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.


13. 13

Joe came in and slammed the door.

His mother and father got up and came to see Joe who was clearly not happy.

“What’s up Joe asked his mother?

“Nothing mam.”

“Well it doesn’t look like nothing; you have blood on your sweater.

“What happened son asked his father?

“Joe looked at his mother and father before he said I had a fight in the Heaton Terrace Chip Shop. This older lad kept lifting Ayesha’s dress and making racial comments so I punched him in the nose.

“The thing is the shop owner who saw what happened sided with the lad who had made the comments.”

“He told me not to come back and called Ayesha a nigger dad.”

“I’m sorry son, but you are going to have to face up to the fact that you are from two different cultures.”

“She was born here dad.”

“What I mean is people are going to assume she is different because of the colour of her skin.

“Her father is white you know.”

“I can guess the problems he had then; maybe you should speak with him.

“Yes I guess your right; it will be interesting to know how he dealt with all the bigotry.”

“I am seeing Ayesha tomorrow; we are going for a picnic in Seaton Sluice. We are taking our bicycles.

“What time are you going son asked his mother?

“We are leaving at nine in the morning mam.”

“That’s fine we have some chicken left in the fridge and some pork pies and Scotch eggs. I will put you some ham and cheese sandwiches up tomorrow before you leave.

“Joe kissed his mother on the cheek and thanked her. “ I’m off to bed; goodnight!

“Goodnight son, his parents said in unison.”

Joe lay awake for long time thinking about what had happened that evening. He tried to think about something else. He saw Ayesha’s face in his as they kissed in the picture house. He held that image in his head as he drifted off to sleep.


Joe woke up at seven then ran himself a bath; he chose a white Fred Perry t-shirt and his jeans and a red Harrington Jacket. He wore his black Adidas training shoes.

Mary Simpson packed all the food neatly into her son’s haversack as he came into the kitchen. “Where’s dad?

He’s gone to the allotment

“I will help him when I get back; I will call in and water all the plants for him.”

“His mother handed him the haversack with all the food.

He used two bungee straps to secure the haversack to the back of the seat rest.

“He waved good bye to his mam as he pedalled up the street.


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