Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.


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could be heard. Roger and Brenda made love silently it was only when they both climaxed that there was a sound from either of them. They held each other until sleep got the better of them.’

The sound of seagulls, kitty wakes, and oyster catchers woke Roger. He looked at his watch which told him that it was now ten past six. He got up silently and went to the toilet. He closed the bathroom door then turned on the shower. Stepping inside he drew the curtain and began his ritual. He felt his chin and thought that he might get away without shaving but changed his mind. He wiped the mirror with his flannel then lathered his face then took out his razor and began to shave. He left to tap fill up the small round basin then rinsed his face and then cleaned his teeth. He had bought an electric one and it was far easier to use plus it gave his teeth a good old polish.

“He remembered his father telling him about his dad looking for the “Ring of Confidence’ when he cleaned his teeth with Colgate toothpaste.

Roger dressed and put on a clean t shirt which was a Vintage 1988 make.

It was white with black writing on the front. He slid into his tight fit jeans pulling up the zipper and fastening the button and then laced up his kickers then slipped out quietly after putting on his black leather bomber jacket. He walked along the coast until he reached the Rendezvous café and went in and bought a cup of tea. I was a fresh morning with a light wind. The seagulls hovered above.

 Their black heads turning left and right in search of food as their wings tilted in order to stay airborne. The café had copies of today’s news and Roger picked up the Daily Express and began to read it. The situation in the Gulf was intensifying and Roger thought to himself that it wouldn’t be long before the British would be dragged into yet another war. Roger folded the paper then headed back to the caravan he’d been away ninety minutes. Brenda was up when he returned.’

“Don’t go in the bathroom she whispered.’ “Ronnie and Ann are in there.’

“Are they still at it they’re like bloody rabbits them two?’

“Leave them be; you cannot blame them really; it going to be a long time before they see each other again.’

“Where have you been anyway?’

I got up had a shave and shower then walked down to the Rendezvous Café in Tynemouth and had a cup of tea whilst I read the paper.’

“Very nice, you should have woken me up; I would have come with you.’

“You looked so peaceful lying there I couldn’t wake you.’

“I had a nice dream anyway; yes, we were playing on the beach in Madeira; we were both heavily tanned with the sun and I was cross because you had broken my sun glasses by sitting on them.’

“You redeemed yourself by going off and buying me some from a lucky, lucky man.

By eight thirty everyone was fully dressed so they headed down to Lou’s café for breakfast. Ronnie told Lou about them leaving on Friday but he said that he would write him a letter once they were 

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