(We see MRS JOHNSTONE hustling MICKEY to school.)
You’re gonna be late y’ know. Y’ late already.
You’re gonna miss the bus.
Well, you’ll miss Linda, she’ll be waitin’ for y’.
Well, I don’t wanna see her. What do I wanna see her for?
(laughing at his transparency) You’ve only been talkin’ about her in your sleep for the past week...
(outraged) You liar...
‘Oh, my sweet darling...’
I never. That was – a line out the school play!
(her laughter turning to a smile) All right. I believe y’. Now go before you miss the bus. Are y’ goin’?
(We see LINDA at the bus stop.)
Ogh, did I forget? Is that what you’re waitin’ for? Y’ waiting’ for y’ mum to give y’ a big sloppy kiss, come here...
I’m goin’, I’m goin’...
(SAMMY runs through the house, pulling on a jacket as he does so.)
Where you goin’ Sammy?
(on his way out) The dole.
(MICKEY and SAMMY exit.)
(MRS JOHNSTONE stands watching them as they approach the bus stop. She smiles at MICKEY’s failure to cope with LINDA’s smile of welcome. The ‘bus’ appears, with the NARRATOR as the conductor.)
Come on, if y’ gettin’ on. We’ve not got all day.
(SAMMY, MICKEY and LINDA get on the ‘bus’.)
(calling to her kids) Tarrah, lads. Be good, both of y’ now. I’ll cook a nice surprise for y’ tea.
(noticing her as he goes to ring the bell) Gettin’ on, Missis?
(MRS JOHNSTONE shakes her head, still smiling.)
(speaking) Happy are y’? Content at last?
Wiped out what happened, forgotten the past?
(She looks at him, puzzled.)
But you’ve got to have an endin’, if a start’s been made.
No one gets off without the price bein’ paid.