• Across the Barricades
  • Chapter 17



She looked at him in surprise.

"Against all the odds," he added.

"We have a few troubles,you know. Sometimes we argue and even fight
She laughed. "But we make it up again.Y You're looking sad today?
Are you still shaken up by your accident?"

"A bit, I suppose. I'm worried for Sadie and Kevin. I don't
think they stand much chance. They have too much against them."

"That's why you're helping them, isn't it?"

"WellYes, of course. But I like them both too. They've become real
friends to me."

He went back to the house. Sadie and Kevin were in the kitchen,
their faces were serious.

"We've been thinking, Mr Blake," said Kevin "and we feel we should n't
meet one another here any more."

"Why not?"

"We don't want to get you into any more bother," said Sadie. "Sure
we all know why the wheels were loosened."

Mr 31ake sighed. "I would be sorry not to see you both. And I'm
not afraid to go on having you here?. I think it's important to stick
to your principles."

"I think we should come less often," said Kevin. "Maybe once in
the week, and we'd have to take care not to be seen."

"I'll still come every day and work for you," said Sadie, wonderin g
as she spoke how long she would be able to stall her mother, who again
this morning a had been asking when she was getting a new job.

Joan Lingard
Accident, Mother
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