Apologies to everyone who has been waiting for the update of this story. For many reasons I hadn’t been able to get up to it up till now. The idea has been in my head for a while, now it’s going to hit the page.
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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 no knowledge of who this stranger with his name is. Then while Saul was sleeping when the other left him a note. During a trip into town Saul was sure he had seen his visitor but when he gave chase it was fruitless. Later when he was on the phone the other Saul was sitting on the sofa when he came back into the living room. Finally he has said he is going to explain…
After getting himself and his ‘guest’ a glass of wine each Saul sat in the armchair opposite the large sofa to hear the other Saul’s explanation. He was well into his glass and noticed that his other hadn’t even taken a sip, nor had he broken the silence since his promise to explain.
“Do you not drink?” Saul asked.
“Not much,” replied the other as he placed the glass on the side table. Saul noticed that his hand was shaking slightly as he set it down.
“I don’t want to rush you, but I know that you don’t usually have time to stay long. I don’t want to turn my back a moment and see you gone.” Saul coaxed his other.
“It’s difficult to know where and how to start. I’m sure you aren’t going to like what I have to tell you, and probably won’t believe it.” The other told him.
“I’m pretty broad-minded,” Saul began. “OK. Perhaps a question will get you started. Are we related? I have a sense that our connection is close. At times I can see echoes of my face in yours.”
“You’re very observant. Yes we are related, but more closely than you can ever have imagined.”
“We’re not brothers are we? That would be too spooky. And…” Saul started to say until he saw the other Saul’s face change and register some kind of distaste.
“I knew you weren’t going to like it.” The other Saul said.
“We’re brothers?” Saul took a gulp of wine. “But…”
“It’s very complicated,” the other Saul said. “Believe it or not we are actually twins.”
“Twins?” Saul half whispered.
For a few moments there was silence in the room. One of the cats looked in and went away again as if he had sensed that something momentous was happening.
“But… but… how could I not have known. Mum and Dad never said anything. Why wouldn’t they tell me? And why would they have given you the same name. Hang on is this a joke? I said there were echoes of my face in yours, but you look a bit older than me if I’m honest.” Saul had even more questions now.
“Our parents didn’t know either.” The other Saul told him.
“What? How? You said I might not believe what you were going to tell me and quite frankly right at this moment I’m wondering if there’s some kind of scam going on here. I’ve no money, you know. Mum and Dad didn’t leave much when they passed.” Saul was finding it difficult to understand what he was hearing.
“We were part of an extensive experiment. A very important one. One that is slowly coming to fruition, and your role in it is just as important as mine.” The other Saul looked directly at Saul.
“An experiment? What on earth are you talking about? And how could my, our, mother not know she was carrying twins. What, were you hiding behind me?” Saul hated the thought that his life had been some kind of experiment.
“If you’ll let me finish, then you’ll understand.” The other Saul dug something out of his pocket and stared at it for a second. “But I don’t think I’m going to be able to do that now. I’m being called back again. Just know that although we were part of a huge experiment neither of us, nor any of the other subjects, were harmed, nor will we be harmed.”
At that moment there was a loud knock at the front door.
“No way. I’m not going to get that. You’ll disappear out the back door if I do.” Saul didn’t move. “Please continue…”
There was another loud knock at the front door. “Police, Open up,” a male voice shouted.
“Shit. What is going on?” Saul asked. “I know as soon as I answer that door you’ll disappear.”
“I have to go anyway, but I promise I’ll be back tomorrow to tell you more. Please answer the door. It sounds urgent, and you don’t want them breaking it down.” The other leaned forward and looked towards the front door.
“Damn, damn, damn,” Saul said as he stood and moved towards the hallway. “You promise you’ll … ” he began as he turned round, but the other Saul had already gone.