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Kenny Brown is feeling pleased with himself.He is fairly sure he has identified Wyman’s killer. He received information of cash transfers from certain accounts in the Caymans . He told Chris a sum from one account believed by Klaus Stille to be secure ,was transferred to another known to be used by Alistair Fraser. He learned from a different source that an ex special forces veteran recently bought a Miami sea front property in his girl friends name for a similar sum. His informant confirmed the ex sniper had been out of the country during the period of interest to Kenny .






Back in the hospital Vicky has had to take a seat.



Dr Inez :” I appreciate this has been a shock for you and you will need some time to come to terms with it. However our problem remains, we need the DNA profile of Sara’s father in order to proceed with our investigation.”



On their return to the New Castle the problem was no easier to address.The possibility had to be faced and Vicky was experiencing great difficulty re living the days leading up to Fraser leaving her some thirty five years ago.



Vicky :” Without you Oz I don’t know what I would have done.” She turned her tear stained face to look at him .” He destroyed the flat, ruined all of my clothes and before he left he grabbed me and …….” She dissolved into tears again and Oz held her while she sobbed uncontrollably.




Later when things had settled down Kenny was thinking out loud.


Kenny :” Well it would seem we were all wrong, but how to prove Alistair is Sara’s father ? Perhaps more to the point how to get the profile that doctor Inez needs?”

Oz :” We need a DNA sample from Fraser. Do we know where he is?”

Kenny :” Dennis spoke to Detlef last week and he’d been spotted in Tynemouth.”

Oz :” The thing is he knows all of us, I don’t see how we could get near enough.”

Kenny :” Where is Detlef?”

Oz :” More to the point where is Fraser right now?”

Kenny :”I don’t need to emphasise this is a ……..delicate subject, it’s primarily Vicky and Sara’s situation that concerns me ,but…......if it turns out he is Sara’s father do we tell him?” There was a long pause and then Vicky spoke.

Vicky :”I’m pretty sure what his reaction would be, he said to me on more than one occasion he didn't want children.”

Kenny :” That was a long time ago Vicky.”

Oz :” Knowing Fraser he would deny it if he thought it was going to cost him.”

Vicky :” We still need to help doctor Inez get this profile thing whatever else is decided.”

Kenny :”I’ll talk to Chris. I’m sure he will be able to help ,if that’s okay with you Vicky?”






There was a message for Dennis to contact inspector Fredo.


Fredo :” I’m pleased to tell you mister Paterson we’ve had a stroke of luck with the picture your son sent us from the UK.”

Dennis :”What stroke of luck might this be Fredo?”

Fredo :” The vessel luckily for us ,is fitted with a transponder, and so we have been able to track it’s movement. It is currently up the coast from Tynemouth at a place called Berwick.”




Dennis ‘phoned Oz with the news and they agreed to ask Chris if he would intervene on their behalf.



Chris :” I will talk to Kenny Brown and explain what it is you are looking for. Kenny is nothing if not resourceful.I’ll let you know what he can do. Leave it with me Oz.”





There was no one more surprised than the skipper of the Nomad when he had two visitors from the Port Authority .Both dressed in blue coveralls and with cases containing equipment needed for the covid tests they were obliged to carry out on the crew of the Nomad. They explained their transport was at the entrance to the marina and proffered their id . He protested that they had all been tested at Tynemouth a few days ago but to no avail .He did not want to tell his boss their departure would be delayed until they complied. The crew were instructed to be ready for testing ,the girls opted to be swabbed by the female assistant, the male members of the crew were tested by her male partner. At this point there was sign of Fraser and as they ticked off the number of tests against their list observed there was one missing.The skipper sent one of the crew below and a reluctant Ally Fraser appeared on deck.

Fraser :” What’s all this about we were checked out in Tynemouth?” The young female assistant walked up to Fraser and introduced herself.

“I work for the Port Authority here sir and unfortunately several days have elapsed since your last test and we are obliged to ensure you have not acquired an infection in that time .” She smiled and moved a little closer slipping on a clean pair of gloves.” Could you open wide sir while I swab ?”

When all the samples had been taken ,labelled and secured in the case they said goodbye and made their way back to the transport. Fraser spoke to the skipper.

Fraser :” You said we would get the results within twenty four hours but to be on the safe side make sure we can be away at the drop of a hat. I don’t want to be hanging around here any longer than necessary.”




Kenny Brown received a call from a very old friend now resident in Edinburgh.


“ Hi Kenny. Job done .Materials despatched as instructed. Two sets from one guy . Yes I do remember Bagram . Lucky for you I stay close by. I will collect from PO.”



