Fair Ground

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Bright lights, loud music and all the thrill, excitement and fun of the fair.
A place to escape to for some is the place they call home.

Two tragedies.
Two very different families

Jake York was born into the life of a traveller and that was how he believed his life would continue. His parents sent him away to gain what others called proper education but the grade A student came home and married the girl whose family owned the stall next door. Brought up together, they lived together, they worked together and they played together, Jake married Louise, no couple could be happier and no family were closer. When Louise lost her life in a tragic road accident it was her youngest son and not Jake who was the one to joined her in her grave. Married: For Mr and Mrs York it wasn’t their fate to die together.

Amy Greenwood waved goodbye to her family as they embarked on a trip to the sun. A last minute bargain was too good an opportunity to miss for the struggling family of six. Last minute meant Amy was unable to join them. ‘Work commitments.’ She saw no sense in her husband and offspring missing out. She would miss them for sure but would hate it even more if they stayed home just to be with her.
Now she would miss them forever because they never came home. A plane crash. An explosion, a technical fault. The fact of how it happened didn’t matter. The fact of the matter was that Amy Greenwood was a woman left alone.

The York family were struggling to make ends meet; eviction hovered over them like the axe of the executioner. Their family ride was popular but funds meant it lacked the maintenance needed to keep such a popular attraction in good running order. Jake and his adult sons hadn’t managed to hold on to the family unit which their late mother had been so very proud to be a part of.

Amy didn’t know what to do. From the confinement of her empty house she visited the grave sides of her departed family. When aged 33 her future lost all meaning as she found herself thrown from the road which she had foreseen as being her life.
Amy Greenwood visited the annual travelling fair and became Annie Gold. A slip of the tongue when introducing herself began for Amy a brand new life in a place where no one knew her past. In amongst people who didn’t judge or ask too many questions Amy found what she was looking for. Pretence suited her as much as it suited the York family to have her enter their lives. Her financial assistance kept for the York family their livelihood. While them welcoming Amy as Annie into their family gave her life new direction and meaning.


Engaged. Annie Gold (Amy) agreed to marry the Yorks’ eldest son Jay, it was nothing more than convenience. It was all pretence and before long the pretence had to end. The trouble with pretence is that sometimes ones head forgets to let ones true emotions know that one is pretending. Truth was that while with the fair Amy as Annie fell in love. When this tale of how people help one another comes to an end. When the pretence is over and life restored then and only then is the truth revealed.

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