Narrowboat Ezri – The Littleborough Chronicles – The Refit- Carpets

You would think that with all the refit jobs I have given myself to do and the fact a few are taking longer that I thought, I would get my head down and work them one at a time one, but the more I look around Ezri was a paint, I can see how the little things can be improved, that’s how and why Ezri now has carpet. I had been thinking about some kind of floor covering but just the odd car mat or rug here and there to stop the mess from the towpaths being walked though.
But all the ones I saw would have to cut up to fit and in the case of the car mat there would only be black/grey colour scheme to pick from, So one quick trip to a carpet warehouse and I brought a carpet end roll which will not only cover the steps both front and back but also the space were I keep the tool and dragon box.

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Setting a carpet in Ezri’s is just one huge jigsaw, nothing on her is a straight line even if they look and feel like it, so it very much a case of finding the best line you can and measuring from that point, then turning the carpet roll over and with a stick of chalk draw the lines needed.
To carry on the idea of light and space though Ezri, as I painted the rest of the walls my Dad did the three steps down which now kept in place with double sided tape. I am going to paint the wood trim a little darker blue that walls to tie the whole thing together.

Narrowboat Ezri – Moving Day – Part One

As you may have guessed from the title, Me and Ezri have moved from the small quay were we have been for the few weeks, I should explain the continuous cruising rules, they say you are required to move to a new place at least once a fortnight.
I thought that being the small quay would have tweaked the rules a little but no the nice people from the Canal and River Trust sent me a letter asking me to move out the general area. Now the tone of the letter is bit big brother using words like “our sighting records” and Ezri’s index number, to read Ezri’s you have to be stood next her or have very good eye sight and if people are watching I would like them to talk to me and the other boat owners not waste money with letters, just a word in friendship that’s all as we are all trying get a long. 
So anyway Wednesday, we moved this time heading back up to a place called Summit/Chelbourne were I could stay 24 hours and then move on a little more, a matter of nine locks
Pike House Lock No. 45
Sladen Lock No. 44
Thickone Lock No. 43
Second below Punchbowl
First Lock below Punchbowl
Punchbowl Lock
Second below West Summit
First below West Summit 
Which in fact retrace of the journey we had made get down into Littleborough, only this time I knew all the ins and outs
I reached the first of the locks at five past ten am, I know that because I was going to turn this trip into a slow adventure having rushed it the last time.
Ezri tied up the water came out of the lock and Ezri when in, but could I get the water to rise could I sod, the paddle on the top would not move one inch, I was luckily the lock gate was a little leaky so in time the water in rise and Ezri did come up.
As I stood there even a small group of walkers tried but it was only when Ezri was about three foot from the top did someone else try and you guess it up the paddle came, it was almost 11 by the time we reached the next lock which went like clock work.
Tie Ezri up open the paddle let the water out, move Ezri in, up the ladder shut the lock gate, let the water in Ezri rises up, open the lock gate tie up Ezri up shut the gate move on, simple.
The next to lock are not as easy the ladders are some how in the wrong place on the way down they are to far forward so you have to run the roof and on the up ladder is cut off when you open the lock gate.
I guess my luck was in because as I was trying to work out how we were going to do this two volunteer Canal and River Trust people were making their way so they helped me thought the first lock and that was wonderfully simple but as I came out heading to the second I grounded Ezri so they had to help with second lock, that left me with two more to do on my own.
I worked out if got Ezri in to the lock tie her up and slowly opened the paddle then ran to the next lock and let the water out of it I wouldn’t ground Ezri and could be half done for the last lock,
Ezri was rising nicely and I was walking up the lock when group of ten walks came down towards me, I had my windless in hand and they past me one of the woman turned and said “go on get your job done” as if I was some teenage kid, I guess she though I had been sent by someone back down the canal to run forward and open the gate.
I felt like saying a few rude words, it really got to me after all I not just some kid and people who think they know.
And by the time I had worked the last lock it was half past two so it was time stop and pull up for the night back at Chelbourne Wharfe.
Were most two months ago I had half killed myself to get to but now the only thing that prayer on my mind was want I would have for tea.

