By Ian Ayris
Third may well, 1975. 8 yr previous John watches his loved West Ham win the cup, when while, Kenny tumbles out front door of the home contrary, blood all over the place his face.
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He hummed and hawed and scratched his big, square jaw, examining items of cutlery from all angles, testing them for weight and balance and quality of line. In the evenings, when the curtains were hung and the cutlery was in the drawer, when the new kettle or new toaster stood in its appointed place in the kitchen, when the new mirrors were hung in the hallway and bedroom and bathroom, when the telephone stood on its new table in the hallway and the CDs were ranked in their new shelves, when the new towels hung folded on the heated rail, the walls receded from him.
Sam took care to welcome him jauntily, repressing the powerful urge to order him immediately upstairs and into the bath. Sam wasn’t due to start work at Agartha Barrow, the local mental hospital, until October. He had never spent so much time alone. But it wasn’t so bad. At first, he kept busy by unpacking the stuff he hadn’t crammed into the smallest spare room. When that was done, and when he’d found a place to put everything, the house felt emptier. It swallowed those belongings by which he was content to be surrounded.
Sam believed then, as part of him believed now, that she was almighty and indestructible. Because the idea made Sam nervous, Mel took Jamie to shop for his uniform. , and they didn’t get 51 NEIL CROSS back until late that afternoon. They’d bought everything Jamie needed: a new blazer, slightly too large in the shoulders and arms, to allow for growth, a yellow, blue and red striped tie, five polycotton white shirts, black Caterpillar boots and a full sports kit with reversible rugby sweater. Mel laid the stuff on the bed for Sam to inspect.