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one the stranger I don't usually pick up

hitchhikers but this one was different

he wasn't young like the others and he

didn't have a bag or a girlfriend or a

sign with London or Lancaster on it he

just stood there beside the road with

his hand out waiting he was a man about

40 years old in a gray suit and red tie

he was just watching the cars and

waiting he was watching me while I

slowed down I remember his eyes very

pale blue eyes staring at me through

thin gold glasses they looked surprised

perhaps I was something strange

something not quite real to him or

perhaps he just had bad eyes perhaps he

couldn't see very well I stopped the car

and opened the window where are you

going I asked I'm going into town he

said into Lancaster could you give me a

lift please yes okay I said I'm going

that way jump in he got in and sat down

beside me thank you very much he said

it's very kind of you that's all right I

said it's my pleasure I started the car

and thought about the words he had used

there was something strange about them

hitchhikers don't usually speak like

that they usually say something like are

you going to Lancaster oh good thanks a

lot he spoke politely like an older man

but this man wasn't very old perhaps

he's foreign I thought

I looked at him and noticed something

else could you put your seatbelt on

please I said he looked at me I'm


he said I don't like seatbelts very much

I feel like a prisoner in the car it's

the law you know and I'm a police

sergeant so I think you should wear one

in my car oh yes

I'm so sorry the law yes yes I forgot he

looked around him but for a moment he

couldn't find the seatbelt it's there

behind you I said do you do it like this

I helped him to put on the seatbelt

yes thank you he said I'm terribly sorry

I never remember these things oh really

I said why don't you have a car no not

now I don't like them I did have one

once but that was a long time ago for a

moment I thought he would continue but

then he stopped talking and stared

quietly out of the window I looked at

him again I'm a police officer so it's

my job to look at people and to think

carefully about them I was sure there

was something strange about this man his

hair nobody has their hair cut quite

like that now and that suit it was quite

clean quite new but the trousers and

lapels were wider than they usually are

where had I seen a suit like that before

do you live near here I asked I was

still wondering about him was he a

foreigner he smiled at me I live in

Lancaster in the centre of the town in

fact I was listening carefully he speaks

very good English

I thought he speaks in the local way

I don't think he is a foreigner but that

face it's the middle of summer now and

we've had a lot of Sun this year why is

he so pale

what sort of jug do you do I asked he

smiled at me again oh I don't have a job

at the moment he said that's why I don't

have a car now you see you haven't

driven for a long time then I said he

looked at me again that same quiet

surprised look no I haven't he said not

for a long time I smiled at him I

thought you hadn't I said you've had to

wear seatbelts in a car for many years


I continued it's my job police officers

always play at detectives yes I see

he said he smiled a quiet polite smile

was on his mouth but those pale eyes

were still and empty then from moment I

stopped thinking about him because there

was a lot of traffic on the road cars

were moving very slowly and I saw a

policeman in front with several police

cars and flashing blue lights

I knew the policeman so I stopped the

car beside him what's the matter John I

asked it's an accident sue

he said one car stopped suddenly and

another car went into the back of it

anyone hurt

three people I think but they don't look

too bad the ambulance will be here soon

do you need any help I wasn't in uniform

but I had to ask he thought for a moment

and I heard the sound of the ambulance

it was coming towards us well it looks

quite nasty but we'll be okay when the

ambulance comes sue there are two police

cars here already but you can ask the

sergeant over there if you like he'll

know all right John thank

I drove on slowly to the accident there

was glass all over the road and the two

damaged cars were by the side of the

road on the left it seemed that one car

had hit the back of the other and pushed

it off the road a young girl was sitting

at the side of the road with a policeman

her face was covered in blood

a man was lying on the ground beside the

second car and another policeman was

kneeling beside him the sergeant was

talking to the driver of the first car

who was still in his seat to an accident

I parked the car got out and went over

to the man on the ground is there

anything I can do I asked the policeman

he looked up surprised and then he

recognized me oh it's you sue I think

he's okay he's breathing and his heart's

fine but I don't like the look of that

leg one of the man's legs was broken in

two places

it looked like there were two knees he

was breathing but his eyes were closed

and his face was very white can you go

and help Chris with a little girl he

said I think this man is her father I

looked at the little girl she was trying

to walk but she seemed confused the

policeman was holding her arm I went

over and knelt in front of her there was

blood all over her face I couldn't see

her eyes very well hello I said my

name's sue I'm a police officer can you

see me she wiped her face with her hand

and nodded good I said what's your name