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All the photos I took for the day can be found in link above

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Alec took a deep breath.
“You mean that you have feelings for each other.”
There was another pause this time a little longer
“Yes, but not only that.”
“Your, telling me that someone found out.”
“But I’m not sure who.”
“Deborah, I’m not in Manchester now but if you like I could come and see you tomorrow.”
“I could…” Kyra said
“Who that ?” Deborah asked a little frighten
Alec gave Kyra a quick glance and moved the phone closer
“That was Kyra you met her to.”
“Oh, I remember,”
“Deborah its Kyra again, can ask you something.”
“If it will help sure.”
“Did you write letters to each other ?”
“A few, but not many, is that all ?”
“Yes, all the questions I have for now.”
Alec moved the phone back.
“Deborah, it going to be Ok,”
“I know it will, just want to sleep now.”
“If there is anything more you want I just a call away.”
“Thank you,”
With a soft beep she ended the call Alec didn’t put his phone away he just dallied another number
“This DCI Prideaux I want a car tonight to patrol Wilmslow Road.”
There was the sound of speech on the other end which only Alec could hear, after a few seconds he put his phone away and turned around to face Kyra.
“What besides the letters did you find ?”
“A laptop, web cam and a box of pictures.”
“Right…Hmm when we get back to the station, I want you two…”
“Sorry to interrupt, but.” Lynn said.
She was turning the car into the car park, she found a space in no time and together they walked into the station, when they reached the reception Lynn held out her hand.
“The others are up stairs and this were I have to leave you Sir.”
Kyra and Charlie were a little taken a back when Alec took Lynn’s hand and gave her a hug.
“It was nice working with you.”
She smiled and hugged him back.
“Nice seeing you again.”
Alec let go and gave Kyra and Charlie a smile then walked away.
“Shall we go.”
The room that had been set aside for them was four times as the last and was on the third floor of the building giving them a view across the row of house below.
Sally had emptied all the boxes and neatly stuck up all the photographs on three wipe boards on each side of the room separating the pictures by the wide area shots on one, closer shots of Jenny laying on the canal, and the last board the post mortem one and the copies of the report sheets.
In the centre was a wide table with two laptops and a small group of chairs, Ian was sat in one and Sally the other both heads down working. As Alec opened the door Ian stood up.
“You two look as if you have everything well in hand.”
Kyra and Charlie walked in and stood by Alec
“I have most of the stuff up.”
Sally said looking up for her laptop, Alec walked over to a free chair and sat down
“Kyra, says you have a Jenny’s computer.”
“Its downstairs in the lab and the letters, but I have copies.”
Sally reached across the table for a folder, and then pressed a few buttons on the laptop the screen changed showing two rows of hand-written pages six in all, Kyra took the folder from Sally inside were the same letters, the others looked at the screen.
Charlie leant in to read the first one, Kyra watched as his eyes went a little wide then he backed away.
“The only problem is there not signed so we’re going to have a time finding out who sent them.”
Alec shock his head and moved away.
“They were written by her a friend.”
Sally looked over at him
“Have you read them, How can you just dismiss them like that”
“Her girlfriend wrote them so…”
“So it’s a hate crime then.”
“Could be.”
This time Ian turned around with disbelief.
“Wait a minute Alec, I maybe getting old but I don’t follow.”

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Tony felt something other then just the whiskey move around inside him, Elli was the only person in his life the meant anything now, without really thinking he started to move back though the other messages when he came across on that Jenny had sent a few days ago
“Why weren’t u there ?”
He sat there just looking down at the words, blinking a few times trying so hard to push the memory away but the alcohol wouldn’t let him it filled the dark places relegating his imagination, helplessly and without thinking he poured what was left off the bottle into the glass.
Taking up the glass he held it up to his face and though the golden liquid he hid and distorted the words on the screen, playing like this he kept his mid away from the memory and pain, but after a few minutes it all came back, darker heavier than before it over took him.
Putting down the glass, he griped the neck of the bottle as if it was a club waving it over his head as the pain rose and built, Tony staggered to his feet and turned around the window, holding the bottle higher he let out a loud scream and threw the bottle into the sink.
It hit the inside with such force that it fragmented and spilt, the neck came away first it rolled around a few seconds as the small metal seal came away, the rest of the bottle broke into more as it smashed itself on the side of the sink.
Tony looked down at the remains, at how sharp the pieces were now, then with half a idea he reached for one larger fragments as he did the song changed it stopped being wild and loud, it be came soft, it was Jenny she was singing Ave Maria, it been recorded at the club after hours the same times the pictures had been taken.
He turned away from the sink he tried to move but his legs buckled under him, he fell he didn’t even try to stop himself he just let it happen on the way he hit his right arm on the stool, but the with all the alcohol inside him he never it.
He pulled his legs up close, rocking a little, the song ended but that didn’t matter the whole house was peaceful now, Tony let the glass shard fall to the floor as he passed out.

