• Across the Barricades
  • Chapter 12



a pipe and began to fill it with tobacco. "It'sxxxx a pity that.
Since you seem so fond of one another. But I know it must be

Sadie flet herself blush. Yes, it was true: she was fond of
Kevin; that was why she could not bear to have him hurt.

"It is difficult," she said. "Even to meet.

Kevin had closed his eyes again. His face waslooked pale a nd exhausted.

"I think we’ll have to get that boy home." said Mr Blake.

They helped him back into the car. Sadie sat in the back as

"You’ve to let me off outside my neighbourhood," Kevin insisted.
"I'll manage the last bit alone."

"All right," said Mr Blake. "I'm not happy at letting you walk
but theres's no point in causing any more trouble."

He stopped the car in a side street. "Will you make it from here?"

Kevin nodded. He put his hand on the handle of the door and looked
round at Sadie. Was this to be the last time they would see one another?

"I tell you what," said Mr Blake, "Would the two of you like to
come round to my house for supper one evening?"

"We'd love to, wouldn't we, Kevin?"

"Yes," said Kevin.

"Shall we say Friday?" suggested Mr Blake. "That'll give Kevin
a few days to be going about again."

"See you Friday then," said Kevin.

He opened the door. They watched him as he walked up the street.

Joan Lingard
Hurt, Trouble
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