"The last time you saw him he left my daughter in pieces," said a voice at the door.
Joe turned round and gave a jolt as he saw a man standing in the doorway.
"Dad, dad...don't. Please..." begged Violet, her eyes filling with tears.
The man at the door stared straight ahead, eyes tightly focussed on Joe.
"What's he doing here?" he said, not moving his gaze from Joe.
Joe turned round and faced the man. A man he had last seen on the day he left. A man he knew he'd have to face again one day.
"I was born here. I have every right to come back," Joe said, his hands making a fist to stop them from shaking.
"You have no right, no right at all," Violet's father said as he walked towards Joe, closing the pub door behind him.