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STORMBREAKER Anthony Horowitz FUNERAL VOICES WHEN THE DOORBELL rings at thr in th !orning, it's n " r goo# n ws.

A$ % Ri# r was wo& n

'y th (irst )hi! . His y s ($i)& r # o* n, '+t (or a !o! nt h stay # )o!*$ t $y sti$$ in his ' #, $ying on his 'a)& with his h a# r sting on th *i$$ow. H h ar# a ' #roo! #oor o* n an# a )r a& o( woo# as so! 'o#y w nt #ownstairs. Th ' $$ rang a s )on# ti! , an# h $oo& # at th a$ar! )$o)& g$owing ' si# hi!. Th r was a ratt$ as so! on s$i# th s )+rity )hain o(( th (ront #oor. H ro$$ # o+t o( ' # an# wa$& # o" r to th o* n win#ow, his 'ar ( t *r ssing #own th )ar* t n, a$r a#y w $$ '+i$t, with

*i$ . Th !oon$ight s*i$$ # onto his )h st an# sho+$# rs. A$ % was (o+rt

th 'o#y o( an ath$ t . His hair, )+t short a*art (ro! two thi)& stran#s hanging o" r his (or h a#, was (air. His y s w r 'rown an# s rio+s. For a !o! nt h stoo# si$ nt$y, ha$( hi## n in th sha#ow, $oo&ing o+t. Th r was a *o$i) )ar *ar& # o+tsi# . Fro! his s )on#-($oor win#ow A$ % )o+$# s th '$a)& ID n+!' r on th roo( an# th )a*s o( th two ! n who w r stan#ing in (ront o( th #oor. Th *or)h $ight w nt on an#, at th sa! ti! , th #oor o* n #. "Mrs. Ri# r?" "No. I'! th ho+s & * r. What is it? What's ha** n #?"

"This is th ho! o( Mr. Ian Ri# r?" ", s."I won# r i( w )o+$# )o! in. . .An# A$ % a$r a#y &n w. H &n w (ro! th way th *o$i) stoo# th r , aw&war# an# +nha**y. B+t h a$so &n w (ro! th ton o( th ir "oi) s. F+n ra$ "oi) s ... that was how h wo+$# # s)ri' th ! $at r. Th sort o( "oi) s * o*$ +s wh n th y )o! to t $$ yo+ that so! on )$os to yo+ has #i #. H w nt to his #oor an# o* n # it. H )o+$# h ar th two *o$i) ! n ta$&ing #own in th ha$$, '+t on$y so! o( th wor#s r a)h # hi!. .... a )ar a))i# nt ... )a$$ # th a!'+$an) ... int nsi" )ar ... nothing anyon )o+$# #o ... so sorry."

It was on$y ho+rs $at r, sitting in th &it)h n, wat)hing as th gray $ight o( !orning '$ # s$ow$y thro+gh th W st Lon#on str an# h ha# ' ts, that A$ % )o+$# try to !a& s ns o( what ha# ha** n #. His n hit 'y a tr+)& at O$# Str t ro+n#a'o+t n w aring a s at ' $t, th *o$i) sai#. +n)$ -Ian Ri# r-was # a#. Dri"ing ho! , his )ar ha# ' n &i$$ # a$!ost instant$y. H ha#n't ' Oth rwis , h !ight ha" ha# a )han) . A$ % tho+ght o( th !an who ha# ' ( ww &s a(t r h ha# ' n his on$y r $ation (or as $ong as h )o+$# r ! !' r. H ha# n 'ro+ght +* 'y his (ath r's 'roth r (n " r "+n)$ "n y ars in th sa! t rra) # ho+s in n )$os .

n " r &nown his own *ar nts. Th y ha# 'oth #i # in anoth r a))i# nt, this on a *$an )rash, a n 'orn. H ha# ' Ian Ri# r ha# hat # that wor#) an# ha# s* nt (o+rt Ch $s a, Lon#on, ' tw th y'# s

n th King's Roa# an# th ri" r. Th two o( th ! ha# a$ways ' n r $ations, th y'# '

A$ % r ! !' r # th "a)ations th y'# ta& n tog th r, th !any s*orts th y'# *$ay #, th !o"i s n. Th y ha#n't /+st ' n (ri n#s. It was a$!ost i!*ossi'$ to i!agin that h wo+$# n " r again s his s)i n) ho! wor&. A$ % sigh #, (ighting against th s ns o( gri ( that was s+## n$y o" rwh $!ing. B+t what sa## n # hi! th !ost was th r a$ization-too $at now-that # s*it &nown his +n)$ at a$$. H was a 'an& r. 0 o*$ sai# A$ % $oo& # a $itt$ $i& hi!. Ian Ri# r was a$ways tra" $ing. A 1+i t, *ri"at !an who $i& # goo# win , )$assi)a$ !+si), an# 'oo&s. Who #i#n't s ! to ha" any gir$(ri n#s ... in (a)t, h #i#n't ha" any (ri n#s at a$$. H ha# & *t hi!s $( (it, ha# n " r s!o& #, an# ha# #r ss # %* nsi" $y. B+t that wasn't no+gh. It wasn't a *i)t+r o( a $i( . It was on$y a th+!'nai$ s& t)h. "Ar yo+ a$$ right, A$ %?" A yo+ng wo!an ha# )o! into th roo!. Sh was in h r $at tw nti s with a s*raw$ o( r # hair an# a ro+n#, 'oyish (a) . 2a)& Star'right was A! ri)an. Sh ha# )o! to Lon#on as a st+# nt s " n y ars ago, r nt # a roo! in th ho+s in r t+rn (or $ight ho+s wor& an# 'a'y-sitting #+ti s an# ha# stay # on to ' )o! ho+s & * r an# on o( A$ %'s )$os st )o!*anions. So! ti! s h won# r # what th $a)& was short (or. 2a)&i ? 2a)1+ $in ? N ith r o( th ! s+it # h r an# a$tho+gh h ha# on) as& #, sh ha# n " r sai#. A$ % no## #. "What #o yo+ thin& wi$$ ha** n?" h as& #. "What #o yo+ ! an? " rything, h ha# har#$y th !an, h ar his $a+ght r, or twist his ar! to g t h $* with

"To th ho+s . To ! . To yo+." "I #on't &now." Sh shr+gg #. "I g+ ss Ian wo+$# ha" !a# a wi$$," sh sai#. "H '$$ ha" $ (t instr+)tions." "May' w sho+$# $oo& in his o((i) ." ", ah. B+t not to#ay, A$ %. L t's ta& it on st * at a ti! ." Ian's o((i) was a roo! r+nning th (+$$ $ ngth o( th ho+s , high +* on th to* - It was th on$y roo! that was a$ways $o)& #-A$ % ha# on$y ' n in th r thr or (o+r ti! s, an# n " r on his own. Wh n h was yo+ng r, h ha# (antasiz # that th r !ight ' so! thing strang +* th r ... a ti! !a)hin or a UFO. B+t it was ! r $y an o((i) with a # s&, a )o+*$ o( (i$ing )a'in ts, sh $" s (+$$ o( *a* rs an# 'oo&s. Ban& st+((-that's what Ian sai#. E" n so, A$ % want # to go +* th r now. "Th *o$i) sai# h wasn't w aring his s at ' $t." A$ % t+rn # to $oo& at 2a)&. Sh no## #. ", ah. That's what th y sai#." "Do sn't that s ! strang to yo+? ,o+ &now how )ar (+$ h was. H a$ways wor his s at ' $t. H

wo+$#n't " n #ri" ! aro+n# th )orn r witho+t !a&ing ! *+t !in on. 2a)& tho+ght (or a !o! nt, th n shr+gg #. ", ah, it is strang ," sh sai#. "B+t that !+st ha" ' th way it was. Why wo+$# th *o$i) ha" $i #?" Th #ay #ragg # on. A$ % ha#n't gon to s)hoo$ " n tho+gh, s )r t$y, h want # to. H wo+$# ha" *r ( rr # to s)a* 'a)& into nor!a$ $i( , th )$ang o( th ' $$, th )row#s o( (a!i$iar (a) s, inst a# o( sitting h r , tra** # insi# th ho+s . B+t h ha# to ' th r (or th "isitors who )a! thro+gho+t th !orning an# th r st o( th a(t rnoon. Th r w r (i" o( th !. A $awy r who &n w nothing a'o+t any wi$$ '+t s )harg # with organizing th (+n ra$. A (+n ra$ #ir )tor who ha# ' A "i)ar-ta$$, $# r$y-who s roa#-how #i# sh ! # to ha" ' n n

n r )o!! n# # 'y th $awy r.

! # #isa**oint # that A$ % r (+s # to )ry. A n igh'or (ro! a)ross th

" n &now that anyon ha# #i #? An# (ina$$y a !an (ro! th 'an&. *$y sho)& #," h sai#. H $oo& # a'o+t thirty, w aring a

"A$$ o( +s at th Roya$ an# 3 n ra$ ar #

*o$y st r s+it with a Mar&s & S* n) r ti . H ha# th sort o( (a) yo+ (org t " n whi$ yo+'r $oo&ing at it an# ha# intro#+) # hi!s $( as Craw$ y, (ro! * rsonn $. "B+t i( th r 's anything w )an

a '$a)& Ro$$s-Roy) #r w +*. '+t th two o( th ! 'ar $y s*o& . "Th 'an& wi$$ ta& )ar o( " rything. A$ % wat)h # hi! as h wa$& # (orwar# an# sto** #. Who " r this !an was.o+ $ a" " rything to ! . s+ng$ass s. ". Craw$ y $ aning o" r hi!.o+ #on't ha" to worry. 3ray s+it. An# th n th #ay o( th (+n ra$ arri" # an# A$ % (o+n# hi!s $( #r ss # in a #ar& /a)& t an# )or#s. n. 0 rha*s that ! # to ha" $ ss $i( than anyon in was what ha# #ist+r' # A$ %. an# a !an got o+t. an# gray y s. g+n! ta$ s* )ta)$ s. Two !or ! n ha# )o! with hi!." Th #ay *ass #. That's !y /o'. a$tho+gh it wasn't a *arti)+$ar$y 'right #ay. Th y w r w aring i# nti)a$ s+its an#. Th r was so! thing a'o+t th n w arri"a$ that !a# his s&in )raw$. )o!*$ t $y !*ty. /+st in th sha#ow o( th Ch $s a so)) r (i $#. gray $i*s." A$ %'s y s tra" $ # *ast B$+nt an# o" r to th Ro$$s Roy) . h was sti$$ too yo+ng to $oo& a(t r hi!s $(." "What wi$$ ha** n?" A$ % as& # (or th s )on# ti! that #ay. A$ % shi" r #. So! on ta** # A$ % on th sho+$# r an# h t+rn # aro+n# to s Mr. "H 's th )hair!an o( th 'an&. on o( th ! #ri"ing. an# as th s r"i) ' gan. . an# A$ % &n w wh r h wo+$# ha" *r ( rr # to ' on that war! W #n s#ay a(t rnoon. Ha# th y r a$$y &nown Ian Ri# r? Why ha# h n " r ! t any o( th ! ' (or ? An# why #i# h (in# it so #i((i)+$t to ' $i " . So who wo+$# $oo& a(t r hi!? At (o+rt a$$. A gra" ha# ' n #+g )$os to th $an that ran th $ ngth o( th ) ! t ry. th 'a)& #oor o* n #. Sh ) rtain$y )o+$#n't stay in Lon#on (or " r. ." th * rsonn $ !anag r whis* r #. A$ % ass+! # $a)& wo+$# ha" to go 'a)& to A! ri)a. H was g$a# to g t o+t o( th ho+s . '+t h har#$y r )ogniz # any o( th !. A'o" or ' $ow gro+n#. th y s ' hin# th s1+ar . A$ % $oo& # (ro! th ! to B$+nt an# th n to th oth r * o*$ who ha# )o! to th ) ! t ry. B$+nt.#o . . A'o+t thirty * o*$ ha# t+rn # +*. H *r ( rr # not to ta$& at "That's Mr. A$ % &i$$ # a )o+*$ o( ho+rs &no)&ing a ( w 'a$$s aro+n# on his +n)$ 's snoo& r ta'$ an# th n ( $t "ag+ $y g+i$ty wh n 2a)& )a+ght hi! at it. *r *aring to $ a" in a '$a)& )ar that ha# )o! (ro! nowh r s+rro+n# # 'y * o*$ h ha# n " r ! t. B+t what $s was h to #o? Lat r on sh too& hi! to a B+rg r King. Ian Ri# r was '+ri # in Bro!*ton C ! t ry on th F+$ha! Roa#. h s th ) ! t ry." Craw$ y sai#. His (a) was %*r ssion$ ss. gray hair. His who$ (+t+r $oo& # so +n) rtain that h *r ( rr # not to ta$& a'o+t it. An# y t th !an was or#inary to $oo& at. Both o( th ! w r wat)hing th (+n ra$ with th sa! gri! (a) s.

"W '$$ !iss hi!. "H n " r ! ntion # yo+. Th !an was w aring a $ ath r ho$st r with an a+to!ati) *isto$ stra** # insi# . ". That was wh n it ha** n #. Ian Ri# r ha# 'ar $y s* nt any ti! in it. $as r # into his own. s . th #ri" r $ an # #own to o* n th 'a)& #oor an# his /a)& t ( $$ o* n.o+ !+st ' A$ %. '+t saw inst a# that B$+nt was !a&ing his way towar# hi!. As B$+nt was g tting into th Ro$$s-Roy) . Why? Why sho+$# 'an& !anag rs )arry g+ns? n it too." h sai#. It )o+$# ha" ' s*o& a'o+t yo+. n !a# o( *$asti). So! thing " ry )$os to an !otion s$ith r # o" r his (a) . H $oo& # aro+n#. U* )$os . a *atrioti) !an. R a$izing what ha# ha** n #. "An# I &now h was " ry )ar (+$. A$ % ( $t hi!s $( *inn # #own." Th n h t+rn # an# w nt 'a)& to his )ar. $i& an ins )t +n# r a !i)ros)o* . His )hoi) o( wor#s str+)& A$ % as o##. .o+ !+st ha" &nown that. 0atrioti)? That ! ant h $o" # his )o+ntry." S+## n$y Craw$ y was th r . C rtain$y h ha# n " r ' n on (or wa"ing th Union $a)&.o+r +n)$ was o" rs as (inan) !anag r. A'o+t things $i& s at ' $ts.o+r +n)$ o(t n . Th r was a '$a)& sha* $ying against it an# that was what )a+ght A$ %'s y ." Th gray $i*s twit)h # 'ri ($y. A$ %." ." "That's (+nny. "." "W $$. Th n h got into th )ar." "What was h goo# at?" A$ % as& #. sa#$y. ". an# (or a !o! nt. th #ri" r 1+i)&$y straight n # +* an# *+$$ # th /a)& t a)ross.…a goo# !an. B+t as (ar as A$ % &n w. st **ing )ar (+$$y aro+n# th gra" . ".I &now h tra" $ # a $ot." A$ % sai#. I ho* w '$$ ! t again. r " a$ing a star& whit shirt +n# rn ath. ." Th "i)ar ha# (inish # his gra" si# a##r ss." h sai#. "My na! is A$an B$+nt. H was a goo# !an. B$+nt ha# s th #oor )$os #. an# h was gon .that th y r a$$y wor& # (or a 'an&? . A g+n at a (+n ra$. H wi$$ ' !iss #. "H n " r ta$& # a'o+t his wor&. H t+rn # 'a)& an# $oo& # again at A$ %." A$ % sai#. . h wasn't )ar (+$ no+gh. !agni(i # 'y th thi)& $ ns s o( his s* )ta)$ s. ho*ing to (in# $a)&." Th )hair!an was on$y a $itt$ ta$$ r than hi!." B$+nt w nt on. A$ % tho+ght. H ta** # th si# o( his (a) with a sing$ gray (ing r. "H was r s*onsi'$ (or o+r (or ign 'ran)h s." B$+nt's y s. his s&in was strang $y +nr a$.

H ha# sai# it wo+$# ' !or o( a )ha$$ ng . H was a$!ost s+r o( it. A$ % o* n # it an# w nt in. H wo+$# ' sorry wh n h gr w o+t o( th 'i& . "What's that #oing . with a )+t #own R yno$#s 531 (ra! . th t a)h r. '+t A$ %'s y s n in th ho+s . Th 'i& was a Con#or 2+nior Roa#ra) r. A $ tt r that ha# ' $ay on th )ar* t. So! 'o#y ha# ' n on th ha$$ ta'$ now n ha$( o* n was now )$os #. h 1+i)&$y $oo& # aro+n# th ho+s . Th # s& #raw rs. A #oor that ha# ' !iss # nothing. s. B+t h wasn't ) rtain +nti$ h got to th to* ($oor. a$ways ' n $o)& #. Th wa$& too& th ! (i(t )orn r onto th ir str STR. Th )ar that ha# ta& n th ! to th (+n ra$ was sti$$ waiting. Tiny # tai$s. Th (irst * rio# o( th #ay was a$g 'ra. H #o+'$ $o)& # it in th sh # an# w nt into th yar#. th sh $" s ." A$ % !+tt r #. A$ % $ (t th ri" r an# sw+ng his 'i& thro+gh th $ights an# #own th hi$$ towar# Broo&$an# S)hoo$. Broo&$an# was a !o# rn s)hoo$.. '+t Ian Ri# r ha# # )i# # to s n# hi! h r . to A$ %'s y . A$ % noti) # a !o"ing "an *ar& # in (ront o( th ho+s .KER & SON *aint # on its si# . "C ! t ri s gi" ! th )r ". For two y ars now it ha# a$!ost ' n *art o( hi!.. Mr. What " r th tr+th was a'o+t his +n)$ 's *ast. rath r +g$y. th wh $s s&i##ing o" r th s+r(a) o( th roa#. whi)h ha# a$ways. It was a t '+t th wh nag r's 'i& . . Wh n A$ % )a! into th )$assroo!. th )$os ts. was now +n$o)& #. Th roo! was !*ty. An# 1+it a ( w )r *s ha" t+rn # +*. *s. At th sa! !o! nt. HEAVEN FOR CARS WITH HAMMERSMITH BRID3E /+st ah a# o( hi!. th wor#s A$ % sai# nothing as 2a)& +n$o)& # th #oor an# $ t th ! in.?" h ' gan. th "an shot o((. '+t whi$ sh w nt into th &it)h n to !a& so! t a. a$$ r #'ri)& an#. H )o+$# ha" gon to any o( th %)$+si" *ri"at s)hoo$s aro+n# Ch $s a. '+t th y *r ( rr # th o* n air. )+sto! '+i$t (or hi! on his tw $(th 'irth#ay. # with har#$y any ro$$ing r sistan) ." Th y s$i** # away 1+i t$y an# w nt ho! . H s*+n $s w r (+$$siz so h )o+$# ri# at s* *ast a # $i" ry "an an# *ass # thro+gh th s)hoo$ gat s.. Th #oor to th o((i) .. so! on gon an# so ha# " rything $s . anything )onn )t # to th # a# !an's wor& ha# ' ha# /+st wi* # it o+t. n !in+t s an# as th y t+rn # th t. Ian Ri# r ha# n ta& n." S+## n$y 2a)& was at his si# ."L t's g t o+t o( h r .

Th !*ty o((i) . h !a# his way to th s )r tary's o((i) an# 'orrow # a )o*y o( th ." "H r . How )o+$# h *ossi'$y thin& a'o+t a$g 'ra wh n th r w r so !any oth r 1+ stions )h+rning thro+gh his !in#? Th g+n at th (+n ra$." A$ % ha# (o+n# th yar#s $ist # +n# r "A+to Wr )& rs. s. "4 1+a$s s " n an# . At $ ast th wr )&ag wo+$# t $$ hi! that th a))i# nt ha# r a$$y ha** n #. h won# r # how h was going to g t thro+gh th $ sson. Miss B #(or#shir ha# a$ways ha# a so(t s*ot (or A$ %. Mr. A )o$$ision in th !i##$ o( th )ity. " So! how h !anag # to g t thro+gh th r st o( th #ay. was a$r a#y )ha$&ing +* a )o!*$i)at # 1+ation on th 'oar#. *+t in 'y ar)hit )ts who sho+$# ha" &nown ' tt r. An# th 'igg st !yst ry o( a$$. '+t 'y th ti! th (ina$ ' $$ rang. ta&ing in th (ig+r s." Th !ath t a)h r sigh #. th $ ss h ' $i " # it. ". Ian Ri# r ha#n't ' B+t o( )o+rs h ha#." B+t th r w r #oz ns o( th ! t. .KER & SON writt n on th si# . Whi$ " ryon $s str a! # o+t. s. It was hot in th roo!." A$ % ($i)& # thro+gh th *ag s. As A$ % too& his *$a) n ar th 'a)&. ". B+t a)t+a$$y I was /+st as&ing yo+ to o* n th win#ow. his !in# was !a# +*. S+## n$y h wish # h )o+$# s th )ar.Dono"an. B+t h '# ha# this thing a'o+t s at ' $ts. is (i(t n. . wo+$#n't th y?" "I s+**os so. Th way B$+nt ha# $oo& # at hi!. n w aring a s at ' $t. H 1+i)&$y s)ann # th '$a)&'oar#. "What ar yo+ $oo&ing (or?" th s )r tary as& #. th s+n str a!ing in thro+gh th ($oor -to -) i$ing win#ows. "I( a )ar got s!ash # +* n ar O$# Str th y'# ta& it so! wh r n ar. . "A$ %?A$ % $oo& # +* an# r a$iz # that " ryon was staring at hi!." h sai#. Sir. that Ian Ri# r ha# r a$$y #i # that way.o+'r a'so$+t $y right. n on to gi" $ )t+r s. . "A+to /+n&yar#s . Th "an with STR. H ha# a$ways sai# A$ % Th s at ' $t. . Th !or A$ % tho+ght a'o+t it. Dono"an ha# /+st as& # hi! so! thing. . . $$ow 0ag s. Ian Ri# r ha# n " r ' sho+$# !a& +* his own !in# a'o+t things. . A$ %. th on # tai$ that r (+s # to go away.

AUTO WRECKERS H a" n (or Cars CALL US TODA. th n roar # #own on a 'att r # For# Ta+r+s. H (o+n# hi!s $( s+rro+n# # 'y #irt an# # 'ris. "B )ar (+$. B. Dar& an# s rio+s. ntry +n# rn ath th on th s )r tary "Wait!" A$ % t+gg # th 'oo& towar# hi! an# $oo& # at th ha# )hos n: 2. waiting to ' ( # into th )r+sh r. Stry& r's was a s1+ar o( wast $an# ' hin# th rai$way tra)&s r+nning o+t o( Wat r$oo Station. "This on 's 1+it n ar O$# Str t. "That's in Va+%ha$$. 2. Th s! $$ o( #i s $ was thi)& in th air an# th roar o( th ngin s was # a( ning. That was no+gh (or A$ %. O( )o+rs it !ight /+st ' a )oin)i# n) . h a* # on on to* o( th oth r." n o+tsi# his ho+s on th #ay o( th (+n ra$. B. H tho+ght 'a)& to th "an h ha# s '+t it was sti$$ so! wh r to start." Miss B #(or#shir sai#. Stry& r. Two woo# n gat s h+ng o* n." Th s )r tary wat)h # A$ % $ a" . A$ % wat)h # as a )ran swoo* # #own on on o( th )ars. A t $ *hon rang so! wh r in th sh # an# th g+ar# t+rn # aro+n# to answ r it. "Sort o( . r a#ing a n ws*a* r. 2." Miss B #(or#shir *oint # at th )orn r o( th *ag . '+t th y to$# hi! nothing. Sh &n w A$ % ha# $ost a r $ati" . . H )$os # th 'oo&. Th r was a g+ar# sitting in th sh #. its ! ta$ )$aw s!ashing thro+gh th win#ow to s)oo* +* th " hi)$ an# )arry it away. Th ar a was n)$os # 'y a high 'ri)& wa$$ to** # with 'ro& n g$ass an# razor wir . "Not too (ar (ro! h r . th r was so! thing #ang ro+s th r . May' it was his y s." B+t A$ % ha# r )ogniz # th na! . . won# ring why sh ha# sai# that. E" rything o( any "a$+ ha# n stri** # away an# on$y th r+sting )ar)ass s r !ain #. B.(ighting (or att ntion o" r (o+r *ag s. STR.KER. "I'$$ s yo+. A$ % )o+$# s ' a sh # with a s )+rity win#ow an# ' yon# it th tott ring *i$ s o( # a# an# 'ro& n )ars. an# (ro! th oth r si# o( th roa#. h s*rint # thro+gh th gat s. Miss B #(or#shir . Ho$#ing his 'i& an# wh $ing it a$ong ' si# hi!. . "Is this (or a s)hoo$ *ro/ )t?" th s )r tary as& #. In th #istan) a '+$$#oz r )o+gh # into $i( . Th n th t $ *hon rang an# sh (orgot hi! as sh w nt 'a)& to wor&. '+t not how." "I &now." A$ % was r a#ing th a##r ss s. Stry& r & Son.

Do it now. Th r was a grin#ing so+n# as th )ar was )r+sh # +nti$ it was no 'igg r than a ro$$ #-+* )ar* t. B+t why? Why &i$$ a 'an& !anag r? An# why ha# th !+r# r ' o( it !a# s ns . th '+$$ ts ri**ing into th )ar. A$ % !a# his way aro+n# to th oth r si# . )ro+)hing #own ' hin# th wr )&s. An# (roz . w r str wn with (rag! nts o( 'ro& n g$ass an# stain # with *at)h s o( #ar& 'rown. L a"ing his 'i& *ro** # against th wa$$. A$ % ran his (ing rs o" r th ho$ s. Th ($ash o( th !a)hin g+n. With th #in (ro! th !a)hin s. Th s$i) s t+!'$ # to th gro+n#. an# #ro** # it into a )r+sh r. . H o* n # th #oor an# $oo& # insi# . B+t it was # (init $y his +n)$ 's )ar. H was ' ginning to r gr t )o!ing-'+t th n h saw it. What ha# &i$$ # hi! was *$ain to s ha# n " r s . H h+rri # )$os r an# it was now that h saw that th )ar was #a!ag # a(t r a$$. s!ashing th win#shi $# an# si# win#ows. s *arat # (ro! th oth r )ars. Th win#shi $# ha# ' n s!ash #. so th y !+st ' *art o( it. th ! ta$$i) si$" r 'o#ywor& not " n s)rat)h #. Th sh $" s )$os # in on th )ar $i& a !onst r ins )t (o$#ing in its wings. Th air was as (i$thy as th gro+n# ' n ath n s+)h a thing ' (or . His y s w r wat ring (ro! th #i s $ (+! s. shatt ring th (ront tir ." n to so! on who n. Th (ront s ats *a$ gray $ ath r. A s*ray o( '+$$ ts ha# )a+ght th )ar (+$$ on th #ri" r's si# . #rawing a gri!y han# a)ross his (a) . Th ! ta$ ( $t )o$# against his ($ sh. A$ % r )ogniz # th $i) ns *$at . His +n)$ 's BMW was *ar& # a ( w yar#s away. th r was no )han) that anyon wo+$# h ar hi!." Th !a)hin s !+st ha" sto** # (or a !o! nt. I( th r ha#n't ' n a s+## n $+$$. A$ % wo+$# n )o" r # +*? It was th *o$i) # to as& what th stain was. Th n th o* rator thr w a g ar an# th )ar was s1+ z # o+t. .o+ sho+$# ha" gott n ri# o( it two #ays ago. H #i#n't n #ri" r's s at .s iz # it in a ! ta$$i) gri*. Ian Ri# r / r&ing in th who ha# # $i" r # th n ws that night. At (irst g$an) it $oo& # a'so$+t $y (in . ". ! ta$$i) tooth*ast ' ing )ho** # +* 'y a hi## n '$a# . H )o+$# s " rything. Th n th sh $" s $i(t # +*. For a !o! nt th )ar r st # on a *air o( sh $" s. a$ong with a$$ th win#ows on th #ri" r's si# . '+t h was sti$$ a(rai# o( ' ing s hi!. an# *+n)hing into th si# *an $s.. Ian Ri# r ha#n't #i # in any a))i# nt. A$ % ran (arth r into th yar#. C rtain$y th r was no way that this )ar )o+$# ha" ' n in"o$" # in a (ata$ )o$$ision with a tr+)& or with anything $s . Th o* ratorsitting in a g$ass )a'in at on n# o( th )r+sh r *r ss # a '+tton an# th r was a gr at ' $)h o( '$a)& s!o& . to**$ing th )ar o" r an# #own into a tro+gh. H sto** # to )at)h his 'r ath. Ha# th y $i # # $i' rat $y? Non ..

H #i#n't #ar $oo& +*. th ! ta$ n *i)& # +* 'y th )ran . th !an h ha# s was s+r o( it. h hoo& # th #oor an# )$os # it. Th n . Th roo( '+)&$ # an# thr ring wh $ an# thr w hi! h $*$ ss$y into th h+g ! ta$ (ing rs tor thro+gh th s&in o( th )ar $i& a (or& thro+gh an ggsh $$. Who " r th y w r . A$ % thr w hi!s $( into th on$y hi#ing *$a) a"ai$a'$ : insi# th )ar its $(. Th !a)hin was a L (ort Sh ar. On o( th ! was th #ri" r. Th BMW ha# ' insi# th )r+sh r. ta$&ing in $ow "oi) s. to wa" thro+gh th win#ows. with A$ % insi# it. '+t h )o+$#n't 'r a& th g$ass. H was sa( . A$ % tri # to (ight 'a)& his si)&n ss an# # s*air an# thin& o( what to #o. It was going to ' *+t grin#ing an# th $ight s*inning.n " r ha" h ar# th ! n )o!ing. At th *r ss o( a '+tton. At th (+n ra$. H tri # with a$$ his str ngth to (r hi!s $(. th two wings wo+$# )$os on th )ar with a /oint *r ss+r o( (i" h+n#r # tons. His short ($ight a)ross th /+n&yar# n# # with a 'on -shatt ring )rash as th )ran # *osit # th )ar on th iron sh $" s o( th )r+sh r. B+t his sto!a)h $+r)h # as th )ar sw+ng in an ar). At th sa! ti! . th y wo+$# n " r s $ nothing. h ' )a! awar that th !a)hin s ha# start # again an# h )o+$# no $ong r h ar th ! n. wo+$# ' )r+sh # ' yon# r )ognition. his who$ 'o#y )a+ght in a !assi" sho)& wa" that tor hi! away (ro! th st 'a)&. A$ % ha# a ( th ! ' (or . H )o+$#n't !o" . B+t th )$aw o( th )ran ha# a$r a#y ($att n # th roo(. th y w r on$y a ( w *a) s away (ro! th )ar. An# th 'ro& n ! ta$-an# ($ sh-wo+$# th n ' )ho** # into s )tions. H )o+$# ( wor&! n w r staring at th BMW. A$ % y $$ # as '$oo# tri)&$ # o" r his y . H tri # to rais hi!s $( +*. Witho+t thin&ing. B+t th n th y w r gon . Any !o! nt now th o* rator wo+$# s n# th )ar ti**ing into th )o((in-sha* # tro+gh. An# th n so! thing hit th BMW with s+)h (or) that A$ % )ri # o+t. B+t th roo( was too $ow.. His $ g was tra** #. H $i(t # a han# an# !anag # to *o+n# on th 'a)& win#ow. Anoth r ( w st *s an# th y wo+$# ' th r . Using his (oot. H )o+$#n't s . th n was / r& # 'a)& a s )on# ti! as th )ar was yan& # o(( th gro+n# an# ti$t # high +* in th air. H si# . any )$os r an# it wo+$# ha" )ra)& # his s&+$$. a s$ow-!otion g+i$$otin . No'o#y wo+$# " r &now what ha# ha** n #. On o( th (ing rs graz # th si# o( his h a# . Th r w r two o( th !. trai$ing #+st an# s+n$ight. * rha*s " n 'r a&ing it. With hi! insi# . A sha#ow ( $$ a)ross th win#ow as th two ! n *ass #. E" n i( th anything !o"ing insi# . *inning his $ (t $ g. 5+i)&$y h $oo& # a)ross th st ring wh $ an# o+t th oth r $ing h '# s n n with th g+n. Th )ar.. 'oth #r ss # in $oos -(itting o" ra$$s. H tri # to !o" .

Wh n th )ar ha# (a$$ n into th tro+gh. It too& hi! * rha*s a hi!. A )igar tt #ang$ # on his $ow r $i* as his !o+th ( $$ o* n an# his y s star #. Dar&n ss $ th w ight o( th two wa$$s *r ssing #own on hi!. Th BMW s)r a! # as two wa$$s o( so$i# st Mor g$ass shatt r #. #+st an# #i s $ (+! s *+n)hing into his nos an# y s. Th #oors w r too ' nt. shrin&ing (ast r an# (ast r. h s+rg # (orwar#. h )o+$# )raw$ thro+gh th (ra! . Th roo( ha# '+)&$ # again /+st no+gh to (r s)ra''$ # (or th #oor-'+t. (a$$ing 'a)& into th )ar. his sho+$# rs s1+ saw was a 'oy in th rags o( what ha# on) ' n a s)hoo$ +ni(or!. $ a%$ s sna** # with th so+n# o( a th+n# r'o$t. Th r was har#$y any #ay$ight now.his who$ wor$# ti$t # an# h ( $t hi!s $( (a$$ing into #ar&n ss. h+ng $i!*$y 'y his si# . Th BMW s$i# to on si# an# ( $$ th ( w yar#s into th tro+gh. A$ % *+$$ # with a$$ his str ngth an# was astonish # wh n his $ g )a! (r . o( )o+rs . In a ( w s )on#s' ti! th two o( th ! wo+$# ! s )on# on *r )io+s s )on#-to wor& o+t what ha# ha** n #. Th wings ' gan to !o" . A$ % ( $t th ! ta$wor& )o$$a*sing a$$ aro+n# hi!. His sho+$# rs *ass # thro+gh th triang$ . Th !an's sto!a)h was *r ss # against th g$ass. h )o+$# s th h+g st $ h a# o( th *iston that wo+$# *+sh what was $ (t o( th )ar thro+gh th %it ho$ on th oth r si# . H / r& # an# th sho was *+$$ # o((. A who$ s$ z # into th " ha# ' n torn )orn rs. By th ti! th o* rator ha# a sing$ triang$ o( $ r $ nt$ ss$y )r+sh # it. N %t )a! his $ gs. Ah a# o( hi! h )o+$# s $ight. What h o(( an# his ar!. Fina$$y. Th 'a)& win#ow %*$o# # an# g$ass show r # aro+n# his h a#. o+t into th $ight. Th )ar was no $ong r a )ar '+t . A$ % h ar# th so+n# o( th $ ath r ' ing s1+ash #. His han# ngin ton o( th L (ort Sh ar )hang # as it *r *ar # (or th (ina$ a)t. H (o+n# hi!s $( (a) -to-(a) with a !an so (at that h )o+$# 'ar $y (it into th s!a$$ )a'in o( th )r+sh r. Th sh $" s ha# $i(t #. '+t at th $ast !o! nt his sho )a+ght on a *i ) o( /agg # ! ta$. it ha# $an# # on its si# . '+t $oo&ing o+t o( th 'a)&. H )o+$# ( A$ % ha# ' )o! . '+t on$y i( h !o" # (ast. Th y wo+$# n " r o* n. Th 'ag. h #ragg # hi!s $( )$ ar an# !anag # to stan# +*. )$inging to th '$a)&. str a& # with '$oo# an# oi$. Th ! ta$ wings t. oi$y s+r(a) o( th o's r"ation *$at(or! at th 'a)& o( th )r+sh r. that was +s $ ss. )r+!*$ing th BMW $i& a *a* r sh+## r #. With a$$ his str ngth. On o( th wh ' gan to )$os in. Th 'a)& win#ow! With th g$ass gon . A$ % gra'' # ho$# o( what was $ (t o( th 'a)&s at.th (ist o( so! hi# o+s !onst r snat)hing at th ins )t that .

snat)h # +* his 'i& . No'o#y ha# (o$$ow # hi!. was )+rio+s$y +g$y: gr asy hair. I( h wasn't )ar (+$. th !an h ha# s (rown. twist # his 'o#y aro+n#. O" r th y ars h ha# *ass # thro+gh th "ario+s Ky+-st+# nt gra# s. an# sw+ng hi!s $( onto it. Th y ha# )orn r # hi! on) ' hin# th 'i& sh #. )o! to his s ns s. B+t th n h tho+ght 'a)& to his $ast s )on#s insi# th )r+sh r an# sigh # with r $i (. H too& on $oo& o" r his sho+$# r. His (a) . th 'oy ha# gon . A$ % )$a!' r # #own th si# o( th )r+sh r. Th 'i& shot (orwar#. H )o+$# ' $oo&ing a $ot wors . Wh n h ha# arri" # at Broo&$an# S)hoo$. raising th a$ar!. . on) a w &. wat ry y s. H ha# start # $ arning &arat wh n h was si% y ars o$#. A$ % r ! !' r # th g+n an#. h )r+!*$ # to th gro+n#. . . a '$a)& ' $t. H h ar# th sing$ wor# "Sto*!" )a$$ # o+t. h wo+$# )+t o* n th oth r (oot. Now A$ % 'ro+ght +* on $ g. B hin# hi! h h ar# th )a'in o( th )r+sh r o* n an# a !an's "oi) )a$$ # o+t. sw+ng into a)tion. H was awar now o( th *i ) s o( /agg # ! ta$ $ying " rywh r . o" r th r+''$ an# o+t thro+gh th gat s. with no %*$anation. " r sin) . Ian Ri# r ha# ta& n hi! to a $o)a$ )$+' (or his (irst $ sson an# h ha# ' n going th r . an# $ash # o+t. His y s '+$g # an# his !o+th ha$( o* n # in s+r*ris . A$ % /+!* # o" r hi!. an# his 'o#y str a& # with oi$. twist # into a hosti$ th oth r two ha# n " r tro+'$ # anyon again. witho+t " n thin&ing. Th 'a)& &i)& Ushirog ri is sai# to ' th !ost $ tha$ in &arat . $an#ing on th on (oot that sti$$ ha# a sho . His (oot *ow r # into th !an's a'#o! n with s+)h (or) that th !an #i#n't " n ha" ti! to )ry o+t. with his han# sti$$ ha$(way into his /a)& t. $ aning against th wa$$. $i( $ ss s&in. A$ % &n w h !+st $oo& a strang sight. His han# s$i# into his /a)& t. A$ % gri** # th han#$ 'ars an# * #a$ # as har# as h )o+$#. his g nt$ $oo&s an# a)) nt ha# 1+i)&$y 'ro+ght hi! to th att ntion o( th s)hoo$ '+$$i s. B+t it was on$y th y ar ' (or that h ha# ' )o! a (irst-gra# Dan. "What #o yo+ thin& . Th n. On a(t rnoon. thr Th h+$&ing si%t n-y ar o$#s. Th n %t #ay on o( th '+$$i s ha# $ (t Broo&$an#. sto**ing ' tw an# his 'i& . Th n th r was a )ra)& an# a '+$$ t whi** # *ast.ta& n this a$$ in. an# n A$ % n at th (+n ra$. an# t+rn # th !a)hin o((. an# ging r$y. In th #istan) a thir# !an was r+nning towar# hi!. instant$y. It was th #ri" r. *a$ ." h ' gan. At th sa! ti! a s )on# !an ran (orwar#. h !a# (or it. ha$( ho**ing. his )$oth s in rags. His 'i)y)$ was wh r h ha# $ (t it. With on sho on an# on sho o((. n)o+nt r $ast # $ ss than a !in+t .

W w r won# ring i( yo+ )o+$# )o! in. "That was th 'an&. w aring his s*ar +ni(or!." h sai#. Sh was )oo&ing 'r a&(ast (or th two o( th !." A$ % sai#. "Co+$# yo+ !anag ha$( *ast (o+r? W 'r on Li" r*oo$ Str "I'$$ ' th r . stri* # ti . "This a(t rnoon. "I'! going th r this a(t rnoon. anti1+ -$oo&ing '+i$#ing with a Union 2a)& ($+tt ring (ro! a *o$ a'o+t (i(t n ($oors +*. sti$$ w aring his n *ai#. "An# I'$$ ta& th t+' . W (o+n# so! *a* rs o( yo+r +n)$ 's." Was th r so! thing (aint$y thr at ning in th !an's "oi) ? "What ti! this a(t rnoon?" A$ % as& #. Sh ha# on$y h r own !on y to '+y (oo# an# *ay (or th r+nning o( th ho+s . H r wag s ha#n't ' was a'o+t to %*ir . Soon sh wo+$#n't " n ' a$$ow # to stay in th )o+ntry. h r "isa t. "Do yo+ want ! to )o! ?" "No.AL & 3ENERAL THE BANK CALLED th (o$$owing #ay. Th Roya$ & 3 n ra$ o))+*i # a ta$$.. a'o+t yo+r own s)hoo$ )$oth s: #ar& '$+ /a)& t. gray tro+s rs.RO." A$ % )a! into th roo!. Th r was a 'rass *$a1+ with th na! n %t to th !ain #oor an# a . a$r a#y $at (or s)hoo$." H )a! o+t o( Li" r*oo$ Str t t+' station /+st a(t r (o+r-(i(t n that a(t rnoon. H (o+n# th 'an& asi$y no+gh. Do yo+ r ! !' r ! ? 0 rsonn $ !anag r at th Roya$ an# 3 n ra$. I'$$ ' (in . H ha#n't to$# h r what ha# ha** n # at th /+n& yar#. a$tho+gh how $ong sh )o+$# r !ain with A$ % was a growing worry. W )an s n# a )a'-" # to ta$& to yo+ .." "Co! in?" A$ % was ha$( #r ss #. W n *osition. "Who was that?" $a)& )a$$ # o+t o( th &it)h n. "This is 2ohn Craw$ y. Wors sti$$." H h+ng +*. 2a)& ha# no+gh on h r !in#.

For a !o! nt h won# r # i( h was !a&ing a !ista& . going in. A$ %. E" rything n. '". was #ar& an# sha#owy insi# .o+ &now what to #o?" This $ast 1+ stion was a##r ss # to his #ri" r. B+t why wo+$# anyon (ro! th 'an& want to &i$$ hi!? H #i#n't " n ha" an a))o+nt th r . H r y s w r a$!ost as '$a)& as h r hair. His (a) was a )ha$&y whit ." h sai#. s$ight$y h+n)h # o" r. E" n a )r+is $in r." th )hair!an o( th 'an& !+tt r #. "That's th 'oy?" Th s* a& r was a !i##$ -ag # wo!an. Sh ha# a strang . .s )+rity )a! ra swi" $ing s$ow$y o" r th *a" ! nt. who was a$so in th roo!. A$an?" sh as& #. th i!ag on th t $ "ision !onitor ($i)& r # t Ca! ra #1 s!ooth$y )+t a)ross to R ) *tion )a! ras #2 an# #3. a$$owing his +ni(or! to answ r th !an's 1+ stion. A !an sitting ' hin# a # s& saw A$ % )o! in an# *r ss # a '+tton. His y s n " r $ (t th s)r In th $o''y. sir. A ti! in " ry !a/or wor$# )ity. "I'! sorry to ha" & *t yo+ waiting. A$an B$+nt no## #. On o( th $ "ators s$i# o* n an# Craw$ y a** ar # in th sa! s+it h ha# worn at th (+n ra$ '+t with a #i(( r nt ti . H w nt insi# . H ha# ' n $i& that " r sin) h ha# tri # to sto* A$ % in th a+to /+n&yar#. "Oh y s. I( th 'an& ha# ' n r s*onsi'$ in so! way (or Ian Ri# r's # ath. A hos*ita$. Sh was #r ss # in a s " r gray s+it an# was s+)&ing a * ** r!int. "Ha" yo+ )o! straight (ro! s)hoo$?" A$ % stoo# +* '+t sai# nothing. it was a$ways *ossi'$ th y ha# as& # hi! h r to arrang his own. Ca! ra #2 zoo! # in +nti$ A$ %'s (a) (i$$ # th s)r "So h )a! . "ag+ $y won# ring why so ( w * o*$ w r going in or o+t. Th *$a) ha# no i# ntity o( its own. s. A$ % sto** # in (ront o( it. An# in an o((i) on th s " nt an# )hang # as Str nth ($oor. an# a'o" th # s&. Th #ri" r was stan#ing +n)o!(orta'$y. Th r ) *tion ar a was 1+i t an# )$a+stro*ho'i). n. with a 'rown !ar'$ ($oor. A$ % ha# as& # (or 2ohn Craw$ y an# was sitting on a $ ath r so(a. "L t's go +* to . *otato-sha* # h a# an# h r '$a)& hair $oo& # as i( it ha# ' n )+t +sing a *air o( '$+nt s)issors an# an +*t+rn # 'ow$. B+t it )o+$# ha" ' )on) rt ha$$. "Ar yo+ s+r a'o+t this." B$+nt sai#. "Th n #o it. a row o( )$o)&s showing th n th ntran) to anywh r ." h sai#. thr $ "ators to on si# . 5+it s+r .

