’t?

“No I do not.

“I do not want you to suffer the way my father has over the years from bigoted people.

“Look Ayesha; you mother and father are still together are they not?


“Well so will we be; nothing will tear us apart unless you let it.”



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