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thanks ever so much…

 

 

do come in.

it’s awful out there…

it has started to snow?

heavily. my car skidded into a ditch, i followed the road and saw the light on in your house.

how awful, will there be a tow, people to help you?

i was actually going to ask if i could use your phone…

i’m afraid my line is dead, the bad weather you see.

oh no, you’re kidding – is there somewhere else nearby?

nothing for miles and miles i am afraid.

hell…

i am sorry

it’s not your fault, maybe i’ll go back and…

you couldn’t possibly go back out in this.

i’m not sure what else to do…

there is a blizzard set to hit these parts later tonight.

oh goodness, i’m really stuck then…

well, as i cannot help with the phone, perhaps i can offer you a hot meal and a warm bed for tonight?

oh, I wouldn’t want to intrude…

no intrusion, this is in fact my b&b and as luck would have it there is currently a vacancy.

oh, but i really…

and as i would not dream of sending you back into the cold, i would be happy to waiver the fee on this occasion.

oh heavens, i couldn’t let you do that…

it would be my pleasure; anything to help a person in need.

that is awfully kind of you…

no trouble at all.

well, thank you very much indeed…

please, hang your coat and make yourself warm and comfortable by the fire.

thank you. so, you live here alone, do you?

yes, quite alone.

it must get lonely?

i keep myself busy, the days just fly by.

i see. do you get many visitors?

oh, a few. being so isolated of course, i admit my guests are few and far between.

as long as it keeps you afloat, that’s all that matters…

it keeps food on the table – and in the pantry. you are my first guest in a while now.

oh gosh, I feel awfully bad about that, at least let me pay you something…

you being here is all i need.

well. that’s very kind…

perhaps some tea before supper?

i really don’t want to trouble you…

no trouble at all.

 

i’ve just had a flick through your visitor’s book. does everyone sign in?

oh yes. and that reminds me, would you mind doing the same? name, date etc.

yes of course. it’s funny, some of the other names, i could have sworn i had heard them before.

perhaps you knew them?

i don’t think so. I feel like i have read them somewhere…

i don’t believe they were famous.

no. but they seem very familiar. like i saw them on television, or in an article…

that would be amusing.

and quite a coincidence that you had so many well known people staying here…

little old me, entertaining the stars. perhaps you will be well known after tonight.

ha ha. i have also been admiring your animals. i was quite convinced that cat was alive…

he was once of course. i stuff all my pets.

you do it yourself?

oh yes.

where did you learn to do that?

i taught myself.

very clever of you…

you don’t like your tea?

oh yes, of course. it’s quite an unusual taste…

my own blend.

oh right. what’s in it? it has a slight bitter edge to it…

not unpleasant, i hope?

oh no, not at all. just unusual, as i said…

i’m always varying the doses, one batch is never like the other. always testing…

the doses?

of my ingredients. if you were able to compare two different brews, you would find them to be quite different.

so you’ve never compared?

there has never been the need.

i see. you’re not having any?

oh no. I am quite full of tea.

 

it must be getting late, what’s the time?

it’s nearly half past eight.

gosh. i feel so sleepy. it must be this lovely fire…

perhaps you should go to bed? I have made up the room for you.

yes, i think i might. i hope you haven’t gone to too much trouble with supper?

oh heavens no. i haven’t been able to start it.

that’s probably my fault…

not at all. why, if it weren’t for you, supper couldn’t be started at all.

gosh, i must be drowsy. I really don’t know what you mean, ha ha…

it will become clear.

haha. perhaps. well goodnight then.

Good Night.

you know, i just remembered where i heard one of those names, in your visitors book…

oh yes?

it was on television – on the news – and in the paper. that chap who went missing a few years ago…

heavens.

yes. they found his car, but never him…

how awful.

it can’t have been long after he stayed here actually , same year and all…

 

 

well. good night then.

sweet dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

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