• Across the Barricades
  • Chapter 19



colour burned high on his cheekbonesspread across his cheeks.

"You wouldn't want to, would you, Kevin?" said Mike,

Kevin subsided. He shook his head. "No, I wouldn't want to. But there's
times when I feel such rage inside me..."

"I know," said Mike quietly. "I feel rage too. But I don't want
their blood on my hands."

Kevin looked down at the hand that held Sadie's and tightened his
hold on hers. "No, I wouldn't want their blood on me either," he said.
"Will you come for a walk with me, Sadie?"

They walked on Cave Hill, above the city.

"I've been thinking," he began.


He turned and looked into her face and d said quickly, "Sadie, I've
got to go away. I can't stay here any longer. I haven't a jobs and
I'm sick of bombs and poeple getting killed! And now that this has
happened with Hr Blake..." He paused, then continued, "It's not a case of running away, you mustn't think that. I just don't want any part of what's going on here. It's not living anyway. Not living the way I want it."

She did not speak for a moment. She stared down at the Blefast
Lough lying below, seeing it blur and then focus and then come sharply
into focus again. She swallowed. "When will you go?" she asked.

"Next week."

Joan Lingard
Rage, Cave Hill
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