Leanne waited until the guard was across the other side of the visiting room to ask the question.
"Tell me why you did it, Tommy."
"Keep your voice down, okay?" He let go of her hands under the table. "As far as these lot are concerned, I'm pleading not guilty."
"I don't care what they're concerned. Tell me why you did it."
"I had no choice. It was my first operation. I needed to prove myself."
"No choice? No choice? You mean they told you to lay down our baby on a mattress stuffed with explosives?"
"Not as such, no."
"'Use your ingenuity, Tommy,' they said. I thought it was fucking ingenious. If only you hadn't told the squaddie to piss off when he asked to search the pram.
"I wanted to get on, for our one day together Christmas shopping. I didn't want to wake Jimmy up, to set him off crying."
"So you told the squaddie to piss off. Full marks to you for how to charm the British Army."
"How was I to know you were hiding anything?"
"How were you to know I wasn't? If you'd just have let him look in the pram, he'd have glanced inside to see if we were hiding an AK-47, and it would have all been great. He'd have let us go. You know that."
"If you hadn't been using our day out to smuggle your mate's bomb-making-kit into the city centre it wouldn't have mattered."
"Are you deaf? Watch my lips. I. Had. No. Choice. I joined up for you. 'Protect our community,' you said. 'Be a real man.' This was my first operation. No one gets caught on their first operation. I was a clean pair of hands. That's why they chose me."
"Well they could've chose someone else. I'm the one who's left to pick up the pieces. To do our son's first Christmas without his father."
"Boo hoo. And you think it's going to be all joy-to-the-world for me banged up in here?"
"I'm going now Tommy. Here's hoping you have a very Merry Christmas."
Her heels clicked as she walked towards the door.
He shouted as she left: "Will I see you in the New Year?"
She ignored him.
The guard walked back to Tommy's side of the visiting room and stood beside the table.
"Merry Christmas, mate," he said.