Everyone turned to see were the sound saw coming, Alec’s jacket was still over the arm of the settee, Alec walked quickly over and began searching though the pockets, first he reached into the right he felt the tennis ball but didn’t find what he was looking for, he tried the other but when he did find his phone it had stopped ringing he saw the number on the screen but didn’t know it.
Turing back towards Lisa he tired to smile warmly as he put his phone away and folding his coat over his arm,
“I would like to come back tomorrow.”
He held out his free hand, shaking a little Lisa took it and she gave him a hug.
“Please find out who did this. “ She said almost in a whisper
They let go of each other and Alec give a little nod across to Kyra
“You have my word, whatever happened I’ll find who’s responsible.”
Kyra was the first to make her way over towards the door opening it a little, she didn’t step outside only when Charlie walked across to join her did she put one foot outside, Alec was the last to leave giving both the woman a small nod.
Outside a few yards away was Lynn sat inside the police car waiting, she didn’t mind this would count as over time she spotted Alec and two other people making their way towards the end of the street each with a heavy look on there faces.
Charlie was looking for Ian or his car, not finding it he stopped and waited for Alec to reach them.
“We’ve got a lift back to the station.”
He walked over to the waiting Lynn and got in the front passenger side, a few seconds later Kyra and Charlie joined them.
“Kyra, Charlie this is WPC Lynn Russell.”
As Lynn drove back to the station she kept her eyes on the road not sure what to ask suddenly Alec’s phone started to ring again, this made the four of them jump a little, this time he was able to answer it before it stopped.
“Hello ?”
“Mr Prideaux, its Deborah we met this afternoon.”
Alec took the phone away from his ear and pressed speaker phone, so the others could hear.
“Yes I remember .”
“You said I could talk to you.”
“Whatever you want to tell me, will be fine.”
Kyra and Charlie had both turned to the phone.
“Well…”
“Go on
“I’m not sure that it would, you see it maybe.”
“It’s Ok Deborah it will make you feel better if you tell me.”
“Well you see Jenny and I were friends..”
there was a long pause
“Deborah, are you still there ?”
“Yes I’m, I mean that Jenny and I were close.”