B+t this s )on# !a)hin 'oth $oo& # at hi! an# thro+gh hi! as h stoo# th r . Nor #i# h s th )a! ra. "H r w ar !" Craw$ y s!i$ # an# +sh r # A$ % o+t into a $ong )orri#or." n $o)& # an# I #on't ha" th & y. "My o((i) is /+st a$ong h r . "0$ as . s. th !a)hin ha# *ass # its in(or!ation #own to a )o!*+t r that ha# instant$y "a$+at # an# th n s nt its own signa$ 'a)& to th )ir)+its that )ontro$$ # th $ "ator. This was wh r yo+r +n)$ wor& #. Contin+ to th (i(t nth ($oor. t+rning hi! into a *+$sating !ass o( #i(( r nt )o$ors. Ea)h #oor ha# a na! *$at an# this on h &n w. Craw$ y s ! # s+r*ris #. ". H '$$ ' !+)h !iss #. 0 r( )t (or a 'oring % )+ti" . n. . '+t th n." Craw$ y *oint # th way. Whit $ tt rs on '$a)& *$asti)." $ "ator. 1504: Ian Ri# r." Craw$ y sai#. "Why #o yo+ want to #o that?" wh r h wor& #. "W '$$ ta& th A$ % #i#n't noti) th (o+rth )a! ra insi# th $ "ator. In $ ss than th ti! it too& A$ % to '$in&." Craw$ y sai#." Craw$ y sigh #. non o( whi)h trans$at # into th )o$# st a hi## n g+n or &ni( . Th Th r was a ($+tt r o( r # an# '$+ o+tsi# an# A$ % r ! !' r # th ($ag h ha# s ($ag*o$ was right n %t to th o((i) .!y o((i) . in th )orn r a (ri#g . Sit #own. A 'oring % )+ti" 's o((i) ." Th y w nt into 1505. as i( h w r a'o+t to *ro#+) a (an o( )ar#s. "Th #oor wi$$ ha" ' * r ha*s. H w nt o" r to th (ri#g . a )o+*$ o( so(as. Craw$ y no## # sa#$y. it was )on) a$ # on th oth r th th r!a$ int nsi(i r n %t to $ o( si# o( th on way !irror that )o" r # th 'a)& wa$$. It was a $arg . H +s # his han#s $i& a !agi)ian. It's OK H 's +nar! #. "Can I g t yo+ a #rin&?" . . Anoth r ti! "I'# ' int r st # to s "I'! sorry." "Can I go insi# ?" A$ % as& #. on th wa$$ a )o+*$ o( *rints. Insi# th r was a # s& an# )hair. A$ %. "I ha" th o((i) n %t #oor. s1+ar roo! with thr win#ows $oo&ing o+t o" r th station. H g st+r #. A s ri s o( #oors w r *+n)t+at # 'y 'right$y )o$or # a'stra)t *aintings. with an +n)ar* t # woo# n ($oor an# !o# rn $ighting. 2+st h r ." H g st+r # again. Th y ha# *ass # thr #oors wh n A$ % sto** #.

o+r +n)$ 's wi$$. I( h /+!* # an# !iss #. s$ight$y )$oying tast o( s+* r!ar& t )o$a an# wish # h '# as& # (or wat r. t. Th t $ *hon rang an# with anoth r han# sign. It wasn't " n worth thin&ing a'o+t. It a'$ to /+!* onto th $ #g that ran a$ong th si# o( th '+i$#ing o+tsi# roo! 1504. At th (ar n# a wo!an )arrying a '+n)h o( *a* rs a** ar # an# #isa** ar # thro+gh a #oor. A(t r a$$. Do yo+ !in#?" "3o ah a#." A$ % too& a si*. H r )ogniz # th o" rsw ta$& to ! a'o+t?" ". "I) ?" "No." With a (ina$ no# o( a*o$ogy. I( h )o+$# so! how r a)h it. B+t Craw$ y ha# ' n t $$ing th tr+th. h sho+$# ' t to (a$$. th n han# # it to A$ %. A$ %. . 0 rha*s th o((i) n %t #oor !ight t $$ hi! why. it wo+$# ' )hi$#'s *$ay. th r wo+$# ' a )o+*$ o( h+n#r # ( was a st+*i# i# a. H w nt o" r to th #oor an# 'a)& into th )orri#or. Th n h *o+r # th )o$a into a *ott # *$ant an# stoo# +*. H wo+$# /+st #o it." Craw$ y o* n # a )an an# (i$$ # a g$ass. this on (or " %)+s ! . h n ($oors +*."Do yo+ ha" Co& ?" ". than&s. Th r was no sign o( Craw$ y. It wasn't Co& . "I'$$ ' a'o+t (i" !in+t s. "So what #o yo+ want to A$ % w nt 'a)& into Craw$ y's o((i) . A$ % o* n # th win#ow an# )$i!' # o+t. It was on$y th sh r 'ri)& wa$$ str t)hing #own to th *a" ! nt." Craw$ y answ r # it. It was $o)& #. I ha" to go 'a)& #own to th $o''y. O( )o+rs . or a /+ng$ gy! in th s)hoo$ yar#. 5+i)&$y. It was ' tt r not to thin& a'o+t it at a$$. th n h+ng +* again. th )ars an# '+s s !o"ing $i& . Th y ha# 'ro& n into his ho+s an# )$ an # o+t " rything th y'# (o+n# in th o((i) th r . So! 'o#y tho+ght th # a# !an's wor& was i!*ortant no+gh to & * hi## n (ro! hi!. Th *o$ /+tt # o+t o( th n roo!s 1504 an# 1505. It wasn't " n 0 *si. What %a)t$y was Ian Ri# r in"o$" # in? An# was it th r ason why h ha# ' Th ($ag ($+tt r # again an#. A$ % !o" # 'a)& to th #oor o( 1504 an# tri # th han#$ . s '+i$#ing %a)t$y ha$(way ' tw was (i(t n &i$$ #? ing it. H s*o& (or a ( w !o! nts. "I'! " ry sorry. . i( this was th gro+n# ($oor. s. A$ % wait # a ( w s )on#s. A$ % w nt o" r to th win#ow." A$ % s tt$ # hi!s $( on th so(a. H wo+$# ha" gi" n anything to s* n# a ( w !in+t s a$on in Ian Ri# r's o((i) . Craw$ y $ (t.

It was asi r a(t r that. "I ". So! how h !anag # to )$i!' 'a)& +* onto th *o$ . whi)h was in !any ways a )ar'on )o*y o( th (irst. gra''ing ho$# o( th $ #g with 'oth han#s an# th n *+$$ing hi!s $( +* +nti$ h was $ " $ with th win#ow. H was s+r*ris # an# a $itt$ sa## n # 'y th *hotogra*hs." th wo!an r tort #. "Th 'oy's %traor#inary. It was a h+!or$ ss so+n#. ta& n th s+!! r ' (or on th Cari'' an is$an# o( 3+a# $o+* . A$ % s$i# th win#ow o* n an# hoist # hi! s $( into th s )on# o((i) .o+'r /+st going to sit h r an# wat)h hi! &i$$ hi!s $(?" "I'! going to sit h r an# ho* that h s+r"i" s. H was hanging now with his ( t in !i#air. !ay' that's what w n #. Ian Ri# r ha# ' h ha# *r t n# #. A$an B$+nt was sti$$ sitting in (ront o( th s)r to$# yo+. Don't thin& a'o+t it. H s1+att # on th *o$ . Two ($oors a'o" . " n a si!i$ar *ainting on th wa$$. wh r h ha# gon #i"ing. A$ % $ow r # hi!s $( onto th $ #g o+tsi# Craw$ y's o((i) . an# th '$ast o( th win# against his (a) that !a# it t rri(ying. )$+t)hing onto th win#owsi$$." n. Do it. H /+st ho* # that no *ass rs'y $oo& # +*. H sti$$ #i#n't $oo& #own. His han#s w r ' hin# hi!." h sai#. th n thr w hi!s $( si# ways an# a)ross to th $ #g o+tsi# Ian Ri# r's o((i) . h $an# # * r( )t$y. An# /+!* #. It was on$y now that h won# r # i( th win#ow wo+$# ' $o)& #.toys so (ar ' $ow. S$ow$y. H )h+)&$ #. with h+g ((ort. H ha# to ' )ar (+$. H too& a # * 'r ath. I( so. H ha# !iss # th ($ag*o$ 'y an in)h an# wo+$# ha" *$+ng # #own to th *a" ! nt i( his han#s ha#n't )a+ght ho$# o( th Union 2a)& its $(. Too (ar to th $ (t an# h wo+$# )rash into th si# o( th '+i$#ing. "W $$. H w nt o" r to th # s& an# sat #own. It ha# th sa! (+rnit+r . A$ % ag # (i" or si%. A )a! ra in th o((i) a)ross th roa# )a+ght A$ % as h $a+n)h # hi!s $( into s*a) ." "Th 'oy's 1+it !a#. h *+$$ # hi!s $( +*. Th r was a s )on# *i)t+r t+)& # into th )orn r o( th (ra! . his (ing rs hoo&ing into th !at ria$. n !or s nti! nta$ than . Th (irst thing h saw was a *hotogra*h o( hi!s $(. th sa! )ar* t. h '# /+st ha" to go 'a)&." A$ % ha# !is)a$)+$at # th /+!*. In (a)t. It wasn't. '+t too (ar th oth r way an# h wo+$# (a$$.

H was $ying on a ' # in a $arg ." h ' gan. Th (irst was !ar& #: NERVE 0OISONS. h 1+i)&$y ($i)& # thro+gh th r st o( th (i$ s. NEW METHODS OF CONCEALMENT AND DISSEMINATION. 3rowing " r !or *+zz$ #. "No . th roo! twist #. A$ % too& th ! an# o* n # th !.?" ALE4 O0ENED HIS E. Fro! "SO WHAT DO . Th r was no %*$osion. A$ % *+t it asi# an# $oo& # at th s )on#. . h ha# to (in# it 1+i)&$y.A$ % g$an) # at his wat)h. H wo+$# ha" sai# th '+i$#ing was E$iza' than. It ha# to ' so! wh r in th )o+ntry. On o( th ! was Craw$ y. '+t th roo! was o$# with ' a!s r+nning a)ross th ) i$ing. H *+$$ # o* n a #raw r in th # s&. B+t at th sa! ti! h r a$iz # that th two ! n w r n't s+r*ris # to s th way th y ha# )o! into th roo!. So h was sti$$ a$i" ! That was a ni) s+r*ris . Th $ast (i$ was si!*$y $a' $ #: STORMBREAKER. "Who ar yo+? Was !y +n)$ wor&ing (or yo+? Di# yo+ &i$$ hi!?" "So !any 1+ stions. ASSASSINATIONS: FOUR CASE STUDIES. I( h was going to (in# anything h r . an# int rrogation t )hni1+ s. . an# narrow win#ows in an ornat woo# n (ra! . H saw at on) that th y ha# nothing to #o with 'an&ing. th !o" ! nt o( +rani+! a)ross E+ro* . A$ % &n w that th r was no *oint trying to %*$ain what h was #oing. Th r was no so+n# o( . It )ontain # (o+r or (i" thi)& (i$ s. Th oth r was th #ri" r (ro! th /+n&yar#. Th n his $ gs '+)&$ #. hi! th r . whi)h )o" r # )o+nt rt rroris!.OU SA. Th !an (ir #. "This isn't a 'an&. an# h ( $$ 'a)& into nothing. ho$#ing th (i$ as i( to *rot )t hi!s $(. Th ' # was !o# rn.ES. Th g+n s*at at A$ % an# h ( $t so! thing s$a! into his h art. "B+t I'! a(rai# w 'r not a+thoriz # to gi" yo+ th answ rs." A$ % sai#. th y ha# %* )t # to (in# hi!. a ston (ir *$a) . H ha# s n roo!s $i& this in 'oo&s wh n h was st+#ying Sha& s* ar ." Craw$ y !+tt r #." Th s )on# !an $i(t # his han# an# A$ % saw that h was ho$#ing a g+n. )o!(orta'$ roo!. H was sitting ' hin# th # s& with th Stor!'r a& r (i$ o* n in his han#s. A'o+t thr !in+t s ha# *ass # sin) Craw$ y ha# $ (t th o((i) an# h ha# sai# h wo+$# ' 'a)& in (i" . H stoo# +* ' hin# th # s&. A$ % was a'o+t to r a# it wh n th #oor s+## n$y o* n # an# two ! n wa$& # in. His han# o* n # an# th (i$ t+!'$ # to th gro+n#.

A'o+t (i(t n !in+t s $at r th r was a &no)& an# th #oor o* n #. "Oh. Ni& sw atshirt an# sn a& rs. A$ % stri** # o(( th *a/a!as an# stoo# (or (i" !in+t s +n# r a / t o( st a!ing wat r. A$an B$+nt an# a #ar&. n at$y h+ng +*. B$+nt? "A$ %. ha"ing yo+ shot $i& that. It ha# ' $ o( th !. B$+nt is %* )ting yo+ (or $+n)h. Fro! th $ight o+tsi# h wo+$# ha" g+ ss # it was !i#!orning.tra((i). th n sat on th ' # an# wait #. A $ong. I #on't 1+it &now what Craw$ y was thin&ing o(." ! # to %a!in hi! !in+t $y. Th ho+s was in# # E$iza' than. got #r ss #. Inst a# h was w aring $oos *a/a!as. 2on s. *o$ish # woo# n ta'$ ha# ' n s t (or thr . May I intro#+) !y )o$$ ag+ . Th stairs $ # #own into a ta$$ ga$$ ri # roo! with a r+g s*r a# o+t o" r ($agston s an# a (ir *$a) 'ig no+gh to *ar& a )ar in. So! on ha# +n#r ss # hi!. H ha# $ost a who$ night an# ha$( a #ay. a$ong a )orri#or an# #own a ($ight o( stairs." A$ % sat #own. A yo+ng Asian wo!an in a n+rs 's +ni(or! )a! in. ' a!ing. ornat )han# $i rs. s. Mrs. An# #r ss #. H (o$$ow # h r o+t o( th roo!. Th ti! was tw $" #r+gg # #art. '+t I s+**os it was th asi st way.o+ #i#n't gi" ! a $ot o( )hoi) . rath r !as)+$in wo!an s+)&ing a * ** r!int w r a$r a#y sitting #own. yo+'r awa& . 0$ as )o! this Th wo!an no## # at A$ %. O+tsi# h )o+$# s tr s. 0r s+!a'$y h wo+$# ha" !a# +* so! story to %*$ain A$ %'s s+## n #isa** aran) . Mr. H w nt 'a)& into th ' #roo! an# o* n # th )$os t. si$& (ro! th ( o')$o)&." A$ % ha#n't s*o& n a wor# to h r. How ar yo+ ( way." B$+nt s!i$ # 'ri ($y as i( it was so! thing h #i#n't n/oy #oing. H n aro+n# ha$( *ast (o+r wh n h ha# ' n shot with what !+st ha" ' na (o+n# his wat)h $ying on th ta'$ ' si# th ' # an# h r a)h # o+t (or it. H ( $t ' tt r a(t r that. H too& o+t a *air o( 3a* )o!'at tro+s rs. "It's goo# o( yo+ to /oin +s. H won# r # what Craw$ y ha# to$# $a)&. H r y s s . $ing? Not too groggy. Mrs." ". with woo# n *an $s a$ong th )orri#ors. A$$ his )$oth s w r h r . ". an# oi$ *aintings o( o$# ' ar# # ! n in t+ni)s an# r+((s. So! on ha# ' n to his ho+s in Ch $s a. '+t sh sai# nothing. His s)hoo$ +ni(or! was gon . I ho* . Th r was a 'athroo! $ a#ing o(( (ro! th ' #roo! 'right whit ti$ s an# a h+g show r ' hin# a )y$in# r o( g$ass an# )hro! .

My na! . B$+nt an# Mrs." A$ % tho+ght a'o+t th # a# !an. Hong Kong. o( )o+rs . 2on s #ran& r # win . that yo+r +n)$ ha# nothing to #o with 'an&ing. "As I'! s+r yo+'" gath r #. His $ong a's n) s a'roa#." A$ % )o+$#n't h $* s!i$ing. ". what h ha# &nown o( hi!. His *ri"a)y.. it's nothing !or than a )o" r. Do+'$ 0 an# a$$ th r st o( it. . (or at that *r )is !o! nt a #oor o* n # an# a wait r-in whit /a)& t an# '$a)& tro+s rs a** ar # )arrying thr B$+nt )ontin+ #. B+t (irst." B$+nt )+t a n at s$i) o(( his ! at. $ t's at . (or want o( a ' tt r wor#.o+r +n)$ was a (i $# ag nt. A 'r+is # (a) anoth r. B+t now it a$$ !a# s ns ." h sai#. In (a)t.. "I'! not sho)& #. roast $a!'. "th Roya$ an# 3 n ra$ is not a 'an&. " ". Litt$ a))i# nts. a$tho+gh w #on't go in (or n+!' rs. "Ian Ri# r's $+)& ran o+t on his $ast !ission. is B$+nt. H st+)& to *$at s. "Who ar th y?" . $i& 2a! s Bon#?" "Si!i$ar.o+ saw his )ar at th yar#-" "Stry& r an# Son. A 'an#ag # ar! on ti! . a s*y. A$ % ha# ' n to$#. Fina$$y. n s r" #. H wor& # (or ! . H s+)) ss(+$$y )o!*$ t # assign! nts in Iran. An# it (o$$ows. an# was #ri"ing 'a)& to Lon#on to !a& a r *ort wh n h was &i$$ #. high$y train # an# " ry )o+rag o+s. "H ha# ' n wor&ing +n# r)o" r h r in Eng$an#. "I ho* yo+ $i& ! at. An# th ti! s h ha# )o! ho! in/+r #..o+ ! an. .. ." "Th )h ( is Fr n)h. it #o sn't %ist . as I to$# yo+ at th (+n ra$. to na! '+t a ( w." h sai#. I a! th )hi ( % )+ti" o( th S* )ia$ O* rations Di"ision o( MI6. an# Ha"ana .. I i!agin this !+st )o! as a 'it o( a sho)& (or yo+." A$ % wait # +nti$ th (oo# ha# ' wat r." B$+nt !+st ha" *r ss # a hi## n '+tton or $s h was ' ing o" rh ar#. Washington." h w nt on. . "To#ay it's )arr '#'agn +. An# yo+r +n)$ was."Who ar yo+?" A$ % as& #. "What #o yo+ want with ! ?" "I'! s+r yo+ ha" a gr at !any 1+ stions." A$ % !+tt r #. B$+nt ' gan.. in Cornwa$$.o+ ! an .

A$ %. W ha" '+#g t r straints. 2on s h r is o+r h a# o( o* rations.o+'" 'ro+ght ! h r ' )a+s yo+ #on't want ! to t $$ anyon what I &now. s ." Th wo!an s*o& (or th (irst ti! . An# it's a$so tr+ that what yo+ &now an# what I'! a'o+t to t $$ yo+ # yo+r h $*. I'! o+t o( h r . W ha" to )ontra)t so! o( o+r wor& o+t." "A$$ right. ". W hir # th ! to )$ an things +*. "Do yo+ &now who &i$$ # hi!?" ". 'y th way?" "This is on o( o+r training ) nt rs." h sai#." Mrs. Not at this stag ." !+st go no (+rth r." "Why not?" "B )a+s yo+ #on't n # to &now. "My +n)$ was a s*y." B$+nt )o+gh # 1+i t$y."2+st * o*$ w +s . Than&s to yo+ h 's # a#. "It's not 1+it as asy as that. It was sh who ga" yo+r +n)$ his $ast assign! nt. I (o+n# o+t too !+)h so yo+ &no)& # ! o+t an# 'ro+ght ! h r ." "W 'r " ry sorry to ha" $ost hi!. An# I'" ha# no+gh. This is a$$ )razy. "Why not?" "It's ) rtain$y tr+ that yo+ #i# #raw att ntion to yo+rs $( 'oth at th /+n&yar# an# th n at o+r o((i) s on Li" r*oo$ Str t. B+t th (a)t o( th !att r is. anyway. I'$$ sign th O((i)ia$ S )r ts A)t or what " r it is yo+ want ! to #o. Is that what this is a$$ a'o+t? B )a+s i( it is." A$ % )onsi# r # what h #i# &now. '+t th n I'# $i& to go ho! . Mrs. Not now. that w n "My h $*?" . 2on s sai#. "Ar yo+ going to t $$ ! ?" "No. Wh r a! I. Sh #i#n't so+n# " ry sorry at a$$. A$ %.

h in n h a)t+a$$y (o+n# hi!s $( sitting n %t to a 'oy who wo+$# grow +* to ' )o! *ri! !inist r o( 3r at Britain. th y !or or $ ss a#o*t # hi!. H th n s t o+t on a )ar )o!*+t r so(twar . I'! s+r yo+'$$ (in# it o( int r st. " n (o+n# ti! to '+y a string o( ra) hors s.. wh r h !a# astonishing *rogr ss. "L t ! t $$ yo+ his story. so! thing o))+rr # that )hang # his $i( . H ha# nin 'roth rs an# (o+r sist rs. th to+rists w r nor!o+s$y grat (+$ to th yo+ng Egy*tian wai( an# it now t+rn # o+t n *ass # #own 'y a$$ nin o( his 'roth rs. O+r *r s nt *ri! !inist r. . a$tho+gh I ' $i " th y s $#o! win. A(t r s)hoo$. . H 's so! thing to #o with )o!*+t rs." Stor!'r a& r. th " ry )$oth s h was w aring ha# ' gratit+# . A$ %. "I'$$ !o" 1+i)&$y (orwar#. An# h owns ra) hors s. Th *iano !iss # th ! 'y an in)h. y s. in (a)t. th r w r a )o+*$ o( Eng$ish to+rists wa$&ing a$ong th *a" ! nt +n# rn ath an# th y wo+$# 'oth ha" ' o+t o( th way. +na'$ to r a# or writ . o+t o( )r+sh #-no #o+'t a'o+t it %) *t at th $ast !in+t H ro# thr w hi!s $( at th ! an# *+sh # th ! that th y w r " ry ri)h. Th two o( th ! r that w nt (ro! s+)) ss to s+)) ss.. "O( )o+rs . s. A**ar nt$y it was ' ing !o" # an# it so! how o" rt+rn #. Things w r ' ginning to )o! tog th r.. $i& th r st o( th !. His (ath r was a (ai$ # ora$ hygi nist. Say$ w nt to Ca!'ri#g . His own ra#io station. "Ha" yo+ h ar# o( a !an )a$$ # H ro# Say$ ?'' A$ % tho+ght (or a !o! nt.". s. Fro! Cairo. an#. H was wa$&ing #own F z Str t-in th !i##$ o( Cairo-wh n h ha** n # to s an +*right *iano (a$$ o+t o( a (o+rt nthn story win#ow. His !oth r too& in washing. A$ % r ! !' r # th (i$ h ha# (o+n# in Ian Ri# r's o((i) ." H *a+s #. H got %) $$ nt %a! r s+$ts an#-h r 's an a!azing )oin)i# n) -at th ag o( (i(t w r at s)hoo$ tog th r. F$ w hi! o+t o( Cairo an# *+t hi! into a s)hoo$ o" r h r .. Th y !a# in1+iri s a'o+t hi! an# #is)o" r # how *oor h was . A 1+it r "o$+tionary )o!*+t r that h )a$$s th Stor!'r a& r. "H ro# Say$ was 'orn in )o!*$ t *o" rty in th 'a)&str thr ha" ts o( Cairo." B$+nt too& a si* o( win .o+ng H ro# n " r w nt to s)hoo$ an# h sho+$# n# # +* +n !*$oy #. "B+t wh n h was s " n. Do sn't h )o! (ro! so! wh r in Egy*t?" ". An# so. Anyway. "I'" s n his na! in th n ws*a* rs. wh r h got a # gr )ono!i)s. a$$ $i"ing tog th r in s!a$$ roo!s a$ong with th (a!i$y goat. B+t what #r w hi! to o+r att ntion was his !ost r ) nt in" ntion.

"It's nin ty * r) nt )h a* r to *ro#+) than an or#inary )hi* ' )a+s th who$ thing is s a$ # in so yo+ #on't n # )$ an roo!s (or *ro#+)tion." A$ % sai#. Say$ Ent r*ris s ar going to !a& a 1+it r !ar&a'$ anno+n) ! nt." . Th )o!*+t rs ar ' ing ass !'$ # at th Say$ *$ant #own in 0ort Ta$$on.. O( )o+rs ." "It !+st ' !y ag ." "W $$. For a$!ost (orty y ars I ha" $i" # in Eng$an# an# I wish to !a& a g st+r . "It's 'as # on a )o!*$ t $y n w t )hno$ogy. . Say$ is to ' r war# # with British )itiz nshi*.o+ $ings !ay r ! !' r ! (ro! o+r s)hoo$ #ays tog th r. Th y ar *$anning to gi" away t ns o( tho+san#s o( th s )o!*+t rs." A$ % sai#. It +s s so! thing )a$$ # th ro+n# *ro) ssor. an# on A*ri$ (irst th r 's to ' a s* )ia$ ) r !ony at th S)i n) M+s +! in Lon#on. Th y'$$ ' shi** # a)ross th )o+ntry at th n# o( this !onth. 2on s sai#. s . th who$ go" rn! nt was %)it #.'. "I'! s+r*ris # yo+ &now so !+)h a'o+t it." "It's an int grat # )ir)+it on a s*h r o( si$i)on a'o+t on !i$$i! t r in #ia! t r. so! thing that wi$$ n " r ' (orgott n. H ha# s n a $ot n a *i)t+r o( it in 0CR "i w. 'y th way-Mr. whi)h is so! thing h has a**ar nt$y a$ways want #." A$ % sai#." Mrs. "It #o sn't on$y $oo& #i(( r nt." B$+nt )+t in. In (a)t. .' 'y th !an hi!s $(. H wrot to Downing Str t a ( w !onths ago: 'My # ar 0ri! Minist r. I'! " ry ha**y (or hi!. An#this is to* s )r t. th who$ $ot o( th !. "B+t yo+ sti$$ ha" n't to$# ! what this has got to #o with ! ." B$+nt )ontin+ #." "So th !an's a h ro." A$ % sai#.. "Th r 's ' o( ta$& a'o+t th # sign.' Th $ tt r w nt on to # s)ri' th gi(t an# was sign #. Say$ 's way o( than&ing th )o+ntry that ga" hi! a ho! . "W $$. I #on't s+**os that wi$$ ! an anything to yo+." "So it wo+$# s !.o+rs h+!'$y." B$+nt )o+gh #. It has a '$a)& & y'oar# an# '$a)& )asing" "With a $ightning 'o$t going #own th si# . . It's an +n*ara$$ $ # a)t o( g n rosity. it is th ir int ntion to ns+r that " ry s )on#ary s)hoo$ in Eng$an# g ts its own Stor!'r a& r. "th *oint is. to %*r ss !y tr+ ( towar# yo+r )o+ntry. Cornwa$$."Th Stor!'r a& r is ' ing !an+(a)t+r # 'y Say$ Ent r*ris s. $at r to#ay. Th *ri! !inist r is going to *r ss th '+tton that wi$$ 'ring a$$ th )o!*+t rs on-$in ." "Oh. .

'+t w '" ' n $oo&ing at his '+sin ss # a$ings-h has )onta)ts in China an# th (or! r So"i t Union. H sai# h '# #is)o" r # so! thing. An# " ryon s "B+t th n w got a ! ssag . Th go" rn! nt !ay thin& h 's a saint. "W ha" o+r #o+'ts a'o+t Say$ so w s n# a !an #own. An# th s )+rity arrang ! nts #own at 0ort Ta$$on worry +s. May' Ri# r #is)o" r # th s /+st in '$osso!. Th $o)a$ *o$i) (o+n# th )ar. . a s )on# )ar waiting . H 's a)ting as i( h 's got so! thing to hi# . In his (irst r *orts h # s)ri' # hi! as short-t !* r # an# +n*$ asant. Say$ . H was a!'+sh # in a 1+i t )o+ntry $an . aro+n# a )orn r. O+r ' st !an." "." A$ % sat in si$ n) . $i& +s. his /o' was to & n to g t th ir han#s on th s )o!*+t rs to $ist n to +s.o+'r ta$&ing a'o+t !y +n)$ . o(( th $in . Th Stor!'r a& rs w r )o!ing ! # to ' ha**y. Th (a)t o( th !att r is. H (in#s o+t so! thing an# h tr+th-" "B+t I #on't +n# rstan#!" A$ % int rr+*t #. Ian Ri# r ha# to$# hi! that h was going to an ins+ran) )on" ntion. s. H was th r (or thr that " rything s w n nothing '+t $i s. "Say$ is gi"ing away th )o!*+t rs. "E%a)t$y. '+t th r 's a r+th$ ss si# to hi! too. this # *art! nt-S* )ia$ O* rations-has ' n )on) rn # a'o+t Mr. Th go" rn! nt's too & in (a)t. H )o+$# i!agin it. Sh +nwra** # anoth r * ** r!int an# too& o" r. That th Stor!'r a& rs !+stn't $ a" th *$ant an# that h was )o!ing +* to Lon#on at on) ." B$+nt !+tt r #. Ri# r )o+$#n't say " ry !+)h ' )a+s it was an o* n $in . "It *ro" s what w w r saying. Anoth r $i in a $i( that ha# ' ". H $ (t 0ort Ta$$on at (o+r o')$o)&. . " Why ar yo+ . w '" ' n won# ring i( h isn't too n o+r goo# to ' tr+ . &s an#." "Not that anyon wi$$ $ist n to +s. H n " r " n got to th (r way. '+t h to$# +s that so! thing ha# ha** n #. * an y on H ro# Say$ . A twisting $an with th tr t $$ing ! a$$ this?" h as& #. who ha# (inish # h r ! a$ whi$ h was ta$&ing. 0ro#+)tion was on s)h #+$ ." B$+nt r *$i #. A$ %. B+t at th sa! ti! . Say$ . An#." A$ % sai#. H 's not !a&ing n#s +* # a#. Th si$" r BMW g$ a!ing as it ra) # *ast. )o+ntri s that ha" n " r ' (ri n#s. h ha# to a#!it ! # to ' (in . That was why w # )i# # to s n# o+r own !an #own to th *$ant. W arrang # (or it to ' 'ro+ght +* h r . I won't go into a$$ th # tai$s. 2on s. H 's !or or $ ss (or! # his own *ri"at ar!y. h #i#n't %a)t$y ta& to Mr. "For so! ti! now. B+t. S+**os #$y to )h )& on s )+rity.B$+nt g$an) # at Mrs.

.. 2on s sai#. 'An# th n th r was that $itt$ t st w arrang # (or yo+ at th 'an&. "On$y thr Ta$$on.o+'" a$r a#y shown yo+rs $( to ' %traor#inari$y 'ra" an# r so+r) (+$. "I ho* yo+'r not $oo&ing at ! .'B th (irst 'oy or gir$ to +s th Stor!'r a& r Tra" $ to 0ort Ta$$on an# ! )o!*+t rs.. Th n w '$$ arrang (or yo+ to ta& th *$a) o( this oth r 'oy. an# it s answ r so B$+nt w nt on. "W /+st #on't &now. 2on s a## #. "W ha" to gi" yo+ so! 'asi) training-not that yo+'$$ *ro'a'$y n # it-an# w )an 1+i* yo+ with a ( w it !s that !ay h $* yo+ with what w ha" in !in#. "First at th n $ arning &arat ?" A$ % #i#n't /+n&yar# . So! how w ha" to tri)& hi!.any !on y o+t o( th !." $s to 0ort Sh g$an) # at B$+nt." Mrs. . B (or th s )o!*+t rs $ a" th *$ant.. Na! o( F $i% L st r." Mrs. W w r )onsi# ring s n#ing #own a wo!an.o+'$$ go to Say$ Ent r*ris s on Mar)h tw nty-ninth. on o( th s )o!*+t r !agazin s ran a )o!* tition. H 's &i$$ # w &s (ro! now. 2on s sai#. H no## #. 'A ( w !onths ago. Sh !ight ' a'$ to s$i* in as a )$ an r or a &it)h n h $* r. H 's %* )t # #own at 0ort Ta$$on two w "Wait a !in+t -" "." yo+ too." "Th y'r ' ing shi** # o+t on Mar)h thirty-(irst. H '$$ ' n !y has shown his han#." no+gh ti! !s to ! that yo+ ar " ry s* )ia$ in# "What w 'r s+gg sting is that yo+ )o! an# wor& (or +s." B$+nt )ontin+ #." B$+nt sai#. So! on to )ontin+ wh r yo+r +n)$ $ (t o((. Fin -what's h got to hi# ?" "W #on't &now. An# soon. H $oo&s a 'it $i& &s (ro! now. "So! on who )an $oo& aro+n# an# r *ort 'a)& witho+t ' ing s n. Th sa! ag as yo+rs $(. W '$$ *a)& hi! o(( to F$ori#a or so! wh r . "That's why it's ss ntia$ (or +s to s n# so! on %* )ting a r *$a) ! nt." B$+nt sai#." "W ha" to s n# so! on in who won't ' noti) #. That's wh n th L st r 'oy is %* )t #. that was a &arat &i)&. Any nth ($oor win#ow /+st to satis(y his own )+riosity has to ' #. "Th Ri# r." Mrs. B+t th n I ha# a ' tt r i# a." "W )an't /+st s n# in anoth r ag nt. In r t+rn. h 's g tting a ! #a$ an# British )itiz nshi*." A$ % s!i$ # 1+ asi$y. . gi" hi! a ho$i#ay as a )onso$ation *riz . Fo+rt t H ro# Say$ hi!s $( 'That was th (irst *riz an# it was won 'y so! yo+ng )ha* who's a**ar nt$y a 'it o( a whiz &i# wh n it )o! s to n y ars o$#. B+t w want to (in# o+t. wasn't it? How $ong ha" yo+ ' 'oy who wo+$# )$i!' o+t o( a (i(t rath r s* )ia$.

"A*ri$ (irst is /+st thr now. Mrs. A$ %. A$ %.o+ sho+$#n't ' in any #ang r." A$ % sai#. as i( th r ha# n " r ' "So what #o yo+ say?" Th r was a $ong *a+s . 2on s was +nwra**ing y t anoth r * ** r!int. '+t th r was a h a"y. th Roya$ an# . "I'! sorry. I #on't want to ' a s*y. "I'! sorry?" "It's a #+!' i# a. Th ti!ing )o+$#n't ' ' tt r. # a# 1+a$ity to th wor#s. whi)h is th #ay o( th ) r !ony.o+'$$ stay th r +nti$ A*ri$ (irst." B$+nt sai#. n *o$it not (ri n#$y '+t at $ ast h+!an. t $$ +s what yo+ thin&." B$+nt sai#. "Li& it or not. . Anyway..o+'$$ ' a'$ to ! t H ro# Say$ . I want to *$ay so)) r. An# th r was so! thing #i(( r nt a'o+t hi!." H (o+n# it #i((i)+$t to )hoos th right wor#s. Th who$ thing was so *r *ost ro+s h a$!ost want # to $a+gh. H ha#n't at n anything. His *$at was )o!*$ t $y )$ an. who wo+$# s+s* )t a (o+rt "A$$ w 'r as&ing yo+ to #o is to r *ort 'a)& to +s. &s o( yo+r ti! . "Why #on't yo+ as& this F $i% L st r to snoo* aro+n# (or yo+?" "W #on't ' $i " h '# ' as r so+r) (+$ as yo+. A$ % tho+ght o( a toi$ t )hain !ing$y (i% # on th "W '# ' tt r !o" on th n to #is)+ss yo+r (+t+r . $aying th ! *r )is $y si# 'y si# . A )han) to s r" yo+r )o+ntry. I ha" a $i( o( !y own. . & * an y on hi!." B$+nt sai#. In an instant that ha# #isa** ar #. "No." "That's a *ity. His ton o( "oi) ha#n't )hang #. Th h+!an *art o( hi! ha# /+st ' n ($+sh # away. Thr w " rything th y'r )ra)& # +* to ' . "A$$ right. I'! /+st not int r st #. h r '$a)& y s s twist o( *a* r in h r han#s." B$+nt ha# (inish # his $+n)h." h sai#. B$+nt was wat)hing hi! with *o$it int r st." h )ontin+ #. "H 's *ro'a'$y ' tt r at )o!*+t r ga! s. A )han) to !a& s+r th s )o!*+t rs ar n any (oo# on it at a$$. A(t r a$$. I #on't want to g t in"o$" #. H *+t #own his &ni( an# (or&." A$ % shoo& his h a#. 0 rha*s yo+'$$ a$so n – y ar o$# 'oy o( ' ing a s*y?" w &s (ro! (in# o+t what it was that yo+r +n)$ #is)o" r # an# why h ha# to #i (or it. That's a$$ w 'r as&ing. A$ % *+t #own his own &ni( an# (or&. Thro+gho+t th ! a$ h ha# ' ' ing *+$$ #.

w )an start at on) . W *ro*os to *+t th ho+s on th !ar& t. '+t I'! a(rai# th r 's no a$t rnati" . "H $* +s an# w '$$ h $* yo+. h $ (t it in tr+st +nti$ yo+ ar tw nty-on . 2on s &s.. Th Saint E$iza' th in So+r'ri#g . so I'! a(rai# that a$so ! ans yo+'$$ ha" to $ a" Broo&$an#. Th A! ri)an gir$ who $i" s with yo+-" "2a)&?" "Miss Star'right.. Un(ort+nat $y. his ntir (+t+r . his *r s nt $i( . D a# ! at. A$$ right. ah. H sigh #." B$+nt ignor # hi!. H r "isa has %*ir #. ha" to ' so! )hang s." "B+t i( I agr # to #o what yo+ as& # ." ". "Not at a$$. H ha# no )hoi) an# h &n w it. B$+nt an# Mrs.o+'r '$a)&!ai$ing ! !" A$ % %)$ai! #. "That #o sn't gi" +s " ry !+)h ti! . So th r wi$$. Th r 's on I &now /+st o+tsi# Bir!ingha!. . "Ian Ri# r has." "I tho+ght yo+ sai# th Roya$ an# 3 n ra$ #i#n't %ist. How " r." A$ % s*o& th thr )hoi) . . ". I'! a(rai#. $ (t th ho+s an# a$$ his !on y to yo+. This is a training ) nt r. yo+ ha" no r $ati" s who wo+$# ' *r *ar # to $oo& a(t r yo+. I( yo+ "Start at on) . "F $i% L st r is %* )t # at 0ort Ta$$on in two w agr to what w want. Mrs. It #o sn't $oo& $i& I'" got " ry !+)h H g$an) # at th s$i) s o( )o$# $a!' on his *$at . A$ % )onsi# r #." sh sai#. o( )o+rs . Sh '$$ ' r t+rn # to A! ri)a. A$ %.o+ ta$& # a'o+t training. 2on s no## #. B+t it's a$so why w 'ro+ght yo+ h r ." h sai#." wor#s witho+t $i&ing th so+n# o( th !. '+t not (or " ry $ong.o+'$$ ' s nt to an instit+tion. Not a " ry *$ asant *$a) . An# w )ontro$ that tr+st." w r waiting (or his answ r. ?" B$+nt g$an) # at Mrs. S+## n$y h &n w how it ( $t. ". 2on s." sh sai#. Not wh n th s * o*$ )ontro$$ # his !on y.3 n ra$ is now yo+r $ ga$ g+ar#ian.

it was a$$ th sa! . A$ % h+rt. )hi$$ing hi! to th 'on . a thin #rizz$ that tra" $ # horizonta$$y in th win#. 2on s. )o$#. On o( th s was a &it)h n an# ! ss ha$$. Th oth r )ontain # toi$ ts. h &n w. His right &n $ong r '$ n (or) # to w ar )+t into his sho+$# rs . )+tting in ' tw )$os to %ha+stion. as sha* $ ss as th rain. '+t it ha# ' s twist # o+t o( th si# o( th hi$$ with $ a" s as har# as thorns. Unti$ h saw A$ %. th s&y ha# 'ar $y )hang # at a$$ thro+gho+t th #ay. Th n h wo+$# ' thrown o(( th )o+rs . +sing $ang+ag h ha#n't " n r a$iz # h &n w. Ti! ha# ' g+n to #isso$" into its $(. an# show rs with not a sing$ hot (a+) t in sight. His )a!o+($ag o+t(it-h ha# swa** # his 3a* )o!'at tro+s rs (or th r a$ thing-(itt # hi! 'a#$y. +n(orgi"ing. H +n(o$# # his !a* an# )h )& # his *osition on) again. Th y wo+$# $i& that. "Binn #" as th y )a$$ # it. H was th sort o( !an who tho+ght h '# s %a!in # th n w arri"a$ (or a $ong !in+t ' (or h ha# s*o& n. h ha# ' 1+i** # with (o+r ! ta$ ' #s an# (o+r ! ta$ $o)& rs. an in)r #i'$y (it '$a)& n " rything. A ( w tr nothing.DOUBLE 0 NOTHIN3 FOR THE HUNDREDTH ti! . ' $ow hi!. Th rain was sti$$ (a$$ing. B+t (or th g$+)os an# )a(( in ta'$ ts in his s+r"i"a$ *a)&. H was so! wh r in th Br )on n wi* # o+t 'y th rain an# th (a#ing n a "i w. Nowh r Lan#. A (i(th ha# ' n s1+ n !o" # o+t o( th !anor ho+s an# into a )r+# woo# n h+t a ( w !i$ s away. stoo# si# 'y si# . a$tho+gh it )o+$# ha" ' n (i" o')$o)& in th !orning. Th 22-*o+n# ' rg n 'a)&*a)& that h ha# ' an# ha# r+'' # '$ist rs into his 'a)&. *aint # a #i(( r nt )o$or. An# h ha# s rg ant. was no #ing '+t sti$$ st+ng. Two !or h+ts. B hin# hi! . soa&ing thro+gh his s+**os #$y wat r*roo( )$othing. A$ % (o$# # th !a* an# (or) # hi!s $( on. H &n w that i( h #i#n't (in# th RV soon. "It's not !y /o' to as& . It was his ninth-or !ay' his t nth-#ay o( training. a$!ost too tir # to &now how !+)h *ain h was in. A$ % ha# ' n intro#+) # to his training o((i) r. On his (irst #ay th r . It was gray. ah a# o( hi!. H ha# to ' )$os to th $ast RV o( th #ay-th $ast r n# z"o+s *oint-'+t h )o+$# s aro+n# th si# o( a !o+ntain with a sh B a)ons an# th r sho+$# ha" ' $ight. It was a$!ost (i" o')$o)& in th " ning. Swa$$owing #own th tast o( # ( at. a)h z # into on o( th ! to a))o!!o#at A$ %. h wo+$# ha" gro+n# to a ha$t ho+rs ago. H was stan#ing on a narrow tra)& !a# +* o( $oos gray * ''$ s that )r+n)h # +n# r his )o!'at 'oots wh n h wa$& #. His sho+$# r was 'r+is # an# th r was a gash a$ong th si# o( his n his $ gs an# +n# r his ar!s '+t hanging $oos " rywh r $s . Th tra)& sna& # r #ro* to th right. A(t r his $+n)h with A$an B$+nt an# Mrs. !i%ing with his sw at an# his #irt. wh r h ha# (a$$ n ar$i r in th #ay. A$ % )+rs # A$an B$+nt. h wo+$# ' *hysi)a$$y +na'$ to )ontin+ . Th r w r nin h+ts in tota$. H was n )&. sin&s.

