Brown Eyes
‘A man is pretending to be me,’ I said. ‘Why?’ Every year, Peter and Susan Reed go to Lea-onSea for their holiday; every year they stay at the Hotel Vista. This year things start to go wrong. A man there is pretending to be Peter. But why? Is he friendly or dangerous — what does he want? Will this, their thirteenth visit to Lea-on-Sea, be their last visit? Paul Stewart lives with his family in Brighton, and writes books for children and young people. He has one son - his name is Joseph, and one daughter - her name is Anna. He was a teacher of English in Greece, Germany and Sri Lanka. He went to Kenya, India, Australia, Malaysia, America and all over Europe, too - but never to Lea-on-Sea!

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Brown Eyes PAUL STEWART Level 1 Series Editors: Andy Hopkins and Jocelyn Potter .

without the prior written permission of the Publishers. mechanical. no part of this publication may be reproduced. electronic. S. or transmitted in any form or by any means.Pearson Education Limited Edinburgh Gate. ISBN 0 582 40110 0 First published by Penguin Books 1996 This edition first published 1998 Second impression 1999 Text copyright © Paul Stewart 1996 Illustrations copyright© Ian Andrew 1996 All rights reserved The moral right of the author and of the illustrator has been asserted Typeset by Datix International Limited. stored in a retrieval system. Bungay. recording or otherwise. Harlow. Suffolk Set in 12/14pt Lasercomp Bembo Printed in Spain by Mateu Cromo. Essex CM20 2JE. Pinto (Madrid) All rights reserved. both companies being subsidiaries of Pearson Plc .A.. England and Associated Companies throughout the world. Published by Pearson Education Limited in association with Penguin Books Ltd. photocopying.

and we walked in. ‘It’s good to see you again.’ she said. Mrs Brown. ‘Good morning.We arrived at our hotel in Lea-on-Sea early on Saturday morning. Susan and I always stay there.’ I said.’ I said. ‘Mr and Mrs Reed. very friendly and the food is good. I opened the door. It is very quiet.’ ‘It’s good to be here again. The Hotel Vista. 5 .

’ said Mrs Brown.‘Cup of coffee?’ she said. Mary was Mrs Brown’s daughter.’ said Mrs Brown.’ said Mrs Brown and laughed. coffee! Before I forget again. ‘Fifteen!’ I said. ‘How old is she?’ Susan asked.’ She walked to the kitchen. ‘But she’s not little! Mary’s a tall young woman now. 6 . ‘Now. ‘Where’s little Mary?’ asked Susan.’ I said. ‘Time goes quickly!’ ‘1 know.’ ‘Thank you. ‘She’s in the garden. ‘Before you go up to your room. ‘Fifteen.

‘In the cafe.’ said Susan.’ I said.Susan looked at me. ‘I love it here. 7 .’ I said. ‘I know. yes. ‘Eleven years ago? Twelve?’ ‘Wrong.’ I said.’ ‘Ah. and shut her eyes.’ she said. ‘When did we first meet?’ she asked. Peter. ‘It’ll be thirteen years on Tuesday.

. 8 . ‘Yes. and Mary Brown looked in. ‘Goodbye!’ ‘Goodbye.’ she said to Susan. ‘Hello. She was tall. ‘I don’t know. Don’t you remember? Yesterday. and pretended to remember. “Why did you pretend?’ she asked me. ‘That was you!’ Mary smiled. yes!’ I said.’ ‘Oh.’ I said. ‘Again?’ I said. Susan turned to me. ‘And hello again. ‘I’ll see you later. .’ she said. She shut the door.The door opened. You said “hello” in the bank.’ we said. y.’ she said to me.

we walked across to Connor’s Coffee House. 9 . After lunch. It was a small. ‘Hello again!’ he said to me.The sun was hot in the afternoon. quiet café near the sea. Susan and I walked down to the sea. I opened the door and looked in. After that. We swam. The water was cold. The café! The place Susan and I first met. John Connor smiled. We went back there every year.

