• Across the Barricades
  • Chapter 14



"Can I help it?"he demanded.

"No." But it might not do you any good."

"If you're suggesting I keep in with her because of my job you
should know better than that! MaloneKelly employs me because I work hard
not because his daughter’s after me." He sat down at the table and straightened his sore leg. His
It still ached if he walked too much.

Brede hesitated. "She can cause trouble, Kate, if she has a mindwants

"Let her. I’ll not be blackmailed."

"I've seen her around with Brian Rafferty quite a bit."

"Maybe they’d suit one another."

"You sound bittersour tonight."

"I'd just like to be left alone for a while."

Brede turned down the gas under the pot on the stove and began
setting the table. "Were you out seeing Sadie?" Kevin did not answer.
"Be careful, Kevin, won't you? It's all right, you know you can
trust me."

"Yes, I know that. You're about the only one I can. Apart from
Sadie." And Mr Blake and Moira Henderson. They were to be trusted

Brede raised her eyes to his. "So you are seeing her? Well, I
suppose I knew it. You're keen on her, Kevin, aren't you?"

"Would I see her if I weren't?"

Their father came in then. He was in a jovial mood. He had been
in the pub 'wetting the baby's head'. It was a tradition to celebrate
the birth of a new child by buying your friends a few drinks. By

Joan Lingard
Blackmailed, Wetting
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