All of these thoughts weighed on Lindsay’s mind as she sat clutching the warm parcel of fish and chips. She gazed out at the hedgerows and stone walls at either side of the road, thankful for the silence.
Who is the young man who visits me? Why doesn’t he speak?
“OK, which way now?”
“Oh sorry, I was lost in my thoughts. Right at the fork, and then the second right, just before the football field.” Pull up alongside the decaying teenagers on the left!
Lindsay closed her eyes tightly.
“Did you see something over there, by the front door?” Barbara asked.
“You saw it too?” she asked desperately.
“No, I saw the look on your face. You looked that way in the interview room too. What it is you think you see? What has you so afraid?”
“Lets go inside,” Lindsay said. “I’m not ready to talk about it yet.”
The young policewoman scanned the area, not really knowing what she was looking for. Something was scaring this poor girl badly, and it wasn’t the young man they’d seen in town.
Once inside, Lindsay locked and bolted the door, it wouldn’t keep out the dead, but it made her feel better. They sat at the kitchen table eating fish and chips straight from the paper, washing them down with cold beer.
“I shouldn’t drink on duty, but I don’t think one beer will get me fired.”
“What made you decide to join the Police Force?” Lindsay asked.
“Originally I was going to join the Military Police, my fiancé was in the army, but he was killed when a car bomb exploded outside his barracks in London.” Her voice cracked as she spoke. She swallowed hard and continued. I didn’t have the heart for the Army after that.”
“God I’m sorry. That’s awful. I’m sorry.”
“I think you know what if feels like first hand. Who else could be responsible for the bombing on Saturday night, if not the IRA?”
There was a gentle rapping at the front door. I daren’t answer it; I daren’t look out there.
“Do you want me to get that?” Barbara asked, “You look terrified.”
“Yes please.” I know the dead wouldn’t knock, but I just don’t want to look.
When Barbara returned to the room she wasn’t alone. The skinny young man with the haunted eyes followed her, and behind him was Mel, or what was left of her. Not much more than a skeleton with eyes now. Lindsay bit her lip until it brought blood; it was all she could do to stop herself from fainting. She knew she was the only one who saw her.
She pushed the remains of her fish and chips across the table. She’d suddenly lost her appetite.
This is the first blog story I’ve done where the protagonist is not telling the story. It’s an exercise for me. I hope its working. My first novel Dead of July is available on Amazon.