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Peace Shattered … 10
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Peace Shattered … 12
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The story so far…
One afternoon our main character, Saul, had an unexpected and unexplained visitor. Over the coming weeks Saul was visited more times by this mystery man who claimed his name was also Saul. So far Saul has little knowledge of who this stranger with his name is.
During a trip into town Saul was sure he had seen his visitor but when he gave chase it was fruitless. Later the other Saul was sitting on the sofa when he came back into the living room. Finally he started to explain, but an ominous knock at the door interrupted. The callers were 2 members of the Police Force, although Saul 2’s later explanation revealed them not to be strictly so. He also warned Saul that his house had been bugged by them .
In a later visit his other gave him a strange device to carry with him for protection. Saul had no idea what it was, or how it worked.
While at work he received a strange call offering help to get him out of the situation. He had no idea who the caller was, and was worried what was going on, and indeed if he had imagined it all, until Saul II turned up offering an explanation that was even more fantastic than Saul could have imagined.
It had been raining almost all day so Saul had decided to have a day at home, with the intention of ticking of f a few things from his to-do list. Saturday’s were usually for shopping and maybe a drink or two in town, maybe a film, but today he hadn’t felt like it. He wasn’t encouraged to leave the house with the incessant rain, and his mind was still spinning with what his twin had told him the previous day. This latter preoccupation meant that less things got done than Saul had set out to do.
Later in the afternoon he was sitting on the sofa with one of his beloved cats, Button, enjoying a warm cuppa and a quiet chat with his companion. Although he was talking to the cat he didn’t expect answers, and was still whispering as he didn’t know if anyone was listening in or not.
“Well, old boy, I really don’t know what to think, and I deffo can’t go out there and talk it over with anyone; they’d think I’d lost my mind for sure. At least you can listen, and what’s with this weather anyway, one day sun next day rain… there’s a song there somewhere…” he whispered, absently stroking Button’s ears. “Do I believe this other Saul? Can we really be twins separated before birth and then living in different worlds?”
Saul sipped his coffee, whilst musing the questions that had been raised by the other Saul’s explanation. Sometimes,as the song said, there were more questions than answers. He wondered if he would ever get to the bottom of the story, when there was a knock at the front door, following by a long ring on the doorbell.
“Someone is in a hurry,” he commented as he stood up and moved towards the front door. “Not surprised with his weather, but who would be calling at six on a Saturday?”
He peeked through the spy-hole before he opened the door. He wanted to be prepared, in case it as the police again. Instead he saw a young blond woman, who clearly looked agitated. He pulled the door open.
“Hi, I’m Alice. I too am a twin. I think we should talk,” she said without preamble.
Without thinking Saul opened the door wider, “Come on in,” he told Alice.
She stepped over the threshold and leaning in whispered, “Not here.” She cupped a hand to one of her ears indicating that someone might be listening.
“Hang on,” Saul told her. He left her standing in the hallway while he slipped back into the living room. “Just popping out for a minute,” he told the Button, who was too busy cleaning himself to be worried. Then he changed into his shoes, grabbed his coat and an umbrella and returned to Alice who was waiting patiently for him. He shrugged in a gesture he hoped asked ‘where?’ as he opened the door. Alice crooked her finger and they stepped out into the rain.
As soon as they were a few steps away from the house Saul asked her where they were going.
“Neutral ground,” was her only reply. Although she did smile at him disarmingly.
Ten minutes later they were in a dingy cafe that Saul had never considered going into before. As they sat he looked around at the tired decor and the stained tablecloth and realised that his hunch that it wasn’t really his kind of place was right.
A woman who he guessed was about his age came over and took their order. They both ordered tea. She looked like she fitted well with the place, with her badly drawn make-up and dirty apron.
Alice looked directly at him as she slipped out of her wet coat dropping it ton the chair beside her. “A little judgemental aren’t you?” She smiled at him again. “This isn’t your usual standard of dining, is it?” she asked.
“Am I that obvious?” Saul asked smiling back, although his guard was up. He had no idea who this woman was, and all she had told him was that she too was a twin, and on that flimsy information he had followed her.
Alice nodded. “It may not be the Ritz, but it is a safe place to talk.”
“I’m assuming you have some answers for me,” Saul said as the waitress returned with their teas.
“Not really. But I was where you are a couple of years back, and your other thought you might like someone to talk things over with that wasn’t him.” Alice told him.
“I’ve a million questions, but firstly, is it real? Are we pre-birth separated twins?” Saul gripped his cup.
“Yes, There’s no question. I didn’t believe it either so did a DNA test. I managed to get a hair from my other, she let her guard slip just long enough for me to do so. Luckily I have a friend that works in the research centre just outside town. He confirmed that the two samples I gave him were twins, he said the margin for doubt was too small for them not to be. I know it’s like the script for a post-apocalyptic film, but this is true and we’re in the middle of the action.”
Despite all he had heard recently this confirmation shut down his senses more than anything else. Up to now he had thought it might have been some kind of elaborate scam, but Alice had given him the proof that what Saul II had told him was true. That was as long as she wasn’t in on the scam too. “And I can trust your word why?” he asked.
“Because it’s the truth. We are part of a huge scheme, and maybe what I’m about to share will convince you…”