The samples were hand delivered to doctor Inez by Oz as he had indicated by ‘phone earlier that morning.

Oz :” Can I wait doctor ,will it take very long?”

Dr Inez :”Mister Osbourne I understand your concern but I am obliged to divulge results only to the biological mother .I will let her know as soon as I can.”







Kenny Brown is feeling pleased with himself.He is fairly sure he has identified Wyman’s killer. He received information of cash transfers from certain accounts in the Caymans . He told Chris a sum from one account believed by Klaus Stille to be secure ,was transferred to another known to be used by Alistair Fraser. He learned from a different source that an ex special forces veteran recently bought a Miami sea front property in his girl friends name for a similar sum. His informant confirmed the ex sniper had been out of the country during the period of interest to Kenny .





Back in the hospital Vicky has had to take a seat.


Dr Inez :” I appreciate this has been a shock for you and you will need some time to come to terms with it. However our problem remains, we need the DNA profile of Sara’s father in order to proceed with our investigation.”


On their return to the New Castle the problem was no easier to address.The possibility had to be faced and Vicky was experiencing great difficulty re living the days leading up to Fraser leaving her thirty five years ago.


Vicky :” Without you Oz I don’t know what I would have done.” She turned her tear stained face to look at him .” He destroyed the flat, ruined all of my clothes and before he left he grabbed me and …….” She dissolved into tears again and Oz held her while she sobbed uncontrollably.



Later when things had settled down Kenny was thinking out loud.

Kenny :” Well it would seem we were all wrong, but how to prove Alistair is Sara’s father ? Perhaps more to the point how to get the profile that doctor Inez needs?”

Oz :” We need a DNA sample from Fraser. Do we know where he is?”

Kenny :” Dennis spoke to Detlef last week and he’d been spotted in Tynemouth.”

Oz :” The thing is he knows all of us, i don’t see how we could get near enough.”

Kenny :” Where is Detlef?”

Oz :” More to the point where is Fraser right now?”

Kenny :”I don’t need to emphasise this is a ……..delicate subject, it’s primarily Vicky and Sara ’s situation that concerns me ,but….if it turns out he is Sara’s father do we tell him?” There was a long pause and then Vicky spoke.

Vicky :”I’m pretty sure what his reaction would be, he said to me on more than one occasion he did not want children.”

Kenny :” That was a long time ago Vicky.”

Oz :” Knowing Fraser he would deny it if he thought it was going to cost him.”

Vicky :” We still need to help doctor Inez get this profile thing whatever else is decided.”

Kenny :”I’ll talk to Chris. I’m sure he will be able to help ,if that’s okay with you Vicky?”

There was a message for Dennis to contact inspector Fredo.


Fredo :” I’m pleased to tell you mister Paterson we’ve had a stroke of luck with the picture your son sent us from the UK.”

Dennis :”What stroke of luck might this be Fredo?”

Fredo :” The vessel luckily for us ,is fitted with a transponder, and so we have been able to track it’s movement. It is currently up the coast from Tynemouth at a place called Berwick.”



Dennis ‘phoned Oz with the news and they agreed to ask Chris if he would intervene on their behalf.


Chris :” I will talk to Kenny Brown and explain what it is you are looking for. Kenny is nothing if not resourceful.I’ll let you know what he can do. Leave it with me Oz.”




There was no one more surprised than the skipper of the Nomad when he had two visitors from the Port Authority .Both dressed in blue coveralls and with cases containing equipment needed for the covid tests they were obliged to carry out on the crew of the Nomad. They explained their transport was at the entrance to the marina and proffered id . He protested that they had all been tested at Tynemouth a few days ago but to no avail .He did not want to tell his boss their departure would be delayed until they complied. The crew were instructed to be ready for testing ,the girls opted to be swabbed by the female assistant, the male members of the crew were tested by her male partner. At this point there was sign of Fraser and as they ticked off the number of tests against their list observed there was one missing.The skipper sent one of the crew below and a reluctant Ally Fraser appeared on deck.

Fraser :” What’s all this about we were checked out in Tynemouth?” The young female assistant walked up to Fraser and introduced herself.

“I work for the Port Authority here sir and unfortunately several days have elapsed since your last test and we are obliged to ensure you have not acquired an infection in that time .” She smiled and moved a little closer slipping on a clean pair of gloves.” Could you open wide sir while I swab ?”

When all the samples had been taken ,labelled and secured in the case they said goodbye and made their way back to the transport. Fraser spoke to the skipper.

Fraser :” You said we would get the results within twenty four hours but to be on the safe side make sure we can be away at the drop of a hat. I don’t want to be hanging around here any longer than necessary.”