Kate Kate okay Kate you heard that sound

just now didn't you that was the

ambulance this policeman Chris and I are

going to take you over to the ambulance

and then the ambulance men will take you

to the hospital and look after you

you're going to be all right but what

about my daddy he'll come with you and

the ambulance

he's going to be all right too I held

one of the girls arms and Chris held the

other we took the little girl over to

the ambulance and sat talking with her

while the ambulance men lifted her

father and the other driver into the

ambulance when the ambulance had gone I

spoke to the sergeant for a few minutes


happened I asked I don't know yet he

said I think the first car stopped

suddenly but I can't think why still

that's something that we'll have to find

out it's a funny place for an accident I

can only remember one here before about

20 years ago I think it was that was a

nasty one too

a young man was killed ran over by a car

I remember that a little child was hurt

then - what happened then he shook his

head I can't remember now anyway this

one will be your job in the morning I'm

on holiday next week

remember thanks for your help on the way

back to the car I could see one of the

policemen he was picking up the little

girls doll from the side of the road he

walked over and put it in the police car

three a frightened passenger

when I got back into the car

the hitchhiker was still there he did

look very strange for a moment I thought

he was crying I'm sorry he said but I

hate accidents well were they badly hurt

I looked at him quickly his face was

very pale and where his hands shaking

quite badly I said one had a broken leg

and the young girl had a lot of glass in

her face but I think they'll live oh

good all right I'm sorry I didn't get

out but you see I hate seeing blood I

smiled that's all right

I don't like it either but I'm a police

officer it's my job yes I suppose you

see a lot of accidents quite a lot yes

but it's funny I've never seen one here

before the road is very straight and it

was clear of traffic and it's not dark

or anything a car stopped suddenly and

another car hit it it's very strange for

a moment my passenger didn't answer he

just looked straight in front of him the

gray eyes in the pale face staring at

the road and the traffic then he said

very quietly cars do terrible things

don't they

I hate cars I hate them I didn't say

anything for a minute then I asked him

if he had a family in Lancaster yes I

have one son yes at the University you

know I'd been there just now before you

pick me up oh really

does he like it there yes I think so

yes he likes it very much

he smiled at me the same gray pale smile

but I still have to look after him you

know he does silly things and gets into

lots of trouble he owns me you know I'm

sure he'd have an accident if I didn't

keep an eye on him all the time that was

a very strange thing to say about a son

at university my sister is at the

University do but I don't think my

father knows what she's doing every day

I don't think he wants to know and I'm

quite sure she doesn't want her father

keeping an eye on her all the time

but before I could say anything else we

had reached the center of the town I

stopped the car outside the cemetery if

you want the center of the town this is

the best place I said I'm driving home

after this this is perfect

he opened the door carefully and got out

thank you very much you're very kind my

pleasure I watched him walk away a short

pale man in that strange old fashioned

suit then I drove out into the traffic

and forgot about him

where's the body

next morning I found the reports of the

car accident on my desk there were

photographs of the two cars after the

crash and a plan of the area the two

cars had been drawn on the plan

the police had also spoken to two

students they had been working beside

the road at the time of the accident the

students had both seen the first car

swerves suddenly in front of the second

car and then stop for no reason but the

police hadn't spoken to the drivers of

the two cars because they were too ill

so I had to go to the hospital to talk

to them

PC Brian Jones came with me the doctors

said we couldn't talk to the driver of

the second car or the little girl so we

went to see the driver of the first car

he was sitting up in bed he could talk

now but he had hurt his neck quite badly

because the car had stopped very quickly

but it seemed that he didn't want to say


good morning mr. Jackson I said I'm a

police sergeant the doctor tells me

you're feeling much better this morning

a bit he said but I still can't move my

neck if you want to talk to me sit on

the end of the bed and then I can see

you i sat on the end of the bed and

looked at him he was about thirty years

old with a thin brown face a small

mustache and dark hair he looked very

unhappy and his eyes always looked away

from me when he spoke I suppose you want

to know about the accident he asked

that's right mr. Jackson can you

remember anything about it remember it

yes of course I can I've been thinking

about it all night

but it wasn't my fault honestly you must

believe me I was driving along quite

slowly about 45 miles an hour

I think or maybe 50 but no more really

anyway there's no special speed limit on

that road is there only the limit for

normal roads you can go up to 60 miles

an hour well I wasn't driving as fast as

that I was driving quite slowly the road

was clear and I hadn't been drinking in

fact I never drink and drive never I'm

