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A strange Meeting

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Chris Yap 3H South 15th September 2001 A strange Meeting Although it is overcast, today is unusually bright. Perhaps through lack of stimulation, my eyes have forgotten what it feels like to be outside. This morning I was abruptly awoken by a young male prison officer whom I'd never seen before, shaking an overweight bunch of keys in the lock of my humble, if not homely cell. This pitiful assault on my temperament so early in the day was not uncommon, as the officers seem to take some joy in irritating us. My name is Laurence Steadman, and for the first time in thirty years, I am standing outside my prison, with the innocent yet insolent general public. A taxi abandoned me outside a run-down block of flats. I could already see mine, in the bottom right-hand corner, near the no-doubt broken lifts. My new home, which the government took the liberty of renting for me until three weeks on Monday, does not look welcoming. ...read more.


The girl I see when I go to pay is fascinating, "Alrigh' Sir" I assume that was a rhetorical question, "that's ninety" I hand the girl the exact change, a fifty, and two twenty pence pieces, which she takes in a petite left hand. She is very pretty, around twenty years old. Coincidently she reminds me of the girl I tied up and watched bleed thirty years, five months and seven days ago. So the last two girls I have seen in a lifetime could well be related, funny that. As I watch her brush her hair from her face as she leans over the cash register, I get the same animal urges to rip her apart, but they soon subside as she smiles attentively downwards. I turn to walk away... "Ain't seen you before" I look down, and my feet retrace exactly the steps I had just taken. ...read more.


I move closer to the counter. She turns and says, "You know, this estate is on it's way up" what a young point of view, worthless. My hands raid my pockets for sharp objects that could serve as an instrument. I settle for a glass jar on the side, full of coppers, which should knock her down at least. With a steady right hand I reach for it. Suddenly... "You know, its people like you sir that this world needs," I look quizzical, "I mean, you were willing to give this area a chance, no matter on first appearances" This is absolute optimistic rubbish. However...maybe that's exactly what this world needs now. She can live. I quickly, without looking up, retract my hand. I need to get away from this girl, so I mutter a thankyou, and hurry outside. Nothing has changed in the last ten minutes, so head down, I follow the white lines home. Now I'm going to sit in my empty room, or possibly jump in a circle, just to pass the time Chris Yap ...read more.

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