Kenny Brown received a call from a very old friend now resident in Edinburgh.

“ Hi Kenny. Job done .Materials despatched as instructed. Two sets from one guy . Yes I do remember Bagram . Lucky for you I stay close by. I will collect from PO.”


The samples were hand delivered to doctor Inez by Oz as he had indicated by ‘phone earlier that morning.

Oz :” Can I wait doctor ,will it take very long?”

Dr inez :”Mister Osbourne I understand your concern but I am obliged to divulge results only to the biological mother .I will let her know as soon as I can.”

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Bob Smith and Oz are having a long distance conversation.




Bob :” Hello Oz how are things with you?”

Oz :” Pretty good Bob, but you’re worrying me ,you usually email ,what’s up?”

Bob :” You recall your comms were compromised before ,I’m maybe paranoid ,but maybe history repeats itself, bear with me.When mister Ames gifted you his estate did it include the Wooler property?”

Oz :” No.It was to be their new home after leaving here. When he recovered after the perfusion treatment in the US,they carried on using it and it’s never arisen since .Why?”

Bob :” You asked me to carry out a complete breakdown and my enquiries uncovered a number of police reports ,the most recent concerning vandalism ,some worrying damage but not signifying anything more sinister. Pick the bones out of that as they say here in Kingston.I take it mister Ames did not tell you this?”

Oz :” No,but anyway Big Baz keeps an eye on it ,now and then.”

Bob :”That’s the problem, it’s only now and then. I have a suggestion and then I’ll get out of your hair.”

Oz :” Fine ,fire away kiddah.”

Bob :” Why not have some caretakers ,short term until you’ve made up your collective mind on the future?”

Oz :” I see where you’re going Bob, I can suggest it but I have a feeling there will be objections from Pru and Dagmar. I’ll check it out with Kenny though .”






Later with Kenny Oz raises the matter of the police reports mentioned by Bob Smith.



Kenny :” Yes I know ,I heard from Big Baz.”


Oz :” You never said anything?”

Kenny :”It was easier to just get it repaired and not put any more pressure on Baz.”

Oz :” Pressure, on big Baz?”

Kenny :” I know ,I know but he’s had problems recently .Let’s just leave it at that. I agree with Bob it’s a good idea and will relieve our friend to some extent as long as it’s done diplomatically .I wouldn’t like to think he construes this as a vote of no confidence.”

Oz :” I understand, I didn’t know he was so sensitive.”

Kenny :” Oz ,don’t be obtuse.I’m happy to go along with your suggestions ,especially about this place.” He laughed.” I’ve been thinking about events since you accepted the deal and there’s nothing I would change .How about you?” Oz looked at him and smiled.

Oz :”You’re thinking I wouldn’t have agreed so readily if I’d known Sara Vic wasn’t mine?”

Kenny :” Well Oz I would like to know. I have my own reasons as you might guess.” Oz laughed.

Oz :” I guess Vicky and you have no secrets.There was time ….No, Kenny I don’t think the old Oz would have figured in Vicky’s dreams of the blissful happy family. Ask her!”

Kenny :” So Dennis and Neville are happy to stay in Wooler even if it turns out to be temporary and Barry Taylor relocating his headquarters here is Barcelona’s loss?”

Oz :” Aye ,looks that way the only downside is that Pru has concerns about Amesec. It’s not she thinks she’s indispensable but Amesec needs someone with her skillset.She said.”

Kenny :”Dagmar?”

Oz :”As long as she stays with Den she doesn’t care she told me.”






Sara is having coffee with Pru.




Sara :” So Pru, you’re unhappy about Wooler yet the accommodation is wonderful and the estate is fantastic?”

Pru :” Well it’s not far from Neville’s stamping ground ,he and Dennis are enthusiastic.What about Oz?”

Sara :” I’m not sure .Sometimes he waxes lyrical about Tyneside and other times he’s says he feels so guilty about what we have here right now”

Pru :”He hasn’t said what he thinks Chris is likely to do once we’re gone?”

Sara :” They don’t think in the same way as us Pru, to them Chris can do no wrong. I worry a little about Barry’s future .Once he’s here under Chris’s gaze as it were ,how long before Chris thinks about acquiring his business, because it’s really huge right now?”

Pru :”Oh I see, you think he won’t be able to resist the temptation?”

Sara :”It’s in his nature Pru, he’s a predator.”





Chris is meeting with Kenny Brown.




Chris :”So all operations running smoothly, no problems with Luis and Jo’s mission?”

Kenny :” None ,but there’s still some gossip about your personal security ,you know after the Stille’s turned up in Israel.”

