‘A man is pretending to be me,’ I said. ‘Why?’ Every year, Peter and Susan Reed go to Lea-onSea for their holiday; every year they stay at the Hotel Vista. This year things start to go wrong. A man there is pretending to be Peter. But why? Is he friendly or dangerous — what does he want? Will this, their thirteenth visit to Lea-on-Sea, be their last visit? Paul Stewart lives with his family in Brighton, and writes books for children and young people. He has one son - his name is Joseph, and one daughter - her name is Anna. He was a teacher of English in Greece, Germany and Sri Lanka. He went to Kenya, India, Australia, Malaysia, America and all over Europe, too - but never to Lea-on-Sea!
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It is very quiet. The Hotel Vista. ‘Good morning.We arrived at our hotel in Lea-on-Sea early on Saturday morning. Susan and I always stay there. ‘Mr and Mrs Reed. ‘It’s good to see you again. very friendly and the food is good. I opened the door.
. Mrs Brown.’ I said.’ I said. and we walked in.’ she said.’ ‘It’s good to be here again.
‘Time goes quickly!’ ‘1 know. ‘She’s in the garden. ‘Fifteen!’ I said. ‘Fifteen. ‘How old is she?’ Susan asked. ‘But she’s not little! Mary’s a tall young woman now.‘Cup of coffee?’ she said.’ I said.’ She walked to the kitchen.’ said Mrs Brown. coffee! Before I forget again. Mary was Mrs Brown’s daughter. ‘Where’s little Mary?’ asked Susan. ‘Before you go up to your room.
.’ ‘Thank you. ‘Now.’ said Mrs Brown and laughed.’ said Mrs Brown.
‘It’ll be thirteen years on Tuesday. yes. ‘I love it here.
.’ she said. ‘I know.’ said Susan.’ I said. and shut her eyes. ‘In the cafe.’ ‘Ah. Peter. ‘Eleven years ago? Twelve?’ ‘Wrong. ‘When did we first meet?’ she asked.’ I said.Susan looked at me.’ I said.
She shut the door. ‘Again?’ I said.The door opened. and Mary Brown looked in. and pretended to remember. ‘And hello again. ‘Yes. yes!’ I said. Susan turned to me. “Why did you pretend?’ she asked me. . ‘Goodbye!’ ‘Goodbye.’ she said to Susan. ‘I don’t know. .’ she said to me.’ I said. ‘That was you!’ Mary smiled.’ we said. ‘I’ll see you later. She was tall.
. y.’ she said.’
‘Oh. ‘Hello. You said “hello” in the bank. Don’t you remember? Yesterday.
After lunch. ‘Hello again!’ he said to me.
After that. quiet café near the sea. we walked across to Connor’s Coffee House. I opened the door and looked in. The café! The place Susan and I first met.The sun was hot in the afternoon. Susan and I walked down to the sea.
. The water was cold. It was a small. We swam. John Connor smiled. We went back there every year.
All of them smiled at me and said. .
On Monday. Things were not right in Leaon-Sea. the woman in the Italian restaurant. the man in the bank .It was our fourth night at the Hotel Vista. but I did not want to eat. We were at a table in the restaurant. .
Yesterday. I was afraid. and the woman in the cinema. . the girl in the shoe shop. ‘Hello again!’
. Very afraid. it was the old man in the newspaper shop.
And this afternoon. .
Lea-on-Sea isn’t very big. . It’ll be easy.’ said Susan. ‘I think it is. I didn’t want to meet the man! Susan looked into my eyes.’ said Susan. ‘They’ll laugh at you.
.’ I said. ‘Why?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Not important?’ I shouted.A man is pretending to be me. .’ she said. ‘But it’s not important. I’m going to the police!’ ‘No. ‘I’m afraid. She took my hand. I . . . We’ll find the man.’ I looked down. We’re . too.
The sun was red and yellow. ‘You and me! Did you forget?’ ‘I? . I was happy!
.’ said Susan. ‘Do you love me?’ Susan asked.’ she said. ‘Important?’ I said.’ We kissed. The water was light blue. . too. yes. I forgot. we walked down to the sea. ‘Thirteen years.’ she said.’ I said. ‘Oh.Later that evening.’ I said quietly. And for the first time on our holiday. ‘Good. ‘I love you. Yes. and turned to her. . ‘Today is an important day.
’ We arrived at the cinema and looked down the road. ‘Run!’ said Susan. he turned right again.Suddenly. ‘There!’ said Susan.
. ‘Where is he?’ I said. ‘It’s him! At the café!’ She was right. I saw him turn left at the bank. He shut the café door and turned right. ‘We don’t want to lose him. ‘Look!’ she was right. At the cinema. and walked quickly away. There was a man with a big nose and black hair. Susan moved back. ‘Quickly!’ I shouted.
’ said Susan. ‘We’ll have a drink at the hotel. I looked up and down the road. Come on. We ran to the bank. But he didn’t hear me. The man was not there. ‘But we’ll see him again.’
. we stopped.We ran across the road after the man. I know we will.’ she said. ‘I don’t know. ‘Where is he?’ I said. ‘Don’t go!’ I shouted. There.
We arrived at the door of the hotel at ten o’clock. but she didn’t see us.We walked back to the Hotel Vista slowly. We walked in. Luckily! ‘Perhaps we’ll never see him again.’ I said.
. I smiled. ‘Sleeping. We saw Mrs Brown. We heard the television.’ I said. ‘Perhaps.’ said Susan quietly. Susan looked in the cafés and restaurants but she didn’t see the man again.
