The River

"The River" tells the story of Connie Francis Boothe who struggles to bring up three children in the damp living conditions on Howdon Road, North Shields in the 1950's Her Husband Richard is out of work and she is nearly seven weeks in arrears with her rent and eviction is looming. She has already pawned two of her mother's rings in order to feed her hungry children. Richard is a bit of a jack the lad who has ducked and dived all his life as a labourer - then he meets Beverly Madison a tall beautiful girl who is seven years younger than him but has had a crush on him since she was only fourteen. he begins an affair until after six months his wife finds out. How will Connie cope on her own after her husband leaves. follow this story of rags to riches - The River is one to read.


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They lay together for over an hour as Richard rolled a cigarette and they shared it together. “That was absolutely amazing Ritchie; you are a fantastic lover.’

“I wish that you were mine; I am sad when you leave to go back to your wife.’

“I want you all to myself is that selfish of me darling?’

“No it is not and if it’s any consolation my wife and I haven’t made love for years.

“You still go back to her why?’

“Because of my children Beverly that is the reason and no other.’

“Do you not love your wife Ritchie?’

“I care for her but as for love there is nothing there between us.’

“Could you ever leave her?’

“I don’t know Bev’ honestly.’ Can we take this slowly Beverly and see how things pan out.’

“I love you said Beverly, I’ve always loved you ever since I was fourteen.’

“Let me love you Ritchie, let me make you happy. I know that you are not happy over there. We could have a good life together if only you could unburden yourself. You could still see your children; I wouldn’t place demands on you.’

If it were that simple I would have left years ago Bev’ maybe I need more time; my emotions are all over the place at the moment and I’m like a love sick teenager.’

“I’ve done nothing else but think of you since last night and I’m totally bowled over that you would love someone like me.’

“Why would you think like that?

“Well mainly because I haven’t got a decent job; how would we live Bev’

“I earn good money Ritchie even if you don’t earn I can manage to pay the rent and still manage to save a little.’

“I don’t want to be a kept man Beverly.’

“You will always find work Richard, I know you.

Richard rolled another cigarette then lit it up took a drag from it then passed it to Beverly.’

“Forget foolish pride Richard; I want you more than you will ever know and I will wait for you no matter how long it takes.’ One day you will see that and you will come to me where I will be waiting.’

Richard kissed her and held her in his arms they sat and talked until Richard looked at his watch and it was twenty past eleven.

“I have to go Beverly; I’m sorry I don’t want to go but until I can get my head around this I must go back.’ Do you understand?’

“Yes I do my darling. “ I will be waiting for you if you can come tomorrow.’

“I cannot promise but I will try because I cannot bear being away from you either.’

“He sat on the edge of the bed and put on his jumper then his underpants and jeans. One of his shoes had gone under the bed and he knelt down to retrieve it.

He sat back down on the bed whilst he slid each foot inside them. Then finally he stood up Beverly followed him; she picked up her coat and put her arms inside it and fastened the one button that held it together then walked to the door. He turned and kissed her long and lovingly then opened the door and slipped out into the night.


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