Chris :”Forget it Kenny.Have we heard any more on Barbara Hunt’s involvement in Barry Taylors’ abduction?”

Kenny :” Indirectly boss.It’s been confirmed she has unparalleled access to intel within Europol. That is definitive according to my source.There is no other way she could learn about the plan to kidnap Taylor.It also follows her source was keeping tabs on Tarquin Pearce.”

Chris :”It’s curious that Europol didn’t try to cover up their lax ways don’t you think?”

Kenny :” The old hands in Paris say it’s not a patch on Interpol. They specialise in bureaucrats rather than agents these days.” Chris was looking thoughtful gazing out of the window.

Chris :” I’m going to have to meet with Albert Moxey.It’ll be a chance to sound him out about the Cuba operations and find out what happened between him and Wyman in Jamaica. By the way who told us Fraser had the handle on the Nazi bank accounts in Buenos Aires?

Kenny :”Same guy who put his Chinese connection behind bars.”

Chris :” Ah,Sara’s friend Hilary.”

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Oz had been waiting about thirty minutes when he saw Vicky coming from the direction of doctor Inez’s office. He searched her face trying to gauge her reaction. She did not look happy.





Oz :” Are you okay petal?” She shook her head and walked past him heading toward the car park. Oz got to his feet and followed.” Vicky, what’s up ?” She turned to face him.

Vicky :” She asked me for the fathers name and I asked her why.”

Oz :” So ,why did she ask?”

Vicky :”Apparently even a rapist father may have parental rights.She wanted to know if he had been convicted.” Oz recognised the vulnerable, injured Vicky from years ago.

Oz :”What do you want to do pet. Just tell me ?” She was in tears now.

Vicky :” After all these years that bastard can still hurt me.”

Oz :” No he can’t, you mustn’t let him.You’re safe now and so is Sara Vic. You just have to decide what you want to do .But not right now eh. Let’s go pet.”








Fraser left the Nomad early with instructions to the skipper that Dobro was in charge while he was away.




Skipper :” You know mister Dobrovich doesn’t like it when people call him Dobro. Will you be gone long mister Fraser?”

Fraser :”No. A couple of hours or so.Try to keep your people under tighter control. If that silly bitch had drowned we’d have had the coppers all over us.”






The journey was a difficult one for Alistair Fraser, and not in a geographical sense .It presented him with a set of emotional hurdles, something he didn’t normally encounter. He wondered why he had even bothered to make the trip but he knew there was no choice. He found himself walking among graves in a cemetery facing the north Sea. His face was grey and expressionless. He stopped in front of a modest headstone and laid the flowers on an unkempt grave.He turned at the sound of feet on the gravel path behind him.A man in a green boiler suit spoke .

“ You’ll have to shift the car mate, you’re blocking the entrance ,I cannot get the trailer through.”

Fraser :”Aye ,I’ll do it now.” He moved the car and the groundsman drove the trailer toward an area of ground under preparation. Fraser walked back to the grave and stood a few moments before taking a seat facing the sea. The groundsman appeared again.

“ Thanks for that. “ He looked at Fraser’s drawn face.”I’m sorry to interrupt sir but are you alright?” Fraser turned as if to answer and revealed tear stained eyes.

Fraser :” No not really but thanks for asking.My name’s Alistair.” He held out his hand to learn the groundsman’s name was Ted. “ I don’t get here very often.”

Ted :”I haven’t seen you before but then I’ve only been here two years.She’s a close relation I take it?” Frasers face registered sorrow and anger in equal measure ,then he regained control.

Fraser :” Yes. We were very close ,once. She died while I was abroad, and she’s buried here with the bairn.”

Ted :” I’m sorry. I’ll leave .You obviously want your privacy.” Fraser nodded then found himself remembering their last few days together. Eventually he walked back to the car, waving to Ted as he closed the gate.
Ted watched the car leave before crossing over to the grave where Fraser had laid the flowers. The headstone said “Mary and Anne,Gone With The Boatman July 10th 1978.”



On the road back to the marina Fraser was trying to sing the Waters of Tyne, stopping occasionally when his mouth became too dry.They had made this song their own in countless local pubs and clubs over the time they’d had together. He’d said he would never return after she died ,and he hadn’t until now. Such feelings were alien to the Alistair Fraser of today and had been consigned to the early part of his life in the north east.

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Moxey had really enjoyed himself giving Morag a complete guided tour of the Transporter Bridge ,especially the view at night, and his description of the happy hours spent taking it to bits in Middlesbrough.





