I never did hand Jack into the cop shop! How could I be the one who put him in foster care? The poor kid would probably end up like me – I don’t want to be responsible for that! So we had an agreement; me and me ma…. She’d be around for him in the daytime while I was at school, and I’d look after him at night while she went the boozer. Binny was around sometimes, but was always slagging off Jack’s ma for being put in the slammer for robbing frozen chickens from Iceland (the shop, not the country!). Me ma told me that Jack’s ma was caught with a chicken in each bra cup, and only got found out because one of the frozen chickens dropped out as she left the shop and broke three of her toes (so she couldn’t leg it from security!). All I could think about was how big her knockers must have been to have a full chicken in each bra cup! Wish I’d been there!
Anyway, It turned out that Jack’s ma was on probation for when she got caught robbing wallets off her punters while they slept.. so they sent her straight back to the slammer after the frozen chicken incident. Binny was well pissed off that it meant HE had to be responsible for Jack, so he did hardly nothing for him – that’s where I come in.
Me and Jack, we’ve got dead close in the past few months.. he’s like my brother. Now the weather’s getting better I take him fishing down the dock, and we share pie and chips at our chippy. Every Saturday I still work on The Butty Van with Pete at Greaty Market… Jack comes too. Pete’s dead sound and lets Jack use his mobile phone to play games on while I’m serving hot dogs with extra onions and cups of tea. Then Pete gives me and Jack some top scran which we stuff in until our bellies nearly burst.
Jack keeps asking me about the Liverbirds on top of the Liverbuildings, and why they don’t fly away… so I make up loads of stories about them. They say that Liverpool would fall into the sea if the Liverbirds flew away…. so I tell Jack stories about the time when the Liverbirds flew away and the city collapsed into the Mersey. He cried for hours when I told him about how everyone in Liverpool nearly drowned. I felt so guilty that I told him that the Liverbirds had flown to every country and city around the world, but had come home to Liverpool because they couldn’t find anywhere better. So everybody in Liverpool was saved, and didn’t drown – and they all lived happily ever after. That made Jack dry his tears and smile again.
Yep…. everything’s going good! That might be ’cause I turned fifteen the other day – and my luck’s changing… no prezzies though. Penny Salerno has started looking at me again, even smiling sometimes! She’s still not letting me walk her home from school yet though, but I’m working on it. Anthony and Susan still have me round for my tea twice a week, and they let Jack come too! And me and Jack go to Ray’s house every Sunday and take my dog Regal for a dead long walk. Ray says Regal crashes out for about 24 hours after I’ve walked him on Sundays…. He’s a card that dog!
And today the sun was shining (a bit)… A good feeling! I’m happy….. me and Jack and the people of Liverpool are happy, ’cause the Liverbirds are sitting pretty on top of the Liverbuildings, watching over us all!