sure the doctors tested that didn't they

officer I looked at my notes yes I think

so it doesn't say anything here about

alcohol mr. Jackson so it couldn't be my

fault could it I mean I was going at a

normal speed slowly even on a sunny day

and I hadn't been drinking and then

there he was right in front of me I felt


I'm sorry mr. Jackson I don't understand

who was in front of you he stared at me

strangely whoa the man of course the man

who was killed now I was really confused

but I'm sorry mr. Jackson but no one was

killed the people in the other car were

hurt but they're both alive one has a

broken leg I think and the little girl

hurt her face but that's all which car

asked mr. Jackson the car that hits you

from behind

now mr. Jackson looked confused

he looked even more unhappy and his face

went white as white as the bandage

around his neck do you mean are you

telling me that a car hit me from behind

officer yes he put his

hands to his neck he had been trying to

shake his head but he couldn't I don't

remember that he said you don't remember

anything about a car that hits you from

behind no nothing and you say there were

two people in it a man and a girl oh how

terrible he began to cry and took a

handkerchief from the table beside his


I thought carefully let's start from the

beginning mr. Jackson you say you were

driving along slowly about 45 miles an

hour is that right then what happened

thank carefully and tell me slowly he

put the handkerchief down and stared at

me his eyes big and wide well then I saw

him that's all a man he was running

across the road in front of me

he didn't look where he was burying or

anything he was just there suddenly I

tried to stop but it was too late poor

man I couldn't miss him I waited until

he had finished the nurse gave him a

drink of water

then I asked quietly mr. Jackson do you

remember anything about this man I mean

what did he look like he looked at me

strangely well I didn't have much time

did I I suppose he was about 40 or 50

years old in a suit or something I don't

know his face was very white

I suppose that was because he was

frightened I think he had glasses on and

there was something weird

perhaps it was a tile

it was the blood I don't know but why

does it matter you've got the body

haven't you you know who he is I looked

at PC Jones this man's crazy

I thought perhaps he has hurt his head

too I felt sorry for him

I spoke very slowly and carefully I

tried to make my voice as kind as I

could mr. Jackson we haven't found a

body no one was killed in the accident

you didn't hit anyone you just stopped

your car suddenly and the car behind ran

into you that's all but does that mean

we're going to prosecute me he asked I'm

not sure yet mr. Jackson I said we

haven't finished our investigations but

I'm afraid the police usually prosecute

people for dangerous driving if they

stop suddenly for no reason

but you can't do that I'd lose my job

I'm a Salesman

I Drive hundreds of miles every week and

nobody can work for our company if

they've been prosecuted for dangerous

driving that's why I never drink and

drive never and I never stopped without

a good reason there was a man there in

front of me I told you I saw him as

clearly as I can see you now

well I'm sorry mr. Jackson I said but

there was a serious accident and at the

moment it seems it was your fault that's

all I can say for now five the doctor



outside the room the nurse stopped us

could you both rate in here a moment

please she said I think the doctor would

like to speak to you we heard the nurse

talking to the doctor outside the room

for two or three minutes and then the

doctor came in she smiled at me good

morning sergeant Fraser she said to me

you've been talking to mr. Jackson

haven't you yes I said poor man he's not

very happy I'm afraid no of course not

said the doctor well it was a nasty

accident wasn't it and he's hurt his

neck quite badly but the rest of him is

okay he should be out of hospital in a

few days yes I looked at the doctor

carefully doctor are you sure that he

hasn't hurt anything else his head

perhaps you see I don't think he

remembers the accident very well he

thinks he killed somebody who walked in

front of the car but he didn't nobody

was killed nobody walked in front of the

car and he doesn't remember the second

car at all yes I know she said I wanted

to talk to you about that of course

people do forget accidents that's normal

they often don't remember anything about

them so I'm not surprised that he

doesn't remember the second car but it's

very unusual to remember something that

didn't happen she stopped for a moment

and looked at me thoughtfully so I

thought perhaps I shouldn't say this but

I thought you should know last night

this man had a small problem with his


a very unusual problem for a few minutes

it beeped very slowly it merely stopped

and then it started again and people who

have a heart problem like that aren't

usually allowed to drive you

because they might become ill for a

couple of minutes and then of course a

car would stop suddenly I see I said so

you think that perhaps he had a small

heart attack yesterday - I don't know

she said maybe he had the attack because

of the accident I haven't seen his

doctor's records so I don't know if he

has ever had this problem before

I see I said well thank you doctor

that's very helpful 6 a good explanation


that explains it then said Brian Jones

as we drove back to the police station

there wasn't a man in front of his car

and allows it and if the man did have

