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One Last Shot

One Last Shot concludes the trilogy of Freddie and Jo-Jo, which has moved through time in a series of flashbacks, showing how the couple fell in love as teenagers, why they drifted apart, what happened in their lives away from each other, and what happens when they meet up again over three decades later. At the end of the second book, An Extra Shot, Jo-Jo tells Freddie about her dark secret. Confused, vulnerable and in a state of shock, he says he needs time to think about what to do next. Jo-Jo’s right to be worried. Freddie doesn’t react well...

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A teenage Freddie and Jo-Jo visit the zoo.

Jo-Jo - June 1980
The queue to get inside the Monkey House ran along the wire net fence, which meant we could pass the time by watching the tribe of six chimpanzees lying moribund on the grass in the mid-day sun. One of them, it looked like the alpha male, was flat on his back, slightly apart from the rest of the group, arm over his eyes, one leg raised and the other crossed over it. We could hear him snoring and breaking wind. ‘Looks like he’s sleeping off last night’s beer,’ said Stuart.
‘Typical man,’ said Louise. ‘One sniff of the barman’s apron, a bit of sun and he’s good for nothing.’
‘Could be worse,’ I said. ‘You could be lying next to him.’
The queue edged forward, the pong of anomia raising up in notches of pungency as we moved closer to the door. Two of the chimpanzees lifted their heads at exactly the same time, threw their arms around each other, cuddled and stroked each other’s faces. One of the other chimps sat up, edged over to the cuddling pair and flopped on her back in submissive pose with her legs up and wide open.
‘Okay,’ said Freddie, a toothy grin spread across his face. ‘It feels like we should stop watching now.’
The queue moved forward just as the cuddling two were separating and eagerly moving towards the legs up monkey.  I looked at Freddie. ‘There are children watching,’ I whispered. ‘Some of them are taking pictures.’
‘They probably think it’s a game,’ he said. ‘Which it is, sort of.’
I turned around to look at Stuart and Louise. Stuart was rubbernecking to see the monkeys, the movement of the queue having stolen his vantage point. Louise was staring at me, her cheeks flushed. ‘He, is so embarrassing,’ she said.
‘What?’ said Stuart, turning back towards us. ‘You’ve got to admit it’s funny. You can’t take your eyes off them. Dirty buggers.’
Louise slapped him on the arm and laughed. ‘You needn’t get any ideas,’ she said.

Author Bio –
I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. 

After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now written the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life. 

The Shots trilogy is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. 

Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them.

Social Media Links –
Twitter @FreddieJoJo1

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