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Kyra walked across the room and sat down on the settee, Charlie didn’t take his eyes from the top of the bookcase.
“Charlie your hairs on fire>”
“What !”
“I know you weren’t listening, I’m been meaning to ask you something.”
Charlie turned around to face him.
“What’s the deal with you calling Alec ‘Boss’
Charlie didn’t answer as the sound of a key turning in the lock of the front door, they both looked across as the door open, followed by the sound of people walking into the house.
“Mum, mum !” Daniel shouted as he came into the front room
Kyra stepped forward
“Your not my mum.”
Daniel turned around back to Alec and his Grandmother
“It Ok, Daniel there’s are my friends, This Kyra and Charlie.”
Daniel looked back as his grandmother again, she smiled at him
“Well my name is Daniel.”
Hattie walked over to the centre of the room
“I would like to see my daughter now.”
“Of course, she’s upstairs.”
There was movement which made everyone turned, stood in the doorway dressed in a long dark blue furry dressing gown and pink slippers was Lisa her hair was still down, the first person to notice was Daniel.
“Mum.”
He ran up to her with arms out for a hug.
All four watched as Lisa slowly reached down a picked him up, Daniel put his arms around her and rested his head her shoulders, Hattie walked over to her daughter, with her free hand Lisa gave a hug to, for a few minutes no-one said anything it was as if the whole world had just stopped.
It was Lisa herself who broke the mood by putting Daniel back down on the floor and letting go of her mother.
“Daniel will you go upstairs for a bit, Grandma and me want to talk to the policeman for a bit.”
Daniel looked up at her.
“But Mum I had a ride in police car, I want to stay here and tell you.”
Kyra stepped forward, she get down to Daniel’s level
“Daniel, do you have any colouring pencils in your room.”
His eyes lit up
“Yes I do, all the colours of the rainbow, just like the song.”
Daniel looked back at both his mother and Grandmother he didn’t say anything just ran off into the kitchen to the stairs but stopped
“Are you coming.”
Kyra got to her feet and followed
With her mother’s help Lisa made her way over to the armchair, Hattie sat on the arm of the chair taking hold of the Lisa’s hand, a few seconds later Alec took off his coat and sat down, Charlie disappeared into the kitchen coming back a with his note pad.
“Before we start, I would like to say how sorry I am for your loss and if at any point you would like me to stop just say.”
“Just ask your questions.” Hattie said
“Your daughter said that Jenny’s father works in Manchester.”
Hattie’s eyes frosted over
“Have you spoke to my ex-son in law.”
“Yes I have.”
“So you think it has to do with him.”
“Mum !”
“I’m not sure, I just want to find out want Jenny was doing in Manchester, that’s all.”
“Its one of those cheap discount shops, I don’t know the name of it.” Hattie said
“Its called Automatic Dreams.” Lisa answered
“Did Jenny always go to Manchester on her own.”
Lisa nodded a little
“I tried to give her some independence, not having to spend all her time with me, that kind of thing.”
“Would she ever stay with her father ?”
Lisa looked at her mother then back at Alec, her eyes a little unsure how to answer him.
“Its Ok Lisa.”
Lisa took a breath
“Yes, but its only been happening in the last few months.”
Alec didn’t say anything for a long time
“Ok now, I would like to go over the last you …Jenny was here.”
Lisa felt her eyes fill with tears again and her mother begin to grip her hand a little harder.

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Kyra walked across the room and sat down on the settee, Charlie didn’t take his eyes from the top of the bookcase.
“Charlie your hairs on fire.”
“What !”
“I know you weren’t listening, I’m been meaning to ask you something.”
Charlie turned around to face him.
“What’s the deal with you calling Alec ‘Boss’
Charlie didn’t answer as the sound of a key turning in the lock of the front door, they both looked across as the door open, followed by the sound of people walking into the house.
“Mum, mum !” Daniel shouted as he came into the front room
Kyra stepped forward
“Your not my mum.”
Daniel turned around back to Alec and his Grandmother
“It Ok, Daniel there’s are my friends, This Kyra and Charlie.”
Daniel looked back as his grandmother again, she smiled at him
“Well my name is Daniel.”
Hattie walked over to the centre of the room
“I would like to see my daughter now.”
“Of course, she’s upstairs.”
There was movement which made everyone turned, stood in the doorway dressed in a long dark blue furry dressing gown and pink slippers was Lisa her hair was still down, the first person to notice was Daniel.
“Mum.”
He ran up to her with arms out for a hug.
All four watched as Lisa slowly reached down a picked him up, Daniel put his arms around her and rested his head her shoulders, Hattie walked over to her daughter, with her free hand Lisa gave a hug to, for a few minutes no-one said anything it was as if the whole world had just stopped.
It was Lisa herself who broke the mood by putting Daniel back down on the floor and letting go of her mother.
“Daniel will you go upstairs for a bit, Grandma and me want to talk to the policeman for a bit.”
Daniel looked up at her.
“But Mum I had a ride in police car, I want to stay here and tell you.”
Kyra stepped forward, she get down to Daniel’s level
“Daniel, do you have any colouring pencils in your room.”
His eyes lit up
“Yes I do, all the colours of the rainbow, just like the song.”
Daniel looked back at both his mother and Grandmother he didn’t say anything just ran off into the kitchen to the stairs but stopped
“Are you coming.”
Kyra got to her feet and followed
With her mother’s help Lisa made her way over to the armchair, Hattie sat on the arm of the chair taking hold of the Lisa’s hand, a few seconds later Alec took off his coat and sat down, Charlie disappeared into the kitchen coming back a with his note pad.
“Before we start, I would like to say how sorry I am for your loss and if at any point you would like me to stop just say.”
“Just ask your questions.” Hattie said
“Your daughter said that Jenny’s father works in Manchester.”
Hattie’s eyes frosted over
“Have you spoke to my ex-son in law.”
“Yes I have.”
“So you think it has to do with him.”
“Mum !”
“I’m not sure, I just want to find out want Jenny was doing in Manchester, that’s all.”
“Its one of those cheap discount shops, I don’t know the name of it.” Hattie said
“Its called Automatic Dreams.” Lisa answered
“Did Jenny always go to Manchester on her own.”
Lisa nodded a little
“I tried to give her some independence, not having to spend all her time with me, that kind of thing.”
“Would she ever stay with her father ?”
Lisa looked at her mother then back at Alec, her eyes a little unsure how to answer him.
“Its Ok Lisa.”
Lisa took a breath
“Yes, but its only been happening in the last few months.”
Alec didn’t say anything for a long time
“Ok now, I would like to go over the last you …Jenny was here.”
Lisa felt her eyes fill with tears again and her mother begin to grip her hand a little harder.