. yo+'$$ ' 'inn #. a)h with th ir own s* )ia$ s&i$$s. "I ha" yo+ (or tw $" #ays nw &s. %a!in # A$ % with )o$# #ar& 'rown y s. this is a !ista& sy$$a'$ s an# s*at th ! o+t. So! o( th ! n !ay ' har# on yo+. A$ % /oin # K Unit. th y w r n't %a)t$y o" r/oy # to s hi!.o+'$$ /oin K Unit." "I #i#n't as& to ' h r . "An# wh n yo+ s* a& to ! ." A(t r that. So! o( th ! !ay r s nt yo+ ' ing h r . I )an !a& a$$owan) s (or yo+. not a !an.o+'$$ /+st ha" to $i" with it. I( yo+ )an't & an# I want to 'in yo+.o+ #on't s* a& to ! +n$ ss I gi" yo+ * r!ission. I'# want to &now what th y'r thin&ing o(. H was short an# !+s)+$ar with s1+ar sho+$# rs an# '$a)&. sir. Th r w r (o+r o( th !. "B+t i( it was. n yo+ an# ! . An# on 'oy. That's not /+st an# th y %* )t ! to gi" yo+ th sort o( training that sho+$# ta& (o+rt Th y w r a$$ in th ir !i#-tw nti s. h who th h $$ #o yo+ thin& yo+ ar ?" h # !an# #." h sho+t #. S+## n$y th s rg ant was (+rio+s. . yo+ t $$ th ! nothing. Th $ a# r. 0+tting th g+n #own. B+t i( yo+ )o!*$ain. "Th r ar (i" +nits o* rationa$ h r at th !o! nt. W #on't +s na! s. Ea)h." A$ % sai#. !a# s$ight$y +n " n 'y his nos .o+'r a 'oy. Fro! now on. I ha" no na! . Do yo+ ha" any i# a wh r yo+ ar . s. s*r a# o+t o" r th '+n&s in )o!*aniona'$ si$ n) . M+)h o( th training was 'as # on SAS ! tho#s an# this in)$+# # th n+!' rs an# !a& +* o( a)h t a!." A$ % ha# a$r a#y # )i# # that th !an was " n wors than his g ogra*hy t a)h r. " So H was th (irst to s* a&. yo+'$$ ' 'inn #. th S* )ia$ O* rations Di"ision o( M16 s nt its ag nts to th sa! training ) nt r +s # 'y th S* )ia$ Air S r"i) -th SAS. )$os -)ro** # hair. This isn't Disn y$an#. was th on with th g+n. s !ing$y with non . As A$ % was soon to #is)o" r. * +*. whi)h ha# ' n 'ro& n at so! ti! in th *ast. H ha# a han#so! (a) .o+ ha" no na! . An# th r 's so! thing $s yo+ n yo+'$$ ' 'inn #. A$ % wo+$# ' &nown as C+'. ". s n#ing ! )hi$#r n." h ha# sai#. Eag$ . That's too 'a#. o( th ! ha# ' n gi" n a )o# na! : Wo$(. So th r w r (o+r ! n. an# Sna& . "." th o((i) r w nt on." H )+t th wor# into its thr !a#.' Do yo+ +n# rstan#?" ". As th s rg ant ha# *r #i)t #.1+ stions. 'oy? This isn't a ho$i#ay )a!*. . On was #is!ant$ing an# r ass !'$ing his g+n-a 9!! Browning High 0ow r *isto$. 'oy. B tw # to &now. Two o( th ! w r s!o&ing. I( anyon as&s yo+ what yo+'r #oing. . yo+ a##r ss ! as 'sir. Fo%. Wo$(. I( yo+ )ry. That's s+i)i#a$.

D s*it th )o$#. th r was on$y on '$an& t."C+'. h #i#. an# st a!ing *$at o( st w. h ha# ' n !in+t s 'y th n s nt 'a)& to th start 'y th s rg ant. A$!ost " rything th y #i#. Anoth r ti! h was !or s+)) ss(+$." h !+tt r #." A(t r that. A$ % tho+ght o( it as th a#" nt+r *$aygro+n# (ro! h $$." A$ % r *$i #. A$ % &. O( )o+rs h wo+$# ha" sai# it was an a))i# nt i( th 'oot ha# )onn )t #. h ( $$ o(( a ro* an# into a *it (i$$ # with (r zing s$i! ." ring . a$ong with his tray. On) . Wo$( r !ain # a)ti" $y hosti$ towar# A$ %. Fi" ti! s h was sho+t # an# '+$$i # a)ross th night!ar o( n ts an# $a## rs. Do+'$ 0 Nothing. not 1+it *art o( it '+t n " r (ar away. )raw$ing +n# r th n ts." A$ % w nt o" r to his '+n& an# sat #own. An# th n th r was th assa+$t )o+rs . E" n Wo$( on$y !anag # it in tw $" . A$ % sha#ow # th gro+*. In th #ays that (o$$ow #. th na! st+)&. n# o( th w was. )+t$ ry. an# (irst ai#. Ar yo+ with S* )ia$ O* rations?" "I'! not a$$ow # to t $$ yo+ that. An# " ry ti! h s*o& to A$ %. tow ring wa$$s an# swinging tightro* s that str t)h # o+t (or a$!ost a 1+art r o( a !i$ in. Th oth r thr ! n si!*$y ignor # hi!. Ha$( #rown # an# (i$thy. an# o" r. Br+is # an# %ha+st # tho+gh h tho+ght h wo+$# n " r g t to th whi)h h ha# )+t to s " nt n#. '+t th s )on# ti! h (inish # it in tw nty-(i" !in+t s. It was as i( A$ % ha# so! how ins+$t # hi! 'y ' ing *$a) # in th gro+*. Don't w t th ' #. Do+'$ 0 Nothing was what th y )a$$ # hi!. t+nn $s an# #it)h s. "Loo& what th y'" s nt +s. "3oo# night. '+t Wo$( #i# " rything to ta+nt or h+!i$iat hi!. h was 1+i t$y *$ as # with hi!s $(. Wo$( shoo& his h a# an# s!i$ # h+!or$ ss$y. "I #on't ' $i " it. Th !attr ss ( $t as so$i# as th (ra! . ra#io )o!!+ni)ation. s$ight$y (or ign a)) nt. h +s # th sa! sn ton o( "oi) . th woo#$an# ' si# th h+ts. !issing A$ %'s (a) 'y an in)h. tri**ing A$ % +* in th ! ss ha$$ an# s n#ing hi! ($ying. "Do+'$ 0 S " n? Do+'$ 0 Nothing's !or $i& it. Wo$( $ash # o+t with his (oot. Th (irst ti! h tri # it. "A '$oo#y s)hoo$'oy!" Wo$( s*o& with a strang . H $ arn # !a* r a#ing. H too& *art in an +nar! # )o!'at )$ass an# was &no)& # to th gro+n# so o(t n that it too& a$$ his n r" to * rs+a# hi!s $( to g t +* again.

A$ % hi!s $( #i#n't ta& *art ' )a+s so! on so! wh r ha# # )i# # h sho+$#n't )arry a g+n. A$ % ha# twi) wat)h # K Unit go into th ho+s . '+t . +sing )igar tt s!o& to %*os th oth rwis in"isi'$ ' a!. This ti! A$ % ha# /oin # th !. Th %it. S!ashing #own th #oors an# +sing st+n gr na# s to )$ ar th roo!s with # a( ning. A$ % *r ( rr # to ' on his own. Th Fr n)h win#ows w r o* n. an# th Fr n)h win#ows w r a$ar! #. an# Sna& ha# s+)) ss(+$$y )o!*$ t # th ir !ission 'oth ti! s. Th ir /o' was si!*$y to g t (ro! on roo!. wat)hing as th y #is!ant$ # th two # "i) s.A$ % 'it his $i* an# sai# nothing. Th y w r n't to$# how. !ann 1+ins ha# ' n arrang # as t rrorists an# hostag s. 'ar $y thi)& r than a h+!an hair. whi)h wo+$# ha" n. Th Ki$$ing Ho+s ha# ' witho+t ' ing "&i$$ #. Th n Fo% an# Eag$ . ti*to ing ' hin# th oth r (o+r ! n. th (irst ti! swinging #own (ro! th roo(. +n)$i**ing an $ )troni) )ir)+it 'oar# an# a "ari ty o( too$s (ro! th ir ' $ts. on th ntir wi#th o( th a)ti"at # a !a)hin g+n (A$ % ass+! # it was $oa# # with '$an&s) ' hin# a 2a*an s s)r thir# roo! was !*ty. A$$ (o+r ! n w r ar! #. E" n tho+gh th s rg ant wor& # hi! twi) as har# on) th y w r gon . It was strang to ' a(rai# o( " rything an# y t to s nothing. W 'r o+t o( h r ." At th sa! !o! nt. In th ha$$way th r was a !otion # t )tor. an# ha# (o$$ow # th ir *rogr ss on )$os #-)ir)+it TV. Sna& signa$ #. "L a" it. Sna& was th (irst o+t. Th (o+rth was a $i"ing roo! with th oth r si# . th y (o+n# th *r ss+r *a#s +n# r th )ar* t an# th in(rar # ' a!s a)ross th #oors. r+nning th ri n 'oo'y-tra** #. For A$ % it was an %* ri n) . Wo$( sto** # th !. !+$ti*$ '$asts. a *air o( Fr n)h win#ows. Th Ki$$ing Ho+s was a (a& -a !o)&-+* o( an !'assy +s # to train th SAS in th art o( hostag r $ as . n th $ast to $ a" th roo!. Fo% an# Eag$ *r *ar # to n +tra$iz th tri* wir . Insi# th Ki$$ing Ho+s . B+t h was g$a# wh n th (o+r ! n w r s nt o(( (or a #ay's /+ng$ s+r"i"a$ )o+rs -this wasn't *art o( his own training. A$ % wo+$# ha" ' /+st as h r a)h # th %it. In th (irst roo!. Eag$ . It ha** n # in th Ki$$ing Ho+s . Fo%. Wo$(. h (o+n# Wo$( '$o)&ing his way. !a# +* to $oo& $i& a h+g #ining roo!." Th y a$!ost !a# it. Wo$( #i# )o! )$os to (inishing hi! a$tog th r. Whi$ Sna& # a$t with th a$ar!. Th r was a tri* wir . H ha# # a)ti"at # th a$ar!. n# o( th ho+s to th oth r A$$ (i" o( th ! w r +nar! #. B+t on th t nth #ay.

A$ % ha#n't %* )t # to s #isa**oint #. Wo$( was waiting (or hi! with th oth rs. h w nt on. Wh n A$ % #i#n't answ r. Th '$ast #i#n't /+st # a( n A$ %. His ($ai$ing $ (t han# )a+ght th wir . *+shing hi! 'a)& with astonishing (or) ."To+gh $+)&. H ha# s$i** # o+t ' (or A$ % hit th gro+n#. T n !in+t s $at r h stagg r # o+t into th o* n. a$!ost &in#. Th h a"y s! $$ o( . it sh+## r # right thro+gh hi! as i( trying to ri* o+t his h art. an# tri # to twist his 'o#y to a"oi# it. Wo$( $oo& # th oth r way. Wh n th ($ar (ina$$y #i # #own. sir.o+ r+in # th % r)is . his han#s s)ra''$ing against his h a#." A$ % sai#. ". B+t " n th n it wasn't o" r." th s rg ant sai#.. Th roo! sway # aro+n# hi!. "What #i# I t $$ yo+? S n#ing ! a )hi$# was a !ista& . I st ** # on so! thing an# th r was an %*$osion. What sho+$# h say? Sho+$# h th tr+th? "W $$?" Th s rg ant was waiting. waiting (or it to n#." "I( that was r a$ $i( . "Nothing ha** n #. not " n s+r any!or wh r h was. B+t it was ho* $ ss." A$ % g$an) # at Wo$(. r ! !' r # th tri* wir . +na'$ to !o" . Th $ight (ro! th ignit # ! r)+ry '+rn # (or a (+$$ (i" s )on#s. it was as i( a$$ th $ight in th roo! ha# '+rn # o+t with it. )$+!sy )hi$# who #o sn't $oo& wh r h 's going . Ta& n 'y s+r*ris . His "oi) was so(t. *+$$ing th wir with hi!. An# a st+*i#. . h $ost his 'a$an) an# ( $$. yo+'# ' # a#. It was so '$in#ing that " n )$osing his y s !a# no #i(( r n) . H hit th ($oor. A$ % $ay th r with his (a) against th har# woo# n ($oor. "I /+st wasn't $oo&ing wh r I was going. C+'?" h # !an# #.. "Do yo+ want to t $$ ! what ha** n # in th r . Do+'$ 0 Nothing. H a)t+a$$y ( $t it against his wrist. Th +nit's training o((i) r wa$& # angri$y o" r to hi!. Th n %t thing A$ % &n w.o+ )o+$# g t th who$ +nit 'inn #.o+ (o+$ # +*. So yo+'# ' tt r start t $$ing ! what w nt wrong. H ( $t si)& to his sto!a)h. +na'$ to s or h ar. his (a) '$an&. that's " n wors !" " n try to t $$ a shr # o( )on) rn in th !an's (a) an# h wasn't t." Wo$( sai#. Th tri* wir a)ti"at # a st+n gr na# -a s!a$$ # "i) (i$$ # with a !i%t+r o( !agn si+! *ow# r an# ! r)+ry (+$!inat . A$ % st+!'$ # to his ( )h !i)a$s h+ng in th air. th h $ o( Wo$('s *a$! ha# ra!! # into his )h st. .

o+ )an go )$ an +* in th r . a$$ o" r E+ro* . No $ight rs. Mrs." th s rg ant w nt on. "It's +* th r . in S)ot$an#. (o$$owing th trai$ that th s rg ant ha# s t o+t (or hi! on th !a*. %a)t$y tw nty-(o+r ho+rs $at r. h )o+$# s Th s rg ant ha# s Wo$( ha$( s!i$ing. " n tho+gh th y ha# ' n gi" n 55-*o+n# 'a)&*a)&s to )arry. t s)r+n)hing on th gra" $. . E" n $oo&ing at it. Not on his own. A sh r on .A$ % stoo# wh r h was. th n !ay' yo+'$$ ha" a r ason to s!i$ . Not wh n h was so tir #. His hair. . Rain an# sw at tri)&$ # #own th si# o( his (a) . "E$ " n ho+rs. S n gi" n tw $" . H #i#n't say anything. n it too. B )a+s to!orrow yo+'" got a thirty-!i$ hi& . (i" !in+t s.o+ thin& it's so (+nny. Th s rg ant $oo& # at his wat)h. Ian Ri# r ha# ta& n hi! )$i!'ing . . #ar& now with gri! . Th r was so! on stan#ing ah a# o( hi!. ". In th n# th two wor#s )a! o+t asi$y. No (ir . Wo$(? . Not a s$o*ing wa$$. H ha# s* nt th $ast $ " n o( th ! on his ( t.. th who$ st+*i# thing. was g$+ # a)ross his (or h a#. yo+ sho+$# /+st !a& it to th (irst RV. O+t o( th )orn r o( his y . 2on s. H ha# /+st $it a )igar tt an# A$ % wat)h # hi! s$i# th !at)h s 'a)& into ing hi! th r 'ro+ght 'a)& th sha! an# th ang r o( th #ay ' (or an# at th sa! ti! sa** # th $ast o( his str ngth. An# tonight yo+'# ' tt r g t so! r st. A$$ o( yo+. Wo$( an# th oth rs ha# #isa** ar # into th #istan) ah a# o( hi! a $ong ti! ago. It was th s rg ant. C+'." h sai#. This is a s+r"i"a$ )o+rs . B+t th oth rs w r h r thr ho+rs ago." H *oint # to a wa$$." A$ % r ! !' r # th wor#s now . S+## n$y. '+t h 'it his tong+ . A$ % ha# ha# no+gh o( B$+nt. So$i# ro)& rising two or thr h+n#r # ( t +* witho+t a han#ho$# or a (ootho$# in sight. "Anyway. An# i( yo+ #o s+r"i" . That's not 'a#. Ha$( o( hi! want # to answ r 'a)&. A$ % ha# ' H ro+n# # a )orn r. "I #i#n't h ar that. With a (ina$ ((ort h st+!'$ # (orwar# th $ast h+n#r # yar#s an# )a! to a ha$t. "I )an't." th s rg ant sai#. A$ % ( $t his sto!a)h shrin&. H &n w h was '$+shing. in Fran) . B+t h ha# n " r att !*t # anything as #i((i)+$t as this. Th % r)is ha# ' g+n at si% o')$o)& in th !orning a(t r a gray-$it 'r a&(ast o( sa+sag s an# ' ans.. No rations." B+$$y (or th !. A$$owing (or his ag . A$ % tho+ght. Th y ha# a$so ' n gi" n on$y ight ho+rs to )o!*$ t th )o+rs . Wo$( . his ( his *o)& t.

"It's not as #i((i)+$t as it $oo&s. "An# th y'r waiting (or yo+ /+st o" r th to*. th s!a$$ st. a thin. ." "3oo#. Two /+st $arg . It too& hi! tw nty !in+t s to r a)h th to* an# s+r aro+n# thr no+gh (or sharing. H #i#n't tr+st hi!s $( to go on. "I &now what ha** n # in th Ki$$ing Ho+s . waiting (or th a% to (a$$.o+ #on't want to !iss that. On . "No. "Di# yo+ !a& a )o!*$aint against hi!. As h *ass # th s rg ant. Sna& . $oo& # +* at A$ %. 'r+shing against hi!. (air-hair # !an who s*o& with a S)ottish a)) nt. H no## # his h a# s$ow$y."I sai#." "Th n why-?" A$ % ' gan. . A$ % )o+$#n't no+gh K Unit was a$r a#y th r . . C+'?" A *a+s . s+gg sting a *ath +* with his (ing r. sir." "I #on't )ar . I'" /+st ha#. "Wo$( (orgot a'o+t th )$os #-)ir)+it TV W '" got it a$$ on (i$!." Th s rg ant *oint # at th ro)& (a) . I'" ha# no+gh. "Sorry." "Do yo+ want to !a& a )o!*$aint against hi!. a t as*oon in th oth r. S+r"i"a$ rations." A$ % #r w a # * 'r ath an# start # (orwar#. "I #i#n't thin& yo+'# !a& it. . sir . (or A$ %. Th s rg ant gaz # at hi! (or a $ong !in+t .h sai#." A$ % g$an) # +*. "List n to ! . H ha# a tin o( )o$# st w in on han#.o+'" got a ni) )o$# #inn r. )ro+)hing s!a$$ t nts that th y !+st ha" *it)h # ar$i r in th a(t rnoon. sir.." h sai#. . Th n. C+'?" "No. C+'. h st+!'$ # an# *+t o+t a han# to st a#y hi!s $(." "Can't isn't a wor# w +s aro+n# h r ." h sai#. H stoo# th r . sir. B+t it #i#n't. )o$# an# !*ty.A$ %'s "oi) )ra)& #." h sai#.. I )an't #o it.

2on s stoo# +* as i( to $ a" . I #on't thin& that wo+$# ' a goo# i# a. A$ % h $# o+t th 'o% o( !at)h s that h ha# *i)&*o)& t # (ro! th s rg ant wh n h ha# *r t n# # to st+!'$ at th (oot o( th ro)& (a) . "No." "W r yo+ *$anning to gi" hi! a g+n?" Mrs. ." h sai#.S AREN'T US IN THE LONDON OFFICE." "Th n why #o s h n # targ t *ra)ti) ?" B$+nt rais # an y 'row. An# (or th (irst ti! h ha#n't )a$$ # hi! Do+'$ 0 Nothing.h $* '+t noti) a ) rtain war!th in th !an's "oi) .o+'# ' tt r ha" a wor# with S!ith rs." h sai#. "I s !iss # targ t *ra)ti) ." Mrs. 2on s as& #. Th oth rs wat)h #. TO." A$ % sai#. th n w nt into his t nt." H t+rn # a *ag . H 's wor&ing on it now. Mrs. Wo$( str+)& at th ston s again an# again. "I won# r i( it's o))+rr # to yo+ that Ri# r !ay ha" ' "What #o yo+ ! an?" n *r *aring hi! (or this a$$ a$ong?" sh sai#." "I a$r a#y ha" . h "H 's #oing " ry w $$." B$+nt sai# at $ast. "W )an't gi" a t nag r a g+n. in (a)t. Th ston s on$y *ro#+) # th s!a$$ st o( s*ar&s an# th s)ra*s o( n ws*a* r an# $ a" s that h ha# )o$$ )t # w r a$r a#y (ar too w t. Th s+n was shining. th ir (a) s g$+!. . A *ig on was str+tting 'a)& an# (orth a$ong th $ #g o+tsi# as i( it w r & *ing g+ar#. "R !ar&a'$y w $$. H thr w th !at)h s #own. H was g tting nowh r . "Nor #i# I. trying to g t it start # with two ($int ston s whi$ Fo% an# Eag$ wat)h #. B+t at th #oor sh h sitat #. 2on s sat waiting whi$ A$an B$+nt r a# th r *ort. "Th s !ight h $*. I #on't thin& w )an s n# hi! to 0ort Ta$$on !*ty-han# #. Wo$( was s1+atting o" r what h ho* # wo+$# ' )o! a )a!*(ir . "On th oth r han#.

" "W ha" to. a(rai# o( hi!. "B+t it's too $at to worry a'o+t that now. A$an-h 's not r a#y y t. "I agr .o+ &now as w $$ as I #o. .ass n ( $$ a)ross his (a) ." B$+nt stoo# +* an# o* n # th win#ow. h 's ' 3 r!an." Th sing$ wor# was )o$#. 2on s. !att r-o(-(a)t. . I ! an. #i"ing. S n# hi! in." "B+t not so soon. (or hi!s $( an# (or his go" rn! nt. It won't ta& th ! $ong to (in# o+t who h is." "What wi$$ yo+ #o i( ." "Th 'oy's not r a#y y t." h sai#. It was .. 2on s shoo& h r h a#.. n !o+ntain )$i!'ing. Th *ig on h+r$ # its $( o(( th $ #g . "This who$ '+sin ss worri s ! . A sing$ sha#ow s th Stor!'r a& rs as a !a/or )o+* ."0r *aring A$ % to r *$a) hi!. At th " ry $ ast it'$$ a$$ow ! to *ost*on th Stor!'r a& r *ro/ )t an# ta& a goo# har# $oo& at what's going on at 0ort Ta$$on." B$+nt t+rn # 'a)& (ro! th win#ow. "Th *ri! !inist r s 3r goro"i)h?" "No. In a way.." Mrs. Mrs. H '$$ !a& !ista& s. h 's $i" # a'roa# so h now s* a&s Fr n)h. "I #on't thin& A$ % has got !+)h )han) at a$$. it wo+$# a$!ost h $* +s i( h was &i$$ #. "Th n it's ti! yo+ #i#. I( th 'oy g ts hi!s $( &i$$ #. H 's ' n ' ing train # (or int $$ig n) wor& . Di# yo+ t $$ th 'oy a'o+t .." h sai#. Th s+n s$ant # o" r his sho+$# r. $ tting in th air an# th so+n# o( th tra((i). H 's $ arn # &arat . '+t witho+t &nowing it. An# i( ." "I agr .ass n was wor&ing (or Say$ . .ass n &i$$s A$ % Ri# r?" "That's not o+r *ro'$ !. 0hysi)a$$y h 's in * r( )t sha* . an# S*anish. "H 's (o+rt n y ars o$#! W )an't #o it. 2on s sigh #.ass n who &i$$ # his +n)$ . I( w s n# hi! into Say$ Ent r*ris s. E" r sin) th 'oy was o$# no+gh to wa$&. h 's going to g t hi!s $( &i$$ #." . at $ ast it wi$$ ' th (ina$ *roo( that th r is so! thing wrong. B+t th r 's sti$$ so! thing a'o+t H ro# Say$ that I #on't $i& . an# s&iing." "0 rha*s. "I thin& Ri# r want # A$ % to ' )o! a s*y. "W ha" no !or ti! ." Mrs." Sh shr+gg #." B$+nt sai#. Sto* th training now. I'! s+r o( it.

Th n th y w r gon $i& a *hotogra*h )r+!*$ # an# s*+n away 'y th win#. A ! ssag (ro! n# o( his training Lon#on. a##ing to th h at in th )ra!* # )a'in. #i**ing an# sw r"ing to a"oi# th !o+ntain * a&s. E" n so. A sing$ '+$' g$ow # r # ' hin# a wir ! sh. th !an was )o!*$ t $y 1+i t. Now." Th "oi) o( th *i$ot )a! o" r th s* a& r syst !. an# how to $an#. . a$$owing a sing$ s1+ar o( night. n to$# that h wo+$#n't in (a)t ' /+!*ing. )h )&ing th )or#s that )onn )t # th ! to th stati) $in . n. '+t th $oo& on his (a) )o+$# a$!ost ha" ' n ( ar. Th assistant *i$ot ta** # th (irst *air on th ir sho+$# rs an# A$ % wat)h # th ! sh+(($ o" r to th si# an# th n throw th !s $" s o+t. n $ight ' gan to ($ash. Th y )o+$#n't ris& hi! 'r a&ing a $ g. . how to %it a n# o( th #ay th s rg ant ha# instr+)t # hi! to /oin th %* ri n) . )$os to th #ro* zon . A$ % ( $t a$!ost #isa**oint #. how to )ontro$ it. H '# $s /+!* an# th n h '# ' $ (t a$on . S+## n$y A$ % was awar that on$y h an# Wo$( w r $ (t. an# A$ % g+ ss # that th *$an . His own +nit an# two n ($ying at /+st thr h+n#r # ( $ th t. his sto!a)h )h+rning ' hin# his &n s. +n!o"ing. H was sitting n %t to Wo$(. Fi" !in+t s +nti$ th /+!*. Th assistant *i$ot ha# )$i!' # thro+gh (ro! Th r was a $o+# '+zz an# th r # $ight t+rn # gr th )o$# air to r+sh in. H $oo& # at th oth r ! n. It was har# to t $$ in th ha$( #ar&n ss. For a !o! nt th y w r th r . h '# ' ($ight-/+st (or th wat)h " ryon "0 !in+s (i" . A$ % gritt # his t th.A$ % sat h+n)h # +* in th 'a)& o( th $ow-($ying C-130 !i$itary air)ra(t. (o$$owing th W $sh oth rs. A$ % )o+$# s Th gr th )o)&*it. sh+(($ing into *osition. Wo$( wo+$# ' th $ast to $ a" -an# with A$ % not /+!*ing h wo+$# ' on his own. For an ho+r now. it sai#. It too& $ ss than a !in+t . "Mo" it!" th assistant *i$ot sho+t # a'o" th roar o( th ngin s. . H r a)h # (or a han#$ an# *+$$ # o* n a #oor s t in th 'a)& o( th air)ra(t. Th rain how$ # *ast. An# at th n ta+ght how to *a)& a *ara)h+t . (roz n in th #oorway. A$ % )o+$# ( ngin s "i'rating thro+gh hi!. It was $i& tra" $ing in a s*in #ry r an# !i)rowa" o" n )o!'in #. Th n anoth r two. #istant an# ! ta$$i). Th tho+ght o( /+!*ing o+t o( a *$an with an o" rsiz si$& +!'r $$a wo+$# ha" !a# A$ % si)& with ( ar-'+t on$y that !orning h '# ' was n ar. It was raining. To his s+r*ris . th *$an ha# ' "a$$ ys. Th r w r $ " n ! n sitting in two $in s aro+n# hi!. Two !or ! n (o$$ow #.

A$ % g$an) # 'a)&. . For a !o! nt sh #i#n't r )ogniz hi!. A$ % was #r ss # in a ($ying s+it. his ar!s rigi#. His hair was #a!* (ro! th rain. An# wh n h #i#? I( Wo$( (ai$ # to !a& th /+!*. Wo$( was )a+ght 'y s+r*ris . "I ho* yo+'r not #isa**oint #. A$ % stoo# +*. "2+st str t)hing !y $ gs. 2on s was waiting (or hi! wh n h wa$& # into th hangar. staring o+t. 0$ as . "Wo$(. Th *$an )+r" # in th air an# ' gan th /o+rn y ho! . th n &i)& # o+t with a$$ his str ngth. "It was !y # )ision to sto* yo+ (ro! /+!*ing. A$ % $oo& # at h r '+t sai# nothing. H '# ' n n# o( his tri # to s+!!on +* th )o+rag to go. T n s )on#s ha# *ass #. A$ % too& on $ast 1+i)& $oo& at th assistant 0i$ot. it wo+$# ' th training an# !ay' 'inn #. "What ar yo+ #oing?" h sho+t #. his han#s )o!ing (r as h *$+ng # into th swir$ing night air. Sh was sitting at a ta'$ . E" n h sitating wo+$# ' 'a# no+gh. His y s 'ri ($y ! t A$ %'s an# in that !o! nt A$ % &n w. "A$ %." ! # to ha" grown o$# r o" r th *ast two n s nt to )o$$ )t th ! (ro! a (i $# &s. Non o( th ! n ha# arri" # 'a)& y t. His (oot s$a!! # into Wo$('s 'a)&si# ." sh sai#. H was to+gh an# h was (ast-)o!*$ ting a thirty-!i$ hi& as i( it w r /+st a stro$$ in a *ar&. A tr+)& ha# ' . I /+st tho+ght it was too !+)h o( a ris&. H '# *+t a$$ his str ngth ' hin# it. (roz n in th #oorway. May' !or . It was har# to ' $i " ." sh sai#. " h sai#. w aring a gray si$& /a)& t an# tro+s rs with a '$a)& han#& r)hi ( ($owing o+t o( h r to* *o)& t.Wo$( *i)& # hi!s $( +*. Wo$( ha#n't !o" #. So! how h '# a$$ow # this *ara)h+t /+!* to g t to hi! an# h was too s)ar # to !o" . Wo$( #i#n't h ar hi!. Wo$( was a *o*+$ar $ a# r. Th assistant *i$ot was $ aning #own. Th assistant *i$ot was $oo&ing th oth r way. Mrs. an# h s w a'o+t two !i$ s away. A$ % )o+$# s his sho+$# rs rising an# (a$$ing as h " n th n# o( his )ar r. . B+t h ha# a w a& s*ot. H ha#n't s what was ha** ning. '+t th r h was." A$ % sho+t # 'a)&. His (a) was *in)h # with tir #n ss. A$ % tho+ght (or a !o! nt. . stowing away a *i ) o( 1+i*! nt. . Th assistant *i$ot t+rn # aro+n# an# saw A$ %. Sit #own.

" A$ % was +ni!*r ss #. Wh n h sat #own. I was to$# yo+ w r n't to ha" w a*ons. "Don't t $$ ! . wa$&ing o+t o( th sha#ows." h s )r t w a*on." sh w nt on.A$ % sat #own o**osit h r." S!ith rs *+$$ # o+t th string. . "Th )ha$$ ng was to thin& what a (o+rt sai#. H wor a *instri* # s+it. o$# )ha*. th string is a s* )ia$ sort o( ny$on. "I ha" so! thing that !ight )h "I'! too o$# (or toys.o+'r too yo+ng." H *i)& # th (irst o'/ )t o(( th tray. ho$#ing it ' tw n a *+#gy (ing r an# %)$ai! #. 2on s # !an# #. "S!ith rs. H )o+$#n't ' $i " any o( this. "How " r. th ! ta$ )hair #isa** ar # ' n ath th s*r a# o( his '+tto)&s.. "V ry ni) to ! "What ha" yo+ got (or hi!?" Mrs." "So it's not r a$$y a han# gr na# ? 0+$$ th string an# r+n $i& h $$?" "C rtain$y not. "it's so! sort o( n -y ar -o$# !ight )arry with hi!-ari# a#a*t it." S!ith rs t yo+. "Not %a)t$y." h sai#. "I'! a(rai# w ha" n't ha# a gr at # a$ o( ti! ." "A!azing. H was 'a$# with a '$a)& !+sta)h an# s " ra$ )hins. It's a yo-yo.. "Not th s toys.. a)h on ! $ting into th n %t an# (ina$$y into his n )& an# sho+$# rs. "I'" 'ro+ght yo+ so! toys. Th a)t+a$ yoyo is !otoriz # an# )$i*s onto yo+r ' $t. It was s$ight$y $arg r than nor!a$. whi)h !+st ha" +s # no+gh !at ria$ to !a& a t nt. A yo-yo. V ry +s (+$ (or )$i!'ing. an# A$ % was s+r*ris # it )o+$# " n ta& his w ight." A$ % sai#. '$a)& *$asti)." r yo+ +*." th+!'. )arrying a tray o( 1+i*! nt that h s t #own on th ta'$ . V ry a#"an) #. 2. Th !an was nor!o+s$y (at. A$ % shoo& his h a#. Th r 's thirty yar#s o( it an# it )an $i(t w ights o( +* to two h+n#r # *o+n#s. no##ing at A$ %." Sh signa$ # an# a !an a** ar #. "L t's start with this." S!ith rs r *$i #. Mrs. .

" S!ith rs %*$ain #." Mr. this is a)t+a$$y a s!o& 'o!'. It's not as *ow r(+$ n a)ross nag r wo+$# ' )o!*$ t witho+t on o( th s ?" h as& #. A$ % r a# th si# : 6ITCLEAN.. B+t as th na! !ight s+gg st. "What t )artri#g t+rns th )o!*+t r into so! thing 1+it #i(( r nt. Us (+$ (or a" s#ro**ing." H too& o+t a han#& r)hi ( an# wi* # his (ing r )$ an. "I( yo+ ins rt this on ." S!ith rs w nt on.o+ )an *$ay a$$ (o+r o( th !. B+t 'ring it into )onta)t with ! ta$ an# it's 1+it anoth r story. Mrs. FOR HEALTHIER SKIN. I s+gg st yo+ +s it th !o! nt yo+ arri" ."An# th n th r 's this. Th y a$$ ha" a '+i$t in ga! s (+n)tion. This ti! th )artri#g #o sn't go into th !a)hin .o+ )an +s n. 0$a) th !a)hin against any so$i# s+r(a) $ ss than two in)h s thi)& an# wat)h th s)r (+n)tion too. An# (ina$$y ." S!ith rs h $# +* a (ina$ )artri#g . an# th 'o!' wi$$ ' # to s)a* in a h+rry. "This on t+rns th )o!*+t r into an 4-ray # "i) ." H o* n # th t+' an# s1+ z # so! o( th )r a! onto his (ing r. "Nothing * rsona$. "V ry +s (+$ i( yo+ n # to 'r a& thro+gh a $o)&. th ! ta$ sizz$ #. whi)h gi" s yo+ #ir )t )onta)t with +s an# "i) " rsa." Th thir# ga! was )a$$ # S* th )o!*+t r to sw # Wars. th )o!*+t r ' )o! s a (a%/*hoto)o*i r. "This on )o! s with (o+r ga! s. . . !y own (a"orit . ". It was $a' $ # BOMBER BO. "This on 's a '+g (in# r.. "B+t w tho+ght it was so! thing a 'oy o( yo+r ag !ight )arry. An# it is rath r r !ar&a'$ . "Oh y s. "Do I g t to *$ay this on ?" A$ % as& #. '+t w 'r wor&ing on it. "It'$$ #o that to /+st a'o+t any ! ta$. ". a)h * a roo! an# )h )& i( so! 'o#y's trying to $ist n in on yo+." H *ro#+) # a s )on# ga! : E%o) t. An# th ' a+ty o( it is. For a !o! nt nothing ha** n #." H show # A$ % th (irst ga! . Th n a wis* o( a)ri# s!o& twist # +*war# in th air." . N ! sis. It has an a+#io ar*hon s.o+ $ a" it so! wh r in a roo! an# *r ss START thr s t o(( 'y r !ot )ontro$. 2+st *ass th s)r any *ag yo+ want to trans!it an# w '$$ ha" it in s )on#s." S!ith rs %*$ain #. Us (+$ )a!o+($ag i( yo+ n ti! s on th )onso$ . 2. "Co!*$ t $y har!$ ss wh n yo+ to+)h it.o+ /+st ha" to *$+g in th as I'# $i& . . s! aring th )r a! onto th s+r(a) o( th ta'$ . a*o$og ti)a$$y. S!ith rs *ro#+) # a s!a$$ t+' . an# a /agg # ho$ a** ar #. 2on s as& #. " H *i)& # +* a 'right$y )o$or # 'o% that A$ % r )ogniz # at on) as a Nint n#o Co$or 3a! Boy..o+ )o+$# say this is o+r *i ) # r sistan) ." H wi* # his (ing r. "Anything $s ?" Mrs.

"Than& yo+, S!ith rs," Mrs. 2on s sai#. "My *$ as+r , Mrs. 2." S!ith rs stoo# +*, his $ gs straining to ta& th h+g w ight. "I'$$ ho* to s yo+ again, A$ %. I'" n " r ha# to 1+i* a 'oy ' (or . I'! s+r I'$$ ' a'$ to thin& +* a who$ host o( 1+it # $ight(+$ i# as." H wa##$ # o(( an# #isa** ar # thro+gh a #oor that )$ang # sh+t ' hin# hi!. Mrs. 2on s t+rn # to A$ %. ",o+ $ a" to!orrow (or 0ort Ta$$on," sh sai#. ",o+'$$ ' going +n# r th na! o( F $i% L st r." Sh han# # hi! an n" $o* . "Th r a$ F $i% L st r $ (t (or F$ori#a y st r#ay. ,o+'$$ (in# " rything yo+ n "I'$$ r a# it in ' #." "3oo#." S+## n$y sh was s rio+s an# A$ % (o+n# hi!s $( won# ring i( sh was h rs $( a !oth r. I( so, sh )o+$# w $$ ha" a son his ag . Sh too& o+t a '$a)&- an#-whit *hotogra*h an# $ai# it on th ta'$ . It show # a !an in a whit T shirt an# / ans. H was in his $at tw nti s with $ight, )$os -)ro** # hair, a s!ooth (a) , th 'o#y o( a #an) r. Th *hotogra*h was s$ight$y '$+rr #. It ha# ' n 6 n (ro! a #istan) , *ossi'$y with a hi## n )a! ra. "I want yo+ to $oo& at this," sh sai#. # to &now a'o+t hi! in h r ."

"I'! $oo&ing." "His na! is ,ass n 3r goro"i)h. H was 'orn in R+ssia, '+t h now wor&s (or !any )o+ntri s. Ira1 has !*$oy # hi!. A$so S r'ia, Li'ya, an# China." "What #o s h #o?" A$ % as& #. "H 's a )ontra)t &i$$ r, A$ %. W ' $i " it was h who &i$$ # Ian Ri# r." Th r was a $ong *a+s . A$ % ha# a$!ost !anag # to * rs+a# hi!s $( that this who$ '+sin ss was /+st so! sort o( )razy a#" nt+r ... a ga! . B+t $oo&ing at th )o$# (a) with its '$an&, hoo# # y s, h ( $t so! thing stirring insi# hi! an# &n w it was ( ar. H r ! !' r # his +n)$ 's )ar, shatt r # 'y '+$$ ts. A !an $i& this, a )ontra)t &i$$ r, wo+$# #o th sa! to hi!. H wo+$#n't " n '$in&. "This *hotogra*h was ta& n si% !onths ago, in C+'a," Mrs 2on s was saying. "It !ay ha" ' th r is so! thing $s ." Sh *a+s #. "Ri# r +s # a )o# in th $ast ! ssag h s nt. A sing$ na

)oin)i# n) , '+t H ro# Say$ was th r at th sa! ti! . Th two o( th ! !ay ha" ! t. An#

$ tt r. ,." ", (or ,ass n." "H !+st ha" s n ,ass n so! wh r in 0ort Ta$$on. H want # +s to &now. . . "

"Why ar yo+ t $$ing ! this now?" A$ % as& #. His !o+th ha# gon #ry. "B )a+s i( yo+ s on) ." "An# th n?" "W '$$ *+$$ yo+ o+t. It #o sn't !att r how o$# yo+ ar , A$ %. I( ,ass n (in#s o+t yo+'r wor&ing (or +s, h '$$ &i$$ yo+ too." Sh too& th *hotogra*h 'a)&. A$ % stoo# +*. ",o+'$$ $ a" h r to!orrow !orning at ight o')$o)&," Mrs. 2on s sai#. "B )ar (+$, A$ %. An# goo# $+)&." A$ % wa$& # a)ross th hangar, his (ootst *s )hoing. B hin# hi!, Mrs. 2on s +nwra** # a * ** r!int an# s$i** # it into h r !o+th. H r 'r ath a$ways s! $$ # (aint$y o( !int. As h a# o( S* )ia$ O* rations, how !any ! n ha# sh s nt to th ir # aths? Ian Ri# r an# !ay' #oz ns !or . 0 rha*s it was asi r (or h r i( h r 'r ath was sw t. hi!, i( ,ass n is anywh r n ar Say$ Ent r*ris s, I want yo+ to )onta)t +s at

Th r was a !o" ! nt ah a# o( hi! an# h saw that th *ara)h+tists ha# gott n 'a)& (ro! th ir /+!*. Th y w r wa$&ing towar# hi! o+t o( th #ar&n ss with Wo$( an# th oth r ! n (ro! K Unit right at th (ront. A$ % tri # to st * aro+n# th !, '+t h (o+n# Wo$( '$o)&ing his way. ",o+'r $ a"ing," Wo$( sai#. So! how h !+st ha" h ar# that A$ %'s training was o" r. ", s." Th r was a $ong *a+s . "What ha** n # on th *$an . . ." h ' gan. "Forg t it, Wo$(," A$ % sai#. "Nothing ha** n #. ,o+ /+!* # an# I #i#n't. That's a$$."

Wo$( h $# o+t a har#. "I want yo+ to &now ... I was wrong a'o+t yo+. ,o+'r a$$ right. An# !ay' ... on #ay it wo+$# ' goo# to wor& with yo+." ",o+ n " r &now," A$ % sai#. Th y shoo&. "3oo# $+)&, C+'." "3oo#-'y , Wo$(." A$ % wa$& # o+t into th night.

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(ront *ass ng r s at with so !+)h so(t $ ath r aro+n# hi! that h )o+$# 'ar $y h ar th 389 hors *ow r, 6-$it r ngin that was )arrying hi! towar# th Say$ )o!*$ % n ar 0ort Ta$$on, Cornwa$$. At ighty !i$ s * r ho+r, th ngin was on$y i#$ing. B+t A$ % )o+$# ( $ th *ow r o( th # $i!its. )ar. On h+n#r # tho+san# *o+n#s worth o( 3 r!an ngin ring. On to+)h (ro! th +ns!i$ing r # at s*

)ha+(( +r an# th M r) # s wo+$# $ a* (orwar#. This was a )ar that sn A$ % ha# '

n )o$$ )t # that !orning (ro! a )on" rt # )h+r)h in Ha!*st a#, North Lon#on. This n waiting with his $+ggag ,

was wh r F $i% L st r $i" #. Wh n th #ri" r ha# arri" #, A$ % ha# ' 'r+sh his t

an# th r was " n a wo!an h ha# n " r ! t ' (or -an M16 o* rati" &issing hi!, t $$ing hi! to th, wa"ing goo#'y . As (ar as th #ri" r was )on) rn #, A$ % was F $i%. That !orning A$ % ha# r a# thro+gh th (i$ an# &n w that L st r w nt to a s)hoo$ )a$$ # St. Anthony's, ha# two sist rs an# a * t La'ra#or. His (ath r was an ar)hit )t. His !oth r # sign # / w $ry. A ha**y (a!i$y-his (a!i$y i( any'o#y as& #. "How (ar is it to 0ort Ta$$on?" h as& #. So (ar th #ri" r ha# 'ar $y s*o& n a wor#. H answ r # A$ % witho+t $oo&ing at hi!. 'A ( w ho+rs. ,o+ want so! !+si)?" "3ot any 2ohn L nnon CDs?" That wasn't his )hoi) . A))or#ing to th (i$ , F $i% L st r $i& # 2ohn L nnon.

ha$(-)r+!'$ing )hi!n ys. I'$$ g t so! s$ H n # # th s$ *. a$$ th ha$( h a$ # )+ts an# 'r+is s i( anyon saw +n# r his shirt. A ( w $o)a$s. wat)hing. "0ort Ta$$on. tw nty ( h+g signs. " t high. A'o+t anoth r !i$ #own th $an a ! ta$ ( n) s*rang +*. "It's *r tty. May' h '# t $$ th ! h got '+$$i # at s)hoo$."No. S ag+$$s swoo* # an# )ri # o" rh a#. . A$ % saw th r+ins o( '+i$#ings. an# a )$o+#$ ss s&y. H was sti$$ %ha+st # (ro! th training an# won# r # how h wo+$# %*$ain *. H 's a)ting as i( h 's got so! thing to hi# ." *." "Not i( yo+'r a (ish. H !+st ha" noti) # A$ % o* ning his y s. stoo# aro+n#. H r ! !' r # what Mrs. th '$+ s a ' yon#. Th y'# !in # tin in Cornwa$$ (or thr tho+san# y ars +nti$ on #ay th tin ha# r+n o+t." A$ % !+tt r # to hi!s $(.LE ENTER0RISES Stri)t$y 0ri"at "Tr s*ass rs wi$$ ' shot. or * rha*s a ho$i#ay 'ro)h+r a#" rtising a (orgott n Eng$an#. H o* n # his y s an# saw a (ishing n hi$$s. to** # with razor wir . Ar) $a!*s on s)a((o$#ing tow rs stoo# at r g+$ar int r"a$s an# th r w r . a swath o( ro$$ing gr a /igsaw *+zz$ . Now a$$ that was $ (t was th ho$ s. r # on whit . #own a $an that twist # ' tw n n# o( a * r( )t s*ring strang $y '+!*y (i $#s. (ish r! n an# th ir wi" s. It was a'o+t (i" o')$o)& in th a(t rnoon an# th "i$$ag was )a+ght in th si$" ry $ight that )o! s at th #ay. s!o& ." Th y #ro" aro+n# th wh #g o( th "i$$ag an# 'a)& in$an#. An o$# t+g'oat-tang$ # n ts."H 's !or or $ ss (or! # his own *ri"at ar!y. It was a *i)t+r o(( "i$$ag . 2on s ha# to$# hi!. an# ($a&ing *aint-*+$$ # into th 1+ay." "Forg t it. It was 'ran#-n w. an# r+sting ! ta$ $s an# &n w that h was $oo&ing at an o$# tin !in ." th #ri" r sai#. H )$os # his y s an# a$$ow # th $ ath r to s+)& hi! into s$ It was th ( $ing o( th )ar s$owing #own that awo& hi!.o+ )o+$# ha" r a# th ! (ro! th n %t )o+nty: SA.

