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Do you know anything about Wellington getting killed?
I heart about it yesterday. Dreadful, dreadful.
Do you know who killed him?
No, I don't.
Somebody must know . . . Or unless they had amnesia.
You're Christopher aren't you?
Yes. I live at number 36.
We haven't talked before, have we?
No. I don't talk to strangers. But I'm doing detective work.
I see you every day, going to school on your school bus, when I'm walking my dog. It's nice of you to come and say hello. Even if it's only because you're doing detective work.
I have a grandson your age.
My age is 15 years and 3 months and 3 days.
Well, almost your age. You don't have a dog, do you?
You'd probably like a dog, wouldn't you?
I have a rat.
He's called Toby.
Most people don't like rats . . . But rats are very clean.
Do you want to come in for tea?
I don't go into other people's houses.
Well, maybe I could bring some tea out here. Do you like lemonade?
I only like orangeade.
Luckily I have some of that as well. And what about Battenberg?
I don't know because I don't know what Battenberg is.
It's a type of cake. It has marzipan icing round the edge.
Is it a long cake with a square cross-section that can be divided into equally sized, alternately coloured squares?
Yes, I think you could probably describe it like that.
I think I'd like the pink squares but not the yellow squares because I don't like yellow. And I don't know what marzipan is so I don't know whether I'll like that.
I'm afraid marzipan is yellow too. Perhaps I should bring out some cookies instead. Do you like cookies?
Yes. Some sorts of cookies.
I'll get a selection.
Siobhan: I think you should do what your father tells you to do.
What happened to you the other day? I came out again and you'd gone. I had to eat all the biscuits myself. I was looking forward to our little chat.
I don't do chatting. I don't like it.
No, I don't suppose you do. Do you like computers?
Yes, I like computers. I have a computer in my room.
I know. I can see you sitting at your computer in your bedroom sometimes when I look across the street.
And I like maths and looking after Toby. And I also like outer space and I like being on my own.
I bet you're very good at maths aren't you?
I am. I am going to do A-level maths next month. And I'm going to get an A-star.
Really? A-level maths?
I'm the first person . . . Except I'm not meant to call them that, even though that is what they are.
Well, I am very impressed. And I hope you do get an A-star.
And the other thing I know about you is that your favorite colour is not yellow.
No. And it's not brown either. My favorite colour is red and metal-colour. Do you know Mr. Shears?
Not really, no. I mean I knew him well enough to say hello but I didn't know much about him. I think he worked in the National Westminster Bank in town.
Father said that he is an evil man. Do you know why he said that?
Perhaps it would be best not to talk about these things Christopher.
Because maybe your father is right and you shouldn't go round asking questions like this.
Because obviously he is going to find it quite upsetting.
Why is he going to find it quite upsetting?
I think you know why your father doesn't like Mr. Shears very much.
Did Mr. Shears kill mother?
Yes. Did he kill Mother?
No. No. Of course he didn't kill your mother.
But did he give her stress so that she died of a heart attack?
I honestly don't know what you're talking about, Christopher.
Or did he hurt her so that she had to go into hospital?
Did she have to go into hospital?
Yes. And it wasn't very serious at first but she had a heart attack when she was in hospital.
Oh my goodness.
And she died.
Oh my goodness. Oh Christopher, I am so, so sorry. I never realized.
Why did you say "I think you know why your father doesn't like Mr. Shears very much"?
Oh dear, dear, dear. Christopher look, perhaps we should take a little walk in the park together. This is not the place to be talking about this kind of thing.
(TRANSITION TO PARK)
I am going to say something to you and you must promise not to tell your father that I told you this.
Christopher, please, just trust me.
Your mother before she died was very good friends with Mr. Shears.
No Christopher, I'm not sure that you do. I mean that they were very good friends. Very, very good friends.
Do you mean that they were doing sex?
Yes, Christopher. That is what I mean. I'm sorry Christopher. I really didn't mean to say anything that was going to upset you.
Was that why Mr. Shears left Mrs. Shears, because he was doing sex with someone else when he was still married to Mrs. Shears?
Yes, I expect so.
I think I should go now.
Are you OK Christopher?
I can't be on my own with you because you are a stranger.
I'm not a stranger Christopher, I'm a friend.
(Home: Bed) You're not a friend either.
I think I am a friend.
No. And I can't stay overnight in your house or use your toilet because you've used it and you're a stranger.
I'm not really a stranger Christopher.
(Act 2: street)
Christopher, what on earth has happened to you?
Can you look after Toby for me?
He eats special food pellets and you can buy them from a pet shop. And he needs fresh water every day, too.
Why do you need somebody to look after Toby, Christopher?
I'm going to live with mother.
I thought you told me your mother was dead.
I thought she was dead but she was still alive. And father lied to me. And also he killed Wellington.
Is your mother here?
No. Mother is in London.
So you're going to London on your own?
I think I am going to do that yes.
Where's your father at the moment Christopher?
I don't know.
Well, perhaps we should try and give him a ring and see if we can get in touch with him. I'm sure he's worried about you. And I'm sure that there's been a dreadful misunderstanding.
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