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Sitting crossed legged she took a few mouthfuls of the warm sweet tea, her eyes all the time on the envelopes she let the tea travel deep inside making her feel a little better, when the mug was half full she put it down on the floor, she reached up to the towel unwrapping her hair she threw it over the back of the chair.
Turning her full attention to the envelopes she picked up the closet one moving it around in her hands she saw her own name and address, she didn’t need to open it because she had read it over and over so many times, she put this one down and picked up another.
This one she did open taking out the three sheets of paper filled with soft female handwriting she skipped to the last page her eyes filling with tears again saw the words ‘with love Jenny’
Deborah took a deep breath and wiped the tears out of her eyes with the sleeve of her jumper then folding the pages back up, without thinking she lined up the rest of the envelopes up in the order Jenny had written them and then started to read them from the beginning, out in the hallway the phone in her coat started to beep.
She stopped reading and fetched the phone, the screen shown a text massage from Amanda so all Deborah did was delete it and go back to reading, she half way down the second page when her phone started to bleep again another message and just like the first one she deleted it but then the phone started to ring, this time she picked it up
On the other end she heard the sound of a very deifying base drum which suddenly stopped
“Hello ?”
“Deb, its Amanda, We’re at the club,” said a very drunk voice
Deborah rolled her eyes
“I would never have guessed.”
“What !”
“Nothing.”
“What you doing ?”
“Nothing”
“You want anything from the take out place?”
“No Thanks.”
“We’re at the club it’s great.”
“I know.”
“Jordan wants to know why didn’t come.”
“I didn’t want to.”
“Your sulking over that dumb girl.”
“You don’t know want your talking about.”
Deborah’s whole body was shaking as she ended the call and dumped the phone at bottom of the bed, for ten minutes she just there thinking looking down at the letters, almost automatically she got off the end and walked into the kitchen switching on the ceiling light filling the room dispelling the long shadows cast.
She ran the bin and started to dig around inside it searching for the card that the policeman had left, she pulled out a pizza box but not finding it she tried again, the second came out but still no card, then there it was resting in the lid of the third box, taking it back into her bedroom she sat on the bed still musing around in her head, looking first at the numbers on the card, then down at the envelopes and lastly at her phone by her feet.

The sound of Charlie’s feet moving down the stairs made Kyra jump a little, she was sat at one side of the table with Ian on the other both had coffee mugs in front of them, next to one of the empty chairs there was a mug waiting for him, the hair brush and other things were all now sat in the middle.
“How is she ?”
Charlie walked over to table and sat
“Fine sleeping now.”
Ian finished the coffee in his mug
“I better get this stuff to the lab.”
He picked up the small pile of things in both hands and made his way around the room
“Need any help”
Kyra quickly made her way around and across the front room to the door she stood there until Ian reached her, opening the door they walked out of the house together.
Outside the evening sky was drawing in, the sun was low and the rain had stopped, Ian walked around the few puddles that remained on the ground Kyra a few steps behind, when they reached his car, Kyra put out her arms so Ian could have his hands free to search for his keys.
He opened the boot and reached around inside making space, he took the things from Kyra and carefully put them inside
“Thanks, we should have a few answers by the time you get back.”
Kyra watched Ian switch on the engine and pulled away, then she turned and walked back into the house, Charlie had moved over to look at the bookcase, his coffee mug still stood on the table untouched, even when Kyra shut the door with a soft bang he didn’t appear to notice.
“I’ve been meaning to ask you something.”

