As part of the 12 days of Clink Street Christmas blog tour i’m very happy to bring you part three in a short story from AW Rock, author of “Soho Honey” which i reviewed recently
If you didn’t see the review click the image below
Before you read part 3 you can find parts 1 & 2 on the blogs below. Click the links to open a new window
Part one can be found on The Nerdgirl Review – http://thenerdgirlreview.blogspot.co.uk/
Part two can be found on Between The Lines Book Blog– https://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/
Soho Noel – Part Three
Father Christmas said, “Don’t jump to conclusions. You have no idea what this is all about. When I saw you I knew that you have seen things and experienced things that most people know nothing about.. that’s why I’m here.”
“How do you know?” I asked.
“I have had to deal with fear.. I have seen terror in people’s eyes too many times. I have learned to understand people.”
“You didn’t show much understanding earlier on today.”
Father Christmas jumped as Costas broke in, “Christmas isn’t on my agenda and I don’t know you..”
“I’m no threat to anyone..”, said Father Christmas.
I looked at him with disbelief.
“.. I’m celebrating having removed a cancer from the past and looking forward to spending Christmas with my kids.”
Costas was a Greek Cypriot and family life and traditions were part of his culture so he let it go. He turned to me, “You don’t usually have a snorter this early.. what are you up to?”
“It’s been a fascinating day so far, Costas, and I’ve no idea how it is going to end.”
Jack jumped in, “Well knowing you it’s either a fuck or a fight.”
“You don’t know me”, I said.
Charlie suddenly woke up and waved his glass in the air, “Get me another fucking drink, will you? Where’s that useless barman?”
Jack had moved over to be with the women in the corner.
Costas checked him out, “There’s too much testosterone in this place… Jack, get Charlie a drink.”
Jack, “Doing my best, Boss.”
Costas went over to the optics and poured Charlie’s drink.
I turned to Father Christmas, “So now what?”
“People put presents in stockings at the bottom of their children’s beds. That man violated many children and he got away with it.. and there is more, much more.”
“What do you think I’m going to do about it?” I asked.
Father Christmas didn’t answer. He got up and walked out. He knew I was no threat to him either.
This contemporary crime story takes place over three weeks in November and unfolds against the multi-cultural backdrop of Soho, London. Branen had to leave the UK six years before to escape his complex clandestine history and the consequences of a crime that achieved worldwide notoriety. When his daughter is brutally murdered in Soho he believes that he could be the reason. He returns to his old hunting grounds to find the killer. His search brings him into conflict with the British Secret Service and Soho’s underworld. He is forced to flee Soho again after a tragic meeting with his ex-wife. His past has caught up with him and the hunter becomes the hunted. Now forty years old Branen wants to stop running and to remove forever the continuing threat to his life. In an effort to get rid of his pursuers he is faced with the prospect that his only chance of survival could lead to his death.
About AW Rock
Based in London AW.Rock has been a regular on the Soho scene since the 1960’s working in various sectors of the entertainment industry.
Website – http://sohohoney.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SohoHoney
Twitter – https://twitter.com/sohohoney
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/sohohoney/