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I was afraid. On Sunday. Yesterday. ‘Hello again!’ 12 . the man in the bank . and the woman in the cinema. Very afraid. but I did not want to eat. . We were at a table in the restaurant. . All of them smiled at me and said. . Things were not right in Leaon-Sea.It was our fourth night at the Hotel Vista. And this afternoon. it was the old man in the newspaper shop. the girl in the shoe shop. . the woman in the Italian restaurant. On Monday. .

I . It’ll be easy. I’m going to the police!’ ‘No. ‘I think it is. . We’re . Lea-on-Sea isn’t very big. I didn’t want to meet the man! Susan looked into my eyes. ‘ 3 . .’ I said.A man is pretending to be me. ‘Why?’ ‘I don’t know.’ she said. . ‘I’m afraid.’ ‘Not important?’ I shouted.’ said Susan. too. She took my hand. .’ I looked down. We’ll find the man. ‘But it’s not important.’ said Susan. ‘They’ll laugh at you.

too. I was happy! 14 .’ I said quietly. ‘I love you. ‘You and me! Did you forget?’ ‘I? . ‘Good. ‘Do you love me?’ Susan asked.’ We kissed. ‘Today is an important day.’ she said. .Later that evening. ‘Oh. ‘Thirteen years. we walked down to the sea. yes. and turned to her. And for the first time on our holiday.’ said Susan.’ she said. ‘Important?’ I said. Yes. . I forgot. The sun was red and yellow. The water was light blue.’ I said.

Susan moved back.Suddenly. At the cinema. 15 .’ We arrived at the cinema and looked down the road. ‘Run!’ said Susan. I saw him turn left at the bank. ‘It’s him! At the café!’ She was right. ‘Look!’ she was right. ‘We don’t want to lose him. ‘Where is he?’ I said. and walked quickly away. He shut the café door and turned right. ‘Quickly!’ I shouted. he turned right again. ‘There!’ said Susan. There was a man with a big nose and black hair.

There. ‘Don’t go!’ I shouted. ‘Where is he?’ I said. We ran to the bank.’ 16 . we stopped. ‘But we’ll see him again. Come on. I looked up and down the road.’ she said. ‘We’ll have a drink at the hotel.We ran across the road after the man. The man was not there.’ said Susan. But he didn’t hear me. ‘I don’t know. I know we will.

17 . We heard the television. ‘Perhaps. ‘Sleeping. Luckily! ‘Perhaps we’ll never see him again. but she didn’t see us. We walked in. We saw Mrs Brown.’ I said. We arrived at the door of the hotel at ten o’clock.We walked back to the Hotel Vista slowly.’ said Susan quietly.’ I said. I smiled. Susan looked in the cafés and restaurants but she didn’t see the man again.

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‘But it’s you and me!’ she said.I walked over to the bed. I took the photograph in my hand and slowly turned it over. . 20 . face down. was a photograph. ‘What the . ‘What is it?’ said Susan.’ I said. On it. . Who was the picture of? I was afraid to look. ‘Can I see?’ ‘You can. Susan looked at it. ‘But it isn’t good!’ I gave her the photo. ?’ I shouted. and jumped back.

‘He was there.’ 21 . the man with my face. And there he was. ‘Very clever!’ he said quietly.‘I know. It was Susan and me. excitedly. ‘That man!’ said Susan. Down at the sea.’ I said. and looked again. And he had a gun in his hand. we heard a noise. The door opened. ‘Don’t move. ‘It was me.’ he said.’ He shut the door. It’s his photo!’ Suddenly. ‘Or I’ll shoot.

.I looked at the man in horror. my hair .I was afraid of his face! He had my nose. I wasn’t afraid of his gun . . my ears. my mouth. 22 .

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‘Yes. ‘Those cold brown eyes. Susan Barker.’ she said.’ ‘I did not! And my name is Reed now.’ Susan answered.’ ‘I loved you. ‘Ugh!’ 24 . ‘We were happy.’ ‘Stay back!’ he shouted.’ he said. Susan stopped. ‘You pretended to love me.’ said the man. I worked with him fifteen years ago.’ ‘You’re a bad woman. ‘His name is Stephen Griggs.‘You know him!’ I said.

