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After History With Helen

After History With Helen

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Published by Terry Collett
A BOY AND GIRL IN LONDON IN 1950S
A BOY AND GIRL IN LONDON IN 1950S

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Published by: Terry Collett on Mar 19, 2013
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AFTER HISTORY WITH HELEN.After history with Mr Finnabout Saxons or Vikingsor some such thingyou walked homefrom schoolwith Helenalong St George’s Roadthe afternoon traffichustling and bustling byand Helen saidthat Cogan boypulled my plaitsand called me four eyesand said I lookedlike a pugI think you look prettyyou saiddo I?she saidyesyou repliedand don’t mindabout Coganyou saidtapping your jacket pocket(where you keptyour six-shooter cap gun)he said he’d smash my face
 
but he never doeshe’s all mouthand short pantsyou saidHelen put her armunder yoursand squeezed itnice of you to sayI’m prettyshe saidno one’s said that beforeand she looked aheadand you stole a glancesideward on at herher plaits held in placeby two rubber bandsher thick lens spectacleswhich made her eyeslarger than they wereand her small nosebeneath the bridgeof the wire frameyou looked awaycarrying the image of her awaystoring it in your mindand she saidmy mum likes youshe said you’re not likethe other boysaround here
 
oyou saidthinking of her motherlarge as lifepushing the big pramsqueezed intothe huge coatnice of your mum to sayyou saidshe pulled your arm closerto herher dark blueraincoatagainst your black jacketyou sensed the six-shooteragainst your ribsthinking of Coganand firing a cap bangin the backof his headmy mum saidI can goto the cinemawith youon Saturday morningmatineeHelen saido goodyou saidnot caring what

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