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Week No. 25
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Will Geof Ever Be A Doctor?

Chapter 14

Alice knew when her husband arrived home that he was in a very bad mood. His steps were always heavier and the door was shut with a bang. 'Someone has got at him,' she thought and steeled herself to meet what he had to say.

The lovely red, like a coat of armour came around her and she straightened her back as a feeling of added strength went through her.

Jack flung his outdoor things on the chair in the hall and swung open the kitchen door with such a force that it banged against the wall.

Alice looked up just as he raised his hand, the twins screamed but Alice was up from her chair and he hit his hand on the wooden back, which made him even more angry as he swung round and shouted, "You put the police on me!"

Alice was amazed. "I did no such thing. How did I know you were not at your work? What were you doing to get caught by the police? They would not have caught you if doing nothing illegal." Her words stopped some of his tirade.

"I went for my son, a policeman was in the house and Geof wasn't there," he replied.

"Then it serves you right; someone must have seen you, it wasn't me."

"I'll get him; you can play all the tricks you like but I am going to have my son with me, and don't you forget it."

"Right girls," said Alice, "we won't wait until tomorrow, we will go tonight and leave your father to do what he likes. The police will keep a watch on him, so he will not hurt Geof. It's a good thing your auntie Grace has gone somewhere else, and we are going somewhere too."

Jack dropped into a chair, his head in his hands. Alice did not know herself, she could not soothe him, he had betrayed her and they were not safe from his temper.

She said to the girls, "Get all your things." The twins did not really understand and Alice continued, "We have to go, your father knew what would happen, I told him, no second chance." The two girls giggled nervously, but soon were silenced when their mother said, "Well, do you want to stay here?"

"Oh no!" they both replied at the same time, and going upstairs for the cases they were soon down again as a knock sounded on the front door.

"That is the taxi, we must hurry." Jack made no move to stop them and the door was shut quietly behind them.

Alice made no mention of the supper they had just had, except to say, "Your father from now on can look after himself."

The cab took them some distance until they came to a house that lay back from the front of a white fence that was around a pretty garden.

"My sister lives here, she has invited us to stay."

The children loved it, even before meeting an aunt that so far they had never seen, it was lovely.

Having rung the bell, a little lady came to the door; she almost screamed with delight and hugged each in turn before inviting them in.

A lovely smell met their nostrils on entering and Alice sniffed appreciatively.

Her sister Dorothy looked at her and smiled saying; "It comes and goes, it's as if someone brings a feeling of warmth and comfort; I was told it is when someone loving comes into the house, so that must be for you."

Tears came into Alice's eyes; she thought aloud saying, "I am most grateful for that; may your house be blessed for having us to stay."

© Gladys Franklin, January 2000