Sunday, 12 August 2012

Another extract from my up and coming book DEVILS DICH

During the day more and more people started tae talk aboot setting off . One by one the vehicles were fired up , those withoot diesel were given some ,others were tow started … still others were chained up ready to move …

Until by mid day the whole site was at the entrance , still blocked by the lines of police vans and police ..

The convoy was on the move and NOTHING was going to stop us..

Behind I watched as stragglers ran ( well more staggered )from the woods clutching their worldly goods and diving onto the nearest vehicle..

I was third in line my landy and caravan ticking over nice, in front

was Dylan and his wee blim bus behind him Mark and his caravan ..


I looked but couldn't see anything then slowly a pair of yellow hand painted para boots took shape …


                                                    It had to be Gordon

Lifting the bush back sure enough it was , snoring louder than any sound I had heard on a rifle range . We looked at each another and laughed and together said “WHAT A STAIGHT”

still clutching a half drunk can of special brew with the remains of a late supper scrounged dried at the side of his mouth and the rest dotted across his torn shirt..

to the right a pool of spew and looking doon it was obvious he hadn't bothered tae get up for a pish , steam rising from soaked trousers into the day.. and a wee bit of pooh making its escape

The stink unbearable but as always the hugest of GRINS on his face ..

                                                      WHAT TO DO ??


Both together we said “ he's noo coming in with me “ looking around we both knew what to do …

The last knot tied and the strap pulled tae check for tension one final wee pat we both headed back to get ready tae pull oot..

A smile passed between mark and myself as on the front of his landy and strapped to the spare wheel on the bonnet GORDON snored on, still clutching the can of brew and STILL that SMILE ….

                                         ( you got to look after your own)

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