Morag :” You were right Mox ,it is spectacular at night ,all those colours. I can well understand the attraction for tourists.It puts Havasu in the shade.” They both laughed at that comment.

Moxey :”Do you mind if we go to see Chip now ,up at the res.He left a message for me at the hotel?”

Morag :” Nothing urgent I take it, I would like to see as much as I can while I’m here .I’ll drive.?”



Once she’d parked the car to her satisfaction Morag set out purposefully with camera in hand promising to return in a “few minutes.”




Moxey shook hands with Chip and couldn’t help but notice how he had aged since his last visit.



Chip :” I am very happy you could make it mister Moxey. I am pleased to see you, it’s been a long time.”

Moxey :” Yes Chip , as they say a lot of water has passed under the Transporter Bridge .You are keeping well?”

Chip :”I am but as I tell everyone I have learned how my father must have felt. There always seems to be something that needs fixing.Enough of my problems. I was asked to contact you by our mutual friend Christian Norris.He is unable to get your mobile ‘phone number it seems.” Moxey laughed.

Moxey :” I have grown to hate the damned thing .I keep it switched off.They are so intrusive I really only try keep it for emergencies, and that’s why my number is not widely known. So ,what’s he after Chip?”

Chip :”He said it was about his brother.” Chip looked at Moxey in such a way that his memory of that last meeting in Jamaica surfaced to make him feel guilty.” He said he wants to talk to you.”

Moxey :” I’ll tell you what I think Chip. I think he wants something.We all know the huge resources he has ,it makes me think he’s playing softly softly ,not wanting to frighten us off.I’m not sure what he told you is the whole story. But, what the hell.Where’s he staying ,up the road?”

Chip :” Yes ,up at the lodges, you know the Sonora?”

Moxey :” Thanks for that Chip.Hang on I can see Morag .She must have finished taking pictures, we’ll take a run up there to see him.”



They made their way leisurely ,gazing at the scenery and soaking up the sun.



Morag :” This country amazes me.Just look at that view, it’s a real desert you know, cowboys and Indians.” Moxey laughed understanding her enjoyment.

Moxey :”We all loved this place ,I told you when we came before there was only one who didn’t like it and that was Neville’s late wife. Hang on , I can see someone waving at us.Are you coming with me?”

Morag :” Only if you want me to?”



Moxey made the introductions, and they settled down outside Chris’s lodge with some cool drinks and began chatting.



Moxey :”Chris ,we both know Wyman and I had words before we went our separate ways.What more can I tell you?”

Chris :”Did he ever talk to you about me?”

Moxey :” I’m not saying he didn’t but what good would come of it, why should I tell you now the lad’s dead,Hells Teeth ?”

Chris was visibly annoyed,This was not going the way he’d intended.


Chris :”Sorry Moxey ,that didn’t come out the way I’d planned. Ultimately all I’m trying to do is establish why he was killed and maybe he revealed something in conversation that may provide me with a clue. That’s all. I’m not trying to make you betray a confidence.” Moxey looked at him and believed he could see real concern.

Moxey :” Look. That particular day he got very stroppy, he accused me and Joe of being incompetent and when I told him to get a grip he reminded us both that you were his brother, if you get my meaning.So I told him he could stuff his job where the sun don’t shine.”
Chris looked visibly relieved which Moxey thought was strange.

Chris :”Thanks for sharing that Mox .He never said anything to you about Maureen?” It was Moxeys’ turn to be puzzled.

Moxey :”No. All I know is she worked for the FBI. So ,is that it?”

Chris :” Thanks for your candour ,you’ve confirmed what I’d suspected, that nothing untoward was going on.Anyway let’s change the subject .You may know we have an mineral extraction contract in Cuba that uses the same technology you had in Jamaica.Would you be interested ? I believe your colleagues are possibly heading up a training programme for the same project?”

Moxey :”I don’t know Chris.I haven’t spoken with the lads for a while ,I’ve been in Scotland with my family.But I do remember some talk about moving away from the New Castle.”

Chris :” I guess they would include you in any of their plans going forward?”

Moxey :” Well that always used to be our way you know ,when we were a team.Maybe it still is.”

Chris :”Well ,keep in touch Moxey. I have to dash,Kurt got our flight organised sooner than we thought. I have a date in the Atacama!” Moxey couldn’t remember having seen Chris so animated.








Ally Fraser is talking to a very surprised Kenny Ames.



Kenny :’ Hello Alistair.I have to say how on earth did you get my personal number?”

Fraser :” We have mutual friend of long standing and this is a serious matter, at least it is for me.” It was at this point Kenny began to suspect Ally knew about the paternity test result.