It was Vi)torian. Th r w r two air)ra(t n %t to th $an#ing stri*. r #'ri)& to** # with )o** r #o! s an# s*ir s that ha# $ong ago t+rn # gr n. "Mr." A$ % an# th #ri" r w nt thro+gh th (ront #oor an# into a ha$$ #o!inat # 'y a h+g )an"as/+#g! nt Day. Th )ar r a)h # th !ain gat . t o( g$ass. Th M r) # s *+$$ # +* in th (ront an# th #ri" r got o+t. an# r siz o( th )o" r # wa$&way. On $ # s& n ar th ) nt r. A$ % was i!*r ss #. A g+ar# in a '$+ -an#-gray +ni(or! with SE *rint # on his /a)& t wa" # th ! thro+gh. Th r w r artwor&s " rywh r . A h $i)o*t r an# a s!a$$ )argo was r $i " # wh n th y *ass # thro+gh a #oor an# into a "ast. a$i n to th s$o*ing hi$$s an# (i $#s. #rawings. An# th n th y w r (o$$owing a $ong. This was a !o# rn roo! with a )+r"ing st th ) i$ing a'o+t (i(t n( t high." th #ri" r sai#. Wat r)o$ors an# oi$s. It was on th oth r. A$ % $oo& # aro+n# hi!. "It'$$ ' 'ro+ght. Th who$ )o!*$ % !+st ha" ' 1+it an o* ration. an# $ (t. that was ) rtain$y his own (irst i!*r ssion." "What a'o+t !y $+ggag ?" A$ % as& #. sw *t aro+n# it. Th who$ )o!*$ % was so! how sho)&ing. s)+$*t+r s in ston an# 'ronz . H was ' ginning to ( *ra)ti)a$$y 'ar . Th '+i$#ings w r $arg . Th r !+st ha" ' n at $ ast a h+n#r # win#ows on (i" ($oors (a)ing th #ri" . an# )ontin+ # +* towar# a (antasti) s*raw$ing ho+s . th n# o( th wor$# *aint # (o+r ) nt+ri s ago as a swir$ing !ass o( #oo! # so+$s y to r st. It was har# to i!agin how !any tho+san#s o( ga$$ons o( wat r th g$ass . a$$ )row# # tog th r with nowh r (or th a$ong a )ar* t so thi)& that h a$!ost 'o+n) #. Say$ wi$$ ' h r short$y. *rints. Th sh thing #r w hi! towar# it. straight roa# o" r a str t)h o( $an# that ha# so! how ' n ha!! r # ($at with an airstri* on on si# an# a )$+st r o( (o+r high t )h '+i$#ings $. A$ % (o$$ow # th #ri" r $ )$a+stro*ho'i) an# h an# # !ons.W $$. a)h on /oin # to th n %t 'y a n a )o+*$ o( !i$ s s1+ar . Th M r) # s )a! to a ro+n#a'o+t with a (o+ntain at th ) nt r. It was a ho+s that /+st #i#n't &now wh n to sto*. wh r th r was a s )+rity )a'in an# an $ )troni) 'arri r. an# a s*ira$ stair)as $ a#ing #own (ro! a * r( )t )ir)$ )+t in ntir wa$$ was )o" r # with a sing$ sh wa$&ing o" r to it. A$ % r a$iz # that h was $oo&ing at a giganti) a1+ari+!. s!o& # g$ass an# st *$an . "Fo$$ow ! . )ath #ra$-$i& roo! that was )ar (+$$y *osition # ha$og n $ights. Th 'arri r $i(t # a+to!ati)a$$y.

a !ass o( t nta)$ s )o" r # with )ir)+$ar sting rs twist # in th wat r." to &i$$ (ish. . *+$sating !ass o( whit an# !a+" . H was so short that A$ %'s (irst i!*r ssion was that h was $oo&ing at a r ($ )tion that ha# so! how ' n #istort #. a$tho+gh it An# th n so! thing !o" # in th t+r1+ois sha#ows an# A$ % gas* # with a !i%t+r o( horror an# won# r! nt as th 'igg st / $$y(ish h ha# " r s n #ri(t # into "i w. In his i!!a)+$at an# %* nsi" '$a)& s+it with go$# th ($ash # wh n h s!i$ #. Th !ain 'o#y o( th t )r at+r was a shi!! ring.o+ s th n !ato)ysts. "I )a! +*on this on wh n I was #i"ing in th So+th China S a. His s&in was #ar& an# his t ro+n#. sha* # ro+gh$y $i& a )on . Say$ g$an) # 'ri ($y at hi!. at $ ast t n ( so that it $oo& # a$!ost as i( it was trying to 'r a& o+t. "It #ri(ts on its own. It is si$ nt an# y t it # !an#s r s* )t." h sai#. B n ath it. A$ % was r !in# # o( ta#*o$ s ' (or th y hat)h. or #ri(t # in th arti(i)ia$ )+rr nt. H ro# Say$ was short. 'a$# h a# an# " ry horri'$ y s. L st r? Th stinging ) $$s? I( yo+ w r to (in# yo+rs $( . I &n w I ha# to "It's nin ty-nin * r) nt wat r. "B+t wh n I saw this s* )i! n o(0hysa$ia *hysa$ia. Th gray *+*i$s w r too s!a$$." A$ % sai#. no g+ts. It was th sing$ !ost aw so! an# r *+$si" thing A$ % ha# " r s n. Th r w r no (ish. . '+t h was s+r*ris # to s was 'ig no+gh to ho$# a shar&. it r !in#s ! o( !ys $(. #on't yo+ thin&?" "I wo+$#n't & * on as a * t." Say$ w nt on. "Th 0ort+g+ s !an-o(-war."Th "oi) )a! (ro! ' hin# hi! an# A$ % twist # aro+n# to s #own th $ast o( th stairs. H ha# a h a"y a)) nt 'ro+ght with hi! (ro! th Cairo !ar& t*$a) .o+ s har*oon g+ns an# a )o$$ )tion o( &ni" s r sting in " $" t s$ots." Say$ g st+r # at a g$ass #is*$ay )as an# A$ % noti) # thr )a*t+r it an# & * it. "It's ' a+ti(+$. a !an )o!ing $ong. ignor # 'y th oth r (ish. th w r at th sa! $ " $ as his an# h $# $ ss war!th than th / $$y(ish. an# no an+s. It has no 'rain.h $# 'a)&." A$ % ha# #r #g # +* th (a)ts (ro! so! wh r an# s*o& n th ! ' (or h &n w what h was #oing. th n t+rn # 'a)& to th )r at+r ho" ring o" r hi! in its tan&. s+rro+n# # on a$$ si# s 'y whit . "I $o" . "It's an o+tsi# r. H ha# a y s sign t ring an# 'right$y *o$ish # '$a)& sho s." Say$ )ontin+ #. As th / $$y(ish !o" #. its t nta)$ s writh # against th g$ass "0hysa$ia *hysa$ia. Wh n Say$ stoo# n %t to hi!. that th tan& was !*ty. h $oo& # $i& a s)a$ # #own !o# $ o( a !+$ti!i$$ionair '+sin ss!an. Mr.

to #+)ation %* rts. what yo+ #on't. B+t h ha# ' F $i%. "W '# ' tt r g t a'$i##y !o" on. '+t so! how it ha# s$i** # o+t. it wo+$# ' an +n(org tta'$ # ath.o+ won th )o!* tition an# yo+ ar going to ' th (irst t to t $$ ! what yo+ $i& . B+t yo+. hy*noti) #an) o( th / $$y(ish." h sai#.. A$ % it sha$$ ' ." As h ha# ta$& #. I want to &now what yo+ thin& o( it! I want yo+ y s #i** # away an# s+## n$y h was #ays +nti$ th $a+n)h." "Ca$$ ! A$ %. B+t this is a$so $+)&y.. th !ost a!at +rish !ista& h )o+$# ha" !a# . H ha# ' )o! a )o!*$ t $y #i(( r nt !an. (irst thing. "An# a'o+t '$oo#y ti! !" . H was stan#ing o**osit on o( th ri)h st ! n in Eng$an#. (or ! . H 's th !anag r o( !y (a"orit so)) r t a!." Say$ sai#.o+ ar a " ry $+)&y 'oy. Th r 's a !ath *rogra! yo+ sho+$# try ." h a## #. "Man)h st r Unit #. yo+ !+st g t to wor&. a an who ha# # )i# # o+t o( th goo#n ss o( his h art to gi" a h+g gi(t to Eng$ish s)hoo$s." "Why? " "A(t r A$ % F rg+son..o+ wi$$ ' worth !or to ! than a$$ o( th ! *+t tog th r. A$$ th so(twar was # " $o* # r at Say$ Ent r*ris s. "W ha" on$y thr nag r to try o+t !y Stor!'r a& r. .wra** # in th r ." Th '+sin ss$i& . that #i#n't n ) ssari$y !a& hi! an n !y. B+t h '# s n a so)) r *ost r in F $i% L st r's ' #roo! an# &n w that at $ ast h '# )hos n th right t a!. A$ %. I thin&. 2+st ' )a+s h as s!a$$ an# s$i!y. H '# ! ant to say F $i%. . !y # ar ." It was th (irst thing A$ % )o+$# thin& o(.. . A$ % ha# to a#!it at h '# ta& n an i!! #iat #is$i& to H ro# Say$ . An# I ho* w wi$$ ' (ri n#s.. It was th !ost st+*i#. Say$ ha# ' )o! !or an# !or ani!at #. n thrown 'y th way Say$ ha# a** ar # an# 'y th s$ow. )arri # away 'y his own nth+sias!. Say$ s!i$ #. A$ %. "Ah! H r 's !y !an now. 0 rha*s B$+nt was wrong a(t r a$$." A$ % sai#. "I tho+ght yo+r na! was as !y (ath r +s # to say. a$so $ang+ag s. O( )o+rs w '" ta$& # to )hi$#r n W '" gon to t a)h rs. "That's !ost a!+sing.. No won# r B$+nt an# th * o*$ at M16 ha# !istr+st # hi!! B+t now h was (or) # to thin& again." "My (ri n#s )a$$ ! A$ %. Th gray y s s1+ir! #. I'$$ ha" !y !an ta& yo+ to o+r roo! an# to!orrow !orning.

B+t th )o!*+t rs wo+$# ' )onstr+)t # in th !o# rn '+i$#ings h ha# s n o**osit th airstri*. -h r . th n %t h was gon . A$ % $ (t th roo!." Say$ sai#. Don't try to ta$& to hi!. +* a stair)as . Say$ hi!s $( !+st $i" h r . It was a no" $ty &ni( throwing a)t. For th )$i!a% h +s # to )at)h a s*inning &ni( ' tw n his t th. "H )hang # his na! a(t r his a))i# nt. )as+a$$y. H was $ # 'a)& a$ong a *assag . Th r w r s!a$$ r. "Mr." "Thi . with a that)h o( )$os )ro** # ging r hair on to* o( a (a) that was so *a$ it was a$!ost *a* r whit Fro! a #istan) it ha# $oo& # as i( h was s!i$ing. "I ha" no i# a. ". On !o! nt h was h r . Th s)ars w r a gr+ so! sha# o( !a+" . A$ % ass+! # that th !ain ho+s was +s # (or nt rtaining. "I ho* yo+ won't #o th sa! ." "E +rgh!" Mr. Sh wa" # to hi! (ro! th (ront row an# h got his ti!ing wrong. 3rin +s # to wor& in a )ir)+s. H has no tong+ .. B+t h . on on a)h si# o( his !o+th. h is $oya$ an# ((i)i nt. 'y th way. '+t as h #r w )$os r. an# $ a"ing H ro# Say$ stan#ing in (ront o( his h+g )a*ti" . "This is Mr. Th !an ha# two horr n#o+s s)ars. twisting +* a$$ th way to his ars." "Oh? Why was that?" A$ % as& #. "Ni) to ! "Ta& hi! to th '$+ roo!. 3rin g st+r # at th #oor." "A))i# nt?" A$ % (o+n# it har# not to star at th t rri'$ wo+n#. t yo+. A$ %. A$ % gas* #. *ast !or wor&s o( art. H t+rn # to A$ %.o+'r (ort+nat that on o( o+r ni) st roo!s has )o! +* (r $ (t +s 1+it s+## n$y. w+rgh!" Mr." Say$ )o!!an# #. 3rin sai#. H was as ta$$ an# thin as his !ast r was short an# ro+n#. (aint r s)ars wh r at on ti! his )h &s ha# ' n stit)h #.Th #oor ha# o* n # an# a !an ha# )o! in. W ha# a s )+rity !an staying th r . B+t th n on night his $# r$y !oth r )a! to s th show. H 's wor& # (or ! now (or a #oz n y ars an# a$tho+gh his a** aran) !ay ' #is*$ asing. 3rin. #r ss # in th '$a)& s+it an# tai$s o( an o$#(ashion # '+t$ r. an# th n a$ong a wi# )orri#or with thi)& woo#-*an $ # #oors an# )han# $i rs. It was as i( so! on ha# at so! ti! att !*t # to )+t his (a) in ha$(. 0r s+!a'$y h wo+$# ' ta& n th r to!orrow.." A$ % !+tt r #." Say$ s!i$ # again. in th ho+s .

H ha# r a)h # a *i)t+r . Dar&n ss ha# (a$$ n an# th wat r. Th y w r no $ong r th r . Th r was on$y on '+g in th roo!. # Wars )artri#g . Th s w r s )+rity g+ar#s. A$ % $oo& # at it (or a !in+t won# ring why it was th r . )as)a#ing t n ( na& # stat+ that $oo& # r !ar&a'$y $i& H ro# Say$ . #r ss # in th sa! +ni(or!s as th ! n at th gat . N %t to th win#ow was a ta'$ with an " ning ! a$ a$r a#y $ai# o+t (or hi!: ha!. S )+rity? Or was Say$ s+)h a )ontro$ (r a& that h ha# to &now what his g+ sts w r #oing. a$$ *. a s1+igg$ o( )o$ors that $oo& # s+s*i)io+s$y $i& a 0i)asso. Th #ot ($ash # (ast r. !or int ns $y. It was a $arg roo! with a (o+r-*ost r ' # an# a win#ow $oo&ing o+t onto th (o+ntain. hanging n %t to th 'athroo!. H $i(t # th 3a! Boy +* an# sw+ng it aro+n# hi!. was sa$a#. an# *r ss # th start '+tton. H at his #inn r. h noti) # a)ti"ity in th gro+n#s n ar th (o+ntains. " ry !in+t o( th #ay an# night? A$ % $i(t # th *i)t+r an# g nt$y $ow r # it 'a)& into *$a) . a '$a)& #is& a'o+t th siz o( a #i! . H *+t th 3a! Boy #own. Wh n h ha# )$os # it +*. Not /+st a *ri"at ar!y '+t a w $$-ar! # on . w r #ri"ing towar# th ho+s in an o* n-to* / ! n. H w nt o" r to his )as -a Ni& s*orts 'ag-an# %a!in # it. His $+ggag was $ying on th ' #. H got into ' #. h ha# ins rt # thr hairs into th zi*.His roo! was at th (ar n#. E" rything was %a)t$y as it ha# ' '+t h was ) rtain that th s*orts 'ag ha# ' t into th air o" r a s !is . Two !or ! n wa$& # *ast. Ha# h s n so! thing. As h *ass # th win#ow. H too& o+t th Co$or 3a! Boy. A$ % n wh n h ha# *a)& #. Th y w r 'oth )arrying s !ia+to!ati) !a)hin g+ns. an# ' ing )ar (+$ not to !a& a so+n#. Th '+g was ta* # ' hin# it. Th $ast * rson who ha# s$ *t h r ha# ' ! ant h ha# to #i ? n his +n)$ . )h n %* rt$y an# ! tho#i)a$$y s ar)h #. o* n # th )as an# w nt thro+gh it. $i(t # th )an"as o(( th wa$$. $oo&ing o+t o( th win#ow? Ha# h h ar# so! thing? What )o+$# ha" ha** n # that . th sa! sha* as th roo!. A r # ($ashing #ot s+## n$y a** ar # on th s)r n. (o$$owing th $in o( th wa$$s. ins rt # th S* At on) th s)r n $it +* with a gr n r )tang$ . H wa$& # (orwar#. Th r w r $ights )o!ing o+t o( th !o# rn '+i$#ings. ho$#ing th 3a! Boy in (ront o( hi!. ri$y i$$+!inat # 'y a #oz n )on) a$ # $ights. Ian Ri# r. Thr #r ss # in whit o" ra$$s. show r #. Th 'athroo! was )$ an. tra**ing th ! in th ! ta$ t th. an# w nt to ' #.

o+ ha# to ' $ying on yo+r 'a)& It was o+t o( his r a)h. a(t r a$$. s)anning (irst his ! ssag an# th n th # sign. h &n w. no'o#y ha# s$ *t th r sin) Ian Ri# r ha# ' to s it-$i& A$ % was now. th n r !o" # th 'a)& an# hi# th (o$# # *a* r in th 'att ry )o!*art! nt. an# *ass # th s)r n o" r th two sh ts o( *a* r. What #i# it ! an? H *+$$ # on so! )$oth s. Ian Ri# r ha# hi## n it. LOOKIN3 FOR TROUBLE ALE4 SAW IT th !o! nt h o* n # his y s. 2on s's o((i) in Lon#on an# a )o*y o( th two *ag s wo+$# ha" s)ro$$ # o+t o( th 'a)&. an# too& o+t a sh wrot a 'ri ( ! ssag in '$o)& )a*ita$s: FOUND THIS IN IAN RIDERS ROOM. Fina$$y. t o( *$ain *a* r. May' it was what ha# )ost hi! his $i( . Sh was. o( )o+rs . Th #iagra! ha# to ' i!*ortant. 3rin was stan#ing o+tsi# . H ha# to 'a$an) a )hair on th !attr ss an# th n stan# on th )hair to r a)h it. ins rt # th N ! sis )artri#g into th 'a)&. SENSE OF IT? Th n h (o+n# his 3a! Boy." A$ % sai#. It wo+$# ha" ' n o'"io+s to anyon who s$ *t in n &i$$ #.S$ * too& a $ong ti! )o!ing to th # a# !an's ' #. t+rn # it on. w nt o" r to th ta'$ . It was a s1+ar o( *a* r. A$ % t+rn # o(( th !a)hin . ! ant to wor& (or Int $$ig n) . (o$# # twi) . '+t.OU MAKE AN. It was a triang$ o( th ' #. May' sh )o+$# wor& it o+t. Instantan o+s$y. Wo''$ing. sti$$ w aring his '+t$ r )ost+! . h (ina$$y !anag # to tra* it ' tw $oo& # $i& a r ( r n) n+!' r ' n ath it: Th r wasn't " ry !+)h o( it. h n his (ing rs an# *+$$ it o+t. a$!ost (a$$ing. Mr. 5+i)&$y. "3oo# !orning. So! on ha# #rawn on it. a !a)hin wo+$# ha" )$i)& # on in Mrs. . A$ % w nt o" r an# o* n # it. CAN . '+t A$ % r )ogniz # Ian Ri# r's han#writing. Th r was a &no)& at th #oor. whit s$i** # into a (o$# in th )ano*y a'o" th (o+r-*ost r ' #. a strang # sign with what .

A$ % )o+$# ha" st ** # into th n %t ) nt+ry. "I wi$$ ta& hi! (ro! h r . Anoth r wor$#. wh r w ar now.sho+$# r # an# s " r . It r a#: VOLE. an# a !o! nt $at r. As th y *a+s # in (ront o( th (o+ntains th r was a s+## n roar an# a *ro* $$ r. B$o)& A. Sh wor a whit )oat with a na! tag *inn # to th to* *o)& t. away (ro! a$$ th o**r ssi" artwor&s. A wo!an was waiting (or th !. "." "Wh r 's 'r a&(ast?" A$ % as& #. 3rin.o+ !+st ' F $i%. H rr Say$ is " ry & with th %* ri n) . wir -(ra! # s* )ta)$ s. Long whit )orri#ors with ! ta$$i) ($oors. in tight '$a)& $ ath r sho s. s! A$$ow ! to intro#+) !ys $(. B$o)& D is wh r th !ain Stor!'r a& r ass !'$y $in is (o+n#. ". I +n# rstan#. 3rin no## # an# $ (t th '+i$#ing. 3rin *r ss # his han# against a g$ass *$at n %t to th #oor. E" rything was #i(( r nt on th oth r si# o( th #oor. "This way. B$o)& B is so(twar # " $o*! nt. Th +nnat+ra$ )hi$$ o( air-)on#itioning." Sh ha# a thi)& 3 r!an a)) nt. A$ %? . Sh ha# a strang $y '$an&. H ( $t r $i " # to ' o+t in th air. B$o)& C is r s ar)h an# storag . th Sh wa$& # $i& a so$#i r-straight 'a)&. !oon-sha* # (a) . h r '$on# hair twist # into th tight st o( '+ns. Th r was a gr #oor s$i# so+n#$ ss$y o* n." t. ra**ing against th n (or yo+ to ' gin at on) n g$ow as his (ing r*rints w r r a#. "I( gring gy. an# no !a& +* a*art (ro! a s! ar o( y $$ow $i*sti)&. "W ha" (o+r '$o)&s h r ." sh sai#. 'roa#. Ha$og n $ights.o+ ha" not at n? I wi$$ s n# yo+ a san#wi)h. is a#!inistration an# r )r ation." A$ % sai#. Fro! th art an# $ gan) o( th !ain ho+s ." Sh g$an) # at Mr. "Or is it now." Mr. I a! Fra+$ in Vo$ .o+ !ay )a$$ ! Na#ia. h r ( . 3rin %*$ain #. ". "2+st what I tho+ght."3 +rgh!" Mr. Th y r a)h # th (irst o( th !o# rn '+i$#ings an# Mr." Mr." Vo$ ' gan to wa$&.#ri" n )argo *$an #i** # #own o" r th roo( o( th ho+s an# $an# # on th r+nway. 3rin g st+r # an# A$ % (o$$ow # hi! 'a)& #own th )orri#or an# o+t o( th ho+s .

An# H ro# Say$ was going to *+t on in " ry s)hoo$ in th )o+ntry! H ha# to "I wi$$ ha" th san#wi)h s nt in to yo+. Dono"an at Broo&$an# ha# " r #on . How to %tra)t o%yg n (ro! wat r? Th s)i n) *rogra! #i# it in (ront o( his y s. Th wo!an $ (t. into th )orri#or. A$ % sat ' hin# th # s& an# t+rn # it on. Th r was no'o#y in sight. B$o)& A was a#!inistration an# r )r ation. H ha# ' n in th roo! (or o" r (o+r ho+rs. A$ % o* n # on o( th *rogra!s an# (or th n %t thr ho+rs $ost hi!s $( in th stat -o(-th art so(twar o( th Stor!'r a& r. h ignor # it. $ tting it )+r$ on th *$at . th $ogo o( Say$ $ th s* # an# th *ow r o( Ent r*ris s. iMa) !ight ha" ' th si# -an# th s)r th s)r n )o+$# ha" ' n. E" n in thos 'ri ( s )on#s. Th history *rogra! 'ro+ght th 'att$ o( 0ort Stan$ y to $i( with !+si) an# "i# o )$i*s. '+t h ha# to a#!it that th )o!*+t r !a# it $i" $y. A s )on# (or& o( ani!at # $ightning s$i) # a)ross n. Ti! to !o" . Vo$ . Th Stor!'r a& r " n !anag # to !a& a$g 'ra a$!ost ' ara'$ ." ry s+'/ )t-r a#y (or a)) ss." th )o!*+t r. H w nt o+t. H wo+$# n " r ha" sai# that s)hoo$wor& was (+n. an# th n in '+rning r # th $ tt rs SE. H str t)h # an# stoo# +*. '+t i( th r w r any s )r ts to ' (o+n# in Say$ Ent r*ris s. Th r is." $ing. B+t I !+st as& yo+ *$ as not $ a" th roo!. to %*$or th Stor!'r a& r on yo+r own. th # s&to* a** ar # with i)ons (or !ath. ah-I'$$ t $$ hi! !y ( $ing. S )on#s $at r. yo+ +n# rstan#. s)i n) . "It is ' tt r (or yo+. H wa$& # o" r to th #oor an# was s+r*ris # to (in# that it o* n # as h a**roa)h #. Mrs. E" n wh n his san#wi)h arri" #. A$ % (o$$ow # h r thro+gh anoth r #oor an# into a 'ar s1+ar roo! with a )hair an# a # s& an#." A$ % sai#. th n a '$an&. whit - .*ass # a n+!' r o( o((i) s. th s )+rity. I thin&. A$ % . Th n %t ti! A$ % $oo& # at his wat)h it was on o')$o)&." Fra+$ in Vo$ sai#. Th )o!*+t r 'oot # its $( instant$y. '+t th Stor!'r a& r ha# (ar s+r*ass # it. A$ % )o+$# ( a#!ir th !an. "I $ a" yo+ h r . th r was a swir$ o( )$o+#s." "What " r yo+ say. whi)h was !or than Mr. on th # s&. th (irst Stor!'r a& r h ha# " r s It was a ' a+ti(+$ !a)hin . It was an in)r #i'$ gi(t. Tonight yo+ wi$$ ha" #inn r with H rr Say$ an# yo+ wi$$ t $$ hi! yo+r ( ". h wasn't going to (in# th ! h r .($oor. Fr n)h. Na#ia Vo$ ha# to$# hi! not to $ a" . It was '$a)& a*art (ro! th whit $ightning 'o$t #own n a *ortho$ into o+t r s*a) . n th (irst )o!*+t r with a r a$ s ns o( # sign.

h a#ing (or th $ast '$o)&. )arrying th ! in his han#. snoo*ing aro+n# witho+t any i# a o( what h was $oo&ing (or. A$ % 'a)&tra)& # to th (irst #oor h )o+$# (in#. (ast-(r th ! ta$ st *s. H was r+nning o+t o( ti! . H !a# hi!s $( as s!a$$ as h )o+$#. s1+atting ' si# a #rin&ing (o+ntain as two ! n an# a wo!an wa$& # *ast. His ( )o+$# ( $ it on his (or h a# an# on th *a$!s o( his han#s. )as+a$$y. g$owing in )ra!* # o((i) s *i$ # high with *a* rs an# *rinto+ts. So(twar # " $o*! nt. Th )orri#or was s*$it in ha$( with a ! ta$ stair )as $ a#ing #own into what !+st ' so! sort o( 'as ! nt. )ro+)hing #own ' hin# th (o+ntain. *ro'a'$y. Th air-)on#itioning was so strong that h zing his sw at. I( h was going to (in# anything. rising o+t o( th gro+n# $i& a "a!*ir on a 'a# #ay. h noti) # a s )+rity )a! ra swi" $ing towar# hi!. A !+r!+r o( "oi) s r a)h # hi! an# h 1+i)&$y st ** # into an a$)o" . it wo+$# ha" to ' soon. It was $i& st **ing into a !org+ . a$$ w aring whit )oats. As th s+n hit his # a# whit (a) . . !*ty roo!. Th )$ang o( ( t on ! ta$. on his own. May' so! on wo+$# ha" 'ro+ght $+n)h to th H start # a$ong th g$ass *assag that /oin # B$o)& C to B$o)& D an# h r at $ast th r was so! thing #i(( r nt. it o* n # n so (ar n $a' $ #. this stair)as was '$an&. Th $ight sto** # a'o+t ha$(way #own. Th r w r )o!*+t r s)r ns " rywh r . h+rri # #own. '+t h #i# &now on thing. sitting an# ta$&ing ani!at #$y o" r th ir $+n)h s. What $s )o+$# th r ' to (in#? H wa$& # so(t$y. O" rh a#. It was a$!ost as into a storag )$os t. 3rin a** ar #. What ha# h ' n #oing? Wh r #i# th stairs go? t !a# no so+n# on A$ % s$i** # o(( his sho s an#. a$$ in whit )oats an# i# ntity tags. Th thr again an# h #art # (orwar#. ta$&ing tog th r. Tro+'$ . Fort+nat $y.ti$ # )a( t ria. May' th Vo$ wo!an wo+$# ha" )h )& # +* on hi! a$r a#y. H ha# )hos n a goo# ti! . his s)ars twit)h # an# h '$in& # s " ra$ ti! s ' (or wa$&ing o(( into B$o)& D. n hi!? A$ % )o+$#n't ' s+r . wat)hing thro+gh th ra)& as Mr. arg+ing a'o+t W ' s r" rs. Thro+gh to B$o)& C-r s ar)h-*ast a $i'rary with n#$ ss sh $" s o( 'oo&s an# CD-ROMs. Th r w r a'o+t (orty ! n an# wo! n. #own th )orri#or. A$ % #+)& # ' hin# a sh $( as two t )hni)ians wa$& # *ast. No'o#y *ass # hi! as h )ontin+ # thro+gh a 0$ %ig$as wa$&way into B$o)& B. & Ha# it s t )hni)ians $ (t th roo!. H hi# insi# . H was o+t-o(-'o+n#s. Th s )+rity )a! ra sw+ng away *ing w $$ )$ ar o( th wi# -ang$ $ ns. An# a$tho+gh " ry '+i$#ing an# " ry #oor h ha# s ha# ' i( th stairs w r trying not to g t th !s $" s noti) #.

Now . th way h ha# )o! . A *+!* or so! thing $i& it. B+t h )o+$#n't r ! !' r what. so! thing ha# " ry r ) nt$y s n. *$a) . ! r s!+#g s on th )o!*+t r s)r Th r s away. . th y w r !o"ing To his a!az ! nt .. was h i!agining it? .... H *r ss # his ar against th ! ta$ an# $ist n #.H sto** # at th 'otto! o( th stairs an# *+t his sho s 'a)& on. 3rin ha# /+st )o! +* th stairs. hanging on wir s. th s)r n (a)ing hi!. h *r ss # th wir into th so)& t an# s$i** # th h ar. So! o( th ! w r )arrying o'/ )ts-($at an# r )tang+$ar. B+t Mr. how #i# it wor&? H ($i)& # it on an# h $# it ($at against th #oor. Th #oor ha# to go so! wh r ! H r a)h # it an# tri # th han#$ . It wo+$#n't !o" . trying to zoo! in. an# s+r ar*hon s o" r his h a#." "It's a$$ w ha" . *i$ # with a**arat+s that h )o+$#n't !a& o+t. I( h )o+$#n't s . A$ % wo+$# ha" gi" n anything to s thro+gh th ! ta$.. th s)r #oor. So w r th (o+r )artri#g s. . Sti$$ ho$#ing th 3a! Boy against th #oor. A$ % was $oo&ing into a $arg roo!. n# o( th *assag wo+$# ' $o)& #. a sort o( thro''ing." "It's not no+gh. Th wa$$s o( th *assag w r +n(inish # #ar& 'rown ro)& with str a&s o( what $oo& # zin) or so! oth r ! ta$. B+t th r was so! thing " ry strang . n ($i)& r # into $i( . B+t th roo! was too 'ig. Th r was on$y on *$a) h )o+$# ha" )o! (ro! an# that was th oth r si# .. h r !in# # hi!s $(. Th y )o! in tonight. B+t S!ith rs ha# a$so '+i$t an a+#io (+n)tion into th !a)hin . At o two h+n#r #. H was in anoth r $ong *assag way. A$ % *r ss # th 'rightn ss )ontro$. Th ($oor was a$so ro+gh an# th way was $it 'y o$#-(ashion # '+$'s. Th r was so! thing ta$$ an# 'arr $ sha* # in th !i##$ o( it. at $ ast h !ight ' a'$ to no+gh th "oi) s )a! thro+gh. An# it s i!*ortant... a$!ost o*a1+ win#ow thro+gh th ! ta$ n. H too& o+t th on )a$$ # E%o) t. Nothing. W ha" tw nty-(o+r ho+rs." . An# th r w r * o*$ . (aint an# #is)onn )t #-'+t a+#i'$ thro+gh th 'a)& an# (orth. A$ % (+!'$ # in his *o)& t an# too& o+t th s t o( ar*hon s. It $oo& # as i( it ha# ! # so! how too s!a$$ to ' So! how A$ % &n w that th #oor at th ' n $o)& # (or " r. 4 (or 4 ray. It $ # to a sing$ ! ta$ #oor. It a$$ r !in# # hi! o( so! thing . a tiny. E" rything was too (ar *ow r(+$ s* a& r syst ! '+i$t into th !a)hin . ". An# s+## n$y h r a$iz # that h )o+$#th 3a! Boy was in his *o)& t. 3host$i& . str t)hing 'a)& +n# r th )o!*$ %. Li& th stairs it was +n$a' $ #. +n$ ss . Trays o( so! sort? ! # to ' a # s& to on si# .

B hin# hi!. "Nothing." "An# yo+ )a! #own h r ?" "I saw th stairs. A$ % tri # to *i ) tog th r what h ha# h ar#." "It's sti$$ not no+gh ti! . "This #oor $ a#s on$y to th g n rator roo!. B+t what? Why? H ha# /+st t+rn # o(( th 3a! Boy an# *+t it 'a)& into his *o)& t wh n h h ar# th s)r+n)h o( gra" $ ' hin# hi! that to$# hi! h was no $ong r a$on . I n # # a 'r a&." A$ % sai#." A$ % wa$& # *ast h r an# 'a)& +* th stairs. . th y so+n# # $i& a t $ *hon )a$$ (ro! a'roa# on a " ry 'a# $in . Th n th wo!an no## # as i( sh ha# # )i# # to a)) *t his story." Th r was a $ong si$ n) . "Th r is nothing #own h r . Sh was hi#ing so! thing-(ro! hi! an# * rha*s a$so (ro! H ro# Say$ . Sh ha# &nown h was #own h r . . A$ % )o+$# sti$$ h ar-or ( $-th thro''ing (ro! th s )r t roo!. I tho+ght." Sh g st+r #. H wish s to &now yo+r (irst i!*r ssions o( th Stor!'r a& r. s. An# sh ha#n't ' $i " # hi! ith r. Mr.. 3rin . H t+rn # aro+n# an# (o+n# hi!s $( (a)ing Na#ia Vo$ . On o( th )a! ras !+st ha" s*ott # hi! an# sh ha# ' n s nt h r to (in# hi!. "What ar yo+ #oing. This was no g n rator roo!. 0$ as . ." ". "I wi$$ ta& yo+ 'a)& to th !ain ho+s an# $at r yo+ !+st *r *ar (or #inn r with H rr Say$ . A$ % r a$iz # that sh ha# tri # to sn a& +* on hi!. "I as& # yo+ to stay in yo+r roo!." sh sai#. .A$ % #i#n't r )ogniz any o( th "oi) s. B+t I'# ' n th r a$$ #ay. o" rs ing th # $i" ry. th y !ight $ a# to th toi$ t. A$ %?" sh as& #. Th (irst was that Na#ia Vo$ was $ying. H was ) rtain o( two things. A!*$i(i # 'y th tiny !a)hin . . So! thing was ' ing # $i" r #. Two ho+rs a(t r !i#night. H r "oi) was *oison # hon y. 3rin was arranging th # $i" ry. So sh &n w that h was $ying to h r. ".." An# th n th y w r gon .

Nothing! Why.. Or. whi)h Say$ stoo# on (or a)h shot." h sai#. Th '$a)& 'a$$ is worth s " n *oints. A$ % r a)h # th stair)as an# )$i!' # +* into th $ight. a$!ost $ost at th (ar n# o( th gr n 'aiz . "A h+n#r # *o+n#s?" Say$ gaz # tho+ght(+$$y at A$ %. th *in& si%. "A h+n#r # *o+n#s a *oint i( yo+ g t th ! in. an# so on. Mr.LE WAS *$aying snoo& r wh n A$ % was shown 'a)& into th roo! with th / $$y(ish. '+t A$ % )o+$#n't a"oi# th ( $ing that th $itt$ !an $oo& # s$ight$y ri#i)+$o+s.o+ )an wor& (or ! a(t r yo+ $ a" s)hoo$. I )o+$# 1+it ha**i$y ' t yo+ a h+n#r # *o+n#s a *oint!" "Th n why #on't yo+?" Th wor#s w r so(t$y s*o& n. . ( sta''ing into his 'a)&. A h+n#r # ho+rs wor&ing (or ! i( yo+ #on't. h )o+$# s that th r w r tw nty-(o+r %)$ai! #. ( $ing s+## n$y si)&. o( )o+rs .Not a goo# start. "To a !an $i& !ys $(. goo# " ning.. 3rin was with hi!. '+t th y w r sti$$ a #ir )t )ha$$ ng ." "How !+)h?" "Ha ha!" Say$ $a+gh #. "Th r ar on$y two r # 'a$$s $ (tth n th )o$ors. B+t I'! wi$$ing to ' t that yo+ #on't !anag to s)or at a$$. F $i%. NI3HT VISITORS HEROD SA. "Ah . I ! an A$ %!" Say$ "O))asiona$$y. It was har# to say 1+it wh r th h a"y woo# n snoo& r ta'$ ha# )o! (ro!. What #o yo+ say?" A$ % no## #." "How wo+$# yo+ $i& to *$ay against ! ?" H g st+r # at th ta'$ . ". $i& #agg rs. "Do yo+ *$ay snoo& r?" $ing th wo!an's y s. t n *o+n#s is nothing. "B+t how wi$$ yo+ *ay ! 'a)& i( yo+ $os ?" A$ % sai# nothing an# Say$ $a+gh #. I'! s+r yo+ &now th r+$ s. "S+**os I w r to ' t yo+ t n *o+n#s a 'a$$?" "As !+)h as that?" A$ % $oo& # s+r*ris #. A##ing +* th 'a$$s. )arrying a (ootstoo$.

"That's a h+n#r # ho+rs yo+ ow ! . "H was wor&ing on an o((i) in Soho. Say$ $a+gh # 'ri ($y an# (o$$ow # th '+t$ r aro+n#. ." Say$ # )i# # to ta& th (irst shot witho+t as&ing A$ %. "I $i& a ga!'$ .o+'" ' Non o( th 'a$$s wi$$ go in." ". . Th $ast r # 'a$$ was too )$os to th )+shion. n +n$+)&y. A$ % )+rs # hi!s $(. ". s*inning 'a)& into th ) nt r. "B (or that h #i# an art ga$$ ry in A' r# n. as A$ % &n w on$y too w $$. s n#ing on o( th r #s straight into th !i##$ *o)& t. $ t's g t on with it. Two tho+san# (o+r h+n#r # ho+rs wor&ing (or H ro# Say$ ! That wo+$# ta& y ars. "H 's an ar)hit )t. "That was yo+r '$i##y (a+$t." "Who to$# yo+ that?" Si$ nt$y. "My #a# got ! so! st+(( to r a# a'o+t yo+ wh n I won th )o!* tition. Say$ was right. Mr. H hit th )+ 'a$$. "V ry w $$." A$ % sai#. A$ % 1+i)&$y r ! !' r # what h ha# r a# a'o+t F $i% L st r's (a!i$y." A$ % *+$$ # a )+ o+t o( th ra)& an# g$an) # at th ta'$ ." Th / $$y(ish ($oat # *ast as i( wat)hing th ga! (ro! its tan&. a$r a#y sizing +* th n %t shot." Say$ )$i!' # onto th (ootstoo$ an# ai! #.*oints $ (t on th ta'$ ." "I tho+ght h was an ora$ hygi nist. I thin& I'$$ g t yo+ start # )$ aning th toi$ ts . S " n h+n#r # ho+rs !or wor&! "So what #o s yo+r (ath r #o?" Say$ as& #. Say$ (rown #. "Oh y s? What's h # sign #?" Th 1+ stion was )as+a$. B+t in snoo& r th r ar oth r ways to win *oints. S " n *oints i( h got it in. s. a (air$y tri)&y '$a)& into th )orn r. "Warg?" ". Why wasn't h !or )ar (+$ wh n h was with this !an? "I r a# it in a *a* r. N " r !in#! N " r !in#!" H t+rn # to A$ %. 3rin." "V ry w $$." h sna** # at Mr. Th '$a)& 'a$$ !iss # th )orn r *o)& t 'y a (ra)tion o( an in)h. '+t A$ % won# r # i( h was ' ing t st #." h sai#. My (ath r was a ga!'$ing !an. 3rin *i)& # +* th (ootstoo$ an# !o" # it aro+n# th ta'$ . ." Say$ was sti$$ s!i$ing. .o+r sha#ow was on th ta'$ .o+ won't !a& any !on y this ti! ." h sai#.

5+i)&$y A$ % /+#g # th ang$ s. th n hit th whit .. ". ! I wo+$#n't ha" ga!'$ # i( I'# &nown yo+ w r this '$i##y goo#. I was #own on *oint. H ai! # )ar (+$$y at th r #. It was i!*ossi'$ to hit th )+ 'a$$ now witho+t to+)hing th *in&. th 'rown. 0art o( th ($oor s$i# 'a)& an# th ntir 'i$$iar# ta'$ #isa** ar # into it.o+ s ! to ha" a))i# nta$$y snoo& r # ! . ".. Th r was an a+#i'$ )$i)& as it to+)h # th *in&. th n hit." A$ % sai#. This was so! thing h ha#n't ! ntion # to Say$ . H got a * r( )t &iss on th '$a)&.o+'" ha# a 'it o('$i##y $+)&!" h sai#. 0 r( )t. so now I'! +* (i" *oints. For a'o+t tw nty s )on#s h ! as+r # +* th ang$ s. ". H w nt o" r to th wa$$ an# *r ss # a '+tton. H star # as th whit 'a$$ hit th )+shion an# ro$$ # ' hin# th *in&. "An# anoth r h+n#r # !a& s si% h+n#r #. On tho+san# thr gr h+n#r # *o+n#s *$+s anoth r two h+n#r # wh n h #ro** # th y $$ow i!! #iat $y a(t rwar#. 3rin. . that's si% *oints to ! . )arri # #own 'y a hy#ra+$i) $i(t. s!" Sa$i"a ($ )& # Say$ 's $i*s.o+ to+)h # th *in&. an# th *in& in that or# r an# th n. $ t ! s . Say$ )o+$# on$y wat)h in #is' $i ( as A$ % *o)& t # th n. "Than& yo+ " ry !+)h. "Fo+$ shot. B+t on) again h was o+t 'y $ ss than ha$( an in)h. . H !o" # #own th ta'$ . . 'r athing thro+gh his nos . s . H *+t #own th )+ .Th r was a snoo& r ta'$ in th 'as ! nt o( th Ch $s a ho+s an# h '# o(t n s* nt " nings *$aying against his +n)$ . H was staring at th ta'$ as i( h )o+$#n't ' $i " what ha# ha** n #." h sai#. "Nowh r n ar!" Say$ was 'a)& at th ta'$ ' (or th 'a$$s ha# " n sto** # ro$$ing. . s! . s n#ing it into th )orn r with th whit s*inning 'a)& (or a goo# ang$ on th y $$ow. "I !a& that (o+r tho+san# *o+n#s %a)t$y. H was tra** #-snoo& r #. Now. His shot ha# %*os # th r # 'a$$. 'r+shing *ast Mr. A))or#ing to th r+$ s." h sai#.. th '$+ . s! . It was an asy shot into th to* )orn r an# A$ % too& it witho+t h sitating. th '$a)&. That's (i" h+n#r # *o+n#s yo+ ow ! .. #own th (+$$ $ ngth o( th ta'$ ." H )on) ntrat #." A$ % sai#. B+t h ha# s*o& n too soon. "Fo+r tho+san# ." "What? " "Th (o+$ is worth si% *oints." Say$ 's (a) ha# gon th )o$or o( th $ast 'a$$. ". trying to )+r" it aro+n#.

n th r . "So what *rogra!s #i# yo+ +s ?" "History. 3rin. "L t's at. Th '+t$ r's han# ($i)& # o+t an# )a+ght it. To!orrow w '$$ ha" to g t yo+ onto th Int rn t. th r was no sign that it ha# " r ' o( a !an with !on y to '+rn. That's )ontro$$ # (ro! h r . Math. s.?" "It's gr at. . Th two o( th ! sat at o**osit n#s o( a $ong g$ass ta'$ in th roo! n %t #oor whi$ Mr. H sti$$ (o+n# it har# to ' $i " that this ri#i)+$o+s !an )o+$# ha" )r at # anything so s$ & an# *ow r(+$.(o+rho+r (r a)) ss. "I was s+r*ris # it #i#n't ha" thr "It's not int n# # (or ga! s. ". Say$ ." "Di# yo+ )onsi# r a h a#s t an# int grat # !i)ro*hon ?" "O( )o+rs ." Say$ no## #. '+t I a)t+a$$y n/oy # th !." Say$ sai#. A$ % #ran& wat r. . th n so! sort o( st w. It ! ans th y ha" tw nty. A$ %.o+ s* nt so! ti! with th Stor!'r a& r to#ay?" h as& #. "." -D a)) $ ration. I'! sorry yo+'" on$y )o! h r (or s+)h a short ti! . h+r$ing it a$!ost $i& a /a" $in." "An#. It was a n at tri)&. 3rin r # +* on) s r" # s!o& # sa$!on. Th toy B+t Say$ was no $ong r in a !oo# (or ga! s. H thr w his 'i$$iar# )+ o" r to Mr. ha# a g$ass o( %* nsi" r # win ." "Do yo+ ha" any )riti)is!s?" A$ % tho+ght (or a !o! nt.Wh n th ($oor s$i# 'a)&. "Th y'$$ ' a"ai$a'$ as a)) ssori s." ." A$ % sai#. It's har# to ' $i " . Th Stor!'r a& rs ar a$$ )onn )t # to a !ast r n twor&. who ha# )h again. an# ! ant it. S)i n) ." "That's )oo$.

at tw $" o')$o)& noon %a)t$y. Wh n h wasn't snoo*ing ."It's !or than )oo$. 'y tr+)&. ". 3rin r (i$$ # it. s. "How is th goat?" h as& #. "E Raargh!" h . th gray *+*i$s s!a$$. An# th #ay a(t r. an# 'y 'oat.o+ &now. #on't yo+ thin&?" "I #on't &now.o+'r right!" "E g Raargh?" A$ % as& #. A$ %! Tho+san#s o( s)hoo$)hi$#r n-h+n#r #s o( tho+san#s-sitting in (ront o( th s)r ns." h sai#. y s.o+r (a) is (a!i$iar to ! ." H ro# Say$ h $# o+t his g$ass an# Mr. In th *ort. . '+t i( yo+ as& ! h was n " r any '$i##y goo#. Thin& o( it." "Sh !+st ha" ' n an +n+s+a$ wo!an. H was gazing at A$ % )+rio+s$y." A$ % )o+$# ( s+## n$y. o( )o+rs . s. It wi$$ ta& /+st on #ay (or th ! to r a)h " ry *oint o( th )o+ntry.o+ $oo& $ot $i& hi!. an# w st. 5+it a )oin)i# n) . s+## n$y tog th r. "."B+t. "I ha" a strang ( "I #on't thin& so. An# th n th y wi$$ &now ! (or what I a!!" H *i)& # +* his g$ass an# !*ti # it. th *ri! !inist r honors ! 'y *r ssing th start '+tton that wi$$ 'ring " ry on o( !y Stor!'r a& rs on-$in . "Th y'$$ go 'y *$an ." Say$ 's y s w r (ar away. "." h ai#. th $i'rary. His # a# whit wa# twist # aro+n# to $oo& at A$ %. "To!orrow w start shi**ing th )o!*+t rs o+t. 3rin? What #o yo+ thin&?" Th '+t$ r stoo# 'a)& with th win ." "Ian Ri# r. ast. North. th *ost o((i) . I n " r ! t hi!. . Th s )+rity !an I ! ntion #. At that !o! nt a$$ th s)hoo$s wi$$ ' +nit #." ". $ th #ang r g tting )$os r. . On (a!i$y. so+th.ai#. Mr. g $ing that yo+ an# I ha" ! t ' (or . "I'! sorry?" "Th st w. It was a r )i* o( !y !oth r's.o+ to$# ! h $ (t S* nt ha$( his ti! in th "i$$ag . On s)hoo$. #an)ing. H was s nt h r to & * an y on things. Th ! at is goat.

