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‘Dagmar or Vera?....’
Story Name -
The Plimsoll Line
Dennis has arrived back in the UK with Neville and Oz. The welcome mat is out ready for Neville, but for Dennis?.
Setting; Newcastle. Dennis arrives home to Vera.
Den and Nev share a taxi. They stop outside Vera's.
"OK Den, be sure to keep in touch. We'll have a few jars eh ?!"
"Will do son. Give my love to Brenda."
"I will, oh and hey, hope it works out like."
"Cheers Nev ! You to !"
Den smiles and says,
"Who's Lotte ?"
"Oh god !"
Den walks up the path with his suitcase. Rings the doorbell. Vera opens door.
"Hello pet, come in."
Enter living room, Vera sits on the couch and Den stays standing.
"Where's the bairns and the welcome home flags ?"
"Oh they're stopping out, I thought we should talk first."
"Talk about what ?"
Well theres a few things to sort out."
"Like what ?"
"Well, lets have a cup of tea first. You must be thirsty after your flight."
Vera gets up and goes into the kitchen, Den follows with a worried look. Vera fills kettle, Den lights a fag.
"OK, what ?"
Vera looking awfully tense:
"Oh, I’m sorry to hear about the fire and all ya gear. How did you get new passports so quick ?"
"It was nay bother now look Vera, this is not the homecoming that I expected pet !"
"I’m sorry but I just thought we should take things slowly at first."
Den drags on his fag:
"What dya mean slowly ?"
"Well, Ive set up the spare room."
"What, why ? Who for like ?"
Den with raised voice:
"For me ? If I had have wanted my own room I could have booked into a bloody hotel man ! Now look Vera,
you wanted me back, I’m here. But what do I find ? No bairns, no welcome committee and I’m a bloody lodger ! Whats gan on pet ?"
"Its not like that !"
"Well what the hell is it like then ?"
"I need time to get used to the idea."
"Time ? It was your bloody idea in the first place !"
"I know, I know pet. Its just with leaving Alan and finding you with Dagmar and all..."
Den shouts over:
"I broke up with Dagmar for you ! My whole new start in life given up for you and the bairns. What do I get ? No
bairns and the spare bloody room ! Vera pet, I feel like a ship thats about to sink below the Plimsoll line. Thanks a bunch !"
Vera gets up and pours the water into the tea pot. She turns around and blasts:
"Well you can always go back to bloody Dagmar !
Its all about you isn’t it ? It always bloody has been !"
Vera runs out crying.
Vera on the couch in tears, Den in the kitchen drags heavily on his fag. He looks anxious, shakes his head and says:
"Jesus ! What have I done ? What a bloody mess !"
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