Planning for the Caretakers - Original Writing

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Planning for the Caretakers - Original Writing

It’s Thursday night in central London, and the damp air envelopes the

city as an eerie silence pervades through its soulless streets. In

an isolated street Davies sits patiently in his van with six others.

“You all ready then “his says confidently, without glancing back,

“Yeh” comes the monotoned reply of the other gang members “Give

everything quick butchers” he says over the ominous sound of clunking

metal as the semi-automatics are loaded., Davies casts a patriarchal

look over his ‘boys’ which is reciprocated by the unspoken badge of

respect they hold for him.

Like a well rehearsed play they all take their cue, Tom and Harry go

silently towards the front door, Charlie, Dave and Jenkins stealthily

creep towards the back door. Davies himself covers Tom and Harry and

follows them to the front.

Freshly pressed suits and shoes that glimmer in the muggy night

contradict the shabby attempt at disguise as the balaclavas, are

pulled on and stick like a second skin over the perspiring heads of

the gang.

142 Pool Street , an ugly pile of Georgian bricks in a less than

salubrious Street and frequented by the ignoble and dishonest members

of society that were the rival gang, who were unaware of what lay

ahead of them as the peels of raucous laughter rang out from inside

the house.

Tom approaches the door, followed closely behind by Davies and Harry;

he bangs the door, 3 times, with his clenched fist and waits for

someone to acknowledge their presence. A wary voice comes from

behind the closed door and asks them what they want. “We’re here for

Duncan” comes th...

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of Major, enlisting with national service and working his way up to he

reached his position. He reluctantly retired during the eighties, for

him the Army was an escape from real life. The bullet wound that he

received, September 1952, helps him to captivate an audience as he

tells them stories of ‘heroism during active service’.

As the day draws to an end, each man takes the time to reflect on

events of September 1952. The characters of the men shaped and formed

by what life has thrown at them. Each person has his own views of the

events of that night. Some will say these men are heroes, some say

that they did it for power; some say it was a cold blooded gang land

killing. But for Davies, Harry, Dave, Tom, Jenkins, and Charlie only

they can know the truth behind the stories that live on.

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