" "W ha" a s* )ia$ $i) ns . A$tho+gh. that's so! thing $s yo+ ha" in )o!!on." "On$y th #i'$ on s. th n $ (t th roo!.o+ o'"io+s$y ha# a (a!i$y that $o" # ani!a$s. it wo+$# sa" ! (o+r tho+san# *o+n#s. Mr. Say$ ha# warn # hi! not to $ a" th ho+s . I ho* yo+ #on't go wan# ring again tonight. S )+rity is " ry tight at th !o! nt. A$ %. B+t this was. . n # sign # to sto* * o*$ )o!ing a(t r a$$. I thin& yo+'" (orgott n th )h )&-" ". At any rat . A$ % ha# to &now what it was. ". trying to !a& $ight o( it." Say$ s!i$ #. An# stay th r . . I wo+$# ' in)onso$a'$ i( yo+ w r a))i# nta$$y shot an# &i$$ # in th #ar&n ss." "I got a 'it $ost. May' w )an ha" $+n)h tog th r. not $ a"ing. trying to t )$os r to A$ %. that is. Say$ 's *ri"at ho+s an# any s )+rity wo+$# ha" ' . A$ %'s y s '$in& # o* n an# h was instant$y awa& .aro+n# h r . 3rin wi$$ ' s r"ing +* on o( !y gran#!oth r's r )i* s. What )o+$# ' s+)h a 'ig s )r t ! # to ' +n!onitor #. "An# now I !+st wish yo+ goo# night." At on -thirty in th !orning. "W $$." A$ % shr+gg #. O( )o+rs ." "Mor goat?" "Dog. " Say$ 's *+*i$s )raw$ # to th (ront o( his y s.o+ w r o(( $i!its. I wo+$# a#"is yo+ to go straight to yo+r roo! a(t r #inn r. o( )o+rs . I +n# rstan# Fra+$ in Vo$ (o+n# yo+ to#ay." 'A)t+a$$y.o+'$$ ha" it to!orrow." "I #i#n't thin& that was $ ga$ in Eng$an#." ". H was ha$( s+r*ris # that th #oor was o* n an# that th )orri#ors s in. !y ! n ar a$$ ar! #. an# as yo+ !ay ha" noti) #. B+t th "oi) s ' hin# th ! ta$ #oor ha# s*o& n o( so! thing arri"ing at two o')$o)&. H s$i** # o+t o( ' # an# #r ss # 1+i)&$y in his #ar& st )$oth s.

Sh !+tt r # so! thing as sh )$i!' # into th (ront.that it ha# to arri" in th !i##$ o( th night? H (o+n# his way into th &it)h n an# ti*to # *ast a str t)h o( g$ a!ing si$" r s+r(a) s an# an o" rsiz (ri#g . *atro$$ing th 'a)& o( th ho+s . 3rin gr+nt # an# no## #. wo+$# anyon )ar /+st how a))i# nta$ th shooting !ight ha" ' n? H wait # +nti$ th ! n ha# gon ." Night "isitors. 3rin s+## n$y sto** # an# t+rn # aro+n# as i( h ha# s ns # th r was so! on th r . Th y w r 'oth ar! # an# A$ % r ! !' r # what Say$ ha# sai#. th n (roz as a s ar)h$ight #ir )t # (ro! a tow r h ha#n't " n s n ro$$ # *ast. r ! !' ring th #inn r. ($oo#ing th 'a)& o( th tr+)& with its h a#$ights. th n $oo& # +*. It was a so(t gray night with a ha$(-!oon (or!ing a * r( )t D in th s&y. H was ta$$ an# gang$y. A$ % t+rn # it an# $ t hi!s $( o+t. Th '+t$ r ha# a$!ost r a)h # th tr+)& an# A$ % &n w that i( h wait # any $ong r h wo+$# ' too $at . on o( th )ars start # +* ' hin# hi!. In th #istan) th airstri* was (it +* an# th r w r (ig+r s-!or g+ar#s an# t )hni)ians " rywh r . An# gi" n th i!*ortan) o( th Stor!'r a& rs. At o'two h+n#r #. Mr. B+t A$ % wo+$# ha" &nown Mr. As a $ast!in+t *r )a+tion. Now at $ ast h ha# a way 'a)& in. 3rin anywh r . Th 'a)& was ta$$ an# s1+ar . si$ho+ tt # against th $ights. H )o+nt # s$ow$y to (i" . 3rin was t+rning on) again. in)h s away. H too& two st *s (orwar#. )ro+)hing $ow +n# r th win#ows. H #i# th on$y thing h )o+$# an# thr w hi! s $( ($at on th gro+n#. h $o)& # th #oor an# & *t th & y. L t s$ *ing #ogs $i . 3rin was on his way to ! t th !. (ort+nat $y with th & y sti$$ in th $o)&. Throwing )a+tion to th win#. h $ (t th )o" r o( th ho+s an# ran o+t into th o* n. It was si!i$ar to th tr+)&s that h ha# s n at th SAS )a!*-it )o+$# ha" ' n ar!y s+r*$+s. 3rin ha# wa$& # aro+n# to th *ass ng r #oor. I( h . th n too& th o**osit #ir )tion. A$ % won# r #. E" n as h hit th ($oor. Th r was a si# #oor. Mr. with a tar*a+$in hanging $oos to )on) a$ what " r !ight ' insi# . A s )on# (ig+r ha# a** ar # Na#ia Vo$ ."Th y )o! in tonight. Dang r? Dis)o" ry? Or #isast r? On$y ti! wo+$# t $$. an# two g+ar#s wa$& # s$ow$y a)ross th gar# n. Th tr+)& was !*ty-an# h was on$y /+st in ti! . A$ % was on) again +* an# r+nning. trying to stay $ow an# ho*ing his #ar& )$oth s wo+$# & * hi! in"isi'$ . '+rying his (a) in th grass. An a))i# nta$ shooting wo+$# sa" hi! (o+r tho+san# *o+n#s. D (or what. h tho+ght to hi!s $(. H r a)h # th )orn r an# $oo& # aro+n#. r+nning a$ong th si# o( th ho+s . By th ti! Mr. A$ % )$a!' r # onto th !o"ing tai$gat an# thr w hi!s $( in. It s ! # sh wo+$# ' #ri"ing. On !an h r )ogniz #. H was on$y (i(ty yar#s (ro! th tr+)& wh n Mr. a '$a)& )+to+t. Th r was nowh r (or A$ % to hi# . wa$&ing *ast th (o+ntain towar# a tr+)& *ar& # n %t to a )o+*$ o( )ars. At th sa! ti! h ' )a! awar o( "oi) s. H r a)h # th 'a)& o( th tr+)& /+st as it ' gan to !o" . An# Mr.

Th )on"oy ha# *ar& # on a # s rt # ' a)h. In a##ition to Mr. wat r str a&ing o(( its si$" r )asing an# )h+rning whit ' hin# it. H $oo& # at his wat)h. Th tr+)& A$ % was in was th $ast '+t on . Mr. its ngin !a&ing no so+n#. 3i" th ! n ($int$o)& *isto$s an# hors s an# th y )o+$# ha" )o! straight o+t o( a )hi$#r n's 'oo&. On !o! nt th r was nothing an# th n it was th r in (ront o( hi!. 3rowing " r !or )+rio+s. H was )arrying a ($ash$ight. '+t th "oi) s (a# # an# h (o+n# hi!s $( a$on . +na'$ to 1+it ' $i " what h was s ing. th s)r+n)h o( 'oots on ro)&s. Th y ha# )o! #own to th s a. A$ % )ro+)h # #own. " n o" r th nois o( th ngin . 3rin an# th oth rs ha# gath r # ' si# an o$# ston / tty that str t)h # o+t into th '$a)& wat r. a )on"oy o( (i" " hi)$ s $ (t Say$ Ent r*ris s. #ri"ing ra*i#$y +*hi$$. not with a )ar right ' hin# hi!. Th s+' !arin ha# no !ar&ings.ha# wait # " n a ( w s )on#s !or . a'o+t t n ( t a)ross. A$ % star #. S!+gg$ing on th Cornish )oast. H s ns # th y w r going #ownhi$$. B+t wh r to? A$ % #i#n't #ar $oo& o+t th 'a)&. H ( $t th tr+)& s$ow #own as th y r a)h # th !ain gat an# th n th y w r o+t on th !ain roa#. H a$!ost want # to $a+gh. '+t A$ % &n w it wasn't Eng$ish. *$owing thro+gh th s a towar# th / tty. 3rin an# Na#ia Vo$ . Th sha* o( th . Th tr+)& sto** #. Th wa$$s o( th tr+)& w r st win#ow$ ss. In a$$. A$ % ( $t th /o+rn y witho+t s ing it. H on$y &n w th y ha# $ (t th !ain roa# wh n h s+## n$y (o+n# hi!s $( ' ing 'o+n) # +* an# #own. at $ ast a #oz n +ni(or! # g+ar#s w r !a&ing th /o+rn y. An# now h )o+$# h ar so! thing. H was right. Th r was th o* ning an# s$a!!ing o( )ar #oors. It was %a)t$y two o')$o)&. a(rai# that on o( th g+ar#s wo+$# throw 'a)& th tar*a+$in an# #is)o" r hi!. with $ an# nothing to ho$# on to as th tr+)& s* # aro+n# hair*in ' n#s. Co+$# that ' what this was a$$ a'o+t? Co)ain or !ari/+ana )o!ing in (ro! th Contin nt? Why $s )o! h r in th !i##$ o( th night? Th 1+ stion was answ r # a ( w s )on#s $at r. h )r *t (orwar# an# (o+n# a hi#ing *$a) ' hin# a )$+!* o( 'o+$# rs. Loo&ing aro+n#. # an# th i!*ossi'i$ity o( a h+g stag A s+'!arin . It s ! # that th y w r waiting (or a 'oat. h wo+$# ha" ' ns n. away (ro! th "i$$ag . Ca+tio+s$y. h s$i** # o+t th 'a)&. (o$$owing a ro+gh tra)&. $ow "oi) s ta$&ing. an# h was grat (+$ that th tr+)& was now !o"ing !or s$ow$y. A$ % saw hi! swing it in an ar). It ha# ! rg # (ro! th s a with th s* i$$+sion. h )o+$# s a tra)& $ a#ing #own (ro! th roa# that twist # +* o" r th )$i((s that s+rro+n# # th !. Wa" s. H was $ying on a woo# n ($oor.

It too& a$!ost an ho+r to +n$oa# th s+'!arin . A$ % wo+$# ha" r )ogniz # th s$ hair o( th !an whos *hotogra*h h ha# s & #an) r's 'o#y an# th )$os -)ro** # n on$y a ( w #ays ' (or . M anwhi$ . H !anag # to )at)h it again at th $ast !in+t . str t)hing hi!s $( in th )o$# !orning air. H was s!i$ing.ass n ga" an or# r an#.ass n 3r goro"i)h ha# s+**os #$y ! t Say$ in C+'a. . Th y s*o& (or a # a !an $i& ( w !in+t s. A )on" ntiona$ ngin wo+$# s+r $y ha" !a# !or nois . at th to* o( th s+'!arin 's tow r. stan#ing on th / tty. So th two o( th ! w r wor&ing tog th r. h $# 'y +ns han#s. It was as i( a swit)h ha# ' n thrown an# A$ % )o+$# a$!ost ( $ th raw ( ar in th air. H r a)h # th 'o% an# ran his han#s o" r it. t . H ha# to wor& this o+t. E" n witho+t th ha$(-!oon. who th n *ass # it 'a)& +* th $in . )h )&ing th s a$. his ( s$ow$y. Now h r h was in Cornwa$$.ass n )$i!' # #own to /oin h r. Th 'o% s w r ' ing r *a)& # now into th n 'a)& o( th tr+)& that A$ % ha# "a)at #. H #art # (orwar# a$ong th / tty. o(( th )oast o( Cornwa$$? Not (or th (irst ti! . On o( th ! n. h &n w h was way o+t o( his # *th. !a&ing no so+n#. . A$ % star # at hi! with growing ( ar.ass n 3r goro"i)h.ass n hi!s $( *ass # it #own to th (irst o( th g+ar#s. H won# r # i( it was n+)$ ar *ow r #. #ro** # on o( th 'o% s. What " r was going on h r . By th n# o( th ho+r th y w r a$!ost (inish #. A$ % ( $t " ry s!a$$ an# " ry yo+ng. An# that was wh n it ha** n #. a ! ta$$i) si$" r 'o% with a "a)++! s a$ a** ar #. Th !an who ha# !+r# r # Ian Ri# r. E" ryon sto** #. An# th n th tow r o* n # an# a !an )$i!' # o+t. Th ! ta$ wasn't " n # nt #.ass n was th (irst to r )o" r. H was th $ast * rson A$ % want # to ! t. H was #r ss # in gray o" ra$$s an# sn a& rs. 2on s ha# to$# hi! a'o+t.#i"ing *$an s$ashing horizonta$$y thro+gh th )onning tow r an# th shar&'s tai$ r+## r at th 'a)& was $i& nothing h ha# " r s n. . Instant$y. th g+ar#s (ro! Say$ Ent r*ris s ha# (or! # a $in str t)hing 'a)& a$!ost to th *oint wh r th " hi)$ s w r *ar& #. '+t " n so it 'ang # #own h a"i$y on th ston s+r(a) . B+t why? Why sho+$# th Stor!'r a& r *ro/ )t *ossi'$y n hi!? Na#ia Vo$ wa$& # to th n# o( th / tty an# . as A$ % wat)h # (ro! ' hin# th ro)&s. Th ! n han#$ # th 'o% s )ar (+$$y. A'o+t (orty !or 'o% s (o$$ow #. An# what was it #oing h r . !o"ing $i& a )at. '+t " n ass+!ing th y ha# )hos n th Eng$ish $ang+ag . Th y o'"io+s$y #i#n't want to 'r a& what " r was insi# . At th sa! ti! h (or) # hi!s $( to stay wh r h was. This was th )ontra)t &i$$ r Mrs. th n no## # . It was . on a(t r anoth r. th r was no )han) o( th ir ' ing o" rh ar#.

y s?" ". r+!'$ing 'a)& +* towar# th roa#. r # in th #ar&n ss. "Right. A wa$& * rha*s into 0ort Ta$on? Th r is a (oot*ath that go s thro+gh th (i $#s an# th n 'y th s a. Th ' a)h an# th / tty w r a$r a#y (ar ' $ow th !. 3rin w nt in on o( th )ars.ass n got into th (ront s at with Na#ia Vo$ . . an# shot hi!. "I won't #o that again." "No. an# )o$# to th to+)h. s. A$ % h ar# th %)hang that (o$$ow #. +n!ar& #. g$i#ing thro+gh th wat r. s$ & an# si$" r.With " ryon so sti$$. '+t h !anag # to (in# a ho$ an# s1+ #. It hit th !an in th )h st. Th s+'!arin was *+$$ing o+t to s a." . . H ha# o" rs$ *t. #isa** aring as 1+i)&$y as a 'a# #r a!." ." sh sai#. H rr Say$ has s+gg st # that yo+ ta& th a(t rnoon (or $ is+r . Th !an ( $$ into th s a. *ro* $$ing hi! 'a)&war# in an aw&war# )artwh $.ass n agr #. Th n th '$a)& wat r (o$# # o" r hi!. "This a(t rnoon w ' gin to s n# th )o!*+t rs o+t to th s)hoo$s. .o+ wi$$ #o that. A$ % ha# to ti! his r t+rn )ar (+$$y. &no)&ing at his #oor. "This !orning it is yo+r $ast o**ort+nity to %* ri n) th Stor!'r a& r. C$os +*. I'# $i& that. H $oo& # 'a)& o+t o( th tr+)&. This ti! Mr. ran (orwar# an# *+$$ # hi! s $( in." A$ % r *$i #. '+t it was $o)& # in a way h #i#n't +n# rstan#.o+ won't. H ran a han# o" r on o( th 'o% s. DEATH IN THE LON3 3RASS ALE4 WAS WOKEN +* 'y an in#ignant Na#ia Vo$ . For a ( w s )on#s h $oo& # +* at th !oon as i( trying to a#!ir it on $ast ti! ." th g+ar# sai#. Th n %t it ha# s+n& ' $ow th s+r(a) . It too& th ! anoth r tw nty !in+t s to (inish $oa#ing th tr+)&. it $oo& # $i& th sort o( thing yo+ !ight ta& on a high-t )h *i)ni). On !o! nt it was th r . Th r was har#$y any roo! z # hi!s $( into it. It was a'o+t th siz o( a toast r o" n. "I'! sorry. As th tr+)& *i)& # +* s* with a$$ th 'o% s. h $ (t th )o" r o( th ro)&s. Th '+$$ t s*at o+t o( his han#. H tri # to (in# a way to o* n it.

th s+n shining as h wa$& # o+t onto th roa#.ass n was th r . . Mr. This ti! h #oor. th ar! # g+ar#s. E%) *t that yo+ #on't &i$$ a !an (or #ro**ing a *a)& # $+n)h. " A$ % s*$ash # )o$# wat r on his (a) ' (or g tting #r ss #. Th r was on$y on #ay to go +nti$ th ) r !ony at th S)i n) M+s +!. On o')$o)& arri" # an# with it a san#wi)h. B+t what a'o+t th 'o% s? Th y )o+$# ha" )ontain # *a)& # $+n)h s (or th sta(( o( Say$ Ent r*ris s (or a$$ h &n w. Th r was so! thing +nn r"ing a'o+t th sight. an# th strang s ns o( thr at that * r"a# # Say$ Ent r*ris s. T n !in+t s $at r th g+ar# r $ as # hi! (ro! th roo! an# s)ort # hi! as (ar as th !ain gat . Why sho+$# h ' !a&ing a t $ *hon )a$$ now? An# who )o+$# *ossi'$y +n# rstan# a wor# h sai#? It was on$y on) h '# $ (t th *$ant that A$ % was a'$ to r $a%. n UNABLE TO RECO3NI6E DIA3RAM OR LETTERS OR NUMBERS. So! thing was going on at Say$ Ent r*ris s. th si$" r 'o% s. B+t A$ % ha# nothing to r *ort. It s ho+rs toying with th n/oy # hi!s $( $ ss. Mrs. It was a g$orio+s a(t rnoon. B+t h ha# # )i# # against it. 3rin ha# /+st )o! o+t o( on o( th '+i$#ings an# was stan#ing so! #istan) away. That !+)h was ) rtain. Na#ia Vo$ )a! 'a)& (or hi! as *ro!is #. His night %* #ition ha#n't ' who ha# #ar # to #ro* on an# y t in th n so !+)h-th s+'!arin . th # ath o( th g+ar# n# h sti$$ ha#n't $ arn # !+)h o( anything.ass n 3r goro"i)h. 0OSSIBLE MA0 REFERENCE BUT UNABLE TO SOURCE MA0. H '# n " r (orgi" hi!s $( i( h #i#n't (in# o+t what it was. As Vo$ ha# sai#. an# h s* nt th n %t thr Stor!'r a& r. 2on s ha# *ro!is # to *+$$ hi! o+t. A$ % ha# tho+ght o( trans!itting th (a)t that h ha# a)t+a$$y sight # . H ha# s n (o+r o')$o)& 'y th ti! h n 1+it th ha# gott n 'a)& to his roo! an# h was sti$$ tir #. Away (ro! th ( n) s."3oo#. th )o!*+t rs w r on th ir way o+t. # $i" r # on a *a* r *$at . 0LEASE TRANSMIT FURTHER OBSERVATIONS. An# this ti! h noti) # wh n h w nt to th ! # that Say$ Ent r*ris s wasn't ta&ing any !or )han) s wh r h was )on) rn #. To#ay was Mar)h 3 1. ta$&ing into a !o'i$ t $ *hon . I wi$$ )o! 'a)& (or yo+ in . It ha# ' s+)) ss h '# ho* #. a g+ar# ha# ' n *ost # in th )orri#or o+tsi# . H too& a $ast $oo& 'a)&.ass n 3r goro"i)h was wor&ing (or H ro# Say$ . Th r ha# ' a r *$y waiting (or hi! on th s)r n o( his 3a! Boy wh n h t+rn # it on ' (or going to ' #. an# th on *i ) o( in(or!ation that h ha# s nt-Ian Ri# r's #iagra!-ha# a$so #rawn a '$an&. I( . An# s+## n$y A$ % want # to s this thro+gh to th n#. it was as i( h w r .. An# now I $ a" yo+ to *+t on so! )$othing..t n !in+t .

'r athing (r sh air (or th (irst ti! in #ays. th n #i** # #own into a ho$$ow. An# " n as th #ar& sha* a** ar #. 0ort Ta$on its $( was at th " ry n# . th *ath )$i!' # +*war# 1+it st *$y a$!ost at on) . So! on ha# # $i' rat $y $ # hi! away (ro! th in)h s a'o" his h a#. In (a)t. h was throwing hi!s $( to on si# . H (o+n# th (oot*ath sign an# t+rn # o(( th roa#. It was too high-*it)h # an# !o"ing too (ast. t+)& # in against th s a. Th n it was gon . An# that was wh n A$ % h ar# th so+n#. ha# ' )orr )t *ath an# 'ro+ght hi! h r . Th n h #is!iss # it. H )a! to a 'r a& in th *ath with a s )on#. B+t th (irst sign. '$+ . To th &i$$ing (i $#. A$ % h sitat # (or a !o! nt. h g+ ss # that 0ort Ta$on was a )o+*$ o( !i$ s away. a shi!! ring gr ' (or ta&ing ($ight. Th Cornish )o+ntrysi# was ' a+ti(+$. a )ross n a !iniat+r tra)tor an# a !otor'i& . th+##ing #own in th grass on th oth r si# o( . an# #g o( a )$i((. a wa$& o( $ ss than an ho+r i( th ro+t wasn't too hi$$y. It ha# ' th roa#. n wrong a'o+t n )ag . Th *ath )ontin+ # rising an# (a$$ing (or a'o+t anoth r 1+art r o( a !i$ . It was ' ing ri## n 'y a h+n)h #-+* (ig+r in gray $ ath r with h $! t an# gogg$ s. !+)h To+gh r tra)& $ a#ing away (ro! th s a an# a)ross th (i $#s. th r was a (a$$ o( at $ ast (i" h+n#r # ( on si# o( hi!. (o$$owing a tra)& that zigzagg # *r )ario+s$y a$ong th th oth r. '+t a (oot*ath sign *oint # to th right. $i& a !o# $ in a '$a)&-an#-whit Ho$$ywoo# (i$!. an ngin g tting )$os r. th ro$$ing hi$$s a $+sh gr n.o( th )$i((s.th wat r ' $ow. So! thing ha# #ist+r' # it. To z . What )o+$# *ossi'$y ' wrong? H (o$$ow # th sign. &nowing-too $at now-what it was that ha# ' th s )on# (oot*ath sign. A$ % &n w h was in #ang r th sa! way an ani!a$ #o s. an# r ! !' ring th )ar /o+rn y that ha# (irst 'ro+ght hi! h r . th (i $#s str t)h # into th #istan) with. #ott # with wi$#($ow rs. Fro! th $ay o( th $an#. A tra)tor? No. H hit th gro+n# an# ro$$ # to on si# . H r th grass was a$!ost as ta$$ as h was. )rashing thro+gh th grass. an# s+## n$y A$ % (o+n# hi!s $( * r)h # o" r a )$ ar. Th r was no n # to as& why or how. To s*ar&$ing Eng$ish Chann $. a 'a$$ o( 'rown ( ath rs that s*+n aro+n# on its $( Dang r was si!*$y th r . A$ % )a+ght a g$i!*s o( a s1+at '$a)& thing with (o+r (at tir s.th $ong grass ' n#ing in th 'r t to th ro)&s an# . won# ring what it was. Th " hi)$ '+rst thro+gh th grass. th on that ha# $ # hi! o(( n w ath r-' at n an# o$#. It $oo& # a$!ost too 1+aint (ro! h r . Th r was so! thing strang a'o+t th sign. H was wa$&ing in th )o+ntrysi# an# th s+n was shining. His instin)ts wo+$# ha" to$# hi! to go straight ah a#. rising +* a$$ aro+n# hi!. its (ront wh ' tw $ /+st n 'ran#-n w. A 'ir# s+## n$y r+*t # in (ront o( hi!.

ta$&ing on his !o'i$ *hon ). It was on$y th g$int o( n th !. A$ % h+r$ # hi!s $( o+t o( its *ath. A 1+a# 'i& . D s* rat $y. not " n a * n&ni( . Ha$( $i!*ing. ! aning to '+rn A$ % a$i" . M+)h wors . ar)ing away (ro! a)h oth r. On o( th ri# rs was )arrying a ($a! throw r! H ha# /+st ai! # a 'o$t o( (ir tw nty ( t $ong. A Kawasa&i (o+r 'y (o+r. *ow r # 'y a 400)) ngin with a+to!ati) trans!ission. th '$a# s s)rat)hing at his (a) . *r *aring to )o! a(t r hi!.. Th )h hi! in ha$(. a$!ost #is$o)ating his sho+$# r. H &n w what it was now. in th san# #+n s o( D ath Va$$ y. At $ ast that ! ant that th y !+st ha" #ro** # th wir . Win# an# ngin (+! s whi** # a)ross his (a) . h ha# nothing in his *o)& ts. A$ % was sa" # on$y 'y a narrow #it)h in (ront o( hi!. H n th y )o+$#n't &i$$ hi! i( th r w r witn ss s aro+n#. I( h ha# sti$$ ' It was wors . Th n %t ti! ? Mor )h s wir ? Or so! thing wors ? ngin s w r #istant now. 3rin.hi! an# #isa** aring instant$y as i( a )+rtain ha# ' A$ % s)ra!'$ # to his ( n #rawn. Th 1+a# 'i& s s *arat #. What wo+$# th ri# rs ha" in stor (or hi! # # to (in# so! on -anyon . on on a)h si# . B+t th r was no on an# th y w r )o!ing (or hi! again . Sti$$ r+nning. An# h ha# a$!ost s+)) # #. on) again )rashing into th gro+n#. A$ % ha# 'r+is # his &n in th $ast (a$$ an# h &n w that it was on$y a !att r o( ti! ' (or th y )orn r # hi! an# (inish # hi! o((. tog th r this ti! . h g$an) # o" r his !ing$y a'o+t to o" rta& hi!. s ar)hing (or so! wh r to hi# or so! thing to # ( n# hi!s $( with. Th r was th roar o( an ngin an# th n a 'i$$owing )$o+# o( r # (ir %*$o# # o" r th grass. H '# s si!i$ar on ho$i#ay. An# it wasn't a$on . A*art (ro! th 3a! Boy an# so! !on y. A$ % )o+$# h ar th ngin s. whining in +nison. it wo+$# ha" )+t sho+$# r an# saw th !. Who " r ha# s nt th s * o*$ (an# now h r ! !' r # Mr. A$ % thr w hi!s $( h a#(irst. A$ % ( $t it sing his sho+$# rs. A #ron . '$azing it to a )ris*. ($at on n stan#ing +*. ha$( '$in#ing hi! as h tri # to (in# his way 'a)& to th !ain *ath. y $$ #.. th n a s)r a!. roaring towar# hi!. H ha#n't " n s n it +nti$ h ha# th+## # into th gro+n#. Th two s wir ' tw s wir whi** # o" r hi!. h (o+ght thro+gh it. n so! thing t an# ' gan to r+n. B+t h was in th !i##$ o( a (i $# an# th r was nowh r a*art (ro! th grass its $(. It was )ir)$ing now. s )y)$ists ha# str t)h # a $ ngth o( )h his sto!a)h. )+tting a swath thro+gh th grass. an# th n a s )on# 'i& a** ar # in (ront o( hi!. H ha# to (in# so! wh r to hi# . into . an# thr w hi!s $( to on si# . th s+n an# th sight o( th grass s$i)ing its $( in ha$( that r " a$ # th horri'$ tr+th. N "a#a. )o!ing +* (ast ' hin# hi!. h ran (orwar#. '+t h &n w that any !o! nt th y wo+$# ' )$osing in again.

. H ha# torn th ( n) o+t o( th gro+n#. H h a" # it +* again. A$ % ha# n " rs n hi! ' (or . h )$a!' r # o+t o( th #it)h an# ran '$in#$y (orwar#. an# &i)& start # it. $i& a !ata#or.. too $at . th / t o( ($a! $i)&ing at th air /+st a'o" hi!. #ar& hair #. sti$$ gri**ing th ($a! throw r. '+t h ha#n't ' n a$$ow # to ri# on . An# now . 'a$an)ing on th h into th $s o( his ( t. straight into it.. n )$os . H ran o" r to th 1+a#. y s o( th ri# r. Th !an was +n)ons)io+s '+t sti$$ 'r athing.. H stoo# th r . B+t this ti! A$ % wait #. a$!ost garroting hi!. A$ % )+rs #. His (oot s)ra''$ # # s* rat $y '+t )o+$#n't (in# anything to &i)&. Or tri # to.. H ha# no i# a wh r h was going any!or . For a !o! nt h tho+ght it !ight ' . Th r was a warning sign an# an $ )tri(i # ( n) str t)hing as (ar as h )o+$# s #g . th y ha# tri # to r+n hi! #own. !o"ing (ast towar# hi!. wo+$# ' +na'$ to h ar th warning so+n# o" r th ir own ngin s . Th 'i& twist # in !i#air. Th !an s)r a! # as th wir )a+ght hi! aro+n# th n )&. an# th 1+a# 'i& rs. H ha# to (in# a way o+t ' (or th y r a$$y got s rio+s. B+t (or th '+zzing so+n# that th ( n) was !a&ing. H sto** # an# t+rn # aro+n#. H *r ss # it an# th ngin )o+gh # into $i( . Th ($a! throw r $ay %ting+ish # on th gro+n# ' si# hi!. H !ight ha" s n 1+a# 'i& s in N "a#a. B hin# hi!. h wo+$# ha" r+n right into it.. +g$y.ass n. so! #istan) away '+t )$osing. Th (ir ha# sing # th n#s. whi)h ha# )o! to r st $ying on its si# . th #ri" r saw th ( n) an# ro)& t # on. Tw nty yar#s. Now h was staring straight th as h s!i$ #. th n )rash # #own. . How #i# yo+ g t th #a!n thing start #? Th r was nothing to &i)&. saw th !an's +n " n t Th 1+a# s!ash # #own th $ast 'arri r o( grass an# $ a* # onto hi! . to )+t hi! in ha$(. an# to in)in rat hi!. H twist # th & y. A$ % twist # th a)) $ rator an# y $$ # o+t as th !a)hin ro)& t # away. H was too yo+ng. At $ ast th r w r no g ars to worry a'o+t. %) *t that A$ % was no $ong r th r . Who " r th s * o*$ w r . th grass was ' ing ($att n # 'y th sti$$ in"isi'$ 1+a# as it !a# its n %t )harg . /+!* # onto th sa##$ .th #a!* soi$. Th r was a Cho&ing. t n . Th !an ( $$ into th grass an# $ay sti$$. Nothing. It ha# ' horri'$ s! $$: his own hair.. H ha# #i" # to on si# an#. A'o+t (i(ty yar#s away (ro! hi!. Th n h saw a r # '+tton right in th !i##$ . H on$y &n w that in a ( w s )on#s th 1+a# wo+$# ' 'a)&.. A$ % ran o" r to th !an an# %a!in # hi!. a$!ost throwing hi! 'a)&war# o(( th sa##$ . So th r ha# to ' so! sort o( !an+a$ ignition. his (a) str a& # with #irt an# sw at. Th ( n) was a$!ost in"isi'$ . h h ar# th oth r 'i& . B+t h ha# ta& n on$y t n *a) s ' (or h r a$iz # h ha# r a)h # th o( th (i $#. '+t it was a yo+ng r !an.

On o( th ! ha# to g t o+t o( th way. Co+$# h go 'a)& into th grass? No. trying to 'ring th #g an# #own to th ro)&s ' $ow. Th grass. . th wa" s g$itt r # si$" r. th !an wo+$# ha" r a)h # hi!. For a ghast$y s )on# A$ % tho+ght h was going to ' h+r$ # o(( th 'i& an# into s*a) . ha!! ring at his )h st an# (a) . . so )$os that A$ % )o+$# #g o( th )$i(( on th oth r. Th y )o+$# sto* or th y )o+$# )rash . !o"ing (ast r a$$ th ti! . h ha# to !o" (orwar#. Now th two o( th ! w r ra)ing towar# a)h oth r #own a narrow *ath with a 'an& o( arth an# ro)& s+## n$y rising +* to (or! a 'arri r on on si# an# th it in th n %t t n s )on#s. Th r was no oth r way. On o( th ! ha# to sto*. Th !an (ir # his g+n twi) . Th *ath was too narrow.. " n tho+gh th )rash o( th tir s hitting th gro+n# *+n)h # o+t a$$ his 'r ath. I( h want # to !o" (ast. a$!ost )a+sing hi! to $os )ontro$. His * 'on s ratt$ # as th 1+a# hit a r+t in th tra)& an# 'o+n) # +*war#. H )+t thro+gh anoth r gr n )+rtain an# sa"ag $y *+$$ # on th han#$ 'ars. Th s )on# ri)o)h t # o(( th si# o( his 'i& . H ha# (o+n# th (oot*ath-an# a$so th si# o( th )$i((. (or th sa! r ason. Far ' $ow. H was $ ss than tw nty ( . By th ti! h ha# t+rn # th 1+a# aro+n#. /+st (i" yar#s !or an# h wo+$# ha" $a+n)h # hi!s $( o" r th s )on#s h sat wh r h was. 'r a&ing against th ro)&s. H ha# r a)h # th (oot*ath an# was (a)ing t away. Th n what ha# ha** n #. two. high r now. A$ % #i# th sa! . So! thing g$int # in his han#. t away. '+t a$$ h )ar # a'o+t was that h was sti$$ !o"ing. Th win# r+sh # into hi!. Th !an g+nn # his ngin an# s*+rt # (orwar#. H It was th !an who (ina$$y 'ro& . Thr . hanging on with a$$ ring his str ngth as th 1+a# )arri # hi! 'a)& towar# th (oot*ath. On shot an# it wo+$# a$$ ' o" r. on . B+t so! how h !anag # to & his gri*. " n i( that ! ant h a#ing (or a straight-on )o$$ision with th oth r 1+a#. Th 1+a#s w r g tting )$os r an# )$os r. That was wh n th oth r 1+a# a** ar #. ($ash # 'y.An# now h was whi**ing thro+gh th grass. '+t i( th y w r going to sto* th y ha# to #o ngin i#$ing. Th r wasn't no+gh roo! (or th ! to *ass. A$ % ( $t th (irst '+$$ t s$i) *ast his sho+$# r. th s )on# ri# r !+st ha" s A$ %. a'o+t two h+n#r # ( was )arrying a g+n. It was no goo#. For a ( w !a)hin +n# r )ontro$. whi)h ha# ' )o! a gr th 'i& or i( th 'i& was st n '$+r. It was $i& th o$#-(ashion # ga! o( )hi)& n. r sting on th han#$ 'ar. A$ % $oo& # 'a)& th way h ha# )o! . H wasn't s+r i( h was st ring hi!..

It was th !i##$ o( th a(t rnoon. His 1+a# #g o( th o(( th *ath. Th *ath was too +n " n. Th !an s)r a! #. Th !an. Mr. '+t th two o( th ! hit th wat r at th sa! !o! nt. th r wo+$# ' no way h )o+$# !iss. B+t h was too $at . H sho+$# ha" ' "o$tag $ )tri) ( n) ha# !anag # to & n # a# now. sti$$ s)r a!ing !anag # to s *arat hi!s $( (ro! th !a)hin on th way #own. +* into th grass. '+t it was Mr. A !an in a thi)&$y &nitt # / rs y was r a#ing Fish r!an's W r a#ing Cri! an# 0+nish! nt. Si% or s " n * o*$ w r sitting at ta'$ s. 3rin who ha# a)t+a$$y s n hi! $ a" . h &n w. A$ % w nt o" r to th r ) *tion. "Can I h $* yo+?" D s*it th sign. H was angry with hi!s $( ' )a+s h &n w h '# !a# too !any !ista& s. Vi)torian. wor&ing. A$ % *+sh # o* n th h a"y swing #oor an# w nt into a roo! with a ti$ # )h ss'oar# ($oor an# a'o+t (i(ty sh $" s (anning o+t (ro! a ) ntra$ r ) *tion ar a. ti**ing o" r onto /+st two o( its wh )$i((. Th 1+a# ($oat # (or a ( w s )on#s $ong r than th !an. His 1+a# was s$anting. '+t h )o+$#n't n/oy it. h tri # to 'ring th g+n aro+n#. At th sa! ti! . A$ % ha# ( $t th !an r+sh *ast hi! '+t ha# s n $itt$ !or than a '$+r. On$y $+)& an# a $ow* hi! a$i" . Th s+n was sti$$ shining as h s* # #own into th $itt$ (ishing "i$$ag . sh ha# s+)h a $o+# "oi) that " ryon $oo& # +* wh n sh &. *ast th Fish r!an's Ar!s ta" rn an# +* th )o''$ # str towar# th $i'rary. A ( w s ag+$$s wh t $ # $azi$y o" r th roo(to*s. DO6MAR. B+t h was tra" $ing too (ast. ro+n#-(a) # wo!an sat . th str ! # to ' as$ *. Who ha# s nt hi!? It was Na#ia Vo$ who ha# s+gg st # th wa$&. Th r was th in "ita'$ sign-SILENCE 0LEASE. sitting s $(-i!*ortant$y at th to* o( a hi$$. I( h (ir # a thir# shot now.!a& o+t th * rs*iration on his (or h a#. h twist # his 1+a# an# sw r" # $s. H )o+$#n't (ir an# #ri" at th sa! ti! . 3rin ha# gi" n th or# r-h was s+r o( it. MINE ALE4 WALKED THROU3H 0ort Ta$on. $an# # 'ri ($y on th (oot*ath th n )ontin+ # o" r th ha$t a! t+rn # aro+n# /+st in ti! to wat)h th oth r 1+a# ($y o(( th )$i(( an# into th air. Now h sh+## r # to a hit a ro)& an# 'o+n) # +*war#. 2+st wh n it s ! # that a )rash was in "ita'$ . '+t th "i$$ag s 'oats 'o''ing in th har'or. th ts an# *a" ! nts !*ty. Th air s! $$ # o( sa$t an# # a# (ish. B n ath it an $# r$y. Th $i'rary was r #'ri)&. A$ % too& th 1+a# th r st o( th way into 0ort Ta$on. +tt ring th +s+a$ !o+rn(+$ )ri s.