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“No Thank you Sir, I’ll be Ok.”
Alec got out of the car and after shutting the door he rested his arms across the roof of the car waiting for Lynn, together they walked the six yards back up the street as they did Alec had the feeling that they were being watched as they passed a house with thin lace curtains in all the windows
In a few more yards they had reached number 15 it looked just the same as all the others in the row white PVC widows, neatly laid out front garden and small newly painted wall separating if from the path, opening the small gate and walking up to the front door Alec saw that the flowers in the small hanging basket were the same as the one that Lisa had.
Lynn shut the gate, Alec reached up his right hand and knocked loudly on the door, as he waited for it the answered he turned giving Lynn another small smile trying to relax her even more, but before he could turn back the door was opened
In the open doorway stood a petite grey haired bespectacled old woman dressed in a green knitted shoal around her shoulders covering a cream jumper with a big eyed cat on it, to Lynn she looked like a small china doll, but with deep set shrewd blue eyes were red rimmed from crying.
“Miss Blake…”
The old woman tried to smile but shook her head.
“No, that’s my daughter, I am Hattie Cooper, you better come in.”
She turned away from the door and walked back up the hallway, Alec followed her up the hallway, he found himself stood a huge room spilt in two by a wide archway, ahead of him was a light coloured front room and filled with old furnishings not of which matched, turning his head to the archway he saw the kitchen but unlike the room he was in it was very modern, Hattie walked into the kitchen and over to the line of coats which hung on the back of the door and she began to remove two.
Alec moved across the carpeted floor deeper into the front room to let Lynn in behind, as he did so he saw that sat crossed legged in the gap between the arm chair and the wall was the little boy he’d seen from the photographs, the boy was playing with a small red toy car, He stopped running the car down his leg and looked up at Alec a little disappointed.
“You don’t look like a policeman.”
Alec gave him a friendly smile, then sat down across from him
“I have this.”
Alec took out his ID and gave to the little boy.
“That say’s I am.”
The little boy looked down at the ID, then smiled at Alec.
“Well my name is Daniel, I am five years old, you have a funny name.”

The girls had empted a second bottle of wine, after Elli had talked to Tony and he’d told her want had happened, others had all decided to go into the city leaving Deborah alone, she couldn’t just sit there alone and do nothing, but she didn’t really know hat she could, so alone she had taken a bus back to the places she had to with Jenny, starting at the library then moved to the museum all closed now, but that didn’t matter she just needed, wanted to be there but the rain had come back washing the pain and the memories away, all the time thinking about what that policeman had said.
Soaking wet and shivering with cold she made her way up Parsonage Road, half way up she saw the leaves from the trees had blocked a few of the drains and the water was over flowing onto the pavement, she carefully walked by it, but part way though she didn’t hear or saw the enormous 4×4 making its way up behind her and when she did it was almost on top her.
It missed hitting the whole puddle but its back wheel still sent a tail end of water into the air and over Deborah’s head, but she didn’t care or stop just carried on the few steeps to the darken house, Finding her keys she went inside, she opened the second door just as the phone started to ring but it stopped when she reached for it.
Switching on the hall light she couldn’t bring herself to find out who it was. So she headed down the hallway into the kitchen undoing her coat as she when, Hanging it on the open door and switching on that light to, she started to look around for something to take the chill out of the bones a few minutes later her hands wrapped around a mug of hot sweet tea, she left the kitchen, leaving her coat were it was dripping on the floor.
Pushing the door of her own room open with her foot, she went inside making her way across to desk, putting the mug down she switched on the desk light, filling the desktop with light sitting down on the floor she reached for the bottom drawer sliding it all the way, one by one she took everything out making a small pile next to her feet.
Taking the drawer off its runners she turned it upside down stuck to the bottom of it was a wide brown envelope, she reached inside a took out five smaller power blue envelopes she carefully put them on the desk, then putting all the things back, sitting in the chair she reached for one but then she changed her mid her hands went for the mug, she just held it for a few seconds still warming up her hands, as she sat looking down at the letters.
She felt the rain water in her hair travel down the back of her neck, she shivered a little, getting to her feet and down the mug she went out of the room up the stairs into the bathroom looking for a towel, wrapping it around her head she made her way down stairs, this she didn’t sit in the chair but on the bed kicking off her still wet shoes, she reached over to the desk and picked up both the mug and the envelopes.

