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CHARLIES COMING HOME It was a warm summer's day and Charlie had just been released from prison after serving a 3-year sentence for arson. His best friend Larry was waiting for him. He was taking Charlie to his house so he could make a start on sorting out his life. Charlie wanted to find a job and a new house. The first thing he wanted to do was go and get his car. It was a Honda S2000; it was red and had all extras. After he'd dropped his bag at Larry's he went to the job centre to see if there were any jobs going. He spotted one working in a restaurant; they were looking for someone to wash dishes. Charlie thought that would do until he could find something better. He knew he would have to tell the owners that he'd just come out of prison, but he hoped they would give him a chance. He went into the job centre and enquired about the vacancy at the restaurant. The assistant knew the owner Mr Brewer. ...read more.


He just lay for a while thinking about the 3 years he had spent in prison. He had made a few friends while he had been in there. He had promised to keep in touch, especially the guy named Mack. Mack had befriended Charlie more or less from the beginning. Mack had talked to Charlie when he had been feeling down and Charlie had told Mack exactly what had happened and how really Larry was to blame but he hadn't really meant to burn the house down. They had both been drinking and somehow an argument had started about something stupid. They had gone home and Charlie had gone to bed leaving Larry downstairs. Larry had lit a cigarette and fallen asleep. The cigarette had dropped from his fingers down the side of the settee. When Larry had woken and gone to make himself a cup of tea the settee had set on fire. It was well ablaze when he had returned to the living room. By the time he had come to his senses the whole room was on fire. ...read more.


At 2.00 PM he left the house and got the bus to the restaurant, he wanted to give a good impression and hopefully look keen for the job. Mr Brewer seemed a kindly looking chap. He asked Charlie a few questions then he asked what had he been doing for the last 3 years. Charlie took a deep breath and told Mr Brewer about being in prison he said he thought it would be better to be honest. Mr Brewer sat back in his chair and thought Charlie had an honest face and he had been early for his interview so he must be eager. He looked at Charlie and said " Because you have been honest with me and you seem keen to work I will give you 1 months trial and then we'll take it from there. Charlie smiled and said " Thank you, you wont regret this and I wont let you down ". They shook hands and Charlie went home feeling better than he had in a long time. Larry was waiting for him and asked how he had got on. He was really pleased Charlie had got the job on a month's trial. Maybe now they both could start anew and forget the past. Scott Davies ...read more.

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