sixteen, he’s the tough and streetwise, he’s a ladies man. His Brother
Jimmy’s, the town hard man, he used to play football, he was a celebrity
but he only played one game. Now he runs a pub. Their Dad, Charlie, loves
his wife Pat, he’s a lorry driver, and she’s a nurse. They work hard.
Charlie plays hard too. He’s a Casanova, he sleeps around, he’s charmer
and a storyteller, he’s addicted to sex, he’s never known how to say no.
Joe loves his family, he’s hard like his brother, he’s charming like his
Dad, loyal like his Mum. His friends, Tom and Healy, they’d do anything
for him, he’d do the same and more for them. Then he meets Layla, the new
girl at school.
from London, her parents are strange, they’re weird recluses. Something
happened in London, they got chased out. Layla doesn’t want to talk about
it. Layla hates Joe’s town. She likes Joe though. They slept together
straight away. Success with girls wasn’t new to Joe. But Layla was
different. She didn’t seem that impressed with his brother or the pub.
Most girls usually were. She knew David Brennan, the weird kid at school,
she knew him from London. Brennan’s crazy, he recites song lyrics to
himself at school. The younger kids chase him home. Healy picks on him a
lot. Layla didn’t think much of that either. Joe and Layla had their first
row because of it. It didn’t stop them sleeping together though. They
slept together loads. Joe got expelled from school. He took the rap for
something Healy did. He thought Layla would be mad at him. She wasn’t, she
told him she loved him.
The day it
snowed Layla told Joe she was pregnant. The same day the dog slipped in
the pond. The same day Layla’s dad left the house. He jumped in the pond
and saved the dog. Then Julie Smith shouted out for her daughter Katie,
the swing she was on was empty, moving back and forth in the wind. Katie
went missing when everyone was watching Layla’s Dad save the dog.
was having an affair with Joe’s Dad, Charlie, she sent Katie out to play
in the snow so they could have some private time. She ended the affair
with Charlie. She couldn’t forgive herself. Charlie got drunk and told
Pat. Joe punched his Dad. Charlie kicked him out of the house. Layla knew
all about David Brennan. She knew he’d killed his sister when they were
little. He let go of her pushchair, it slipped down a hill and crashed
into a bus. It was an accident, or so everyone said. Layla knew that
David’s Mum, Linda had abducted a little girl before, she took her home
and baked her a birthday cake. She didn’t hurt her. Layla told Joe but
made him promise to stay quiet. Jimmy set up a vigilante group to search
for Katie. He went knocking on doors. He was determined to get answers he
didn’t care how.
suspected David. Layla tried to defend him but let slip that Linda had
abducted a girl. Jimmy and Joe fight. The police arrest Linda. Jimmy’s
vigilante mob attack her house, then fight with police. Jimmy gets
arrested. David tries to kill himself. Layla finds him. She calls an
ambulance. David confesses to abducting and killing Katie. He is arrested
in hospital. Linda is released. Joe steals money from Jimmy’s pub while
Jimmy is in prison. Pat leaves Charlie and sells their house.
Joe leave town to start a new life with their baby in London.
2005 Mike Walden
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