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She said taking more of the coffee but leaving her hand were it was, Charlie looked a little puzzled at this.
“I mean you don’t sound like the others, you look like a policeman, you even talk like one, but …”
Charlie appeared embarrassed a little
“No I don’t mean like that.”
Charlie relaxed
“I will let you get some rest.”
Charlie started to stand up
“We will find whoever did this,”
Lisa nodded taking one last mouthful of coffee, she tried to the mug on the side, she couldn’t reach so Charlie took the it from her as he did his touched Lisa fingers and was shocked to find the tips were ice cold.
She lowed herself deeper into the bed and under duvet, Charlie put down the mug on the table and switched out the light, the room once again become filled with gloom, Lisa moved around the bed trying to get more comfortable.
Before Charlie left the room he found one of his cards and placed it next to the mug and quietly and softly across the room, when he got to the door he took one last look back, Lisa had curled up again facing towards Jenny’s picture

Outside Alec found the rain had now stopped but the wind was beginning to blow a little so he pulled his coat shut around himself then, followed WPC Lynn Russell though the small gate they made their way up the street to the waiting patrol car, Lynn made her way around to drivers side with a soft click she unlocked the car and got in, she made settled her into the seat as Alec got in next to her.
Following the road around back on to Woodhill Road she reached Peel Way staying left pointing the car onto the duel carriageway she didn’t take her eyes off the road as she reached up to her right shoulder removing her mobile phone from her flat jacket she dropped it down in the pocket between herself and Alec
Alec begin to look around as Lynn made the turn, for the first time he saw there was a huge gap in the fence which ran along the carriageway as they came closer the gap was filled by a new system of traffic lights, beyond them a was a new road to which travelled down into a small dip which at one time had just been a small green field, but now it was a construction site of a half built ten storey office block.
Beyond the moving the cars Alec saw the old familiar TA barracks and the shadow of the Saint Mary the Virgin church in the centre of town, he felt the car slow as Lynn put her foot down on the brake and moved into the centre of the road as they came towards a set of lights.
It was only when they had pulled away from the lights and Alec was once again watching the traffic did his eyes did his eyes catch sight of the huge 120 foot construction crane peering above the flat of the superstore.
“I see you’ve noticed the changes.”
Alec smiled a little shaking his head
“No they happened before I left.”
Lynn steered the car into the third of the four lanes, which headed across the yellow junction box, past a row of advertising boards and on to Bell Lane, she drove the car over the junction box following the line of traffic as it made its way up Bell Lane.
The car in front carried on up the as they reached a supermarket on their left and the pointy were the road became Rochdale Old Road the car turned off into the car, Lynn put her foot down and closed the gap between herself and a small yellow Vauxhall van a few meter ahead.
Alec found himself beginning to relax as the building and houses on each side around them became more and more familiar in his head he counted the time it would take them to reach the bridge that took the motorway over their heads, as the car passed under it he gave a small smile, the road grew narrow with parked cars on each side.
They made their way up the little hill still following the little yellow van, coming out from under the bridge the first thing Alec saw that even after all these years was the Aladdin’s Cave hardware shop., a triangular shaped building which lived up to it’s name the whole place was full from floor to ceiling of all manner of things, so much so that many of the items spilled out of shop doorway and were hung on the wall that faced the road.
All to soon they were passing it and Alec’s view was taken up by a row of houses a few were just plane red brick but there was one painted all black just above the front door there was a white prism with a beam of light entering one end and out the other a rainbow
A few seconds later Lynn slowed down the car as she begin to make a right hand turn and the little yellow van carried on up the road, the on coming traffic became less and less finally leaving a gap for Lynn to turn into Battersby Street.
After finding a space facing back up the street in between a sliver 4X4 and a light blue people carrier, Lynn quickly shut off the engine and took a deep breath to calm her nerves, Alec gave her a modest smile.
“Would you like a minute?”

