• Across the Barricades
  • Chapter 5



Tommy stood up.and pushed back his chair. "Are you coming, Linda?"

She followed him out. "You don’t even speak backup for yourself,"
she said with annoyance.

"I don’t see why I have toshould. Steve doesn't have to tell me what
to do."

"But the other men won't like youit Tommy, if you don't join in
with them."

"Why should I care about that? Anyway, not everybody belongs
to the Orange Order just because they're Protestants. Lots of lads
in the yard don't."

"But most of the men in the street do."

"LeaveForget it, Linda," he said quietly.

"OhhAll right" She sighed.

He saw Sadie and Kevin ahead before Linda did. For a minute
he thought of wheeling Linda about and taking her back along the road
but it was too late. TShe had seen them too.

"Isn't that Sadie?" she said excitedly.

Sadie and Kevin were standing at the end of the street. They
turned as Tommy and Linda approached.

"Hello, you two." Sadie's voice was loud and defiant.

"Hello, Tommy," sai Kevin spoke more quietly.

"Hello, Kevin."

For a moment there was silence. Tommy and Kevin looked at one
another, each wishing to spokespeak, h not knowing what to say.

"How've you been?" asked Kevin at last.

Joan Lingard
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