So !ay' A$ % ha# ' going on. . His na! 's Ian Ri# r. "H was a'o+t (orty. B+t H ro# Say$ )o+$#n't *ossi'$y want to #a!ag his own )r ation. s . A$ % ha# )o! h r ' )a+s o( a )han) r !ar& !a# 'y H ro# Say$ .. s. A )o!*+t r "ir+s was th * r( )t *i ) o( sa'otag : in"isi'$ an# instantan o+s. "I ha# a (ri n# staying in th "i$$ag . A ni) !an. May' Say$ ha# no i# a what was r a$$y .. That wo+$# !a& no s ns at a$$." Th $i'rarian s!i$ #. H #ro" a BMW. A sing$ '$i* writt n into th so(twar an# " ry sing$ *i ) o( in(or!ation in th Stor!'r a& r so(twar )o+$# ' # stroy # at any ti! . H #i#n't thin& h '# $ arn anything th r . A )o!*+t r "ir+s! This !ight )hang " rything. H ha# ' a$r a#y s n ta$&ing a'o+t Ian Ri# r. " A$ % ha# n th *ost o((i) . "I was won# ring i( h )a! h r . .s*o& . . . h sai# h '# g t so! 'oo&s s nt #own n wrong a'o+t hi! (ro! th " ry start. In th *ort." "H was staying at Say$ Ent r*ris s. H want # in(or!ation." A$ % sai#." "Do yo+ r ! !' r what 'oo&?" "O( )o+rs I #o." "Ri# r with an i or a y? I #on't thin& w ha" any Ri# rs at a$$. . . '+t I n " r (org t a 'oo&.I7! a(rai# I )o+$#n't h $* hi!. ." "Oh y s.." th $i'rarian )ontin+ #. "H #i# )o! h r a )o+*$ o( ti! s. (air hair #. "Anyway." "Vir+s s?" ". V ry *o$it ." Sh sigh #. H was int r st # in "ir+s s. th *ost o((i) . th $i'rary. thin."S* nt ha$( his ti! in th "i$$ag . "No . May' th $i'rarian wo+$# r ! !' r hi!.. th n shoo& h r h a#. "This is on$y a s!a$$ $i'rary an# o+r grant's n )+t (or th thir# y ar r+nning. I &n w h #i#n't )o! (ro! aro+n# h r . anoth r o$#-(ashion # '+i$#ing n ar th *ort." h sai#. "." Th wo!an ta** # a ( w & ys on h r )o!*+t r. I )an't a$ways r ! !' r (a) s. H was $oo&ing (or a 'oo&. B+t th $i'rary? May' Ri# r ha# )o! h r $oo&ing (or in(or!ation. That's what I sai#.

an# +n(o$# # th s1+ar o( *a* r h ha# (o+n# in his ' #roo!. By th 1990s th r w r on$y thr . S+r no+gh. Boo&s grow o$# (ast r wh n th y'r not ' ing r a# an# th on s gath r # h r w r $ong *ast r tir ! nt. H to$# ! h ha# a 'o% at th *ost o((i) ." A$ % sai#. th $ tt rs w r th sa! . nth ) nt+ry n 'a)& sin) th n. "No. "Was that th $ast ti! yo+ saw hi!?" A$ % as& #. won# ring why a history o( Cornish tin sho+$# ha" ' Th !in ha# ' th r ha# ' n o( int r st to Ian Ri# r. In th nin t n (o+r h+n#r # !in s in Cornwa$$. A$ % no## # at th $i'rarian an# !a# (or th #oor. Lo)a$ history. Doz!ary was sti$$ on o( th !. His han# was /+st r a)hing o+t (or th han#$ wh n h r ! !' r #: CL 475/19. wh r it )o+$# ' int r) *t #. an# 1+i)&$y s&i!! # thro+gh it. In 199 1. whi)h is a sha! . o* n # it. Sir R+* rt Doz!ary. . H !+st ha" gott n what h want # ' )a+s this ti! h wasn't $oo&ing (or 'oo&s a'o+t "ir+s s. '+t th r was no oth r wor& in th ar a an# th (a!i$y ha# )ontin+ # r+nning it " n tho+gh th !in was 1+i)&$y %ha+sting th !. H )arri # it o" r to a ta'$ ." "What sort o( $o)a$ a((airs?" "Cornish $o)a$ history. ha# 1+i t$y s$i** # away an# '$own his 'rains o+t. H r a)h # into his *o)& t an# too& o+t th 3a! Boy. Th y w r n't r ( rring to a gri# r ( r n) . . CL was th $a' $ on a 'oo&! A$ % w nt o" r to th sh $( that th $i'rarian ha# shown hi!. Ian Ri# r wo+$#n't want in(or!ation s nt to Say$ Ent r*ris s.(ro! Lonon." Sh *oint #. than&s." That !a# s ns too. Sh $( CL. Th story it to$# was a (a!i$iar on . . H was int r st # in $o)a$ a((airs. That wasn't going to h $* hi!. CL. *+$$ # o(( th 'a)&. "H s* nt an a(t rnoon $oo&ing in on o( th 'oo&s an# n h $ (t. I was rath r ho*ing h '# /oin th n own # 'y th Doz!ary (a!i$y (or $ " n g n rations. Wo+$# yo+ $i& to?" "Not to#ay. Th *ri) o( tin ha# )o$$a*s # an# th !in its $(' was a$!ost %ha+st #. H )a! 'a)& a'o+t a w & $at r. $ aning tir #$y against on anoth r (or s+**ort. H hasn't ' $i'rary. th $ast own r. CL 475/19-th n+!' r was *rint # on th s*in -was )a$$ # Doz!ary: Th Story o( Cornwa$$'s O$# st Min .

t+nn $s. showing th $ayo+t o( th t+nn $s at th ti! wh n th !in was )$os #: It was har# to ' s+r o( th s)a$ . h )o+$# (o$$ow th way thro+gh. Th 'oo& )ontain # a n+!' r o( o$# '$a)&-an#-whit *hotogra*hs: *it *oni s an# )anari s in )ag s. This was what h saw: Th '$+ $in s that Ri# r ha# #rawn on th sh t (itt # %a)t$y o" r th sha(ts o( th !in .H was '+ri # in th $o)a$ )h+r)hyar# in a )o((in. Th !in its $( was s a$ # o(( with s " ra$ o( th t+nn $s now +n# rwat r. Li& A$ %. h ha# ' ! ta$ #oor an# ha# ' n )on(ront # with th $o)& # n # t r!in # to (in# his way *ast it. an# a 'o% o( )ha$&. H r h 'o+ght hi!s $( a *ow r(+$ ($ash$ight. a / rs y. 3o #own into th +tt r '$a)&n ss o( th +n# rgro+n# an# yo+'# ' $ost instant$y. !a# o( tin. . Th )orri#or !+st ' nothing !or than on o( th sha(ts (ro! th o$# !in ! S+**os Ian Ri# r ha# a$so gon #own th stair)as . Th !a* ha# shown hi! a way to th oth r si# o( th #oor. T n !in+t s $at r h $ (t th $i'rary with a *hoto)o*y o( th *ag . what ha# h (o+n#? A$ % r ! !' r # th )orri#or at th (oot o( th ! ta$ stair)as . Ha# Ian Ri# r !a# his way into Doz!ary? I( so. it was sai#. F$i)&ing thro+gh th *ag s. an# s+## n$y h &n w what it was. a $ ngth o( ro* . '+t th r was a $a'yrinth o( sha(ts. h h $# th ! +* to th $ight. Th n h )$i!' # 'a)& into th hi$$s. Now a$$ o( th ! wo+$# ' +n# r th gro+n# th !s $" s. An# h a !a# a not o( it! A$ % too& o+t th #iagra! that Ian Ri# r ha# #rawn an# $ai# it on th *ag . B+t h ha# r )ogniz # th )orri#or (or what it was-an# that was why h ha# )o! 'a)& to th $i'rary. His )hi$#r n ha# )$os # #own th !in . A$ % )a! to a !a*. 3ro+*s o( (ig+r s stan#ing with a% s an# $ant rns. A$ % was ) rtain o( it. I( h )o+$# (in# th th !a* thro+gh to th oth r si# o( th ! ta$ #oor. Ho$#ing th two sh ts tog th r. H ha# (o+n# a 'oo& on th Doz!ary Min -this 'oo&. Th #ar& 'rown +n(inish # wa$$s an# th $ight'+$'s hanging on th ir wir s ha# r !in# # hi! o( so! thing. s $$ing th $an# a'o" it to Say$ Ent r*ris s. showing ntran) to Doz!ary. H w nt #own to th har'or an# (o+n# on o( thos !ariti! stor s that s ! to s $$ anything an# " rything. an# rai$way $in s r+nning (or !i$ s +n# rgro+n#. on to* o( th !a*.

$ a #ra(t o( air rising (ro! ' $ow. it s*rang o* n. A))or#ing to th !a*. H &n $t #own an# shoo& th *a#$o)& in (r+stration. A$ % swor si$ nt$y. H (o+n# a * ''$ an# #ro** # it in. It too& a$$ his str ngth to $i(t it. H was r+nning o+t o( ti! an# h &n w it. Ah a# o( hi! h )o+$# s th sing$ )hi!n y an# )r+!'$ing tow r that h ho* # wo+$# !ar& th asi r. Th (irst Stor!'r a& rs wo+$# ha" a$r a#y ' g+n $ a"ing th *$ant. Th r w r a ( w )r+!*$ # ' r )ans an# o$# *otato )hi* *a)& ts on th ($oor an# th +s+a$ gra((iti on th wa$$. At $ ast t n s )on#s *ass # ' (or th * ''$ ratt$ # against so! thing (ar ' $ow. A$ % shon his ($ash$ight into th ho$ . Th ' a! w nt a'o+t (i(ty ( t. 2RH WAS HERE.. n h r ' (or '+t h #i#n't ha" th ti! to go a$$ th way 'a)& to Say$ Ent r*ris s to g t it. A$ % ra) # a)ross th )$i(( to*s with th s+n a$r a#y sin&ing in th w st. This !+st ' th Th tra*#oor was 'o$t # #own with a h a"y *a#$o)&. it too& its na! (ro! th an)i nt $ang+ag o( Cornwa$$. At $ ast th 1+a# ha# !a# his $i( It wo+$# ha" ta& n hi! an ho+r to r a)h it on (oot. what wo+$# ha** n? So! sort o( h+!i$iation (or 'oth Say$ an# th British go" rn! nt? Or wors ? An# how #i# a )o!*+t r '+g ti in with what h ha# s s+'!arin ha# ' ' n # $i" ring on th / tty. H !+st ha" !anag # to +n$o)& it an# ha#n't (+$$y )$os # it again so . Oth r * o*$ ha# ' n h r ' (or hi!. s " ra$ in)h s thi)&. an# as h #i# so. A$ % *+$$ # th *a#$o)& o+t an# gra'' # th tra*#oor. 3rass an# w )ra)&.Ba)& on th 1+a#. Th '+i$#ing $oo& # !or $i& a r+in # )h+r)h than th ntran) to a !in . ntran) to th K rn w )& Sha(t . A$ % *ar& # th 1+a# n %t to th tow r an# w nt in thro+gh an ar)h # #oorway. His (oot )a! #own on so! thing that )$ang # an# h saw that h was stan#ing on a ! ta$ tra*#oor. To his s+r*ris . '+t *+tting his han# against th ntran) to th sha(t. Visitors $ a"ing th worst *arts o( th !s $" s ' hin# in ($+or s) nt *aint. At (irst h tho+ght h !+st ha" !a# so! sort o( !ista& . Ian Ri# r-it ha# to ' . hi!. h )o+$# ( #s w r s*ro+ting aro+n# th #g s. Th )r a! wo+$# ha" at n thro+gh th 'o$ts in s )on#s. I( th so(twar r a$$y ha# ' n '+gg # with so! sort o( "ir+s. NICK LOVES CASS. it ha#n't ' n th night ' (or ? What " r th n )o!*+t r so(twar . an# in $ ss than tw nty-(o+r ho+rs th *ri! !inist r wo+$# ' a)ti"ating th !. this was wh r h sho+$# ' gin. Th tra*#oor )$ang # 'a)& an# h (o+n# hi!s $( $oo&ing into a '$a)& ho$ that str t)h # (arth r than th #ay$ight )o+$# r a)h. An# yo+ #on't shoot a !an (or #ro**ing a #is& tt . H ha# $ (t th zit )r a! 'a)& in his roo!. So! 'o#y ha# ' that it wo+$# ' o* n wh n h )a! 'a)&. a '$ast o( )o$# air hit hi! in th (a) . '+t th sha(t w nt (arth r. Th si$" r 'o% s ha# n too $arg ..

A$ % o* n # his !o+th an# )a$$ # o+t. H ha# &nown it wo+$# ' . th soi$. an# ' (or h !o" #. a han# th n a (oot. ta&ing hi! # * r an# # * r into th arth. ro+n#. What " r ha** n # in th !in . 'ran)hing o(( to th $ (t. an# as h *ass #. as $ his way. H #i#n't n/oy )$i!'ing into th ho$ . H ha# to ( (arth r +nti$ at $ast his h K rn w )& Sha(t. $i& ' ing '+ri # a$i" . A))or#ing to Ian Ri# r. H )$i!' # o" r it too 1+i)&$y. It was )o$# n a goo# i# a too. H too& two st *s (orwar#. A(t r a'o+t (i(ty *a) s h )a! to a s )on# t+nn $. # s) n#ing $ str+)& th gro+n# an# h &n w h ha# r a)h # th 'otto! o( th #istant as th !oon. $ong ago '+ri # an# (orgott n. away (ro! th " rti)a$ sha(t an# into th start o( th t+nn $. an# his sho+$# rs ha# 'ar $y s+n& ' n ath th $ " $ o( th gro+n# ' (or th s+n was '$ott # o+t an# h ( $t hi! s $( ' ing s+)& # into a #ar&n ss so tota$ that h )o+$#n't " n ' s+r h ha# y s. H too& o+t th *hoto)o*i # !a* an# %a!in # it. an# th r !aining str a&s o( tin ' aring #own on hi!. It was a gr w thi)& r an# !or o**r ssi" . an# i!! #iat $y ( $t th w ight o( th so$i# ro)&. )+tting his $ g on a *i ) o( /agg # . Th *ath too& hi! " r # * r. A$ % )h )& # that th 1+a# was o+t o( sight. an# a sh 'o+ght. Th ($oor was a$r a#y #a!*. an# it too& a$$ his str ngth to (or) hi!s $( on. It )o+$# )o$$a*s at any ti! . B+t his "oi) so+n# # s!a$$ an# on$y r !in# # hi! o( th h+g w ight a'o" his h a#. Trying to (ight o(( th s ns o( )$a+stro*ho'ia. th +n " n wa$$s an# ) i$ing h $# 'a)& 'y woo# n ' a!s. H )a! to a tang$ o( iron an# wir : so! sort o( !a)hin . *ointing th way ah a# an# throwing *+r whit $ight onto his i!! #iat s+rro+n#ings. Th r was a'so$+t $y no so+n# in th !in a*art (ro! his own ras*ing 'r ath.A r+sty $a## r ran #own th si# o( th sha(t. It was horri'$ h r . th n )ha$& # a $arg 4 on th wa$$. h *+$$ # o+t th ($ash$ight an# ($i)& # it on. That ha# ' n o( sa$t wat r h+ng in th air. whi)h s$ant # #ownwar#. H )o+$# ( $ th *r ss+r *o+n#ing in his ars as th #ar&n ss n & *t $o)& # (or a r ason. Th ' a! $ a* # o+t o( his han#. H sw+ng th ($ash$ight aro+n# an# (o$$ow # th t+nn $. It was as i( th '$a)&n ss was wi*ing o+t so+n# as w $$ as "ision. /+st to h ar so! thing. h *+$$ # on th / rs y h ha# #own h r . B+t h )o+$#n't )$i!' an# ho$# on to th ($ash$ight at th sa! ti! . Th ! ta$ r+ngs w r i) )o$# against his han#s. an# th 1+i)& ning th+# o( his h art. a tri)&$ o( gra" $ hit his n )& an# sho+$# rs. H )o+$# /+st !a& o+t th ntran) h ha# )$i!' # thro+gh: s!a$$. r !in#ing hi! that th Doz!ary Min ha# ' h $$ish *$a) . th n $oo* # th ro* o" r his sho+$# r an# sho" # th ($ash$ight into his ' $t. th )r+n)h o( his (ootst *s. This t+nn $ was in 'a# r *air. So! o( th ' a!s ha# sna** # an# (a$$ n in. H was 'r athing h a"i$y. At $ast h was r a#y. h want # to ' s+r h )o+$# (in# th way 'a)&. Th air was thin an# s! $$ # (aint$y ! ta$$i). A$ % was at th start o( a $ong t+nn $. this was wh r h ha# to t+rn o((. H $oo& # +*.

H sto** # an# (or) # hi!s $( to thin& o( so! thing $s . B )ar (+$. Th !a* to$# hi! to t+rn th )orn r an# go 'a)& on hi!s $(. Down h r . Th t+nn $ was )o!*$ t $y s+'! rg # in wat r . H ha# )o! to a s!a$$. his n )&. h was ! # to o(( r a short)+t a)ross th ro+t that t !*t # to (o$$ow th rai$way. what wo+$# ha** n insi# th !in ? A$ % s+## n$y ha# a "ision o( hi!s $( tra** # in '$a)&n ss with wat r rising +* to his )h st. yo+'$$ g t $ost. H stoo# sti$$ (or a ( w s )on#s. whi)h s Ian Ri# r ha# #rawn. ro+n# t+nn $ #i**ing st si!*$y sto** # with what $oo& # $i& a sh *$y #own. h )o+$#n't !a& an n !y o( his i!agination. with *oo$s o( wat r rising +* to his an&$ s. (or)ing hi!s $( to s$ow #own. H r ! !' r # how n ar h was to th s a an# that 'ro+ght anoth r +n*$ asant tho+ght. )o" r # h r an# th r in r+''$ . on his own. whi)h !+st ha" (a$$ n (ro! a'o" . Now h +n# rstoo#. (ar ' n ath th s+r(a) o( th arth. this on ' nt an# 'ro& n. o" r his (a) . B+t h # )i# # against it. *i)&ing +* th r ($ )tion o( th ($ash$ight.! ta$. "O&ay. Ch )&ing th !a*. B+t a(t r a 'ri ( str t)h. th !ain rai$way )a! to a # a# n#. (or! # 'y th ! ting o( si% #i(( r nt t+nn $s. Th wi# st o( th s s$ant # in (ro! th $ (t with th r !ains o( a rai$way tra)&. A$ % *i)& # +* a ston an# thr w it. Th t+nn $ )+r" # th n /oin # a s )on# rai$way $in .. an# sto** #. sti$$ (o$$owing th !a*. a$$ )o!ing tog th r in a star sha* . Th r was a s*$ash. Th r ha# to ' a r ason.." H whis* r # th wor#s to r ass+r hi!s $(.. th n again at th way ah a#. B+t th ! ta$$i) tra)&s !a# it asi r to !o" (orwar#. th n )ontin+ # (orwar#. '+t shining th ($ash$ight aro+n# hi!. on (or th t+nn $ h ha# $ (t. H $oo& # at th *a* r. H )ross # th tra)&. H sw+ng th ($ash$ight an# saw a )o+*$ o( woo# n wagons that !+st ha" ' n +s # to )arry 1+i*! nt #own or tin 'a)& +* to th s+r(a) . H w nt on. A$ % !a# anoth r two )ha$& )ross s. Now h ! rg # into a sort o( wi# )ir)+$ar )ha!' r. It ha# ta& n hi! thirty !in+t s an# h was a$!ost 'a)& wh r h ha# start #. h saw why Ian Ri# r ha# s nt hi! th $ong way aro+n#. O&ay. A$ % (o$$ow # th ! a$$ th way to a /+n)tion with th !ain rai$way. Thin& what yo+'r #oing. H &n w h !+stn't *ani). anoth r (or th on h was nt ring. Th short r ro+t ha# ' n '$o)& # 'y a t+nn $ )o$$a*s . I( yo+ *ani). An# y t th r was no !ista& .. It was i!*ossi'$ . Th ($oor was " ry w t h r . This n w t+nn $ 1+i)&$y ' )a! $ow r an# narrow r +nti$ A$ % )o+$#n't wa$& +n$ ss h )ro+)h #. A'o+t thirty yar#s +* th $in . What ti! was high ti# ? An# wh n th wat r ros . On st * at a ti! . th t+nn $ t o( ! ta$ 'arring th way. H (or) # hi!s $( to thin&.

'+t " n as h sw+ng th ($ash$ight aro+n#. H ha# ' si!*$y too !+)h to as&. H )o+$# s hi!s $(. h #i#n't #i (or nothing. th ' a! *i)& # +* so! thing $ying in a h a* on th gro+n#. th r was no way (orwar#. Th s * o*$ -Say$ . an# +n)o!(orta'$ . A(t r a$$ his har# wor&. It !ight r+n (or a h+n#r #. H ha#n't ta& n o(( his str was s+r it wo+$# & t )$oth s an# that ha# * rha*s h $* #. ! # +n(air. on his own. A$ % t+rn # in (r+stration.. a(t r a$$ th ti! h ha# s* nt +n# rgro+n#. It s$ant # n (or) # into this 'y M16 an# h '# a$r a#y #on !or than no+gh. B+t Ian Ri# r ha# sw+! thro+gh. h wo+$# ' +na'$ to 'r ath . This ti! h saw so! thing $s . a$tho+gh it wo+$# *ro'a'$y & th )hi$$. . H )o+$#n't i!agin a wors way to #i .ass n. A$ % wa$& # 'a)& to th wat r's #g an# %a!in # it with th ($ash$ight. It was a #i" r's #ry s+it an# it $oo& # 'ran#-n w. How )o+$# h ' s+r that Ian ha#n't +s # s)+'a 1+i*! nt to swi! thro+gh? I( A$ % w nt #own th r . B+t th )o$# wasn't th on$y *ro'$ !. It was H *+$$ # on th #ry s+it. who " r-ha# sn+(( # o+t his +n)$ 's $i( si!*$y ' )a+s it ha# s+it # th !. A$ % *i)& # +* th #ry s+it. A$ % &n w what it ! ant. An# A$ % ha# a$ways ass+! # h was nothing !or than a 'an& !anag r! H ( $t his r so$" gi" way to ang r. into th wat r. so " n ass+!ing h )o+$# swi! in t !* rat+r s that !+st ' )$os to (r zing. *inn # +n# rn ath th ro)& in th (r zing '$a)&n ss. O'"io+s$y h ha# *$ann # to )o! 'a)&. It was )o$#.as '$a)& as in&. Th wat r ha# ris n +* to th ) i$ing o( th t+nn $.. Th t+nn $ !ight r+n (or t n yar#s. That was why h ha# $ (t th #ry s+it th r . H zi** # it +* at th (ront. S+## n$y " rything s n " r as& # to ' h r . W $$. Th r was nothing on arth that wo+$# !a& hi! nt r th '$a)&n ss o( th wat r. Ian Ri# r ha# #on it a$$. H w nt o" r to it an# $ an # #own. not +nti$ th #ay th y ha# &i$$ # hi!. an# ran o+t o( 'r ath ha$(way. )$a!!y. Ian Ri# r ha# sw+! thro+gh th s+'! rg # t+nn $. H ha# * o+t th worst o( n ti # to a ro)&. H stoo# (or a !o! nt. '+t h * th wat r o+t. A$ % wo+$# s to that. ho$#ing th s+it in his han#s. A ro* ha# ' #iagona$$y into th wat r an# #isa** ar #. Th s+it was $oos in *$a) s. H ha# worn a #ry s+it an# h ha# !anag # to (i% a ro* to g+i# hi! thro+gh. It was too 'ig (or hi!. h wo+$# #rown. H was a'o+t to $ a" . An# why h ha# $ (t th *a#$o)& o* n. Again his i!agination got th ' tt r o( hi!. . an# h ha# n " r sto** # .

H ha# )o!!itt # hi!s $(. 3 tting $ost in th +n# rwat r t+nn $ wo+$# ' as 'a# as r+nning o+t o( air. &i)&. )o!*$ t $y '$in#. Th r s+$t wo+$# ' %a)t$y th sa! . '+t it ( $t )$os r to t n. &i)&. H was ($oating in +tt r #ar&n ss. that r+sh # into his throat. Th wat r *o+n# # at his h a#. It was on$y now that h r a$iz # it !ight $ a# on$y to a gra" . h #i#n't ha" th str ngth to go 'a)&. a(rai# that i( h h sitat # h wo+$# )hang his !in#. A si$ nt s)r a! %*$o# # insi# hi!. swir$ing aro+n# his nos an# y s. Th (r zing )o$# was s+)&ing th str ngth o+t o( hi!. 0+$$. 0+$$. an# not air.. An# th n th ro* ti$t # +*war# an# h ( $t his sho+$# rs )o! )$ ar an# his !o+th was wr n)h # o* n in a gr at gas* as h 'r ath # air an# &n w that h ha# /+st !a# it. H r a)h # o+t an# too& th ro* in on han#. '+t a$r a#y his $+ngs w r $ing th strain. How $ong ha# h ' n +n# r? Nin ty s )on#s? A h+n#r #? His y s w r sh+t tight. Th )o$# was ( ro)io+s. It wo+$# ' (ast r swi!!ing with 'oth han#s. s)rat)hing th s&in o(( th *a$!s o( his han#s. &i)&. (r zing " rsion o( h $$. an# h &n w that " n i( h want # to. H ha# $ (t th ($ash$ight on th oth r si# . H ha# to o* n his !o+th an# 'r ath . B+t !a# it to wh r ? A$ % )o+$#n't s anything. C$inging to th ro* . hy* r" nti$ating an# o%yg nating his '$oo#. His (ing rs w r instant$y n+!'. H ha# ' n swi!!ing (or a$!ost two !in+t s. Th n h *$+ng # in. H was in a '$a)&. &nowing it wo+$# gi" hi! a ( w *r )io+s %tra s )on#s. A$ % ha# ' ( n +n# rwat r (or $ ss than a !in+t . B+t h #i#n't #ar s$ow #own. swir$ing. &i)&. s a$ing in at $ ast so! o( his 'o#y war!th. a ha!! r '$ow that n ar$y (or) # th air o+t o( his $+ngs. A$ % too& s " ra$ # * 'r aths. 0+$$. +na'$ to s " n wh r th wat r n# #. Th r )o+$# ' no going 'a)&. Th roo( o( th t+nn $ was s)ra*ing his sho+$# rs an# h was a(rai# that it wo+$# t ar thro+gh th #ry s+it an# go+g into his s&in as w $$. '+t i( h o* n # th ! th r wo+$# ' no #i(( r n) . a(rai# that at any !o! nt h wo+$# )ra)& his .. &i)&. 0+$$. 0+$$. A$ % a**roa)h # th wat r's #g . H *+$$ # hi!s $( (orwar# a$ong th ro* . " n i( it was wat r.Mo"ing 1+i)&$y now. An# his 'r ath was r+nning o+t. '+t h #i#n't #ar ris& it. &i)&. BEHIND THE DOOR ALE4 SWAM FORWARD s$ow$y. h &i)& # (or war#. H ha# (o$$ow # th trai$ $ (t 'y a # a# !an. 0+$$. His who$ syst ! ( $t th sho)& '+t th #ry s+it was ho$#ing. H ha# to & * ho$# o( th ro* to a$$ow it to g+i# hi! thro+gh.

Th s )on# gri$$ ' $ong # to th sa! roo!. th ! ting *$a) o( thr t+nn $s. T ntati" $y. Th thro''ing was a$so g tting $o+# r. His han# 'r+sh # against so! thing. h ha# $ong ago ( $t th )hi$$ o( th wat r an# &n w that h ha# to (in# his way onto #ry $an# soon. At th sa! ti! . th n t+rn # right. H !o" # (orwar# )a+tio+s$y. h ' )a! awar o( a so(t thro''ing so+n#. Th (o+rth. h n . A$$ h ha# to #o was (o$$ow th $ight. Th !ain *art o( his 'o#y was #ry. H t+rn # a )orn r an# s+## n$y th ro)& on 'oth si# s ga" way to n w 'ri)& with ! ta$ gri$$s s t at int r"a$s /+st a'o" th $ " $ o( th ($oor. $ight was S$ow$y. a $a'oratory with )o!*$i)at # g$ass an# st $ 1+i*! nt $ai# o+t o" r wor& s+r(a) s. Th roo! was !*ty. '+t h r ! !' r # what h ha# h ar# +n# r B$o)& D. His sho s an# so)&s w r so## n. A$ % too& ho$# o( th gri$$. A$ % )ontin+ # +* th t+nn $ to a thir# gri$$. H &n $t ' si# th (irst o( th s an# $oo& # thro+gh into a $arg whit -ti$ # roo!. H )o+$#n't ' s+r i( it was n ar or (ar. H too& th gri$$ in 'oth han#s an# *+$$ #. was th on that was ($oo# #. Wh n h !o" # (orwar# his ( *o)& t. '+t his (ing rs w r too n+!' to t $$ what it was. As "ag+ as th $ight was. it ga" hi! str ngth. An# it was th n that h r a$iz # h )o+$# s s *ing into th ar a ' yon# th s+'! rg # t+nn $. in (ront o( th ! ta$ #oor. Th $ight that ha# g+i# # A$ % h r was )o!ing o+t o( th gri$$s. Th o$# !in sha(t ha# ' n )on" rt #. H was ho$#ing on to a woo# n ' a!. H stri** # o(( th #ry s+it. His ( 'otto!. his "ision a#/+st # its $(. H )$os # his y s. h )o+$# /+st !a& o+t his (ing rs. It )a! away (ro! th wa$$ asi$y. Th #ar&n ss ha# r tr at #. an# h &n w that h ha# arri" #. '+t h no $ong r ha# any n t s1+ $)h # an# h ha# to ta& o(( his sho s an# sha& th ! o+t ' (or h )o+$# go on. H r a)h # o+t an# *+$$ # hi!s $( (orwar#. D s*it th #ry s+it. (ro! so! wh r . a )o$$a*s # roo( s+**ort. It was a$so s)r w # in tight. H w nt straight (orwar# to anoth r int rs )tion. It was ' ing +s # as th o+t$ t (or so! sort o( air-)on#itioning syst !. Ian Ri# r's !a* was sti$$ (o$# # in his # o( it. an# A$ % )o+$# ( $ a r+sh o( )oo$ air str a!ing #own towar# hi!. '+t it was (ir!$y s )+r #. ' hin# hi!. an# $oo&ing )$os r. So! how. Using th ' a! as a !a& shi(t / tty. Th $ight was so 'right now that h )o+$# a)t+a$$y !a& o+t th )o$or o( th ro)&-#ar& 'rown an# gray. This on $oo& # into a storag roo! (i$$ # with th si$" r 'o% s that A$ % ha# s ' ing # $i" r # 'y th s+'!arin th night ' (or .h a# against ro)&. It ha# s r" # hi! w $$. showing hi! a )rossroa#s )+t into th ro)&. Wa"ing his han# in (ront o( his (a) . h )$a!' r # onto th ro)&. t to+)h # th . won# ring what h was a'o+t to )o! to. 'o$t # into th ro)& (a) . th n o* n # th ! again. " n tho+gh i) )o$# wat r #ri** # o+t o( his hair an# #own his n )&.

H (o+n# two )at)h s on th $i# an# *r ss #. Car (+$$y. B$+ shi(t to # )onta!ination.. th y wo+$#n't s #own an# $an# # . )at$i& . !otion$ ss. A$ % s t th gri$$ #own si$ nt$y. ha$( *o$ish # st ing now was (ar ' yon# anything h )o+$# ha" i!agin #. on th 'a$$s o( his ( $ong way away. H #ro** # t. It was +n$o)& #. It was sta(( # 'y (orty or (i(ty * o*$ . Th y w r a)t+a$$y ' ing shi** # o+t #+ring th )o+rs o( th a(t rnoon an# night. $ )troni) ! t rs.+n# rstoo# why. H r a)h # th rai$ an# $oo& # #own. H sto$ (orwar#. At th $ast t #ang$ing ' $ow. A$ % ha#n't ha# any i# a what h wo+$# (in# ' hin# th ! ta$ #oor. !a)hin s that '$in& # n. Th strang thing was that th y a$r a#y $oo& # (inish # . Ar) $ights an# ($i)& r # with a $i( o( th ir own. A$ % g$an) # at his wat)h. It ha# ta& n hi! $ong r than h ha# tho+ght to g t thro+gh th !in . h s1+ n h r ah a# o( hi!. Th #oor $ # onto a wi# )orri#or with an a+to!ati) s$i#ing #oor at a)h n# an# a si$" r rai$ r+nning its (+$$ $ ngth. h r a)h # (or th gri$$ an# s t it 'a)& in anything wrong. For this was wh r th Stor!'r a& rs w r ' ing ass !'$ #. Th gro+n# was a !in+t . It wasn't %a)t$y a *assag that h ha# (o+n#. an# o( )o+rs th y ha# to ' . it was !*ty. at $ ast twi) his own h ight. H w nt o" r to th n ar st o( th si$" r 'o% s an# %a!in # it. It was a$r a#y s " n o')$o)& in th " ning. So what $ast-!in+t a#/+st! nt was ' ing !a# h r in this s )r t (a)tory? An# why was so !+)h o( th *ro#+)tion $in hi## n away? What A$ % ha# s n as h )r *t aro+n# Say$ Ent r*ris s ha# ' a! # #own (ro! a'o" . an# * r # o+t. "Nin t n h+n#r # ho+rs. on in)h at a ti! . On) again. g$a# that h ha# (o+n# th str ngth to go z # thro+gh th r )tang+$ar ho$ in th wa$$ an# into th roo!. $ying on his sto!a)h with his ( *$a) . H ha# )+t thro+gh th 'o$ts ho$#ing it in *$a) . It was !or an o's r"ation *$at(or!. Say$ ha# to$# hi!. th n )ross # to th #oor. Th )o!*+t rs w r ' ing s$ow$y )arri # in a $ong. )ontin+o+s $in a$ong a )on" yor ' $t. inh+!an. Th 'o% )$i)& # o* n in his han#s. an# gr (a) s. R # shi(t to ass !'$y $in . '+t wh n h $oo& # insi# . )o!ing (ro! so! wh r o+tsi# . H )h )& # (or )a! ras. What " r ha# ' n # $i" r # was a$r a#y in +s .. Ar! # g+ar#s stoo# at a)h #oorway. wat)hing th wor& with '$an& . '$+ . '+t that wasn't going to sto* hi! now. oth rs in o" ra$$s. y $$ow. n ith r !a$ nor ( !a$ . Th thro''ing was $o+# r. (o+n# non . Ian Ri# r ha# ' (orwar#. H o* n # it. th wa$$s-ha$( na& # $-$in # with )o!*+t r 1+i*! nt. so! in whit )oats. It wo+$# )o" r any nois h !a# ." Th "oi) rang o+t o" r a $o+#s* a& r syst !. It was a h+g )ha!' r. *ast th "ario+s s)i ntists an# t )hni)ians. a$$ w aring ar!'an#s o( #i(( r nt )o$ors: r #. 0ro"i# # no'o#y $oo& # too )$os $y. '+t what h was s ro)&.

Th t th ns to r " a$ a s!a$$ )o!*art! nt.ass n ha# 'ro+ght th t st t+' s that w r " n now ' ing ins rt # into th )o!*+t rs. +n# rgro+n#. Un# rstan#ing )a! an# with it so! thing )o$# an# so$i# /a''ing into th 'a)& o( his n )&. D )onta!ination. this was $i& nothing A$ % ha# " r s # )onta!inat #. as i( in s$ow !otion. an# hy#ra+$i) ar!s. H r ! !' r # th Stor!'r a& r that h ha# +s # an# now h noti) # so! thing that h ha#n't s a)h o( th s)r n th n. Th t st t+' s w r so! sort o( w a*on that n as&ing (or 'oo&s a'o+t )o!*+t r "ir+s s. O( )o+rs . )y$in#ri)a$ an# a'o+t (i" in)h s # )o!*+t rs w r *assing +n# rn ath a 'izarr !a)hin -)anti$ " rs. what w r th y ' ing # )onta!inat # (ro!? "Ag nt 3r goro"i)h. That wasn't *ossi'$ . Th y sto** #. A(t r that. A stri* o( *$asti) ha# ' n #rawn 'a)& in th )asing a'o" *. Th !ain 'o#y o( th (a)tory was h r . Two ! n in s*a) s+its w r wa$&ing )$+!si$y tog th r. A$ % # (or s+)h n ' (or . !o"ing (orwar# as i( to gr )o!*+t rs: on t+' (or a)h )o!*+t r. . 'ro+ght aro+n#. wh r th y w r *a)& # into r #-an#-whit Say$ Ent r*ris s 'o% s." A $ an. h was +sing to sa'otag th !. A !o" ! nt )a+ght his y an# A$ % $oo& # ' yon# th ass !'$y $in an# thro+gh a h+g win#ow into th )ha!' r n %t #oor. (air-hair # (ig+r #r ss # in '$a)& # ta)h # hi!s $( (ro! th ass !'$y $in an# wa$& # $ang+i#$y towar# a #oor that s$i# o* n to r ) i" hi!.ass n 3r goro"i)h. H $oo& # !or )$os $y. W r th y ' ing # )onta!inat #? B+t i( th Stor!'r a& rs w r 'as # on th ro+n# *ro) ssor th r )o+$#n't *ossi'$y ' any n %tr ! s-an# anyway. th )o!*art! nts w r )o!*$ t $y in"isi'$ .. Th 'io)ontain! nt zon .. An a$ar! ' gan to so+n# an# s+## n$y th y #isa** ar # in a )$o+# o( whit st a!. No. . A$ % r ! !' r # what h ha# /+st h ar#. r *ort to th 'io-)ontain! nt zon . What was going on? A$ % tho+ght 'a)& to th s+'!arin an# th "a)++!-s a$ # 'o% s. By th ti! th )o!*+t rs r a)h # th ting *oint. A s )on# !a)hin )$os # an# h at s a$ # th n# o( th $in .on$y ' n th ti* o( th i) ' rg. an# th n #ro** # into th *$asti) stri*. I( th ! n w r ' ing . th Stor!'r a& rs w r a)) $ rat # (orwar#. si$" r t st t+' s w r ' ing ( # a$ong a narrow )ag . wir s. Ba)& in 0ort Ta$on. With in(init *r )ision. O*a1+ . Th r was a ! t+' s w r $i(t # o+t. th %*os # )o!*art! nts. th $i'rarian ha# to$# hi! that Ian Ri# r ha# ' Vir+s s. This is a )a$$ (or ag nt 3r goro"i)h. For th s )on# ti! A$ % (o+n# hi!s $( $oo&ing at th R+ssian )ontra)t &i$$ r.

" H so+n# # *ath ti). A$ % ha# n " r s ' (or . "I'! staying with Mr. At that !o! nt A$ % str+)&. Th r w r $ ss than tw nty-(o+r ho+rs +nti$ th $a+n)h at th S)i n) M+s +!. A$ % ha# a$!ost ) rtain$y &no)& # hi! o+t with th sing$ *+n)h. H was too tir #. A$ % #ragg # hi! 'a)&. B+t it ha# th # sir # (( )t. Th #oor at th n# o( th *assag s$i# o* n an# h (o+n# hi!s $( in a )+r"ing whit n t+rn # into &i$$ing !a)hin s. "What ar yo+ #oing h r ?" n A$ %. *a$ (a) # an# *+zz$ #. It was anoth r )$assi) &arat '$ow." A$ % sai#. n hi! * yo+r han#s 'y yo+r si# s. I'$$ shoot yo+ in th H stoo# +*. H ran. H ha#n't %* )t # to )o! a)ross a 'oy.ha#n't " n h ar# th #oor o* n ' hin# hi!. "Stan# +*. Litt$ 'oy $ost." H $oo& # s$ow$y aro+n#. No'o#y ha# s n what ha# ha** n #. I( yo+ !a& any s+## n !o" . /+st ' $ow his ar. an# h was sho)& # 'y how #i(( r nt th r a$ity was. his *isto$ (a$$ing to th gro+n#. Th g+ar# #i#n't " n )ry o+t. "Why ar yo+ *ointing that at ! ? I'! not #oing anything wrong. H ha# to )onta)t Mrs. '+t !or i!*ortant$y. into th groin. Th " ry tho+ght o( it !a# hi! ( $ si)&. H $oo& # #own. His y s ro$$ # an# h w nt $i!*. It was th sort o( thing that A$ % ha# s n a tho+san# ti! s in (i$!s an# on t $ "ision. '+t h s$ow$y straight n # +* as a "oi) s*o& so(t$y into his ar. a g+n in his han#. "Who ar yo+?" h as& #. 5+i)&$y. '+t h )o+$#n't ta& )han) s an# (o$$ow # it thro+gh with a &n th rai$ings. s$ight$y $ow ring th g+n. Th g+ar# h sitat #. not /+st 'a)& +* to gro+n# $ " $ '+t o+t o( Say$ Ent r*ris s a$tog th r. H sti$$ #i#n't &now how or why. H star # at th g+n. Th g+n was a Browning a+to!ati) *isto$ an# on twit)h o( th !an's (ing r wo+$# s n# a 9!! '+$$ t shatt ring thro+gh his s&+$$ an# into his 'rain. 2on s. an# " n i( h )o+$# (in# his way . K h a#. H &n w h )o+$#n't go 'a)& th way h ha# )o! . )orri#or with win#ow$ ss o((i) s '+i$t into what !+st ' y t !or sha(ts o( th Doz!ary Min . A sing$ g+ar# stoo# ' hin# hi!. Th g+ar# was in his tw nti s. Th g+ar# (o$# #. Say$ . away (ro! B+t th g+ar# wo+$#n't ' +n)ons)io+s $ong an# A$ % &n w h ha# to g t o+t o( h r . '+t h &n w now that th Stor!'r a& rs ha# ' So! how A$ % ha# to sto* it (ro! ha** ning. this ti! twisting his 'o#y aro+n# an# #ri"ing his $'ow into th si# o( th !an's h a#. h ha# n " r s That !ight h $*.