Kenny :”I would appreciate if you would get to the point Alistair ,you know you’re not exactly flavour of the month with anyone here ,but of that perhaps someone has already made you aware?”


Fraser :”I need to discuss the situation surrounding some news I just received and would appreciate your opinion.Do you think I could speak with Vicky, do you think she would speak to me?”

Kenny :” Dear God Alistair,how can you ask me that.After all you did to that poor girl?”

Fraser :” I know ,I know. All I want to do is talk.I would like to see Sara Victoria ,only if she is willing to see me of course. Kenny, you know my history and must understand why this is important .I will abide by their decision naturally but I hope they will be agreeable.”

Kenny :”Are you asking me to intercede for you.Do you want me to tell Vicky about Mary and what happened back then?”

Fraser :”All I want to do is find out what sort of person my daughter is.If she doesn’t want to talk I will understand.Yes Kenny, I am asking you to intercede for me in this.You can tell her what sort of person I am if you want.I will forever be in your debt.”

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The surprise felt by everyone in the New Castle when they learned about Fraser’s call to Kenny Ames was soon surpassed by the mystery of the identity of the so called mutual friend.






Dennis :”It has to be Big Baz, there’s no one else I can think of that has any history y’kna ,any connection with them.”

Neville :” But it makes no sense Den.What possible reason would Baz have to help Ally Fraser?”

Dennis :” I don’t know Nev , none of us can make sense of it.”

Oz :”I know he’s around, he was talking to Kenny about the place at Wooler. I’ll have a word.” Oz set off purposefully and reached the stairs as Dennis yelled at him.

Dennis :”Oz man, leave it alone .There’s obviously something going on we don’t know about and it involves Kenny as well!”

Oz :” Nah, that bugger has questions to answer.All this time we’ve been pally with a Fraser sympathiser.”




Oz has located Big Baz who seems strangely relaxed under the circumstances.




Baz :” Now then Oz, what can I do for you?”

Oz :”What the hell are you playing at Baz?”

Baz :” You’re talking about Ally and Kenny?”

Oz :”Why aye, you know what we all think about Fraser!”

Baz :”I suppose I should have expected something like this would happen . Oz ,if you want to understand you need to know the full story. If you are then I'll tell you?” Oz was still surprised at how calm Baz was. He nodded. “ Okay we must go back to when Ally first arrived in the north east. From day one he had a reputation .Personally I think he made up a lot of it , particularly his career in Glasgow .But he did have good connections in the fruit machine business."

Oz :” I remember the stories about his one arm bandits.”

Baz :”Aye ,well he was ambitious . I got to know him from the pubs and clubs we went to.In those days I did a bit myself ,bit singing ,bit stand up. He and Mary used to sing and they always went down well with the locals.He branched out into other stuff before the money lending business which is when he offered me a job, and he got to know Bobby, Bobby Blande ,on trips to Spain and Morocco. When the Spaniards left that bit of Western Africa in the seventies it made the smuggling that much more lucrative.Kenny made regular trips ,building the business he called it. It was during one of those trips that Mary died.He didn’t want to go but she told him not to be daft ,the bairn wouldn’t appear for another two weeks. She was wrong.He’s never forgiven himself.”

Oz :” How come I’ve never heard this before ?”

Baz :” Ally made sure it was never mentioned, shall we say he actively discouraged any comment especially about their singing.I stopped him from killing a young lad in the warehouse one morning whistling that tune.Ally knocked seven bells out of him before I could separate them.Pity, he was canny ,a sparky from Sunderland.He never came back.”

Oz :” Still doesn’t explain why you told him about the paternity test Baz.”

Baz :” He lost Mary and the bairn and blames himself . It’s guilt you see because he was out of the country when it happened. There is a chance now that he can somehow redeem himself because he has another daughter.”

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'Sing. Sing a song. Make it simple, so Oz can sing along' :lol:
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Kenny is talking to Oz after they had calmed Vicky .




Kenny :” She’s adamant Oz ,and I can’t blame her.”

Oz :” I can’t believe he had the brass neck to ask after the way he treated her.”

Kenny :” But she did say something that made sense.Sara Victoria is an adult and I for one would feel bad if we didn’t let her know that we knew who her father was.”

Oz :” I hear what you’re saying Kenny and I know it’s her decision .It’s my problem that I don’t want Fraser to win this one!”

Kenny :” We both know her, the question is who is to tell her, Vicky is terrified of the idea?” Oz gave Kenny a knowing look.

Oz :” I guess I’ve just won the competition eh?”Kenny laughed.

Kenny :” Well done Oz.This is a good thing you’re doing.”





