There was Dave and Nicky standing on a street corner selling their new magazine.               

A pound a copy, people were hurrying past trying not to notice their appearance, keeping clear of the dogs, rope tied around their necks as they lay sleeping on an old blanket, the stained clothes, unkempt. “We are trying to get back on our feet” they exclaim, “help us, volunteer, it helps your country”. The dogs move, startled, and snarl at a passerby. “Quiet Ken! you will frighten the people”!  

Commuters were embarrassed looking at these ragged down and outs. “We can save you if you help us”  they shouted. “You do not understand the situation” The public moved further away, isolating these ruffians. “We will not steal your money” they cried out, “We are trying to make things better”.

But it was as if a magic barrier surounded them. The more they called out the further  people moved away. “Our friend Boris found 42 million and Vinny found 27 million” Eye’s  stared in amazement. “We got rid of the planes and boats, we will start a bank with 200 million” they shouted. But people just shook their heads. One minute without a penny next with millions of pounds to spend. “You can trust us” Their voices echoed back  from the buildings, but men and women hurried on, fear in their eye’s. “Please, Please. Buy Our Big Society”. One of the old dogs snarled and growled, “Quiet Ken”. Nobody trusted these vagrants.

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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