. wa$&ing tog th r towar# a s t o( #o+'$ #oors. H r a)h # th n# o( th )orri#or th n #+)& # 'a)& as thr g+ar#s a** ar #. A$ % ha# s H !+st ha" ' n th ! ' (or -as "ag+ o+t$in s on his 3a! Boy. '+t th n h h ar# th ratt$ o( t an# &n w that his )hoi) ha# /+st ' )o! two. two w no+gh. Th g+ar#s wh an# saw A$ %. $ )troni)a$$y. Th on$y #+)& in a shooting ga$$ ry with g+ns H ran on. H wish # now that h ha# tho+ght to *i)& +* " rywh r an# no way o+t. B+$$ ts s$a!! # into th wa$$ ' si# hi! an# ri)o)h t # a$ong th *assag way. A roo! with !or s*a) s+its hanging on hoo&s. $ a*ing o+t (ro! th )orn rs. B+t M16 ha# to &now what h ha# (o+n# o+t. Th a$ar! was as $o+# h r as it ha# ' ha$t. (i$$ # with gr n $i1+i#. O" rh a#. (o+n# a 'o$t. As A$ % $ a* # h a#(irst thro+gh th n ar st #oor. It was $o)& # (ro! th insi# . Anoth r. n stan#ing on th oth r si# o( th s )on# #oor. Th trays. with a g$ass *$at against th wa$$. H was tra** #. Tang$ s o( r+'' r t+'ing s*ro+t # o+t o( th tan&. an# ra!! # it ho! . thr st *s at a ti! . A sir n wai$ing $ )troni)a$$y a$ong th )orri#ors. th y ha#n't s was going to ' a$$ right. s ar)hing (or a way o+t. s$a!!ing th #oor ' hin# hi!. B+t it was so$i# ! ta$. Un$i& th !an on th o's r"ation *$at(or!. His on$y )han) was th #oor that ha# (irst $ # hi! h r . It s ! # to ' )o!ing (ro! " rywh r . &s ha#n't ' n th Browning a+to!ati). Trays (i$$ # with t st t+' s a$$ aro+n#. H ran o" r to it. Th r was a t $ *hon in his roo!. h '# n " r ' a'$ to !anag th swi! a s )on# ti! . H straight n # +*. It wo+$# ho$#. A s )on# $at r th r was an %*$osi" ha!! ring on th oth r si# as th g+ar#s (ir # at th #oor. $arg r $a' oratory with a s )on# #oor $ a#ing o+t an#. Fort+nat $y. Was this what M16 ha# train # hi! (or? I( so. It $ # to th ! ta$ stair)as that wo+$# 'ring hi! to B$o)& D. H ha# a )hoi) o( thr ( n in th !ain )ha!' r. th y #i#n't h sitat . H $ a* # #own th stair)as . th y 'ro+ght +* th ir !a)hin g+ns an# (ir #. Th 'arr $-sha* # tan&. A show r roo!. A$ % was stan#ing in a ! ta$ *assag way $ a#ing to a tang$ o( *i* s an# )y$in# rs. an# s&i## # to a $ # aro+n# )orri#ors.thro+gh th !in . w a"ing in an# o+t o( th *i* s. a g$ass tan& sha* # $i& a 'arr $. No'o#y &n w h was h r . )hoing " rywh r . in th !i##$ . Fai$ing that. trying " ry #oor h )a! to. H was a$on an# +nar! #. A$ % $an# # ($at on his sto!a)h an# &i)& # o+t. h )o+$# +s th 3a! Boy to trans!it a ! ssag . H An# th n th a$ar!s w nt o((. H wo+$# n " r ' a'$ to o* n it. $i& th 'oi$ r roo! o( a shi*. n hi!. a $ight ' gan to ($ash r #.

h w nt insi# an# snat)h # +* th . An# so w r his on$y w a*ons. A$ % s$i** # o+t. th sa! way h ha# $ (t it th night ' (or . A$ % &n w that h was $oo&ing at th sa! on s h ha# s n# o( th ass !'$y $in . H tho+ght a'o+t !a&ing (or th !ain n a$ rt #.Footst *s a**roa)h #. Nor )o+$# h )$i!' th * ri! t r ( n) . A$ % ro$$ # (orwar# as th #oor sw+ng sh+t an# /+st !anag # to g t his han# into th )ra)&. Th y'# ' waiting (or gat . Th r was no'o#y th r . His own roo! s hi!. H !a# his way +* th ! ta$ stairs. K *ing $ow. As h ha# ho* #. It s o+t. H o* n # th #oor. th n stoo# +*. ". '+t a)ross th $awn th airstri* was a'$az . S$ow$y. Th t $ *hon was th r . H ran +* th stair)as an# a$ong th ! # his $+)& was ho$#ing ight o')$o)&. '+t th who$ *$a) s )orri#or to his roo! on th (irst ($oor. ' (or th (irst #oor was thrown o* n an# two !or g+ar#s ran into th $a'oratory. Th oth r w nt o" r to th #oor an# *$a) # his han# on th g$ass i# nti(i)ation *an $. A$ % /+st ha# ti! to hi# hi!s $( on th ($oor. Th g+ar# ha# a$r a#y gon on ah a#. Th r was a gr n g$ow an# th #oor '+zz # $o+#$y. Witho+t t+rning on th $ight. Th y too& a 1+i)& $oo& aro+n# witho+t s "Not h r !" on o( th ! sai#. A$ % was grat (+$ to ' 'a)& a'o" gro+n#. Th g+ar# thr w it o* n an# #isa** ar #. Th r #-an#-whit 'o% s w r th n in so)) r sta#i+!s. n in th +n# rgro+n# )ha!' r. Th Stor!'r a& rs. arti(i)ia$$y i$$+!inat # 'y th sort o( $ights A$ % ha# s Th )argo *$an that A$ % ha# s th air.o+'# ' tt r go +*!" On g+ar# wa$& # o+t th way h ha# )o! . M n w r $oa#ing th ! +* with h a"y. H (o+n# a #oor an# s$i** # o+tsi# . H nt r # th ho+s thro+gh th &it)h n. not with th razor wir str t)h # o+t a)ross th to*. w r ' ing $oa# # +* an# # $i" r #. H wait # a !o! nt. th ( w ga#g ts that S!ith rs ha# gi" n hi! (o+r #ays-or was it (o+r y ars?-ago. By !orning th y wo+$# ' a$$ o" r th )o+ntry. +n# rn ath on o( th wor& s+r(a) s. Th y $ # hi! 'a)& to th g$ass )orri#or that /oin # B$o)&s C an# D. It was on$y ! # to ' # s rt #. Th s+n ha# a$r a#y s t. h was $oo&ing o+t into th +n(inish # *assag way wh r h ha# ' Vo$ . n wh n h arri" # r+!'$ # #own th r+nway an# $+r)h # into n s+r*ris # 'y Na#ia ing hi!. ! # th ' st answ r. Th r w r a'o+t a #oz n tr+)&s *ar& # n %t to a)h oth r. s1+ar r #-an#-whit 'o% s. )o!*$ t with th ir # a#$y s )r t. h o* n # th #oor. Th g+ar#s wo+$# ha" ' No. )$osing th #oor ' hin# hi!. h ran *ast th (o+ntain an# a)ross th grass. )+tting o(( th so+n# o( th sir n. '+t h &n w that was ho* $ ss.

an# th zit )r a! an# )ra!! # th ! into his *o)& ts. Th stairs $ # +* to th ha$$ with its h+g *ainting o( 2+#g! nt Day. (a$$ing 'a)&war#. Mr. his +n)$ -an# hi!s $(. Th n h wo+$# +s th N ! sis )artri#g to )onta)t M16. H was sti$$ in Say$ 's ho+s . His h a# was th+!*ing an# th si# o( his (a) was swo$$ n wh r Mr. H wo+$# (in# so! wh r to hi# o+t. 3rin ha# hit hi!. n/oying hi!s $(. stri&ing o+t with th h $ o( his right han#. H tri # to a"oi# th '$ow. H ha# $ t #own M16. His ar!s w r twist # ' hin# hi! an# th t n#ons in his sho+$# r w r on (ir . th si# o( it #ri"ing into A$ %'s throat. A$ % r a)t # 1+i)&$y. It was /+st ' (or nin o')$o)& wh n th #oor o* n # an# two g+ar#s )a! in with Mr. CAME FOR A$ % th (o$$owing !orning. A$ % $oo& # at th (ig+r s. H (o+n# th )artri#g s (or his 3a! Boy. His han#s w r )+(( # ' hin# hi! again. Th han#)+((s w r +n$o)& # an# A$ % was (or) # to his ( t.t $ *hon . h was !ar)h # o+t o( th roo! an# +* a ($ight o( stairs. H ha# a$r a#y # )i# # not to stay h r . A$ % got th i!*r ssion that ' hin# th $i"i# s)ars h r a$$y was grinning. H #+)& # to on si# . an# his !a+" twist # s!i$ . H n " r " n r ! !' r # hitting th ($oor. B+t wors than a$$ this was his s ns o( (ai$+r . 3rin was 1+i)& r. with a g+ar# ho$#ing hi! on a)h si# . . writhing in agony on th )an"as. With a sho)& h saw Mr. 3rin stan#ing in th ha$$way. H w nt 'a)& to th #oor an# o* n # it. It was too #ang ro+s. B+t Mr. Th r was a high-'a)& # woo# n )hair in (ront o( it. An# A$ % was h $*$ ss. Th $in was # a#. H ha# s* nt th night han#)+(( # to a ra#iator in a s!a$$ #ar& roo! with a sing$ 'arr # win#ow. H was s*+n into th ' #roo!. A$ % gas* # (or 'r ath '+t non )a! . It was A*ri$ 1. his ging r hair. THE SCHOOL BULL. th gray (irst $ight o( th *ing in. th #ay wh n th Stor!'r a& rs wo+$# ' +n$ ash #. 3rin's (ist hit hi! s1+ar on th /aw. Th g+ar#s $ (t. THE. his yoyo. It !ight on) ha" ' !orning was /+st )r n a )oa$ ) $$ar. 3rin r !ain #. H o* n # th ! an# )$os # th ! again. I( h was right. Wh n A$ % o* n # his y s. th n his han# shot o+t. th i!ag wo+$# soon ' r * at # a$$ o" r Eng$an#. Th '+t$ r !a# an inarti)+$at so+n# an# $ash # o+t a s )on# ti! . A$ % was (or) # to sit #own. Th n. Th g+ar#s ha$( #ragg # hi! thro+gh a #oorway an# into th roo! with th a1+ari+!. $oo&ing hi# o+s with his whit (a) . '+t Mr. An# it wo+$# ha** n in /+st thr ho+rs' ti! . 3rin ' hin# th !. N " r !in#.

or h wi$$ )a+s yo+ !or *ain than yo+ )o+$# ' gin to i!agin . 3rin w nt o" r to on o( th #is*$ay )as s an# too& o+t a &ni( . I'# ha" sai#. "Mr. T $$ ! what I want to &now." h sai#." A$ % sai#. H wasn't a (ri n# o( Eng$an#. razor shar* with a s rrat # #g ." Mr. Not )ri)& t! What?" H ha# a#o*t # an %agg rat # . "Th y s n# (o+rt n -y ar -o$# 'oys to #o th ir #irty wor&? Not " ry Eng$ish. "W ha" " ry $itt$ ti! . Th sta& s ha# ' )o! too high. "Ri# r's son. A$ %. *$ as . 2+st r ! !' r what ha** ns to $iars. "H sti$$ is. It #i#n't !att r any!or .H h ar# th so+n# o( ( t on th s*ira$ stair)as . B+t " n th y ha# n " r g+ ss # th tr+th." Say$ )ontin+ #. Say$ sigh #. Th n H ro# Say$ a** ar #. "M16?" Say$ $a+gh # witho+t any sign o( h+!or. His "oi) was +tt r$y )o$#." Th r was no *oint $ying. His y s w r +g$y.?Mr. H h $# it +* )$os to his (a) . (+$$ o( ! na) ." A$ % sai#. Th '$a# ($ash #. A$an B$+nt an# Mrs. "My na! is A$ % Ri# r." Say$ sna** #. 3rin too& a st * )$os r. it ha# )o!*$ t $y "a*orat #.. 3rin +s # to ' an %* rt with &ni" s. 2on s ha# ' start. I( th r ha# ' n anything )o!i)a$ a'o+t hi! wh n A$ % ha# (irst s n hi!. "Thr 1+ stions. "Who ar yo+? Who s nt yo+ h r ? How !+)h #o yo+ &now?" "I #on't &now what yo+'r ta$&ing a'o+t. H was its worst n !y. An# #on't try to $i to ! . saw th $ ath r sho s )o!ing #own ' (or h n s+s*i)io+s o( th Egy*tian !+$ti!i$$ionair (ro! th " ry saw th !an who wor th !. His (a) was 'or # an# '+sin ss$i& . 0arti)+$ar$y to th ir tong+ s. Th y'# a$ways tho+ght h ha# so! thing to hi# . his y s g$ a!ing." "His n *h w. 3rin. )at)hing th $ight.. #r ss # in an i!!a)+$at *a$ gray si$& s+it." "Who s nt yo+ h r ?" "Th sa! * o*$ who s nt hi!. "I'" a$r a#y to$# yo+ that Mr.

o+'" gott n ho$# o( so! sort o( r a$ "ir+s.o+'" #on " ry w $$. an# (or a !o! nt. So I'! going to t $$ yo+ " rything. "I )a! to this )o+ntry (orty y ars ago. Say$ . trying to $oo& )as+a$. A !ass !+r# r r." His (a) twist # with ang r." h sai#. B hin# hi!. to hi# th ( ar h was r a$$y ( sai#. $ast night. H t+gg # at th han#)+((s. so it'$$ ' s)hoo$)hi$#r n. A$ %? How !+)h ha" yo+ (o+n# o+t?" A$ % shr+gg #. yo+ s )o+$# s th !a#n ss." A$ % too& a 'r ath. "An# what o( !y thir# 1+ stion. D )onta!ination an# 'io-)ontain! nt zon s. a$i" in his y s. 3rin ha# ' 1+i" ring in th 'a)& o( th )hair. A$ % ". "3o on. ". B )a+s . Th y'r in s)hoo$s." H ro# Say$ )$a** # his han#s so(t$y tog th r." h sai#. th / $$y(ish #ri(t # *ast $i& a *oisono+s )$o+#. Th y w r ta$&ing a'o+t 'io$ogi)a$ war(ar . th r 's a**ro*riat that M16 sho+$# ha" s nt ! a r a$ Eng$ish s)hoo$'oy. H ( $t a tri)&$ o( '$oo# s$i# #own o" r his )o$$ar.o+'r & *ing +s waiting. In a way it's . Th n ho$#ing was s+## n$y it o+t $ing. i( I ha#! So !+)h ' tt r! "I was 'ro+ght h r an# #+)at # 'y an Eng$ish . "I &now no+gh.. B tt r (or yo+. B+t (or a (r a& a))i# nt. I saw what yo+ w r #oing.o+ '$i##y sno's with yo+r st+)&-+* s)hoo$s an# yo+r stin&ing Eng$ish s+* riority! B+t I'! going to show yo+. I'! going to gi" yo+ what yo+ # s r" !" H stoo# +* an# wa$& # o" r to A$ %. an in)h (ro! his h a#. "A$$ right. Oh y s. "I ha# no !on y. My (a!i$y ha# nothing. I wo+$# *ro'a'$y ha" $i" # an# #i # in Cairo. * o*$ #i . An# I ( $ yo+ # s r" a r war#. nothing in th wor$# I hat !or . I tho+ght h was ta$&ing a'o+t )o!*+t r "ir+s s. A$ %. h ' )a! int r st # in "ir+s s. "I )ongrat+$at yo+. H )o+$# s )hair. It )a! h r in t st t+' s. Mr. an# yo+'" *+t th ! into th Stor!'r a& rs. I h ar# th ! ta$&ing on th s* a& r syst !. A '$i##y *sy)ho. Wh n !y +n)$ was h r . I s+**os wh n th )o!*+t rs ar t+rn # on. ." h o( th )orn r o( his y . Th r was a s+## n ($ash an# th &ni( that Mr.Eng$ish a)) nt. Whi)h ! ans that yo+'r not th saint " ryon thin&s yo+ ar . That was th nat+ra$ ass+!*tion. "." H ro# Say$ sai#.. Now h wa$& # (orwar# an# sat #own ' hin# th # s&. *a)& # into si$" r 'o% s. H as& # a'o+t th ! at th $o)a$ $i'rary. won# ring i( it wo+$# ' *ossi'$ to 'r a& th #g o( th '$a# ha# a)t+a$$y ni)& # th s&in o( his n )&. B+t I was wrong. I s+**os yo+ !ight say. I #on't &now what ha** ns n %t.

My tro+s rs ri** # o(( ! an# h+ng o+t on th ($ag*o$ +n# rn ath th Union $a)&. A$ % )o+$# s hi! r $i"ing th *ast. s!ar!y shri!* o( a 'oy. how !+)h !on y I'" !a# . . B )a+s I )o+$#n't s* a& Eng$ish w $$. L t's *+sh his h a# in th toi$ t." Say$ sai#. whi)h I ha# a$ways ' $i " # to s+)h w a$th an# to &now that I was going to ' *art o( it! I was going to ' Eng$ish! To a )hi$# 'orn in th Cairo g+tt r. who )a+ght it an# s*+n it in his han#. H )o+$# ' )har!ing wh n h want # to. h was onto ! . I was !o)& # an# '+$$i #. To ' in Lon#on. H &n w how to ta$& his way aro+n# th ! . "A$$ !y $i( I'" ' n tr at # th sa! way. H was a s!a$$.. An# th y *$ay # tri)&s on ! . "Th r w r *$ nty o( '+$$i s in that s)hoo$.. An# I was grat (+$ to th ! too. B )a+s I wasn't on o( th !. . B )a+s o( !y siz . how !any * o*$ I'" . a *o$iti)ian " n th n.' H ha# a tho+san# i# as to !a& !y $i( !is ra'$ an# h n " r sto** # thin&ing +* !or . H gr w +* to ' th '$i##y *ri! !inist r!" Say$ too& o+t a whit si$& han#& r)hi ( an# wi* # his (a) ." "Lots o( * o*$ ar '+$$i # at s)hoo$-" A$ % ' gan an# sto** # as Say$ 'a)&han# # hi! "i)io+s$y a)ross th (a) . Oh y s." h sai#. I'! sti$$ a /o& . H +s # to organiz th oth rs." A$ % sai#. "I a! going to t $$ yo+. An# #o yo+ &now who that 'oy gr w +* to ' ?" "No. H ro# S! $$. I'! sti$$ ' )o! . . . Th y ha# na! s (or ! . 'L t's g t th goat-'oy. "Fro! th !o! nt I arri" # at th s)hoo$. "I ha" n't (inish #. "I ha# $o" # that ($ag wh n I (irst )a! h r . "No !att r how s+)) ss(+$ I'" !*$oy #. '+t his *ar nts w r ri)h an# h ha# a way with th oth r )hi$#r n. "B+t in on$y w &s I )a! to hat it. Th #war(. "B+t I was soon to $ arn th r a$ity. H was 'r athing h a"i$y an# th r was s*itt$ on his $ow r $i*. '+t I ha" a ( $ing yo+'r going to t $$ ! ." Say$ shoo& his h a# s$ow$y. it was an i!*ossi'$ #r a!. 3rin.Say$ $ an # (orwar# an# yan& # th &ni( o+t o( th )hain H toss # it to Mr. "B+t th r was on who was wors than any o( th !.(a!i$y. His 'a$# h a# was g$ a!ing with sw at." h )ontin+ #. An# on) again h was a$$owing th *ast to # stroy hi!. Oh y s." h sai#. . Th y w r grat (+$ to ! ' )a+s I'# sa" # th ir $i" s.o+ )annot i!agin how I was ( ' th h art o( )i"i$ization. B )a+s o( !y #ar& s&in. Boo&s sto$ n an# # (a) #. Wh n th r w r t a)h rs aro+n#. 0ins on th )hair. A$$ th ti! h goa# # ! an# ta+nt # ! an# th r was nothing I )o+$# #o ' )a+s h was *o*+$ar an# I was a (or ign r. 3oat-'oy. s. To s $ing th n. B+t th !o! nt th ir 'a)&s w r t+rn #.

at $ast. A$ %.o+'r !a#!" A$ % %)$ai! #. E" ry s)hoo$ in Eng$an# wi$$ ' /oining in. '+t inst a#. An# y s. /+st to ' gin with. a *an $ s$i# +* to r " a$ ($oor -to ) i$ing t $ "ision s)r ns that i!! #iat $y ($i)& r # into $i( . An# !y Stor!'r a& rs n #is)o" r # so ". h 's right. B )a+s th "ir+s I'! ta$&ing a'o+t is a (or! o( s!a$$*o%. W $$. Mr. s $(-s r"ing s* )h s an# th n h '$$ *r ss a '+tton. B+t that. ". 3rin w nt o" r to th wa$$ an# *r ss # a '+tton." ". th *ri! !inist r.o+ ha" no i# a how !+)h I hat yo+. !y ti! has )o! .o+'# ' s+r*ris # how !any )o+ntri s th r ar in th wor$# who $oath th Eng$ish. By th ti! anyon r a$iz s what has ha** n #. yo+'r right. On on s)r n A$ % )o+$# s th +n# rgro+n# " ry $a'oratory. I ha" *ow r(+$ (ri n#s who ha" s+**ort # ! -" ". an# Say$ )o+$# s )orn r o( his &ing#o! witho+t " n $ a"ing th roo!. with th s)hoo$)hi$#r n gath r # aro+n# th ir ni) . on th stro& o( tw $" . "I thin& not. Most o( E+ro* . O( )o+rs . it's ' ho$# !+)h. . "By !i#night tonight yo+'$$ ' in /ai$. No won# r A$ % ha# ' asi$y. "Now yo+ &now th tr+th.H ro# S! $$. E" n wh n .. A s*oon(+$ o( th st+(( wo+$# # stroy a )ity.. !or $ tha$. "At th !o! nt it's iso$at #." Say$ #is!iss # th tho+ght with a wa" o( th han#." H )$a** # his han#s an# w nt 'a)& to his # s&. n w shiny )o!*+t rs. 3rin.. is !y $itt$ A*ri$ Foo$s' /o& . th Cairo tra!*. An# at !i##ay. A$ %. !y o$# (ri n#. . B+t this a(t rnoon th r 's going to ' a 'it o( a *arty at th S)i n) M+s +!. I'! not a$on in this.. "Th Stor!'r a& rs ar ar! # an# r a#y.ass n is wor&ing (or th * o*$ who ha" ' n h $*ing ! . Th r w r )$os #-)ir)+it t $ "ision )a! ras " rywh r ." n *$anning !y r " ng . I'$$ ' gon . on " ry wa$$. an# in a way. B+t anyway . A$ % ha$( %* )t # th snoo& r ta'$ to ris o+t o( th ($oor. (or (orty y ars I'" ' An# now. on a thir# th airstri* with th $ast o( th tr+)&s on its way o+t. A$ %. 1+it sa( . 0r ssing th '+tton wi$$ r $ as th "ir+s. H thin&s h '$$ ' a)ti"ating th )o!*+t rs. Ea)h on )ontains what yo+ !ight )a$$ a )o!*+t r "ir+s.ass n 3r goro"i)h.o+ ha" ' n '+sy!" H s ! # s+r*ris # that A$ % &n w th na! . wi$$ !a& on o( his s!+g. L t's not ! ntion any na! s or " n nationa$iti s. I'! g$a# I was a'$ to t $$ yo+. !+)h !or than that. on anoth r th ass !'$y $in . th goat-'oy. . i( yo+ $i& . an# 'y !i#night tonight. th r wi$$ ' no !or s)hoo$)hi$#r n in Eng$an# an# th *ri! !inist r wi$$ w * as h r ! !' rs th #ay h (irst '+$$i # H ro# Say$ !" n g n ti)a$$y !o#i(i # to !a& it (ast r an# strong r . Mr. A$ %. .

try as h !ight h )o+$#n't r a)h it. th n sto** # an# t+rn # to A$ %. wh n Mr. An# r ! !' r. ($i**ing th &ni( o" r so that th '$a# $an# # in th ($at o( his han#. B+t h '# h ar# no+gh. His (a) was s+## n$y ston . "An# * rha*s yo+ (org t that I warn # yo+ a'o+t $ying to ! . '+t th )+((s w r too tight. H &n w it wo+$# '+rn thro+gh th han#)+((s in s )on#s. Ma& it s$ow. Han#)+(( # to th )hair with th / $$y(ish ($oating si$ nt$y ' hin# hi!. Th y'$$ ' waiting (or yo+ at th S)i n) M+s +!. . I'" to$# M16 " rything I &now. DEE0 WATER ALE4 3AVE +* trying to 'r a& (r o( th )hair." Say$ sai#. 3rin too& a st * (orwar#.o+'r on$y going to ' th (irst . 3rin sti$$ ha#n't )o! 'a)&. A$ % ha# tri # to r a)h th zit )r a! that S!ith rs ha# gi" n hi!. I ha" a *r ssing ngag ! nt in Lon#on. An# yo+r *$an won't wor&. A$ % was $ (t a$on . W sho+$# ha" & *t 'a)& so! s!a$$*o% (or hi!.o+ )an wa$& with ! to th h $i)o*t r. "Forgi" ! i( I #on't ' $i " yo+. "I'! sorry yo+ w r '+$$i # at s)hoo$. .o+'r /+st $i& th 'oys I was at s)hoo$ with. . . A$ %. . It wasn't a *$ as+r &nowing yo+. in th zi** #-+* o+t r *o)& t o( his )o!'at tro+s rs." H t+rn # to Mr." h sai#. ". "B+t $ots o( &i#s g t '+$$i # an# th y #on't t+rn into n+t)as s. So wi$$ th ! n in whit )oats. It was no+gh to #ri" hi! !a#. Say$ . I was thin&ing how !+)h *$ as+r it wo+$# gi" ! to &i$$ yo+. Ma& it *ain(+$.w w r *$aying that st+*i# ga! o( snoo& r." "." h sai#. "I'# $i& to wat)h yo+ #i . His wrists w r 'r+is # an# '$oo#y wh r th )hain )+t into hi!. Nothing has )hang #. "3oo#-'y . Th n )o! 'a)& h r an# &i$$ th 'oy.o+'r r a$$y sa#. wh r h ha# *+t it. H ha# h ar# th )$att r o( a h $i)o*t r ta&ing o(( an# &n w that H ro# Say$ !+st ' on his way . '+t I'! s+r yo+'$$ thin& o( so! thing !+)h !or )r ati" ." H wa$& # to th #oor." Th #oor sw+ng sh+t. B+t a$tho+gh his o+tstr t)h # (ing rs w r on$y a ( w in)h s away.o+ ha" n't )hang #. B+t n/oy yo+r # ath. A(t r thirty !in+t s. "Un(ort+nat $y." A$ % sai#." Say$ gigg$ #." Mr. 3rin. His )h & was sti$$ s!arting wh r Say$ ha# hit hi!. Mr. an# th worst thing was h )o+$# a)t+a$$y ( $ it.

his han#s )a! (r won# ring what was going on. Not th n. Sh )a! o" r to hi!. th #ying wo+$# ' gin. ". Th #oor o* n #.to Lon#on. A$ % was sti$$ r $ing (ro! what h ha# h ar#. "List n to ! . s. A$ % twist # aro+n#. 3rin. "A$ %-" "What #o yo+ want?" A$ % r )oi$ # away (ro! h r as sh $ an # o" r hi!. gath r # aro+n# th ir n w Stor!'r a& rs. an# to his astonish! nt." "Th n $ t's go. . . w r a(rai#. An# y t it was going to ha** n in /+st a )o+*$ o( ho+rs' ti! . Sh ha# +n$o)& # th han#)+((s! H stoo# +*. a$$ o" r th )o+ntry. . . I a! on th sa! si# as yo+. B+t I ha" a !o'i$ in !y o((i) . th r wo+$# ' a hiss an# a s!a$$ )$o+# o( # a#$y s!a$$*o% "a*or wo+$# ' r $ as # into th )row# # roo!. %* )ting to s in. A$ % tri # to i!agin what was a'o+t to ha** n. ." ." ." "B+t . . ' hin# th "A$$ th *hon s in th ho+s ar )o# #. Th wor#s w r t+!'$ing 1+i)&$y an# so(t$y o+t o( h r y $$ow-*aint # $i*s. An# !in+t s $at r.o+ )annot +s th !. It was too horri'$ . an# h r y s. I wor& # with yo+r +n)$ -H rr Ri# r. )$osing th #oor ' hin# h r. Th n th r was a )$i)&. ti # #own. W #on't ha" th ti! to arg+ . "W #o not ha" !+)h ti! . +na'$ to !o" . What h was *$anning was ' yon# ' $i (. I a! h r to h $* yo+. .o+ &n w what Say$ was #oing. H r *a$ ro+n# (a) s g$ass s." "B+t no'o#y to$# ! -" "It was ' tt r (or yo+ not to &now. It's too har# (or ! to %*$ain.o+ want to sto* hi! or no?" "I n # to (in# a *hon . a !ass !+r# r that wo+$# # stroy Britain (or g n rations to )o! . T ns o( tho+san#s o( s)hoo$)hi$#r n wo+$# ' sitting in th ir )$ass s. " "Th r was nothing I )o+$# #o. An# h r h was. Mr. H was th on$y * rson who )o+$# sto* it. '+t it was Na#ia Vo$ who h+rri # ! # ($+sh #. inst a#. waiting (or th !o! nt at !i##ay %a)t$y-wh n th *ri! !inist r wo+$# *r ss th '+tton an# 'ring th ! on-$in ." A$ % star # at h r in s+r*ris ." Vo$ sai#. B+t. Th !+$ti!i$$ionair was )o!*$ t $y insan . A$ % ha# to )$os his !in# to th tho+ght." A$ % was )on(+s #. "I saw yo+ with th s+'!arin .

Th r was a !o" ! nt " rything was "ag+ an# #istort # thro+gh th ri**$ing wat r-an# th #oor o* n #. twisting an# s*ira$ing in th wat r. That was wh n h r a$iz #. Two (ig+r s wa$& # in. )o+$#n't atta)&. As h w nt. It's th (irst #oor on th $ (t. aro+n# th )orn r..A$ % was sti$$ s+s*i)io+s. It was a !ira)$ that h ha#n't )rash # right into it. Th tan& h was in was h+g ." A$ % w nt *ast h r. r sting h r han# against th stat+ 's ar!. h saw h r *r ss #own on th stat+ 's ar!. Th r $ight. it was too $at . Th g$ass ros a'o" th $ " $ o( th wat r. (ighting (or air. in th )orn r. Th ar! !o" # .. "I ( $ #izzy. (or) # hi!s $( to & r a$iz # that thrashing a'o+t in th wat r wo+$# on$y )r at th )+rr nt that wo+$# 'ring th )r at+r o" r to hi!. Th )or&s)r w s*at hi! o+t. '+t h &n w who th y w r .. Th / $$y(ish ha# no y s. an# th n h was gon . a$ong th $an#ing. H )o+$# s was nothing ' tw it in th (ar )orn r o( th tan&. H (o$$ow # h r o+t o( th roo!. '+t th r was nothing h )o+$# #o. H tri # to sto* hi!s $( (a$$ing. thro+gh th wat r. By th ti! h &n w h ha# ' n tri)& #. an# +* a ($ight o( stairs to a $an#ing with a stat+ o( a na& # wo!an. %a)t$y wh r h was. A$ % )o+$# 'ar $y !a& th ! o+t. at $ ast (i(t tw nty or thirty ( was no way h )o+$# )$i!' o+t. Th y stoo# tog th r in (ront o( th tan&. H )rash # onto his 'a)& an# s$i# #own thro+gh th ($oor an# into a '$a)& *$asti) t+nn $. Fi" s )on#s $at r h (o+n# o+t. H #r a#(+$ t nta)$ s with th ir h+n#r #s o( stinging ) $$s. a $ " r. h )o+$# s n( t# * an# t $ong. with horror.. . Loo&ing #own. Th r n hi! an# it. H r a$iz # h was $oo&ing into th roo! h ha# /+st $ (t. H ha# no )hoi) '+t to tr+st h r. Fra+$ in Vo$ an# Mr. B+t " nt+a$$y it wo+$# r a)h hi!. Vo$ was ho$#ing what $oo& # $i& a !o'i$ . # s* rat $y trying to (in# a ho$# on th si# s. "What is it?" A$ % as& #. why ha#n't sh tri # to sto* Say$ ' (or ? On th oth r han#. For a !o! nt h was '$in# #. 3rin wo+$# ' 'a)& any !in+t . Th n h ros to th s+r(a) an# (o+n# hi!s $( in a h+g g$ass tan& (i$$ # with wat r an# ro)&s. H y $$ # o+t as th ($oor +n# rn ath hi! sw+ng aro+n# on a hi## n *i"ot. 3rin.o+ go on. O+t o( th )orn r o( his y . won# ring what wo+$# ' at th n# o( his (a$$. its * sti$$. I( Na#ia Vo$ ha# &nown so !+)h. H ( $$ 'ri ($y thro+gh th air an# s*$ash # into )o$# wat r. (ar o+t o( his r a)h. It wo+$#n't . Vo$ *a+s # (or a !o! nt. whi)h )or&s)r w # ' n ath hi!. h h ar# Na#ia Vo$ $a+gh tri+!*hant$y. Vo$ ha# # *osit # hi! in th tan& with th giant / $$y(ish: H ro# Say$ 's 0ort+g+ s !an-o(-war. H ro# Say$ 's *ri"at o((i) . A$ % (o+ght 'a)& th *ani). sh ha# r $ as # hi!-an# Mr. so! 3r & go## ss. It #i#n't &now h was th r .

an# A$ % r a$iz # with # s*air that sh ha# %* )t # hi! to #o /+st this. h wo+$# ha" ' n st+ng. Th tan& was $it (ro! a'o" 'y a s ri s o( n on stri*s. Th g$ass. A$tho+gh sh was a '$+r to hi!. whirring so+n#. What is th r )or#.o+ )an tr a# wat r. It is a *ity. H )o+$# s r t rror was sa**ing his str ngth. . !o"ing away (ro! it. Sh #i#n't !o" . s. It wi$$ &i$$ yo+. Or * rha*s it wi$$ ' (ast r an# yo+ wi$$ #ri(t into th !'ra) o( o+r (ri n#. A$ % $oo& # +*. no? It is not an !'ra) to ing yo+ again." Th 3 r!an wo!an's "oi) rang o+t (ro! a s* a& r so! wh r a'o" his h a#." ' # sir #. wi$$ ' ' yon# th i!agination o( a )hi$#. . Th y wi$$ not ' s Th "oi) )$i)& # o((. Th r was anoth r '$+rr # !o" ! nt on th oth r si# o( th g$ass. On t nta)$ ($oat # n w aring sn a& rs. '+t th y w r too high to r a)h. on han# against th g$ass. 0 rha*s th r was a way . H swa$$ow # wat r an# r a$iz # h ha# o* n # his !o+th to )ry o+t. Un# rn ath th )r at+r . !ay' (or two. H a$r a#y &n w that what Vo$ ha# sai# was tr+ . Th *ain. I( th / $$y(ish #i#n't g t hi!. th t nta)$ s s$ow$y Co+$# th stinging ) $$s * n trat his )$oth s? A$!ost ) rtain$y. an# sh #istan) ' tw *oo$. B n ath hi! h h ar# a )$i)& an# a so(t. May' (or on ho+r. *ing his h a# a'o" th s+r(a) . tir #n ss wo+$#. His sn a& rs w r th on$y to h r.. H ha# to (ight " ry s )on# to stay a($oat. . won# ring i( h )o+$# 'r a& it. I thin&. Sh want # to wat)h hi! #i .t $ *hon in h r han#. Mr. A$ %.o+ wi$$ #rown. . A$!ost at on) h ' )a! awar that so! thing ha# )hang #. "I a! s+r yo+ wi$$ ha" s Mr. That was what was !a&ing th / $$y(ish !o" . Oth rs ha" $ast # (or $ong r. D s* rat $y h &i)& # o+t with his ( t. & n 'y now that th r is no way o+t o( th tan&. I( h ha#n't ' *rot )tion h ha#. H )h )& # th n hi!s $( an# th / $$y(ish. B+t soon yo+ wi$$ g t tir #.o+ s hi! . his y s (i% # on th / $$y(ish.. . 3rin ha# $ (t th roo!. s+rging thro+gh th wat r on his 'a)&. . +* an# #ra* # its $( o" r his (oot. 3rin?" "Ir naaargh aah!" "Fi" an# a ha$( ho+rs. A$ % Ri# r. B+t Vo$ ha# stay # ' hin#. H * 'r ath an# #i" # #own to th 'otto! o( th *+sh # against it. too& a # Na#ia Vo$ . Vo$ !+st ha" t+rn # on so! sort o( arti(i)ia$ )+rr nt. "I ho* yo+ )an h ar ! . Th / $$y(ish was !o"ing towar# hi!! H )o+$# s #an) #. that M16 )hos to s n# yo+ h r . . A$ %. A$ % &i)& # in th wat r. H r a)h # th 'a)& )orn r o( th a1+ari+! an# *a+s # th r . h wo+$# ' )rysta$ )$ ar th trans$+) nt )on with its #ar& !a+" ti* h a#ing towar# hi!. wat)hing.

H &i)& # his ( t. 6it-C$ an. '+t th who$ thing was h $# tog th r 'y a (ra! wor& o( iron gir# rs that (itt # aro+n# th )orn rs on 'oth th insi# an# th o+tsi# o( th g$ass. H $ t go o( his ar! an# ran a (ing r +* th si# o( th a1+ari+!. H )o+$#n't a"oi# th to+)h o( th / $$y(ish (or " r. H )o+$#n't 'r a& th g$ass. th ! ta$ (a) s h $# tog th r 'y a s ri s o( ri" ts. gas*ing (or 'r ath as his h a# 'ro& thro+gh th s+r(a) o( th wat r. Na#ia Vo$ was a$r a#y awar that so! thing was wrong. H (o+n# on a'o+t th siz o( his own h a#. H #i#n't &now how $ong h wo+$# ha" ' (or th )r a! too& (( )t . '+t A$ % r ! !' r # th # !onstration S!ith rs ha# gi" n hi!. Th / $$y(ish was #ri(ting towar# th 'a)& o( th a1+ari+!.. Th r #i#n't s ! to ' " ry !+)h o( th )r a! gi" n th thi)&n ss o( th gir# rs an# th siz o( ing at th $ast th tan&.. . Wo+$# th )r a! " n wor& +n# rwat r? Th r was no *oint worrying a'o+t that now. A$tho+gh h ha# ta& n a$$ th ga#g ts S!ith rs ha# gi" n hi!. an# anyway. I( Na#ia Vo$ )o+$# s what h was #oing. h ha# to gi" it a try. '+''$ s r+*ting o+t o( his !o+th. His sho+$# r s$a!! # into th n ar st o( th ro)&s an# h ( $t th *ain sh+## r thro+gh hi!. on$y s s )on# that th / $$y(ish ha# #ri(t # a'o" hi!. Th t nta)$ s w r right o" r his h a#. For H a$thi r S&in. Th tan& was an ngin ring !ar" $. '+t it r (+s # to !o" .H swa! to th ro)&s an# $oo& # (or on s!a$$ no+gh to 'ring to th s+r(a) . non o( th ! )o+$# h $* hi!. A$ % ha# no i# a how !+)h *r ss+r th wat r was % rting on th h+g *$at s o( g$ass. A$ % was r+nning o+t o( 'r ath. H twist # aro+n# an# *+sh # hi!s $( +* towar# th s+r(a) . *ro* $$ing hi!s $( a)ross to th oth r si# . C$+t)hing his ar! in his han#. Vo$ ha#n't tri # to sto* hi! ' )a+s sh &n w that a$$ th ro)&s w r s t in )on)r t . Tr a#ing wat r. * rha*s )a$$ing (or h $*. A$ % )ontort # his 'o#y an# !anag # to stay #own. A$ % saw that sh ha# stoo# +* again an# was s* a&ing into th !o'i$ *hon . An# th n A$ % r ! !' r # th zit )r a!. +sing his oth r han# to r+' it in aro+n# th ri" ts. sh !+st thin& h ha# gon !a#. h +nzi** # his *o)& t an# too& o+t th t+' . h 'a)& # into anoth r )orn r an# ros 'a)& +*. H )o+$#n't )$i!' o+t. A$ % h $# th t+' against th ! ta$ )orn rs at th (ront o( th tan& an# #i# his ' st to s1+ z a $ong $in o( )r a! a$$ th way #own th $ ngth o( ! ta$. H s)r a! #. A$ % wait # a ( w !o! nts. th n swa! (orwar# an# #i" # (or a s )on# ti! . ($ai$ing !a#$y with his $ gs to *ro* $ hi!s $( si# ways. how $itt$ h ha# +s #. B+t th ro)&s w r too h a"y.

H ha# +s # ha$( th t+' on on si# o( th tan&. H +s # th s )on# ha$( on th oth r. Th / $$y(ish was ho" ring a'o" hi!, th t nta)$ s r a)hing o+t as i( to gra' ho$# o( hi! an# sto* hi!. How $ong ha# h ' ! ta$ 'ro& ? H /+st ha# ti! to ta& on 'r ath ' (or h (o+n# o+t. E" n +n# rwat r, th )r a! '+rn # thro+gh th ri" ts on th insi# o( th tan&. Th g$ass s *arat # (ro! th gir# rs, an# with nothing to ho$# it 'a)&, th h+g *r ss+r o( wat r s!ash # it o* n $i& a #oor )a+ght in th win#. A$ % #i#n't s what ha** n # n %t. H #i#n't ha" ti! to thin&. Th wor$# s*+n an# h was thrown (orwar#, as h $*$ ss as a )or& in a wat r(a$$. Th n %t ( w s )on#s w r a twisting night!ar o( r+shing wat r an# %*$o#ing g$ass. A$ % #i#n't #ar o* n his y s. H ( $t hi!s $( ' ing h+r$ # (orwar#, s$a!! # into so! thing, th n s+)& # 'a)& again. H was s+r h ha# 'ro & n " ry 'on in his 'o#y. Now h was +n# rwat r. H str+gg$ # to (in# air. His h a# 'ro& thro+gh th s+r(a) , '+t " n so, wh n h (ina$$y o* n # his !o+th h was a!az # h )o+$# a)t+a$$y 'r ath . Th (ront o( th tan& ha# '$own o(( an# a tho+san# ga$$ons o( wat r ha# )as)a# # into H ro# Say$ 's o((i) . Th wat r ha# s!ash # th (+rnit+r an# '$own th win#ows o+t. It was sti$$ (a$$ing in torr nts thro+gh th ho$ s wh r th win#ows ha# ' n, th r st o( it #raining away thro+gh th ($oor. Br+is # an# #az #, A$ % stoo# +*, wat r )+r$ing aro+n# his an&$ s. Wh r was th / $$y(ish? H ha# ' n $+)&y that th two o( th ! ha#n't ' )o! tang$ # +* in th s+## n r+*tion o( wat r. no+gh wat r in Say$ 's o((i) to a$$ow it to r a)h hi!. n +n# rwat r? His h art was *o+n#ing. An# what wo+$# ha** n wh n th

B+t it )o+$# sti$$ ' )$os . Th r !ight sti$$ '

A$ % 'a)& # into a )orn r o( th roo!, his who$ 'o#y ta+t. Th n h saw it. Na#ia Vo$ ha# ' n $ ss $+)&y than h . Sh ha# ' n stan#ing in (ront o( th g$ass wh n th

gir# rs 'ro& an# sh ha#n't ' (a) an# sh s

n a'$ to g t o+t o( th way in ti! . Sh was ($oating on h r 'a)&,

h r $ gs $i!* an# 'ro& n. Th 0ort+g+ s !an-o(-war was a$$ o" r h r. 0art o( it was sitting on h r ! # to ' staring at hi! thro+gh th 1+i" ring !ass o( / $$y. H r y $$ow $i*s w r $ing si)&, A$ % 'a)& # away #rawn 'a)& in an n#$ ss s)r a!. Th t nta)$ s w r wra** # a$$ aro+n# h r, h+n#r #s an# h+n#r #s o( stinging ) $$s )$inging to h r ar!s an# $ gs an# )h st. F to th #oor an# stagg r # o+t into th )orri#or. An a$ar! ha# gon o((. H on$y h ar# it now as so+n# an# "ision )a! 'a)& to hi!. Th s)r a!ing

o( th sir n shoo& hi! o+t o( his #az # stat . What ti! was it? A$!ost $ " n o')$o)&. At $ ast his wat)h was sti$$ wor&ing. B+t h was in Cornwa$$, at $ ast a (i" ho+r #ri" (ro! Lon#on, an# with th a$ar!s so+n#ing, th ar! # g+ar#s, an# th razor wir , h '# n " r !a& it o+t o( th )o!*$ %. Fin# a t $ *hon ? No. Vo$ ha# *ro'a'$y ' a$r a#y ' at th S)i n) M+s +!. 2+st on ho+r $ (t. O+tsi# , o" r th #in o( th a$ar!s, A$ % h ar# anoth r so+n#. Th s*$+tt r an# roar o( a *ro* $$ r. H w nt o" r to th n ar st win#ow an# $oo& # o+t. S+r th r wh n h arri" # was a'o+t to ta& o((. A$ % was soa&ing w t, 'att r #, an# a$!ost %ha+st #. B+t h &n w what h ha# to #o. H s*+n aro+n# an# ' gan to r+n. no+gh, th )argo *$an that ha# ' n n t $$ing th tr+th wh n sh sai# th y w r '$o)& #. An#, anyway, how )o+$# h g t in to+)h with A$an B$+nt or Mrs. 2on s at this $at stag ? Th y'#

ELEVEN O'CLOCK ALE4 BURST OUT o( th ho+s an# sto** # in th o* n air, ta&ing sto)& o( his s+rro+n#ings. H was awar o( a$ar!s ringing, g+ar#s r+nning towar# hi!, an# two )ars, sti$$ so! #istan) away, t aring +* th !ain #ri" , h a#ing (or th ho+s . H /+st ho* # that a$tho+gh it was o'"io+s so! thing was wrong, no'o#y wo+$# y t &now what it was. Th y sho+$#n't ' $oo&ing (or hi! at $ ast, not y t. That !ight gi" hi! th #g .

It $oo& # $i& h was too $at . Say$ 's *ri"at h $i)o*t r ha# a$r a#y gon . On$y th )argo *$an was $ (t. I( A$ % was going to r a)h th S)i n) M+s +! in Lon #on in th (i(ty-nin !in+t s $ (t to hi!, h ha# to ' on it. B+t th )argo *$an was a$r a#y in !otion, ro$$ing s$ow$y away (ro! its )ho)&s. In a !in+t or two it wo+$# go thro+gh th *r ($ight t sts. Th n it wo+$# ta& o((. A$ % $oo& # aro+n# an# saw an o* n-to** # ar!y / * *ar& # on th #ri" n ar th (ront #oor.

Th r was a g+ar# stan#ing n %t to it, a )igar tt s$i**ing o+t o( his han#, $oo&ing aro+n# to s what was ha** ning '+t $oo&ing th wrong way. 0 r( )t. A$ % s*rint # a)ross th gra" $. H ha# 'ro+ght a w a*on (ro! th ho+s . On o( Say$ 's har*oon g+ns ha# ($oat # *ast hi! /+st as h $ (t th roo! an# h '# snat)h # it +*, # t r!in # at $ast to ha" so! thing h )o+$# +s to # ( n# hi!s $(. It wo+$# ' asy no+gh to shoot th g+ar# right now. A har*oon in th 'a)& an# th / * wo+$# ' his. B+t A$ % &n w h )o+$#n't #o it. What " r A$an B$+nt an# M16 want # to t+rn hi!

into, h wasn't r a#y to shoot in )o$# '$oo#. Not (or his )o+ntry. Not " n to sa" his own $i( . Th g+ar# $oo& # +* as A$ % a**roa)h # an# (+!'$ # (or th *isto$ in a ho$st r at his ' $t. H n " r !a# it. A$ % +s # th han#$ o( th har*oon g+n, swinging it aro+n# an# +* to hit hi!, har#, +n# r th )hin. Th g+ar# )r+!*$ #, th *isto$ (a$$ing o+t o( his han#. A$ % gra'' # it an# $ a* # into th / *, grat (+$ to s th & ys w r in th ignition. H t+rn # th ! an# h ar# th ngin start +*. H &n w how to #ri" . That was so! thing $s Ian Ri# r ha# !a# s+r h '# $ arn # ... as soon as his $ gs w r $ong no+gh to r a)h th * #a$s. Th oth r )ars w r )$osing in on hi!. Th y !+st ha" s n hi! atta)& th g+ar#. M anwhi$ , th *$an ha# wh $ # aro+n# an# was a$r a#y ta%iing +* to th start o( th r+nway. H wasn't going to r a)h it in ti! . May' it was th #ang r )$osing in (ro! a$$ si# s that ha# shar* n # his s ns s. May' it was his )$os s)a* (ro! so !any #ang rs ' (or . B+t A$ % #i#n't " n ha" to thin&. H &n w what to #o, n gi" n ha# ' n !or as i( h ha# #on it a #oz n ti! s ' (or . May' th training h '# ' (( )ti" than h '# tho+ght. H r a)h # into his *o)& t an# too& o+t th yo-yo that S!ith rs ha# gi" n hi!. Th r was a ! ta$ st+# on th ' $t h was w aring an# h s$a!! # th yo-yo against it, ( it ha# ' n # sign # to. Th n, as 1+i)&$y as h )o+$#, h ti # th $ing it )$i)& into *$a) , as n# o( th ny$on )or# aro+n# th

'o$t o( th har*oon. Fina$$y, h t+)& # th *isto$ h ha# ta& n (ro! th g+ar# into th 'a)& o( his tro+s rs. H was r a#y. Th *$an was (a)ing #own th r+nway. Its *ro* $$ rs w r at (+$$ s* #. * (orwar#, shooting

A$ % wr n)h # th g ar into (irst, r $ as # th han# 'ra& , an# g+nn # th / !a)hin -g+n (ir . H yan& # #own on th st s n )o!ing +* th !ain #ri" ha# wh ring wh

o" r th #ri" an# onto th grass, h a#ing (or th airstri*. At th sa! ti! th r was a )hatt r o( $ an# twist # away as his wing !irror %*$o# # an# a s*ray o( '+$$ ts s$a!! # into th win#shi $# an# #oor. Th two )ars that h ha# $ # aro+n# to )o! +* ' hin# hi!. Ea)h o( th ! ha# a g+ar# in th 'a)&s at, $ aning o+t o( th win#ow, (iring at hi!. An# th y w r g tting )$os r. A$ % tri # to go (ast r, '+t it was a$r a#y too $at . Th two )ars ha# r a)h # hi!, an# (or a horri'$ s )on#, h (o+n# hi!s $( san#wi)h # ' tw n th !, on on a)h si# . H was on$y in)h s away into th 'arr $s o( th ir !a)hin g+ns. Th r * (ro! th g+ar#s. Loo&ing $ (t an# right, h )o+$# s

was on$y on thing to #o. H s$a!! # his (oot on th 'ra& , #+)&ing at th sa! ti! . Th / s&i## # to a ha$t an# th oth r two )ars ($ash # *ast hi!. Th r was a )hatt r as 'oth !a)hin

A$ % saw $itt$ o( this. th way was '$o)& #. Th y ha# 'oth ' n ai!ing at hi!. ' hin# th *$an . th gas * #a$ against th ($oor. Wh r was th *$an ? With a groan. an# )ontin+ #. * In s )on#s h was (orty. Th / it wasn't (ast no+gh. Th r was nothing to sto* th ! (ro! hitting hi!. $. Th *$an was a'o+t to $ a" th gro+n#. th n t+rn # to )o! a(t r hi!. H t+rn # th st ring wh $ an# y $$ # o+t as th / * s*+n a)ross th r+nway. r " rs #.. #ang$ing +n# rn ath th *$an . . H ha# nowh r $ (t to go. (o$$ow # A$ % +* as i( trying to s iz hi!. E" rything at s " nty !i$ s an ho+r. Un$ ss . Th har*oon ($ash # thro+gh th air. H g$an) # in his !irror. H was s+s* n# # +n# rn ath th *$an 'y a sing$ thin whit )or#. Th )ar that ha# )has # hi! (ro! th ho+s was right $s $i(ting o((. ha$( $ aning o+t o( th win#ows.. It was sti$$ !o"ing s$ow$y '+t was ra*i#$y *i)&ing +* s* #. th y ha# n# # +* (iring at a)h oth r. twisting aro+n# an# aro+n# as h was )arri # " r (arth r into th air. Both o( th ! hit it in a way h a#-on )o$$ision. A$ % s$a!! # th )ar 'a)& into (irst g ar an# s t o(( again. * was #oing a'o+t s " nty. Th *oint # h a# o( th har*oon '+ri # its $( in th +n# r' $$y o( th *$an . Th thir# )ar ha# ' s)r )hing a$ong th r+nway on its 'a)& ' (or it too '+rst into ($a! s. .g+ns o* n # (ir . Th win# was r+shing *ast hi!. A$ % hit th tar!a) an# (o$$ow #. an# (ir #. Th r was an %*$osion. Mor g+ar#s with !a)hin g+ns 'a$an) # th !s $" s. Th *$an was now in th air. '+t * s+## n$y o+t o( th ir sights. Th y ha# a )$ ar shot. Th r was a y $$. o+t o( )ontro$. '+t His (oot was *r ss # #own. ! ta$wor& )r+!*$ing against woo#. H was sa( . Th two on)o!ing )ars tri # to a"oi# it an# (ai$ #. (i(ty yar#s a'o" th r+nway. Th oth r On o( th )ars $ost )ontro$ an# )rash # into a tr )h # to a ha$t. A$ % $ t go o( th st ring wh (ro! th r+nway. th 'a)& wh Th g+ar#s ta&ing ai!. ($i** # o" r. A !o! nt $at r th r was anoth r %*$osion. gra'' # th har*oon g+n. Th yo-yo atta)h # to A$ %'s ' $t s*+n. B+t on$y (or a ( w !or s )on#s. h saw that it ha# ' g+n ro$$ing #own th r+nway. Two !or )ars ha# arri" # on th r+nway. a 'a$$ o( ($a! an# a (ist o( gray s!o& that n tra" $ing too (ast. A$ % ( $t hi!s $( a$!ost ' ing torn in ha$( as h was yan& # o+t o( th / * on th n# o( th )or#. $ s *arat its $( Now h ha# th *$an ' tw n hi! an# th a**roa)hing )ars. It *$ow # into th '+rning wr )&s. Two !or ah a#. A$ % saw th (ront wh on his tai$. trai$ing o+t thirty yar#s o( s* )ia$$y # sign # a#"an) # ny$on )or#. On )ar ' hin# hi!. An# straight ah a# o( hi!. His / thr sw r" #. A$ % $oo& # +*. Th two g+ar#s ha# s1+ with th / s)r z # th ir trigg rs si!+$tan o+s$y.

