• Across the Barricades
  • Chapter 1



Suddenly a frown knitted Linda's eyebrows. "I've seen you
before, haven't I?" she asked Kevin.

"Everyone's seen him before," said Sadie. "He's a well-known man
about town."

"Oh you!" Linda pouted. She hated to be teased. She s continued
to stare at Kevin.

"He can wiggle his ears too," said Sadie.

"I've many other a few more tricks besides forby" said Kevin.

"I know y who you are," cried Linda triumphantly. "Your names's
Kevin and you're - " She broke off.

"Yes, he's - ," said Sadie. "So now you know. I'm glad you don't
have to go sit all the way home on the bus with it worrying you."

Linda's round little mouth straightened into a taut line. She
edged away. "I'll be seeing you, Sadie."

"No doubt."

Linda walked away swiftly.

"She can't get back quick enough to spread the good news in your
street, Sadie,” said Kevin.

"Let her spread what she likes."

"I always liked the devil in you." Kevin grinned. "You never let them get you down, do you?"

"Her bottom bum wiggles just like her mother's ma's. I could see iA that
happening startin' three years ago. And her tongue wags just like her mother's ma's

"I thought she used to be your best friend?"

"She bores me"
"Your head's cut."

Joan Lingard
Linda, Kevin, Friend
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