this heart problem then I couldn't have

a job as a salesman could he he wouldn't

have a driving licence and he'd lose his


and he's very afraid of losing his job

isn't he

it told us that yes I said but that

doesn't explain his story does it well

yes maybe it does sergeant he said look

at it this way perhaps this man had a

problem with his heart several years ago

and then he got better so he got his

driving license back his job and his

driving license are very important to

him so he always drives very very

carefully he never drinks and drives or

does anything silly and why is he so

very very careful because he's always

afraid that one day his heart problem

will come back and then he'll lose his

license his job and everything then

yesterday it did come back and so he had

this accident but he wants us to believe

that it wasn't his fault

so he has invented a story about a man

who ran in front of the car only it

isn't a very good story that's all

because there wasn't a man and there

isn't a body Brian Jones smiled at me he

is a young clever policeman and he was

very pleased with himself it was a good

explanation - I couldn't see anything

wrong with it back at the police station

I checked everything carefully but no

one had found a body no one had seen a

man who ran across the road I looked at

the front of mr. Jackson's car carefully

with one of the police scientists

there were no marks on it at all only

the back of his car was damaged where

the car behind had hit it either mr.

Jackson was mad or he was lying but I

felt sad

and a little angry to the doctor at the

hospital had been very helpful but why

had she told us about mr. Jackson's

heart problem that was wrong I wouldn't

want my doctor to tell people about me

when I was ill mr. Jackson's story was

crazy but I really think that he

believed it in my job you know when

people are lying and I thought mr.

Jackson was telling the truth 7 Simon

I talked about it with my boyfriend

Simon at dinner that night Simon is a

reporter so he has to be very careful he

must never write about anything I tell

him in his newspaper if he did I would

lose my job but we still talk about

things and sometimes it is very useful I

told him about the accident

and mr. Jackson's story he looked at me

thoughtfully it's a strange place for an

accident isn't it

he said the roads very straight there

that's right I said no one ever stops

there I only stopped because I for a

moment I stopped talking my fork in my


sous-sous what's the matter Simon said

Simon that's it I remembered the thing

that worries me about all this the

hitch-hiker hot the hitchhiker the man

Jackson described pale face suit glasses

red tie there was a man like that in my

car quickly I told Simon about the man

that I had picked up before I saw the

accident yes but he wasn't dead sooo he

was in your car quite safe and you

picked him up a long way away from the

accident not very far away about half a

kilometre perhaps the traffic was moving

very slowly because of the accident

maybe he walked there it's possible you

mean perhaps the hitchhiker was walking

across the road and Jackson saw him

stopped his car and then the other car

hit Jackson's car yes that's right

and then the hitchhiker ran on down the

road and then I picked him up Simon I

have to find that man

Simon looked thoughtful

yes but wait a minute sue why would the

hitchhike across the road there there's

nothing there and anyway if he was

walking towards you he was walking away

from town not towards it I shook my head

I don't know but I want to find him he

said he lived in Lancaster and another

thing Simon one of the older police

sergeant said they had once been an

accident on that road before something

about a child I think it was about 20

years ago maybe more can you check in

your old newspapers and find out about

it I think it may help Simon groaned

you want me to check the records for a

little thing like that do you know how

long that takes

I smiled at him but you'll do it for me

won't you Simon

I said please eight flowers on a grave


it took Simon a long time but he found

the newspaper story in the end we met

for lunch in the park in the middle of

town and he took it out of his pocket he

showed it to me and I read it carefully

a small yellow piece of paper a

newspaper story about a road accident 18

years ago 10th of July 1978 father

killed in road crash son saved by brave

dad a man was hit by a car and killed in

an accident on the main road outside

Lancaster yesterday police said the man

25 year old mr. David Holland ran

straight in front of the car the car

driver had no time to stop and mr.

Holland was killed immediately a three

year old boy mr. Holland's son Michael

was found by the side of the road crying

a woman mrs. Helen Steadman was walking

with her dog by the side of the road

mrs. Steadman said that mr. Holland had

been driving towards Lancaster with his

son just before the accident he had

stopped his car by the side of the road

and both of them had got out I think

perhaps the little boy wanted to go to

the toilet mrs. Steadman said but before

his father could stop him he ran

straight out across the road in front of

the traffic mr. Holland ran after him

and managed to pick up the little boy

and throw him to the side of the road

but then a car hit the father

it wasn't the driver's fault the little

boy ran straight out into the road

without looking and his father ran out

after him then I ran to catch the little

boy before he could go back into the

road again the police said that mr.

