The girl next door

Maxie Forster is a binman who carries out ashes from the coal fires of North Shields the holes in his leather soled boots are letting in water from the rain and he cannot afford to go and take the boots to the cobbler shop in Billy Mill. He tries repairing them with some old lino and cuts the shape out with a stanley knife and glues them with some evo stick then places cardboard in the insides. Looking over the road on his round he spots a family being evicted by the bailiffs - the wagon is loaded with furniture and the woman and her five children stand in the rain as the barrow with everything she owns is pushed down the street.


8. 8

When Stan had gone inside the Corvette; Geordie locked up the shop then went to the toilet with the magazine.’



Stan gave Albert his change then took three swallows of his pint that he’d left to go over to the off licence.’

“Well Iris is here said Albert as he indicated with his head towards the bar where she was sitting on a bar stool.

The slim dark haired girl who was twenty eight was only five feet two inches tall but was very attractive. She wore some white boots that came up to her knees and when she stood up to adjust her mini skirt that had ridden further up her thighs Stan felt himself starting to stiffen.’

“For a little lass she has got all the meat in the right places hasn’t she.’

“Take the bottle of gin over and give it to Molly and get me another bottle will you.’

“Stan walked casually over then ordered two pints and said what ever you two are havin’ as well.’

“Thanks said Molly as she took the fiver from Stan and rung the price up on the till.

“So your Stan then said Iris looking at Stan sexily.’

“Stan the man’

“Let’s hope that you measure up.’

“You won’t be disappointed said Stan as he passed the bottle of Gordon’s Gin to Molly.’

“We will see then won’t we?’

Stan returned to his seat and told Albert what Iris had told him who immediately started to laugh. “That girl is going to get the shock of her life when you drop your pants.’

“He looked over at Molly who gave him a wry smile.’

There was a game of dominoes going on in the left hand corner and some pensioners were getting excited when someone had won five bob.’ As the night wore on

there were some other men who had called in after working a half shift from the ship yard. They stood in their work clothes with their caps on. One of them gave gummy smile as someone cracked a joke. His mouth was devoid of teeth because of gum disease. He held the pint of McEwan’s best scotch in his hand as he went on to tell them a joke.

Three old ladies sat in the snug sipping on a bottle of Mackeson’s pale ale.

Last orders at the bar said Molly and there was a mad rush to get served.’

“Not long now said Stan.’

The ship yard workers ordered more drinks and stood chatting away until time was called. Now it was up to Molly to get everyone out. “Please see your drinks off now.’

She walked up to the Ship yard men and said “Come on lads have you not got homes to go to.’

“Aye said one of the men, where do you live?’ all the other men laughed

Until she stopped them by saying I want “Thrilling’ not killing’ come back and see me once you have seen a plastic surgeon.’

“You calling me ugly like.’ said the man whose ego had been obviously crushed.’

“Have you no mirrors in your house retorted Molly?’

“The lads all began to laugh at Gummy who supped the rest of his pint then headed for the door followed by his friends. The three old ladies sitting in the snug wished Molly good night and the pensioners finished off their game of dominoes. The board was put away and the tiles placed into a box then put into the cupboard for next time.

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