‘That’s for you. and remember.‘Did he always have my face?’ I asked.’ he said. ‘No. He smiled.’ He looked at the photograph in my hand. ‘Before you go to prison. ‘You will.’ ‘Remember what?’ I said.’ he said. ‘Your last walk with Susan.’ ‘You will.’ 25 . ‘You can look at it.’ said the man. ‘I don’t know the game he’s playing.’ said Susan.

’ he said. ‘NOOOOOO!’ I shouted. down.’ ‘You will. ‘Why?’ Because you shot Susan.‘Prison?’ I said. . Susan was on the floor. It all went black — and I fell down. suddenly. I shut my eyes.’ he said ‘I didn’t . Dead. ‘Watch!’ And he turned and put the gun to Susan’s head. down. and jumped at him. 26 . the man turned and hit me on the head. When I looked again. . The man shot. Then.

‘I loved her.’ I tried to get up. My plan is going very well. .’ the man smiled .’ he said. Now . too. ‘You shot her!’ I said. All those years. . ‘No. but it was difficult.with my smile! ‘You shot her. ‘Do you plan to shoot me.’ He smiled again and looked at the gun. I remembered.After some time. I opened my eyes again. ‘But she was with you. too?’ I said.’ I said. quietly. ‘I. 27 .

‘I shot Susan!’ the man answered for me. Now she’s dead for you. ‘I said. For me.‘Oh. Susan. mmwff!’ I said. . too. ‘Mfff. no.’ He came over to me.. Perhaps there. you’ll understand. and put his hand over my mouth. I’m sorry!’ 28 . Dead! DEAD! Oh. Then I heard Mrs Brown at the door.. you’re going to prison. ‘What are you doing in there?’ she shouted. Susan was dead before I shot her.’ he said. ‘And now she’s dead.

And they’ll come — for you!’ He walked over to the window and looked out.‘There.’ Before I knew it. . ‘Now there’s only one Peter Reed again.’ ‘Oh. and one more thing. You!’ ‘But. . . ‘Now she’ll phone the police.’ ‘Not for long. I watched him slowly take the mask from his face. .’ I said. the gun was in my hand! ‘You can give it to the police ‘ he laughed. ‘Remember. In horror.’ he said. ‘You’ve got my face.’ he said. Here you are . 29 . too.

‘You come with us. They looked at the gun in my hand. It opened and four policemen walked in.’ he said again. . The first policeman walked over to me.’ 30 . .’ I said. I didn’t want to go to prison. ‘Come with us.’ he said.. . They looked at the dead woman. ‘I didn’t .I watched the door. It isn’t . I can’t .. We’ve got all night. ‘You can talk later. .

EXERCISES Vocabulary Work Look at these words: ago forget year laugh afraid pretend restaurant kiss turn shoot prison in horror last shout mask Do you understand them? Find them in a dictionary. Why? 9 Who was in the photograph? Pages 22-25 10 Why was Peter afraid? 11 Why were the man's eyes important? 12 How did Susan know Stephen Griggs? 31 . then write sentences with the words. Comprehension Answer these questions. Pages 5-9 1 Why do Susan and Peter Reed like the Hotel Vista? 2 When did they first meet? 3 Where is Connor's Coffee House? Pages 10-15 4 Why did Peter pretend the car was a Citroen? 5 Why did Susan not want to go to the police? 6 Who did Susan see near the cafe? Pages 16-21 7 At what time did they arrive back at the hotel? 8 Susan and Peter thought that a man or woman was in their room.

Tell him/her why you are in prison. Example: Policeman: What did you hear? Mrs Brown: I heard a noise. Why? 15 What can Peter say to the police? Discussion 1 2 3 Is thirteen an unlucky number for you? Are some things lucky/unlucky? Would you like to have a holiday in Lea-on-Sea? Why? If not. Write a letter to your best friend (in 100 words). Policeman: At what time? .30 yesterday evening? Who was with you? Writing 1 2 You are Peter. where? Why? The police think that you shot someone! Where were you at 7. Why? 14 Peter did not answer Mrs Brown. Write down their questions and answers (80 words). A policeman stays and questions Mrs Brown.Pages 26-30 13 Stephen did not shoot Peter.

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