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the bristles with his free hand he flicked open the bag and put the brush inside, then he carried on searching
Slowly he lifted out the black box he opened it up and found more make-up this time in small neat little trays, in the top of the box lid was a small mirror shaking his head he put it back and picked up the other, just as he standing up the sunlight glinted of a set sliver guitar picks, he pushed them to one side to see there was a small photograph and three CD, he shut the draw then turned towards the wardrobe.
Kyra was lifting out a pair of blue high heel shoes she turned one of them upside down shaking it a little but nothing fell out so she put it back she did it with the four more pairs but each time she found nothing shutting the wardrobe door she turn to face Charlie
“OK Let’s go.” He said walking to the door
Kyra made a face and walked to the end of the bed of the bed, bending down little she reached under it a pulled out a plastic box with a blue lid, she lifted the lid, inside were a bunch of school text books and excise books,
She reached down again and pulled out a second box but inside this one there were two mobile phone changers, a pink Dell Laptop, power cables and a web cam, taking out the laptop putting ti to one side she saw small pile of envelopes all tied up with pink ribbon, put them on top of the laptop she tidied away the rest of things and pushed both boxes back under the bed
“Now we can go.”
She handed over the laptop and the envelopes, Charlie put them into a second bag and they walked down the stairs.
Ian was on the other side of the room picking up a mug, Charlie couldn’t see Alec but as Kyra made her way towards the table she noticed the though the door Alec was making his way out the front door followed by a uniformed WPC, Ian made his way across the room with the mug as Charlie started to remove his gloves.
“Excuse me a minute.”
“Your OK I’ll do that.” Charlie said dropping a the second glove in the bin
Ian handed over the mug, carefully not to spill any of the coffee, Charlie made his way back up the stairs, he saw though the gap in the door that she was laying under the duvet with her eyes shut..
He took a few steps into the room but as he did so the floor boards creaked a little, Lisa moved around in the bed and looked towards the door.
“I’m awake you know.”
Lisa sat up and pulled the duvet around herself
“Sorry I..”
Charlie hold out the mug, but before taking it from him Lisa used her right hand to switched on a small light, Charlie saw she had changed into a huge white T-shirt with a lion on it, she had also let down her hair, around her neck she was wearing a thin sliver chain
“I’m sure how hot its>”
Lisa blew on it then took a mouthful, she tasted the gin but didn’t say anything
“Charlie wasn’t it ?”
“If your Ok I will…” he stopped himself “Sorry”
“That’s alright, please sit down.”
Charlie moved his feet a little but didn’t move
“I’m not going to start crying again if that want your scared of.”
This time Charlie sat down on the, he didn’t want to look Lisa in the eyes so he picked a spot just above her head, Lisa took one from the mug and begin to play with her sliver chain between her fingers, her mind was full of questions, which she couldn’t bring herself to ask so she started with the easy one
“Does Tony know ?”
“Yes your husband as been told.”!
Lisa stopped playing with the chain
“Sorry, I meant ex.”
“I guess you think I’m just other on of those girls who got pregnant to soon.”
Charlie shock his head
“No, I think your very brave, to do want you have done all on your own”
Lisa smiled a little
“I wasn’t always on my own, you know.”
She looked over at the other side of the room at the picture which stood on a small dressing table, Charlie followed the gaze and saw the picture was of Jenny about two years old sat in her pram, he looked back at Lisa.
“I don’t know what to say…I promise you we will get whoever did this.”
Lisa drank some more of the coffee
“I know you will.”
She let go of the chain laying it just between them
“Tell me something Charlie, have you ever lost someone?”
“Only my parents, but that’s the way of the world, not like this.”
“Your not like the others.”