Holland was dead when they arrived he

will be buried in Lancaster Cemetery on

Tuesday the little boy's mother died a

year ago so he will live with his

grandparents and come forth this is the


accident that anyone can remember on

this part of the road the road is very

straight there and is usually very safe

the police do not think the car driver

was driving fast I put down the old

yellow piece of paper and thought for a


18 years ago a man had run in front of a

car and been killed on the same part of

the road at least a day there had been

another accident and the driver of the

first car mr. Jackson was quite sure

that he had seen a man who would run out

in front of him and was also sure that

he had hit him in exactly the same way

it's interesting isn't it Simon said but

it doesn't help much does it have you

found your hitchhiker yet no I said I've

checked all our police records and we

have no records of anyone who looks like

him and of course he didn't tell me his


I see said Simon strangely there is one

other interesting thing that I haven't

told you oh what's that well every day I

walk through the cemetery on my way to

work I know the place quite well

sometimes I sit and have my sandwiches

there at lunchtime and so I noticed the

other people who come there the people

who put flowers on the graves and eat

their lunch there sometimes I even read

the gravestones you know I often wonder

about them what were the people like how

long did they live it's very interesting

in your lunch hour how strange I said do

you think so I like it it's quiet and

peaceful there so I can think and read

anyway there's one grave there that

always has flowers on it

a young man comes to put them there he's

a student I think and when I read this

newspaper story I knew I'd seen the name

Holland somewhere before at first I

couldn't remember the place that I'd


it then I remembered it's the name on

this gravestone David Holland I checked

this morning because I wanted to be

certain and the date on the stone was

the same to 1978 it's the same man who

was killed in the accident so I asked

what's surprising about that it isn't

surprising that he was buried there he

came from Lancaster and I suppose that

the young man who brings the flowers is

his son that would be normal wouldn't it

maybe he said but not every day

not after eighteen years anyway the

cemetery is just over there why don't we

go and have a look we can go that way

back to the car okay if you like I

didn't know that you were so interested

in gravestones Simon we got up and

walked quietly through the park and into

the cemetery it was a nice sunny summer

afternoon neither of us wanted to hurry

back to work there it is look Simon

pointed and I saw a grave just like all

the others there were a few red flowers

on it we walked towards it but then a

young man came past us on the path he

knelt down beside the grave he took the

old flowers away and put some fresh ones

beside it we stopped a few metres away

and watched the young man stayed very

quietly beside the grave for several

minutes I could see his mouth moving it

seemed that he was talking to someone

he's praying Simon I said come on let's

go we shouldn't stand and watch him okay

he said and then moved slowly away but

don't you think it's strange he asked

while we were getting into the car I

know his father has been dead for about


years and this young man comes here

nearly every day with fresh flowers and

please beside the grave yes I suppose it


I said but that's his business not ours

and it doesn't help me with his accident

come on let's go 9 an unhappy man


later that afternoon I had to meet mr.