Later that morning at the Convento de Santa Maria Oz is trying his best to explain why he is there alone without Kenny and Vicky.


Oz :” I was volunteered for this job pet ,I can tell you the paternity tests have allowed the hospital to identify your real father .Definitively.” She looked at Oz and turned a little pale.

Sara Victoria :” You mean …?”

Oz :” Yes. It’s not me .” She was very close to tears .” Please Sara this is difficult for all of us but you are still the same girl and I’ll still think of you as my daughter.Don’t shoot me I’m just the messenger.”

Sara Victoria :” So why isn’t my father here?” Oz closed his eyes and told her the story about Vicky’s abusive relationship.He could see her expression begin to change.” Are you telling me I was conceived in a violent act of revenge and hate?”

Oz :” There is no way I can sugar coat this pet but that is about the size of it.This is of course no reflection on you I’m sure you have been taught that the world is full of awful people doing awful things and yet it is also full of good people and good things.” She became more calm.

Sara Victoria :”Tell me about this Alistair Fraser .” Oz gave her a potted description and added the story Big Baz had related.” Are you going to bring him here?”Oz looked at her.

Oz :” You sure you want to do this petal?” She smiled.

Sara Victoria :” I feel I have to even if only to confront my fears. I have not met many really evil people.”








Oz called the convent later that day and asked for sister Agnes.


Oz :” Good afternoon, my name is Osborne .I wish to let you know that Sara Victoria’s family are currently making plans for her father to visit.As soon as the arrangements are finalised we will let you know.”

Sister Agnes :” Thank you for keeping us informed, that is kind.Can I ask you mister Osborne would you be a friend of Tatiana Taylor?”

Oz :” Yes, one of her friends perhaps I would say, why do you ask?”

Sister Agnes :” We have been unable to contact mister Taylor.”

Oz :’ I happen to know he has been travelling abroad a lot recently but is currently planning to re locate his offices here. Anything I can do to help?”

Sister Agnes :”It would be better if mister Taylor came here ,we have contacted the police.”

Oz :” What’s wrong ,you seem very concerned?”

Sister Agnes :” Does she have enemies mister Osborne?”

Oz :” I dare say ,she has pi…annoyed lots of people in her time.Why?”

Sister Agnes :”Perhaps you could contact mister Taylor as a matter of urgency.Our medical advisor believes she has been systematically poisoned over a period of some weeks.”

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Now ya cooking lad !!! Haut Cuisine !!! :P
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Tatiana had been transferred to hospital where Barry has been in attendance for hours. During a break in his vigil he telephoned Oz.




Barry :”Hi Oz.I’m waiting for an update from the medical team here, Tatiana’s still unconscious.”

Oz :” They told me it was the best they could do until they have a better idea of what she’s been given.”

Barry : “Well, I spoke to one of the team and he told me he’d seen something similar before, same kind of symptoms and so on.When I quizzed him it turns out he was talking about Chrissy you know when she was taken ill? So I suggested maybe that would be a good starting point.”

Oz :”I’ll call in Barry,I’m due down in that neck go the woods, y”kna this business with Ally Fraser and Sara Vic. I’ll tell you all about it when I see you.”







Alistair Fraser is waiting in the reception at the Convento De Santa Maria .Outside Sister Agnes is confronting Oz and Big Baz .



Sister Agnes :” I have given my word to Sara Victoria .You will not be present at this meeting. No.No I will not listen .If you persist Inspector Fredo has given me instructions.”


Oz is shaking his head.

Oz :” Baz ,if anything should happen in there I’ll never forgive myself .”

Baz :” Oz ,you don’t need to worry.There’s no way Ally is going to screw this up.Take my word for it.”



They could hear Sister Agnes speaking but not clearly.Then they thought they could make out another voice,Sara Victoria perhaps but again indistinct.Then there was silence followed by the sound of Sara Victoria’s voice, again. At that point Sister Agnes joined them and suggested politely they followed her to the cafeteria.

Sister Agnes :” I would hate to think you two were trying to listen in .Believe me they won’t be very long and after all it is their business and a private conversation.”


After they finished their coffee Sister Agnes looked at her pocket watch .

Sister Agnes :”We should make our way back to reception gentlemen.” When they reached the entrance she spoke again.

Sister Agnes :”Please wait here for me .” She knocked and entered .They could see Fraser sat opposite Sara Victoria who was speaking.

Sara Victoria :” This has been difficult for both of us.Perhaps we have both learned something today.” She rose from her chair as Sister Agnes walked in ,and offered her hand to Fraser. He rose to his feet as if in a daze and clasped the outstretched hand like a drowning man.

