Boy on a Bike

Epilogue

Epilogue

Magda. She needed help and she knew it. A therapist maybe - a psychiatrist even. But how could she? There were so many things she didn't want to share with anyone. No she really daren't. Still, if she didn't talk to someone she'd go mad - over the top mad. But maybe if she heard herself say it out loud, it would help. Worth a try anyway. She walked slowly upstairs, went into Ollie's room and switched on his tape recorder. 'I hated boarding school,' she began. 'But it never seemed worth telling them that, as home was even worse....

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Chapter 14

Chapter 14

It was a small room. Not tiny, but small. There was a door on the left and a high window to the right. The walls were cream and the paintwork was grey. It was very bare, with a wooden floor. He knew he'd been in an enclosed space, but he didn't know where. He knew he'd been frightened, but he didn't know why. One thing he did know for certain was that he had a headache. At least two people had been in the room, he knew they had. And they had stood over him and talked. He didn't think...

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Chapter 13

Chapter 13

It was Kazzie who told him. She'd been down to the town and shouted up to his room when she got back. He flew downstairs half expecting bad news. 'I'm really sorry,' she said. 'It's not easy to say this, but Jim Wilson's dead.' Dan could hardly take it in. 'Everyone's talking about it,' she went on. And then she paused and added more quietly. 'He shot himself, using a rifle old Picard had left on the premises. They found him by the well. There's the usual daft gossip. Someone said he had a sister South West of here and...

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Chapter 12

Chapter 12

There were two phone calls the following morning. One was from Penny. Neither she nor Dan had anything much to report. The other was a surprise call from Celia. She was keen to meet up with him later in the day. She offered to buy him lunch in Blois. 'I'll see you in the cafe next to the patisserie. You can't miss it,' she had said. Dan felt quite anxious. What on earth could Celia want? Still at least it was a cycle ride, he thought. She was there when he arrived and Dan sat down opposite her and waited....

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Chapter 11

Chapter 11

There was nothing for it but to accept Didier's invitation. Although Dan was not nervous about parties as a rule, he was terrified at the thought of this one. But to stay away would appear odd, and the last thing he wanted to do was draw attention to himself. Also he did admit to a certain level of curiosity about the man whose name got mentioned so much. He was wearing a shirt and a pair of trousers both of which had been left behind by Duncan. Luckily Kazzie had found a tie in the drawer too. The trousers were...

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