‘But it isn’t good!’ I gave her the photo. I took the photograph in my hand and slowly turned it over. . On it. and jumped back. was a photograph. ?’ I shouted. ‘What the .
.’ I said. ‘Can I see?’ ‘You can. Who was the picture of? I was afraid to look.I walked over to the bed. Susan looked at it. . face down. ‘What is it?’ said Susan. ‘But it’s you and me!’ she said.
and looked again. ‘Don’t move.’ he said. The door opened. And he had a gun in his hand. It’s his photo!’ Suddenly. ‘That man!’ said Susan. the man with my face.’
. excitedly.’ I said.
‘Very clever!’ he said quietly. It was Susan and me. ‘Or I’ll shoot.‘I know. ‘He was there. we heard a noise. Down at the sea.’ He shut the door. And there he was. ‘It was me.
my mouth. my hair .I was afraid of his face! He had my nose. I wasn’t afraid of his gun . . .
. my ears.I looked at the man in horror.
‘We were happy. ‘Ugh!’
.’ ‘I loved you.’
‘You’re a bad woman.‘You know him!’ I said. Susan stopped.’ he said. ‘You pretended to love me. ‘Those cold brown eyes. ‘His name is Stephen Griggs.’ Susan answered.’ said the man. Susan Barker. I worked with him fifteen years ago.’ ‘I did not! And my name is Reed now. ‘Yes.’ she said.’ ‘Stay back!’ he shouted.
He smiled.’ said Susan. and remember. ‘You can look at it. ‘You will.’ he said.’ He looked at the photograph in my hand.’ he said.‘Did he always have my face?’ I asked. ‘Your last walk with Susan. ‘Before you go to prison.’ ‘Remember what?’ I said. ‘That’s for you.’ ‘You will. ‘I don’t know the game he’s playing.’
. ‘No.’ said the man.
. ‘Watch!’ And he turned and put the gun to Susan’s head. Then. I shut my eyes.’ he said ‘I didn’t . .
The man shot. It all went black — and I fell down. down.’ he said. down. and jumped at him.’ ‘You will.‘Prison?’ I said. ‘Why?’ Because you shot Susan. the man turned and hit me on the head. When I looked again. Dead. ‘NOOOOOO!’ I shouted. Susan was on the floor. suddenly.
‘But she was with you.After some time. Now . ‘I loved her.’ I said. All those years. . I opened my eyes again. I remembered.with my smile! ‘You shot her.’ he said. My plan is going very well. . ‘No. ‘You shot her!’ I said.’ I tried to get up.’ the man smiled . quietly. but it was difficult. ‘I. too?’ I said. too.’ He smiled again and looked at the gun.
. ‘Do you plan to shoot me.
too. ‘I shot Susan!’ the man answered for me. Then I heard Mrs Brown at the door. mmwff!’ I said. . ‘What are you doing in there?’ she shouted.‘Oh. you’ll understand.’ He came over to me.’ he said.. ‘I said.. you’re going to prison. Susan was dead before I shot her. Susan. ‘Mfff. Perhaps there. ‘And now she’s dead. Dead! DEAD! Oh. I’m sorry!’
. and put his hand over my mouth. no. For me. Now she’s dead for you.
too. . ‘You’ve got my face.’ Before I knew it. You!’ ‘But. . the gun was in my hand! ‘You can give it to the police ‘ he laughed.‘There.’ he said. ‘Now she’ll phone the police. and one more thing.
‘Now there’s only one Peter Reed again. .’ he said. I watched him slowly take the mask from his face.
. Here you are .’ ‘Not for long.’ ‘Oh. ‘Remember. In horror.’ I said. . And they’ll come — for you!’ He walked over to the window and looked out.
It isn’t . ‘I didn’t . They looked at the dead woman. ‘You come with us. .. It opened and four policemen walked in. I can’t . The first policeman walked over to me.’ he said again.’ he said. . They looked at the gun in my hand. .. ‘You can talk later. .I watched the door. We’ve got all night. ‘Come with us. I didn’t want to go to prison.’
.’ I said.
then write sentences with the words. Pages 5-9 1 Why do Susan and Peter Reed like the Hotel Vista? 2 When did they first meet? 3 Where is Connor's Coffee House? Pages 10-15 4 Why did Peter pretend the car was a Citroen? 5 Why did Susan not want to go to the police? 6 Who did Susan see near the cafe? Pages 16-21 7 At what time did they arrive back at the hotel? 8 Susan and Peter thought that a man or woman was in their room. Comprehension Answer these questions.EXERCISES
Vocabulary Work Look at these words: ago forget year laugh afraid pretend restaurant kiss turn shoot prison in horror last shout mask Do you understand them? Find them in a dictionary. Why? 9 Who was in the photograph? Pages 22-25 10 Why was Peter afraid? 11 Why were the man's eyes important? 12 How did Susan know Stephen Griggs?
Pages 26-30 13 Stephen did not shoot Peter. Why? 14 Peter did not answer Mrs Brown. A policeman stays and questions Mrs Brown. Tell him/her why you are in prison. Policeman: At what time?
.30 yesterday evening? Who was with you? Writing 1 2 You are Peter. Write down their questions and answers (80 words). where? Why? The police think that you shot someone! Where were you at 7. Example: Policeman: What did you hear? Mrs Brown: I heard a noise. Why? 15 What can Peter say to the police? Discussion 1 2 3 Is thirteen an unlucky number for you? Are some things lucky/unlucky? Would you like to have a holiday in Lea-on-Sea? Why? If not. Write a letter to your best friend (in 100 words).
Peter and Susan go to Lea-on-Sea. Why? What does he want? Will this be their last visit?
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