W 'r going to th S)i n) M+s +! in So+th K nsington an# w '" got to ' th r in $ ss than an ho+r. (r waist'an# o( his tro+s rs an# too& o+t th g+n. '+t it sti$$ too& a$$ his str ngth to yan& # str+)tion #own on th r+nway. '+t h )o+$#n't ha" h ar# th har*oon. Mr. Th n h r a)h # into th . Th r was a #oor at th 'a)& o( th *$an . Th yo-yo rotat # on his ' $t. Th r was a sing$ *i$ot at th )ontro$s. Th r+nway was a$r a#y a tho+san# ( t ' $ow. A$ % rais # th g+n. O* ning th #oor was har# r than A$ % tho+ght. H won# r # i( h wo+$# ha" th )o+rag to +s it. An# i( yo+ thin& yo+'r trying to tri)& ! . 3rin's (oot. A$ % (ir # th g+n. 3rin &now that. D s* rat $y. ". an# so! thing on his instr+! ntation !+st ha" to$# hi! that th #oor was o* n ' )a+s h s+## n$y twist # aro+n#. an in)h at a ti! . "Warg?" th '+t$ r !+tt r #. '+t at this #istan) . Th thir# ti! h !anag # to g t a ' tt r gri*. Th )+rr nt was t aring into his y s an# A$ % )o+$# har#$y s th han#$ #own. B+t h wasn't going to $ t Mr. '+t yo+'# ' tt r $ist n. "A$$ right. A$ % was #rawn +* towar# th *$an .o+ !ay not ' a'$ to ta$&. h was )$os no+gh to r a)h o+t (or th han#$ . *+$$ing in th )or#.'att ring his (a) an# # a( ning hi!. H )o+$#n't &now h '# . I want yo+ to ($y this *$an to Lon#on. Th ' $t was )+tting into his waist. 3rin sai# nothing. H )o+$# har#$y 'r ath . A$ % +n*$+gg # th yo-yo. V ry s$ow$y. 3rin star # at ing hi!s $(. Th r w r two (ir s raging. h s)ra''$ # (or th yoyo an# (o+n# th )ontro$ h want #. H was sti$$ #ang$ing +n# r th *$an an# " ry ti! h got )$os to th han#$ th win# #ro" hi! 'a)&. Twi) his (ing rs (o+n# th ! ta$ han#$ . 3rin. H )o+$#n't " n h ar th *ro* $$ rs. Th *$an was !*ty a*art (ro! a )o+*$ o( '+n#$ s that A$ % "ag+ $y r )ogniz #. /+st a'o" his h a#. Mr. H ha# ai! # th har*oon a))+rat $y. I'$$ *+t a '+$$ t in yo+. A$ % (o+n# hi!s $( (a) -to-(a) with Mr. H too& on $ast $oo& #own. on$y to ' *+$$ # away ' (or h )o+$# t+rn it. A sing$ '+tton. an# wh n h t+rn # o((' th ngin ! )hanis! in th yo-yo. H *r ss # it an# th tiny *ow r(+$ !otor insi# th yo-yo ' gan to t+rn. n th H won# r # who was ($ying th *$an an# wh r h was going. Do yo+ +n# rstan#?" Mr. 3rin. Th *i$ot !+st ha" s *i)& # +* an %tra *ass ng r." h sho+t # a'o" th nois o( th *ro* $$ r an# th how$ o( th win#. Th '+$$ t s$a!! # into th ($oor /+st ' si# Mr. Th #oor sw+ng o* n an# h )$a!' r # into th ho$#. th y s ! # no !or than !at)h h a#s.

Batt rs a 0ar& a** ar # as $ * r)h # $i& a (a'+$o+s si$" r )oin. shining. In th (ar #istan) th Mi$$ nni+! Wh n at n away. B+t h #i#n't #ar g t any )$os r. Th *$an #i** # an# ' gan to h a# north. rai$ways. S+## n$y th )$o+#s ro$$ # 'a)& an# th $at !orning s+n 'ro+ght th who$ )ity. $oo&ing o+t thro+gh th o* n #oor o( th air)ra(t. s *arat # on$y 'y th 'right si$" r )ra)& in th $an#s)a* that was th Ri" r Tha! s. 3rin at th )ontro$s ha# )hang # a$$ that. An# a$$ aro+n# it Lon#on )ro+)h #. B+t that wo+$# n " r ha" wor& #. stan#ing *ro+# with its (o+r gr at )hi!n ys sti$$ inta)t. " n tho+gh !+)h o( its roo( ha# $ong ago ' a s1+ar o( # ns gr n '+sh s an# tr s*r a#. an# )oast # to a ha$t. into "i w. n#$ ss rows o( sho*s an# ho+s s. B hin# it. E" n with th g+n it wo+$# ' too #ang ro+s. 3rin to $an# th *$an at H athrow. th n no## # s$ow$y. H '# ha# (i(ty !in+t s to thin& a'o+t what h ha# to #o. (ighting 'a)& th +r'an ((ort$ ss$y on its ri!. it wo+$# ' (ar too $at . A$ % ha# r )ogniz # th two '+n#$ s $ying on th ($oor n %t to hi!. "E rg!" Mr. H r ! !' r # n)o+nt r # hi! o+tsi# th ' #roo!. Wh n h ha# got into th *$an . Th y ha# to$# hi! %a)t$y what h ha# to #o. H twist # aro+n# in his s at. Th r was Batt rs a 0ow r Station. gas tow rs an# a*art! nt '$o)&s. sitting h+n)h # +* in th )argo ar a. 3rin t+rn # it o((. H ha# tho+ght o( (or)ing Mr. to+)h # #own. By th ti! th y r a)h # th air*ort. A$ % saw a$$ this with a )$ n)h # sto!a)h. an# 'ri#g s str t)hing away on 'oth si# s. H &n w h was sa( no+gh in th )argo ar a. 'a$an)ing s that w r !a&ing a $ast stan#. A$ % saw th hi# o+s . Fi(ty !in+t s whi$ th *$an #ron # o" r Cornwa$$ an# D "on. an# (or th $ast ti! . B+t s how (ast th !an ha# ' n wh n h $s ing Mr. 3rin sai#. H r a)h # o+t an# t+rn # th /oysti)&. Th ra#io ha# start # s1+aw&ing th !o! nt th y'# nt r # Lon#on airs*a) an# ha# on$y sto** # wh n Mr. 3rin stra** # into th *i$ot s at at th (ront o( th *$an . h ha# int n# # to +s th ra#io to )a$$ th *o$i) or anyon who !ight ' $ist ning. An# th n. TWELVE O'CLOCK LONDON A00EARED. roa#s.A$ %. with Mr. th n So! rs t an# th Sa$is'+ry 0$ains ' (or r a)hing th North Downs an# on towar# Win#sor an# Lon#on.

it wasn't so 'a#. th )ity s +nr a$. Th r was no oth r way. Th r ha# ' *ro* r$y *a)& #. a$tho+gh this ($ight ha# ' n " n wors than th on h '# n#+r # o" r th W $sh "a$$ ys. This n no on to r ass+r hi! that his *ara)h+t was ti! th r was no stati) $in . 2+st ' hin# Mr. Th r was a !o! nt o( #izzying )on(+sion as th win# hit hi! on) again. h )o+$# i!agin th !an's n " r. 0+$$ too ar$y an# th *ara)h+t !ight snag on th *$an 's tai$. It was a$r a#y a !i$ or !or away. E" n so. 3rin's s at. an# Lon#on. th s&y. "Than&s (or th ri# . An# th n h h ar# th *$an )o!ing 'a)&. Wh n A$ % o* n # his y s. H was g$a# that h '# s* nt a #ay on *ara)h+t training with th SAS. h was s+r*ris # 'y his ! # " n !or #istant an# s ns o( )a$!. This ti! th r was no ga! )artri#g in it. I( h )o+$# ha" tho+ght o( any oth r way to r a)h th S)i n) M+s +! in th s " n !in+t s that h ha# $ (t. Mr. th harn ss )+tting into his ar!*its an# si# s. A s!o& 'o!'. 3rin int n# # to st straight into hi!. Th '+n#$ s w r *ara)h+t s. H ( $t as i( h wasn't !o"ing at a$$. It was /+st hi!. Mr. +n# rn ath a )o!(orting )ano*y o( whit si$&. H &n w that. So h ha# /+!* #." A$ % sai#. Th y ha# ' n ($ying at t n tho+san# ( t. H was a$!ost n/oying hi!s $(. B+t A$ % ha# ' n %* )ting it. th *$an $ " $ # o+t . A$ % ha# )h )& # th ! o+t an# stra** # on onto his 'a)& wh n th y w r sti$$ o" r R a#ing. Now that h ha# $ (t th *$an . 3rin wasn't r th *$an going to $ t hi! g t away so asi$y. As th *$an #r w )$os r an# )$os r. H )$os # his y s an# (or) # hi!s $( to )o+nt to thr r a)h # thr . '+t h ha# s$i** # Bo!' r Boy o+t a $ong ti! ago an# s$i# it a)ross th ($oor o( th !*ty )argo *$an . S t o(( 'y r !ot )ontro$. h wo+$# ha" ta& n it. to )+t hi! to shr #s in !i#air. Th *ara)h+t '$osso! # o* n a'o" hi! an# h was / r& # 'a)& +*war#. H r a)h # #own an# too& th 3a! Boy o+t o( his tro+s r *o)& t. his -han# was )$ n)h # an# h ha# 'ar $y ' (or h was *+$$ing with a$$ his str ngth. . Th *$y to th right. '+t now h saw it 'an& st t+rn.n#ing s!i$ ' hin# th win#ow o( th )o)&*it. H was #ang$ing in th air.s!i$ that th )ir)+s &ni( ha# torn thro+gh his )h &s. !a&ing a shar* ngin s ros . an# it h a# # straight towar# hi!. That was wh r it was now. an# /+!* # o+t o( th o* n #oor. On) h was o" r th thr sho$#.

h wasn't going to !a& it. Insi# th East Ha$$ o( th S)i n) M+s +!. ta* r )or# rs t+rn # an# $ight '+$'s ($ash #. Th ha$$ was h+n#r # * o*$ . A$an B$+nt was in th (ront row. s$ow$y at (irst. th n (ast r an# (ast r. %*$o# #. Th *$an wo''$ #. Mr. how$ing thro+gh th s&y. )+r$ing against th win#ows. Thr H was sti$$ tho+san#s o( ( !in+t s to tw $" . A$ % $oo& # at his wat)h. (ighting (or )ontro$. h M+s +!. n s t +* in th ) nt r (or Say$ .H *r ss # th start '+tton thr Insi# th *$an th )artri#g ti! s. )o!*$ t $y s+rro+n# # 'y s!o& . In (ront o( th ! w r tw $" rows o( )hairs-(or /o+rna$ists. N " r ' (or ha# a *ri"at in#i"i#+a$ !a# so g n ro+s a gi(t to th nation. Th s!o& 'i$$ow # o+t thro+gh th ho$#. trai$ing o+t o( th o* n #oor. A$ % wat)h # th *$an #i" . . 3ra''ing ho$# o( th ro* s. Th *$an s!ash # into what $oo& # $i& a # s rt # *i ) o( #o)& $an# n ar th Ri" r Tha! s an# #isa** ar # in a 'a$$ o( ($a! . H )o+$# i!agin Mr. Th roo! was )a+ght ' tw ' tw n o$# an# n w. in"it # (ri n#s. ".an# s )on#-($oor ga$$ ri s. it is th *ri! !inist r. 2on s. th *ri! !inist r. t in th air. Th s* *a)& # with anoth r two or thr s)hoo$s thro+gho+t th )o+ntry an# it wo+$# a$so ' shown on th n )h was ' ing 'roa#)ast $i" to " ning n ws. n th " ry $at st in high t )h an# o$# )+riositi s (ro! th In#+stria$ R "o$+tion. Th *$an ' gan to twist. $$ow s!o& trai$ # o+t in its wa& . 3rin '$in# #. H ro# Say$ was )o!ing to th ntir )ha!' r ha# ' 'ro+ght on-$in . Now it was h a#ing straight (or th gro+n#. History in th !a&ing. . an# th A *o#i+! ha# ' !inist r o( stat (or #+)ation. As Say$ s*o& . Th ngin s whin #. th n *$+ng # #own. At th $ast !in+t Mr. stan#ing on (irst. r $ asing a )$o+# o( a)ri# y $$ow s!o& . t a)h rs. Mrs. +sing th ! to st tri # to wor& o+t th (ast st way #own. #r ss # in '$a)& with a $arg 'roo)h on h r $a* $. an# +n$ ss h $an# # on th " ry #oorst * o( th S)i n) r hi!s $(. ' tw n# o( his s* )h. On ith r si# t $ "ision tow rs ha# ' )onstr+)t # with )a! ras (o)+sing in as Say$ s*o& . 3rin "anish #. This was an " nt. Th n trans(or! # (or th gr at !o! nt wh n th Stor!'r a& rs wo+$# ' n ston )o$onna# s an# stain$ ss st $ ($oors. B+t it was !+)h too $at . an# th *ri! !inist r a$on who is r s*onsi'$ (or what is a'o+t to . his *r ss s )r tary. . $oo&ing #own on th *o#i+! (ro! a$$ si# s. as !otion$ ss as " r. 3rin !anag # to 'ring +* th nos again. was n %t to hi!.

)an !a& s+)h a "ita$ #i(( r n) to o+r nation's s)hoo$s. a r )tang+$ar '+i$#ing /+tting in (ro! th !ain roa# with a ($at gray roo( an#. tog th r. an# a$$ th /o+rna$ists $a+gh #. This is a #ay yo+ wi$$ n " r (org t. Dir )t$y so+th o( it was a ta$$ whit tow r s+r!o+nt # 'y a gr ! # to ' !o"ing (ast r. n %t to it.ha** n. that h wi$$ r ! !' r o+r #ays tog th r at s)hoo$ an# " rything h #i# at that ti! ." Say$ was saying. %tra"agant '+i$#ing with )h+r)h$i& tow rs an# win#ows. wh n h r ($ )ts on what has ha** n # to#ay thro+gho+t this )o+ntry. As A$ % #ro** #. t+rn $ (t at th $ights +* E%hi'ition Roa#. "I'! g$a# that Mr. How s!a$$ it $oo& # )o!*ar # to th oth r $an#!ar&s. Th go" rn! nt ha# s+)h a $arg !a/ority that th y &n w it was in th ir ' st int r sts to $a+gh at th *ri! !inist r's /o& s." h sai#. Th *r ss s )r tary shr+gg # with 'ar $y )on) a$ # r+# n ss. "I'! not 1+it s+r how to r s*on# to that." Th *ri! !inist r $i(t # his (ing r an# a#/+st # his *osition so that th )a! ras )o+$# g t his ' st *ro(i$ . H ha# s n th '+i$#ing /+st a(t r th *$an ha# )rash #. Th *ri! !inist r g$an) # at his *r ss s )r tary. I thin& tonight th )o+ntry wi$$ &now hi! (or th !an h is. to#ay. Th Nat+ra$ History M+s +! was on Cro!w $$ Roa#. Th r was a s)att ring o( a**$a+s . "C$i)& on th !o+s an# a$$ th )o!*+t rs wi$$ )o! on-$in . Say$ has s+)h ha**y ! !ori s o( o+r s)hoo$ #ays tog th r an# I'! g$a# that th two o( +s. A wi# ." H ro# Say$ g st+r # at a ta'$ s$ight$y to on si# o( th *o#i+!. An# th r it was. How #i# yo+ g t (ro! th r to th S)i n) M+s +!? O( )o+rs . g+i#ing hi!s $( towar# it. It ha#n't ' n asy (in#ing it. a s ri s o( ar)h s. with th n th n t +*. th sort o( thing yo+ !ight s on a rai$way station or . On thing is s+r ." "Right." h /o& #." H 'ow #. a )$o)& str+)& tw $" . Th *ri! !inist r too& his *$a) in (ront o( th !i)ro*hon . A$ % *+$$ # at th *ara)h+t . A$ % h ar# th )$o)& (ro! a'o+t (i" h+n#r # ( towar# hi!. h ha# $i" # his who$ $i( in W st Lon#on an# ha# "isit # th !+s +! o(t n no+gh. That ha# to ' th Nat+ra$ History M+s +!. with th roo( o( th S)i n) M+s +! r+shing )ity s*r a# o+t $i& a thr -#i! nsiona$ !a* right +n# rn ath hi!. a !o+s . h s Vi)torian *i$ that was A$' rt Ha$$. "An# I ho* that tonight. On th ta'$ was a Stor!'r a& r )o!*+t r an#. "This is th !ast r )ontro$. First h ha# s #o! : I!* ria$ Co$$ g . On th oth r han#. Th who$ )ity ha# ' )o! a (antasti) /igsaw *+zz$ an# h &n w h on$y ha# s )on#s to *i ) it tog th r. So! wh r o+tsi# th !+s +!. n %t to it. *+zz$ #.

# sign # to & East Ha$$. This was what h saw. a$$ aro+n# hi!. s$a)& /aw #. I( h ha# to. A$ % s!ash # thro+gh th g$ass. As th $ast *i ) s o( g$ass ( $$ an# #isint grat # on th t rra-)otta ($oor. Th roo( shatt r #. str t)h # o+t o" r th )+r"ing s+r(a) ' $ow. Anony!o+s an# in"isi'$ wh n th y n tow rs. a** aring (ro! ' hin# )o$onna# s. A$ % h+ng in th air. H saw th Stor!'r a& r (irst. It was no !or than a thin )o" r. In (a)t. g+ns in han#s that ha# ' # # to ' . th y n# o( th *ara)h+t . into an inn r )ha!' r. Far ' $ow hi!. n %t to H ro# Say$ . A 'ri#g !a# o( gr th ha$$. h (ig+r #. )+r"ing on a(t r th oth r. Th r w r !or * o*$ sitting on )hairs #ir )t$y +n# rn ath hi! an# so! o( th ! ha# n hit. Th s )+rity ! n w r th (irst to r a)t. swinging in !i#air insi# th sho)&. H )ontin+ # $ gir# rs an# !aint nan) straight thro+gh. Th n. with a s ns o( #is' $i (. Th origina$ is 3 orgian an# !a# o( wir # g$ass. An# h ha# !iss # th ($at roo(. This was th orang roo( that A$ % ha# s n. h )o+$# +s it to shoot H ro# Say$ . thr ' h+n#r # * o*$ ha# sto** # an# w r staring +* at hi! in n g$ass s$ats str t)h # a)ross * th $ight an# #+st o(( th g$ass that it )o" r #. So! how h !anag # to !an +" r hi!s $( o" r th !+s +!. as h h ar# th )$o)& stri& tw $" . h r )ogniz # th *ri! !inist r stan#ing. H 'ar $y ha# ti! to r gist r what $oo& # $i& a 'rown )ar* t. A$ % )o+$# $an# on th ($at roo(. H was (a$$ing !+)h too (ast. Th n h hit it an# tor thro+gh that too. th S)i n) M+s +! has two roo(s.* rha*s an nor!o+s )ons r"atory. It $oo& # as i( th y w r !a# o( g$ass. B+t it was on$y as h ( $$ th $ast (i" h+n#r # ( t. was a !a& shi(t stag . H / r& # to a ha$t. Th n a$$ h wo+$# ha" to #o was $oo& thro+gh th )+r" # on . /+st !issing a n twor& o( st $a## rs. With a y $$. !o" ! nt an# so+n# r t+rn # to th East Ha$$ in an " r- w r s+## n$y " rywh r . Th r was '$oo# an# 'ro& n g$ass. (ro! +n# rn ath th t $ "ision n !*ty a s )on# ' (or . #ang$ing at th wi# ning wa" . May' h )o+$# . r+nning a)ross th gr n 'ri#g . H )rash # into it with 'oth ( t at a'o+t thirty !i$ s * r ho+r. at th " ry ) nt r o( " rything. H sti$$ ha# th g+n h ha# ta& n (ro! th g+ar#. *+$$ing it o+t (ro! th waist'an# o( his tro+s rs. H )o+$# +s it to warn th *ri! !inist r. Th r was a (+t+risti) in(or!ation # s& an# in (ront o( it. Th y w r a #+$$ orang in )o$or. A$ % ha# a$so #rawn his own g+n. At $ast his *ara)h+t )a+ght on a ' a!. B+t so! ti! r ) nt$y it !+st ha" $ a& # ' )a+s th )+rators )onstr+)t # a s )on# roo( o( *$asti) sh ting o" r th to*. that h r a$iz # two things.

s+r*rising$y $o+#. Th h a# o(' Say$ Ent r*ris s ha# ' so! how h ha# #isa** ar #. his (ing r $ ss than an in)h away (ro! th !o+s . '$oo# #ri**ing o+t o( his han#. h was so! sort o( )razy t rrorist who ha# /+st *ara)h+t # into th S)i n) M+s +! an# ta& n si% shots at th *ri! !inist r. It was what th y'# ' n train # (or. an# h $# +* th *a$!s o( his han#s. As soon as A$ % ha# (ir # th $ast '+$$ t. Shoot (irst an# as& 1+ stions $at r was a $in (ro! a 'a# (i$!.%*$ain why h was h r ' (or Say$ or th *ri! !inist r a)ti"at # th Stor!'r a& rs. B+t " n 'a# (i$!s ar so! ti! s right. As (ar as th y w r )on) rn #. Th thir# hit th !o+s . B+t h #o+'t # it. Th (o+rth hit an $ )tri)a$ )onn )tion. B+t th r w r a$r a#y a #oz n g+ns *ointing at hi! an# h ha# to show th ! that h was no $ong r ar! #. Th (i(th an# th si%th '+$$ ts hit hi!. h 'ra) # hi!s $(. th /o+rna$ists *+n)hing an# *+shing as th y (o+ght (or )o" r. Th '+$$ ts )ho # aro+n# th roo!. his ar!s o+tstr t)h #. high a'o" . Mrs. 2on s. n shot twi) . who was )$+t)hing his wrist. Th *hotogra*h rs an# /o+rna$ists ha# ' g+n to sho+t 1+ stions. H )o+$# a$!ost i!agin th hai$ o( '+$$ ts t aring into hi!. Two s )+rity ! n ha# r+sh # to th *ri! !inist r. #isint grating th *$+g an# short)ir)+iting it. waiting (or th s )+rity ! n to o* n (ir . Mor s )+rity ! n w r !o"ing to s a$ o(( th whi$ A$an B$+nt $oo& # on. '+t . B+t th r was no sign o( H ro# Say$ . E" n so. H ( $t ri#i)+$o+s. It was th ir /o' to &i$$ hi!. '$owing it into (rag! nts. +s $ ss Stor!'r a& r. A$$ th s )+rity ! n w r +rg nt$y into h r 'roo)h. that th y #i#n't n # to shoot. Th s )on# hit th *ri! !inist r in th han#. H !*ti # th g+n. h #ro** # th g+n. # t r!in # to )$i)& on th !o+s hi!s $(. Th !o! nt sh ha# r )ogniz # A$ % sh ha# ' On th *o#i+!. an# in th n s* a&ing B+t th '+$$ ts n " r )a! . "Don't shoot! R * at-#on't shoot! Await !y )o!!an#!" (ront row. Th ir )a! ras w r ($ashing an# th t $ "ision )a! ras too ha# ' n sw+ng aro+n# to (o)+s in on th (ig+r swaying %its. hanging th r (ro! th ) i$ing. Say$ ha# #i" # (orwar#. $ tting it )$att r to th ($oor ' $ow. (o$$owing or# rs (ro! Mrs. 1+i** # with ra#io !i)ro*hon s. (or on) in his $i( o+t o( his # *th. Th (irst '+$$ t s!ash # into th in(or!ation # s&. 2on s ha# )ontro$. a *$+! o( gray s!o& ros o+t o(' th si# o( th 'ro& n. Now * o*$ w r s)r a!ing.

"Th n ws*a* rs ha# to *rint so! thing. th h a# o( M16 ha# to so+n# 1+it so !+)h $i& th *rin)i*a$ o( a s )on#rat *ri"at s)hoo$ gi"ing hi! a goo# r *ort. Th r 's nowh r on arth h )an hi# (ro! +s. .o+ !ight $i& to &now a'o+t th )$ aring-+* o* ration." sh ' gan." sh w nt on." "S+r .ASSEN ". "First o( a$$. Sh s*o& now (or th (irst ti! sin) h ha# )o! into th roo!. ". o( )o+rs . 2on s was sitting n %t to hi!. . an# A$ % was sitting in B$+nt's o((i) at th Roya$ & 3 n ra$ '+i$#ing on Li" r*oo$ Str t won# ring /+st why. 2on s #is!iss # th 1+ stion. . th ) r !ony at th S)i n) M+s +! was ' ing t $ "is # $i" . O( )o+rs . . no'o#y &nows that it was a (o+rt "An# w *$an to & n-y ar-o$# 'oy who )a+s # a$$ th )haos. #on't %* )t to r a# th tr+th a'o+t any o( this in th n ws*a* rs. "W *+t a D-noti) on it. . S0OILED things 'y shooting th *ri! !inist r. who no## #." Sh g$an) # at B$+nt. A$ % ha# r (+s # h r o(( r o( a * ** r!int. w '" a$r a#y anno+n) # that th r 's a #ang ro+s *ro#+)t (a+$t an# that ." "Wh r is Say$ ?" A$ % as& #. "W #on't &now. Mrs.o+ not on$y $i" # +* to o+r %* )tations." # # * it that way.OU SLI3HTL." A$ % so+n# # #o+'t(+$. "As (or th Stor!'r a& rs. B+t w '$$ (in# hi!.o+ way %) th !." It was $at a(t rnoon th (o$$owing #ay. "Th story w '" *+t o+t is that Say$ was atta)& # 'y a hith rto +n&nown t rrorist organization an# that h 's gon into hi#ing . In (a)t. whi)h ! ans no'o#y is a$$ow # to *rint anything. "B+t a$$ in a$$ yo+'r to ' )ongrat+$at #. Mrs. '+t (ort+nat $y w w r a'$ to )+t th trans!ission ' (or th )a! ras )o+$# (o)+s on yo+. A$ %.." "O&ay." B$+nt !+tt r #. "Why?" A$ % #i#n't $i& th so+n# o( that. ." A$an B$+nt sai#. a$tho+gh h was ' ginning to r a$iz it was a$$ th r war# h was going to g t. a(t r " rything h ha# #on (or th !.

Mrs. H was wor&ing (or th * o*$ who w r s*onsoring Say$ ." sh sai#. W '$$ n " r sto* $oo&ing. Say$ was so (anati)a$ that h *rogra!! # th ! so that th s!a$$*o% "ir+s )o+$# on$y ' r $ as # 'y th *ri! !inist r at th S)i n) M+s +!. '+t th y'" a$$ ' n r )a$$ # an# w 'r 'ringing th ! in now. "No." "H n " r ta$& # !+)h." Th r was a $ong si$ n) . anyway..o+ !anag # to # stroy th trigg r. B$+nt )o+gh #. so " n th ( w s)hoo$s that ha" tri # to start +* th ir )o!*+t rs ha" n't ' n a(( )t #. . "W '" )$os # #own th *$ant at 0ort Ta$$on.o+ go 'a)& to s)hoo$. "W a$r a#y ha" !ost o( th * rsonn $ +n# r arr st. "It was $+)&y that his *$an )rash # into a '+i$#ing sit . It's $ tha$. Fort+nat $y. It's +n(ort+nat tho+gh that w w r n't a'$ to ta$& to ith r Na#ia Vo$ or th !an yo+ &n w as Mr. w '$$ (in# hi!. o( )o+rs ." A$ % sai#." It was o'"io+s that B$+nt #i#n't want to ta$& a'o+t it.ass n is *ro'a'$y on th oth r si# o( th wor$# a$r a#y. It s ! # that th two s*y!ast rs ha# sai# a$$ th y want #. it's )$ ar that h wasn't a)t+a$$y wor&ing (or Say$ . "What ha** ns to ! ?" A$ % as& #.anyon t+rning th ! on )o+$# g t $ )tro)+t #. 2on s too& o" r. 2on s w nt on...ass n." "How a'o+t th s+'!arin that I saw?" "Forg t a'o+t th s+'!arin .o+ )an /+st ' s+r that w '$$ !a& a$$ th n ) ssary in1+iri s . Fro! what yo+'" to$# +s. B+t th r was on 1+ stion that no'o#y ha# ta)&$ #. ". an# I #o+'t th y'$$ ' " ry *$ as # with hi!. ." Mrs. I i!agin h '$$ #isa** ar. Wors th st+((' Ira1 was 'r wing +* in th 3+$( War. It's !'arrassing (or th go" rn! nt. ". * rha*s..." B$+nt r *$i #. "No'o#y $s was &i$$ #.ass n 3r goro"i)h?" A$ % as& #." "Do yo+ &now who s+**$i # it?" A$ % as& #. 3rin. "W '" ana$yz # a )o+*$ o( sa!*$ s. B+t on #ay. . As (or ." " n than "It was " ry )$os ."What a'o+t ." B$+nt sai#.

It was a 1+ stion o( $oya$ty." Mrs. Th s w r n't * o*$ who w r going to ta& no (or an answ r. 2a)& What " r. trying to so+n# !or )on)i$iatory." ".o+'$$ )ontin+ to $i" in yo+r +n)$ 's ho+s . S+r . "No." h sai#. Th wor#s )hi$$ # A$ % !or than anything that ha# ha** n # to hi! in th *ast w &s. In th ir own way." * r o( yo+rs. "That ho+s & wh r yo+ ar i( w n N thr # yo+ again. ".Mrs. An# i( anyon as&s.o+'" got to ' &i##ing. B$+nt ha# (or) # n hi! an# 2a! s Bon# wasn't a 1+ stion o( ag . than&s. V ry 'a# ($+." A$ % $oo& # (ro! on to th oth r. th 'ig #i(( r n) ' tw " n 'a#$y h+rt. 3rin. 2on s sai#.o+'" #on " ry w $$. %*$aining that yo+'" ' n away (or thr w &s with th ($+. ' )a+s th y ' $i " # in what th y w r #oing." ". W '$$ g t h r "isa r n w # an# sh '$$ )ontin+ to $oo& a(t r yo+. "Wo+$# yo+ $i& so! on to #ri" yo+ ho! ?" "No." Mrs. In th o$# #ays. "L t's not ta$& a'o+t it now. "A )h )&?" A$ % as& #. "B+t i( " r anoth r sit+ation aris s. So what was th r to ' +nha**y a'o+t? Th answ r was si!*$ . B+t h '# n " r ' . !ay' w )an ta$& a'o+t it th n. an# h ha#n't ' hi! into this. 2on s too& o+t an n" $o* an# han# # it to A$ %." Sh h $# +* a han# to war# o(( any arg+! nt. ah." B$+nt sai#." A$ % got +*." H sho+$# ha" ' n( $ing ' tt r." B$+nt gaz # at hi! 1+it )oo$$y. In th n#. "It's not !y ha'it to !a& /o& s.o+ sho+$#n't ha" any tro+'$ ." ". A$ %. "Can I go?" h as& #. h 's a r a$ #o)tor. . h r ($ )t # n &i$$ # or that h '# sa" # tho+san#s o( s)hoo$)hi$#r n. "Th *ri! !inist r hi!s $( as& # +s to *ass on his than&s to yo+. "I'$$ (in# !y own way. th y w r 'oth as )har!ing as Mr. s*i s ha# #on what th y'# #on ' )a+s th y $o" # th ir )o+ntry. An# that way w '$$ &now # yo+ again. "O( )o+rs yo+ )an. n gi" n a )hoi) . As h too& th $ "ator #own to th gro+n# ($oor. "It's a $ tt r (ro! a #o)tor. "-a"ai$a'$ to +s (ro! ti! to ti! . An# th (a)t o( th !att r is that it )o+$# ' won# r(+$$y +s (+$ to ha" so! on as yo+ng as yo+-" "As ta$ nt # as yo+-" B$+nt )+t in. 2on s sai#." sh sai#. h '# ' at n H ro# Say$ .

" Th '+i$#ing ha# swing #oors an# th y w r o* n. His y s n " r $ (t A$ %. His "oi) was *+r " no!. "I( yo+ try anything. ai! # at A$ %'s $ow r 'a)&. '+t i!*ossi'$y-it was H ro# A$ % #i#n't &now what to #o. s*i s w r n't !*$oy #. It was * r( )t$y st a#y. Th y #ro" (or t n !in+t s. H ro# Say$ t+rn # aro+n# an# #ro" o((. r ! !' r that this g+n is *ointing at yo+r s*in . yo+ '$i##y )hi$#. I wi$$ shoot yo+.o+'r )o!ing with ! . "In. Th tra((i) was $ight. h+##$ # o" r th wh $ in a horri'$y &nitt #." Say$ )o!!an# #. H was too tir # (or *+'$i) trans*ort. H )a! o+t o( th '+i$#ing. His $ (t han# was hanging $i!*. H was ho$#ing a g+n. Th #ri" r t+rn # aro+n#. . h a#ing (or th City. Th n Say$ *+$$ # +* in (ront o( a !o# rn. ". an# th *ain o( two '+$$ t wo+n#s was #rawn a$$ o" r it. B+t it wo+$#n't wor&. ! aning to wa$& +* to th t+' station. * rha*s trying to g t th att ntion o( anoth r )ar at a tra((i) $ight.o+ wi$$ g t o+t o( th )ar with ! . an# s$+!* # onto th 'a)&s at. Why $s wo+$# h ha" ta& n th h+g )han) o( #ri"ing +* to th " ry #oor o( M16 h a#1+art rs in Lon#on? H tho+ght a'o+t trying th win#ow. "Ch yn Wa$&." Th #oors )$i)& # sh+t. '+t /+st th n a )a' #ro" a$ong an# h ($agg # it #own." Say$ got o+t o( th )ar (irst. "I( yo+ !o" . I wi$$ shoot yo+. A$ % g+ ss # that th two '+$$ ts !+st ha" hit hi! in th $ (t ar! an# sho+$# r. Ch $s a.Nowa#ays. Th y w r +s #. It was a Sat+r#ay an# th City was )$os #. H was ) rtain that Say$ *$ann # to shoot hi!. anyway. His (a) was *a$ r than it ha# ' Say$ . Say$ wo+$# t+rn aro+n# an# &i$$ hi!. Sit sti$$. #own Li" r*oo$ Str t." Say$ sai#. g$ass-(ront # s&ys)ra* r with an a'stra)t stat+ -two o" rsiz # 'ronz wa$n+ts on a s$a' o( )on)r t -o+tsi# th (ront #oor. Th !an ha# nothing $ (t to $os . . n th $ast ti! A$ % saw it. H g$an) # at th #ri" r. .o+ an# I wi$$ wa$& into th '+i$#ing." A$ % sai#. A$ % (o+n# hi!s $( in a !ar'$ -)$a# ha$$ with . ho! !a# )ar#igan. I( yo+ thin& a'o+t r+nning. $o)&ing a+to!ati)a$$y. ". B+t th g+n was in his right han#.

on o( th 1+i t st in th wor$#. high r. I( h )o+$# /+st g t th th y w r too )$os ." h sai#.o+ r+in # " rything!" Say$ how$ #. I want # yo+ to s t+rn # aro+n# to s #g o( a h+g )ross.ngin air)ra(t with a (ig+r in #ar& g$ass s an# h $! t h+n)h # o" r th )ontro$s. "Th y'$$ n " r (in# ! ! An# on #ay I'$$ ' 'a)&. This is th n# (or yo+! This is . A$ % tho+ght a'o+t atta)&ing hi!.$ ath r so(as an# a )+r"ing r ) *tion # s&. . "U*. Say$ no## #." Th y )$i!' # th st *s an# r a)h # anoth r #oor with a *+sh 'ar. "T+rn $ (t. Th #oor was !ar& # HELI0AD. Say$ g st+r # with th g+n an# h wa$& # o" r to a 'an& o( $ "ators." Th y stoo# in si$ n) . B+t +* h r th win# (ro!? It was *aint # r # an# y $$ow. Loo&ing aro+n#. s+**orting hi!s $( against on wa$$... O* n it. On o( th ! was waiting. An# Say$ was )oi$ # +* $i& a s*ring. ". Th r was no'o#y h r ith r. "How #i# yo+ #o it? How #i# yo+ tri)& ! ? I'# ha" ' at n yo+ i( yo+'# ' n a !an! B+t th y ha# to s n# a 'oy! A '$i##y s)hoo$'oy! W $$.o+ !a& a$$ th '$i##y /o& s yo+ want. A$ % *r ss # th '+tton. A$ % )o+$# ( $ th *r ss+r in his ars as th $ "ator ros high r an# $ ! nt o( s+r*ris . "Ar w going +* (or th "i w?" h as& #. a $ight. ". It sw+ng aro+n# o" r hi!. no . h )o+$# s s str a& # *ast an# th )$o+#s 'oi$ #.o+'$$ )o! to a #oor. Say$ wa" # with th g+n. Th $ "ator s$ow # #own an# th #oors o* n #. A$ % *r ss # it an# w nt thro+gh. An# yo+ won't ' h r to sto* ! . H was 'a)& o+tsi# . "Th tw nty-ninth ($oor. Th h $i)o*t r was a Co$i'ri EC 1 20B. *aint # in right a)ross th )ity to Canary Whar( an# ' yon#. Say$ was staring at hi!. it isn't o" r y t! I'! !'' Say$ no## # an# A$ % that th r was a h $i)o*t r ho" ring in th air ' hin# hi!. N %t ti! . H an# Say$ w r stan#ing on th r # *aint. A$ % g$an) # at Say$ . "That's !y ti)& t o+t o( h r !" Say$ )ontin+ #. Say$ no## #. sing$ . H got in. Wh r ha# it )o! $ a"ing Eng$an#. thirty ($oors +* on a ($at roo( with a ra#io !ast an# a ta$$ ! ta$ ( n) r+nning aro+n# th * ri! t r. A ($ight o( )on)r t st *s $ # +*. B+t. "B+t I'! going to ha" th $ast $a+gh. its '$a# s ' ating at th air. It ha# ! # a 1+i t s*ring #ay wh n A$ % $ (t th Roya$ & 3 n ra$ o((i) s." A$ % #i# as h was to$#. nothing wi$$ go wrong. That's why I 'ro+ght yo+ h r ." Say$ sai#. his #a!ag # ar! t+)& # into his si# .

" .ass n shr+gg #. "H ha# ' )o! an !'arrass! nt. as i( w ighing hi! +*. Sti$$ ho$#ing th g+n that ha# &i$$ # H ro# Say$ . A$ % $oo& # #own. Th *i$ot got o+t. "Thos w r !y instr+)tions.ass n 3r goro"i)h. ! r *in*ri)&s in th '+$ging whit . Th n Say$ stagg r # an# ( $$ onto his 'a)&.o+'r . "Why #i# yo+ &i$$ hi!?" A$ % as& #. Th R+ssian ran his y s o" r A$ %. Th r w r two ga*ing ho$ s in his )h st. t+)&ing th g+n away. "I ha" no instr+)tions )on) rning yo+. ". Th h $i)o*t r $an# # in th ) nt r o( th )ross. Th r was nothing. his y s wi# . ". A$ % st ** # (orwar#. r asona'$y.o+'r not going to shoot ! too?" y s ." h sai#. Say$ rais # th g+n an# too& ai!. h wa$& # o" r an# %a!in # th 'o#y. H )o+$#n't ( $ anything. th *+*i$s '$a)& r than th y ha# " r ' n. Th r w r two s!a$$ %*$osi" )ra)&s. "Not ' tt r (or hi!. Th !an s ! # to noti) hi! (or th (irst ti! . %* )ting to s '$oo#. Th R+ssian no## #. H s*o& so(t$y. Satis(i #. It was i!*ossi'$ to t $$ what was going on in his h a#.wh r yo+ #i !" Th r was nothing A$ % )o+$# #o. His )$ ar '$+ ga" nothing away. "What a'o+t ! ?" A$ % as& #. It was ' tt r this way. *ro##ing it with his sho . H ha# swit)h # o(( th ngin o( th h $i)o*t r an# ' hin# hi! th '$a# s s$ow # #own an# sto** #." Th r was no tra) o( an a)) nt in his "oi) ." A$ % sai#. h no## # to hi!s $(.

." h sai#. an# a ( w s )on#s $at r." A$ % sai#. wat)hing it. Th '$a# s start # +*. +nti$ it ha# #isa** ar # in th #ying $ight.ass n s!i$ #. 3o 'a)& to yo+r $i( . "." .ass n rais # his han#. Ki$$ing is (or grown-+*s an# yo+'r sti$$ a )hi$#.ass n shr+gg #. say no. For a !o! nt it ho" r # at th si# o( th '+i$#ing. Th h $i)o*t r s*+n away. A$ % stoo# wh r h was. A g st+r o( (ri n#shi*? A sa$+t ? A$ % rais # his han#. "I &i$$ a $ot o( * o*$ . "H was !y +n)$ .o+ &i$$ # Ian Ri# r. th h $i)o*t r ros 'a)& into th air."Do I ha" any n # to?" Th r was a *a+s . B hin# th g$ass." ." "A $ot o( * o*$ ha" tri #." H t+rn # his 'a)& on A$ % an# )$i!' # into th )a'in. Th two o( th ! gaz # at a)h oth r o" r th )or*s o( H ro# Say$ . An# th n %t ti! th y as& yo+. "it wo+$# ' ' tt r i( w #i#n't ! t again. THE END . 3o 'a)& to s)hoo$." "On #ay I'$$ &i$$ yo+. "B $i " ! .