• Across the Barricades
  • Chapter 18



And then Sadie asked him why he had not phoned.

"It seemed wiser," he said.

"But you came today."

"There’s days I feel wise and days I don't. But I'm glad to
see you again, Sadie."

"Me too."She was glad too.

It rained on and off most of the day but it did not concern them.
The hours passed happily and without anxiety.

"I'm out of work, Sadie," Kevin told her. "That's been another of
the things that's been bugging me. I don't know what I'm going to
do at all. I've even been thinking; of going away."

"Leave Belfast you mean?" she cried.

He nodded. "Imight have to."

S "I would miss you." The sparkle died in hers eyes.

"Don't be sad. This isn't a day for being sad. It'll probably
not happen anyway. If I can get work here I'll stay. Let me
see you smile." She smiled, and he leaned forward and kissed her.

"I'll smile again if that's what happens," she said.

At the end of the day he too kerher to the bus station. They It
would be safer for them to travel home separately, he said. He
would take the bus after hers. Sadie agreed with a sigh. It was
hard not to be able to ride home on the bus together, hand in hand;
it was the right way to finsish off such a day.

"Not much is right these days, Sadie," said Kevin.

She touched his face. It had darkened again. She hated to see

Joan Lingard
Travel, Bus
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