Fraser :” Thank you ,you have been more understanding than I deserve, thank you.” He turned to leave to see Oz and Baz waiting. “ No hard feelings Oz?”


Oz :” You know what I think about you Ally. Don’t push it.” Baz moved between Oz and Fraser.

Baz :” I have a car waiting mister Fraser ,if you’re ready?” They left without a further word. Oz tried to catch Sara Victorias’ eye raising his eyebrows in question. She smiled at him and glanced at sister Agnes who nodded back to her.Oz sat in the chair just vacated by Fraser.

Oz :” Are you okay pet, you seem to be bearing up better than Fraser ,he looked a little red eyed just now?”

Sara Victoria :” I’m fine thank you.Yes he did become a little emotional and I think I can now understand why. I don’t want to talk right now, and we will, but later.Tell my mother everything is fine .Now I need time to think ,and to pray. Bye bye for the moment.”





Baz is driving to the airport and more than a little worried , his passenger is in tears .

Baz :” Do you want me to stop mister Fraser?”

Fraser :” No ,no ,let’s get on Baz .The sooner I’m on that bloody plane the better!”

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Always was going to end in tears for someone ! :cry:
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Post by 936trt » Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:12 pm

Oz is having his catch up meeting with Barry in the hospital.







Barry :” Hiyah Oz, I’m really glad you could make it.You’ll be on your way back to the UK later?”

Oz :” Aye ,we need to chew over this deal of Chris’s. Anyway ,how’s the patient?”

Barry :”Still the same mate but I’m told her vital signs are good and she should be coming round any day now.” Oz could see that Barry was putting on a brave face .

Oz :” Well it’s always great to get good news, like us finding out Sara Vic didn’t have this genetic thingy, from Frasers DNA, y'kna?”

Barry :” So how did you manage to get a sample from Fraser ?”

Oz :” Aye ,I’d forgotten you were out of the loop .” Oz related the story of how Kenny Brown had called in some favours and had Fraser swabbed while he was in Tynemouth.

Barry :” Amazing Oz, but tell me ,was it a bit of a downer for the young lassie finding out who her father was?”

Oz :” It was ,and no picnic for Vicky of course.But ,they both seem to be coming to terms with it now.”

Barry :”What did Fraser have to say?”

Oz :”No idea kiddah. It was conditional with the Convent that it would be a private one to one meeting only. But I have a feeling that he didn’t get quite what he was expecting.”

Barry :”And what do you base that on ?”

Oz :” I got a close look at him as he was leaving the convent and, let’s just say ,he didn’t seem like a guy who’d just won the lottery.”Barry nodded looking thoughtful.

Barry :” I’ve been thinking ,I might see more of Kenny and Vicky when we get moved in.”Oz was sniggering. Barry shook his head.” You know you haven’t changed a bit . We’re going to be neighbours Oz ,at least some of the time!”

Oz :” Aye ,though when I spoke to Kenny he hadn’t made any plans about Wooler and I guess access to the Sara Vic is a lot easier from here ,plus the lodge up country means he’s got options. So Bazza ,what have you got lined up?”

Barry :”Until Tatiana is stable I don’t feel I can move on Oz. Even after all this time .I know ,I’m a prat. I can’t help it.” He looked as dejected as Oz had ever seen him.

Oz :” Howay Barry, you’ve got a lot going for you, and you have a very talented daughter - she’s about seventeen now isn’t she ,she’ll be wanting a car before long?” Barry smiled and nodded but was still down in the mouth. Oz looked at him."Barry mate ,are you sure there’s nowt else bothering you, moving your business over here was supposed to solve problems not make them?” Barry turned to look at Oz ,shamefaced.

Barry :” I’m being blackmailed Oz.”

Oz :’ What? Have you told the fuzz?”

Barry :”I can’t ,it’s complicated.It goes back to when my computer was hacked.”

Oz :” But that was all sorted out by that IT wizard from the states wasn’t it?”

Barry :”Yes and those guys are all behind bars ,but some of my e mails have been acquired by someone else.”

Oz :” Oh bugger.Compromising stuff is it?”

Barry :” I reckon it’s some kind of reprisal ,to do with Nikki Myles and her thing about Barbara Hunt .”

Oz :” You what?”

Barry :” It relates to my professional relationship with one of my staff.” Oz laughed.

Oz :’ I bet it’s that Australian boiler ,Naomi thingy. Am I right?”

Barry :”Oz you are a past master of the art of tact and diplomacy.”

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Re: A Concerted Effort

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Barry, "... I cant help it." Still your typical addict. Addicted to the addiction. This blackmail gig sounds like a good story. DL
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