One of the best things about Saturday mornings when I was a boy was Mum sending me along to Goode's Bakery in Wallasey Village to buy hot meat and potato pies for our lunch.
We lived in one of the new houses on land reclaimed from the edge of a wide salt marsh, known as The Moss, which throughout the summer school holidays was my land of adventure and dreams. It was all a bit wild and free around our way, but the village had been there for centuries so closer in the houses and roads went from older, to old, to very old.
One day my sister went with me to collect the pies. I'd be about nine, I think, which would make her seven. The long stretch of Mosslands Drive before we hit Goode's was lined on both sides with staid pebbledashed 1930s semi-detached houses behind neat front gardens, and near the civilised end on the left was Gainsborough Road, where my sister's best friend Debbie lived. It was one of those D-shaped affairs with about a hundred houses, accessible by car from either end and via a straight footpath halfway along.
On the way home I nudged my sister into the footpath. "I want to show you something."
"The pies will get cold."
"Only take a minute." I stopped ten paces in and gestured to the quiet rows of houses on either side.
She looked. "What?"
"I built this place."
She gave me the one-eyed squint.
"Me and Phil." My best mate from school, who lived up the hill in Wallacre Road.
At least she gave the houses a cursery glance, but still dismissed my silliness."You can't build houses."
"I learned how from Grandad. And Phil's dad's an architect."
"Debbie lives just down there."
"In the real world. Not in this one."
A longer pause this time. Then a shrug. "Pies."
"Okay. Come on."
I was born for this job! :D
David Bridger settled with his family and their two monstrous dogs after twenty years of ocean-based fun, during which he worked as a lifeguard, a sailor, an intelligence gatherer and an investigator. Now he writes science fiction and fantasy novels. The Moss and Wallasey Village feature in Golden Triangle, Book 2 of his Wild Times urban fantasy series.