Jackson I didn't want to but I had to he

came into my office unhappily and sat

down in front of me he still had a

bandage around his neck

good afternoon mr. Jackson I said I'm

sorry but I have investigated this

accident very carefully now and I will

have to prosecute you for dangerous

driving his face went white and I could

see his hands begin to shake I'll lose

my job he said you know that don't you

yes I said I understand that and I'm

very sorry but your car swerved and

stopped suddenly for no reason and two

people were badly hurt in the other car

they were lucky you nearly killed them

but what about the man he shouted I told

you I saw a man he crossed the road in

front of me I'm not crazy you know I saw

him I know I said and I think you

believed it yourself but we looked for

that man and we can't find him two

students saw the accident from the side

of the road you know but they didn't see

a man who crossed the road either

I'm sorry mr. Jackson but nobody else

saw this man only you perhaps your

doctor can explain it but I can't his

hands were shaking even more now and for

a moment he couldn't speak perhaps he's

going to have a heart attack now I

thought here in this room after a moment

he stood up and walked to the door at

the door he turned and stared at me you

he began you're wrong

I'm not mad you know and I'm not ill

either you wait one day you'll

something like this and no one will

believe you either

then you'll know how I feel he walked

out shutting the door loudly behind him

10 the return

that Saturday I had to go to the


my younger sister Elizabeth had just

finished her studies and she was getting

her degree

my parents had come to watch and we were

all going out for a meal afterwards I

put on a nice dress after work and went

to the University when I got there we

sat and watched and listened and then

everyone had tea outside on the grass it

was a funny day all the students were

wearing good clothes instead of their

normal jeans and t-shirts and they all

took their parents round to meet their

friends and their friends parents

everyone was standing there talking to

strangers and feeling a little

embarrassed I was just getting myself

another cup of tea when I saw him he was

standing there with a cup of tea in his

hand and a silly smile on his face

the hitch-hiker I stood quite still and

watched him he was standing in a group

with two young men students and two

older people they talked and smiled for

a few minutes and then the hitch-hiker

and one of the students moved away and

began to talk to another family group

that student is his son I thought and I

know him too he's the young man we saw

in the cemetery the hitch-hiker was

still very pale and he was still wearing

that old-fashioned suit I noticed

another strange thing too none of the

other parents talked to him in fact one

man nearly walked straight into him but

I didn't think much about that then I

knew that I had to talk to him perhaps

he could help me about the accident

even now I smiled and walked towards him

hello I said I didn't think that I'd see

you again he turned quickly and for a

moment I was sure he was afraid or

perhaps I was the first person who had

spoken to him that afternoon but then he

smiled too how nice he said you're the

lady who gave me a lift into town a week

ago aren't you so he remembered me too

that was interesting he looked worried

but you're a policewoman aren't you

so you can't be a student and you're not

old enough to be a parent so why are you

here has there been a crime no I said my

sister's getting her degree that's all

is this your son yes he said Michael

come and meet my policewoman friend she

gave me a lift in her car the other day

Michael smiled and shook my hand but I

thought he looked a little nervous

that's uh that was very kind of you

he said my father doesn't have a car and

he's always missing the bus he never

manages to catch the bus if I don't take

him to the bus stop myself I didn't know

what to say

if he's the young man we saw in the

cemetery I thought then his father's

dead but he says this man is his father

the father smiled again these young

people he said they think they know

everything but really it's my son who

was always getting into trouble I have

to look after him all the time you know

people were beginning to go home I

remembered that the hitch-hiker didn't

have a car can I give you another lift

back into town I asked

yes please he said that would be very

kind I am getting old you know I get

tired when I see too many people son

smiled and left us we walk to the car I

didn't speak much

I was thinking hard what questions

should I ask the hitchhiker got into the

car and smiled at me I hope we won't see

another accident he said I hate

accidents all my life I've been afraid

of cars I'm so glad that Michael isn't

going to work near cars or roads he's

got a job in a bookshop you know and

he'll be able to walk to work you can't

be farther away from cars than that yes

I said it didn't sound very exciting to

me is this job in Lancaster oh yes

of course the man smiled his thin pale

smile he doesn't want to work anywhere

else it comes to see me every day you

know when I met you the other day

where'd you been I asked with Michael of

course he said at the University how did

you get there

I walked it was a nice day did you cross

the road about 10 minutes before you met

me I asked did you walk in front of a

car perhaps he looked surprised and

unhappy no no of course I didn't are you


quite sure because the driver of one of

the cars saw you you know

saw me what do you mean one of the

drivers in that accident saw a man just

like you who walked straight across the

road in front of him that's why he

swerved and stopped he thought he'd

killed you

the man's fingers were playing nervously

with a seat belt and his face was whiter

than ever

oh no that isn't true I was very careful

and anyway nobody can see me when so you

did cross the road we were near the

center of the town now just outside the

cemetery I stopped the car and turned to

look at the man more closely I think you

better come back to the police station

with me I've got a few more questions to

ask mister but then I remembered I still

didn't know his name

it's David David Holland he said he was

still playing nervously with a seatbelt

while he spoke but I'm afraid I can't

come to the police station thank you for

the lift I'm a skull now goodbye I tried

to stop him but he was going already

going in a way that was not normal at

all he had not opened the door but his

leg and half of his body were already

half way through it I couldn't speak I

was too surprised and as I watched the

other parts of his body that thin pale

body in the strange old fashioned

clothes went through the door as well

through the door right through the steel

car door and then he walked quickly away

and walked straight through the closed

metal gate into the cemetery I didn't

see where he went I was too shocked to

move well at last I got out of the car

and walked into the cemetery he was not

there but there were fresh flowers on

the grave under the gravestone that said

David Holland 1953 to 1978 he gave his

life for his son I stood by the grave

and thought for a long time but I'm only

an ordinary police woman

I can't arrest dead people or people who

aren't there I remembered the things

poor mr. Jackson had said to me when he

left my office and I wondered what on

earth I was going to do now


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