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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Parallel Lives Chapter 52

Martin and Jack had assumed discrete stand-off positions, surveying each other disdainfully as the inquest proceedings began. As Sam and Jim flew into the hall the whole room, including the Coroner, Martin and Jack, turned to see what the commotion was. The constable who had intervened several minutes earlier rolled his eyes as he realised he probably had another situation to calm down.
The Coroner, half sat as the door swung open, paused and waited for the two men to stop moving, his eyes trained on the same point as everyone else’s. Sam and Jim stopped, sweeping around to see thirty five pairs of eyes looking at them.
‘I would appreciate it if you would sit down and keep quiet, gentlemen,’ said Alfred Makeson, nodding to the querulous look from the constable. Muttering apologies, they slipped back into their seats where Martin sat, his face like thunder. As they settled down, both the Coroner and Martin spoke together, the former into a microphone, the other into Sam’s ear. The Coroner halted his delivery and stared at the late arrivals again, showing his displeasure. Martin, chastened, offered his apology and started to consider exit strategies.
As the Coroner resumed his opening phrases he was further disturbed by the hall door opening. He sighed deeply.
‘Please enter and sit down, Mr Parkinson, hopefully you are the last person to enter this inquest late,’ he said, his teeth bared as he spoke. Again he paused to allow Alan time to find his seat and was about to resume speaking when the hall door opened again. For the third time the entire congregation of the hall turned to the door and watched as Karen slipped quietly into her seat.


Copyright Ray Sullivan 2011

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