"story 16"


It is a cold, rainy and windy evening of January. A farm in the countryside has the door closed and only from the cracks in the windows the light of the lamp can be seen. The family is gathered in the kitchen after dinner. The husband looks after the fire, the wife washes the dishes, the children play in the corner.

Suddenly blows are heard from the door. Who can be at this time of the day and with this weather? The wife suggests not to open. After some hesitation, the husband pulls the bolt and opens the door to see who is there.

There is someone out there, barred, with the rain-soaked hat.

The stranger is still. The branches of the trees behind him are bent by the cold wind.

"Good evening." The stranger says. "I'm looking for someone. Does the Wolkshire family live here?

"No. Once, but now they no longer live here."

"Then, are you perhaps a relative?"

"No. I'm the new tenant. I've been living here with my family for almost a year."

"Ah! Sorry, but I haven't been on this place for a long time. Do you know where the Wolkshires are now?"

"They moved away, I don't know exactly where."

"I came here, many years ago ..."

"But please, take a seat. You are all wet. Come in and warm up a little..."

"No, thanks ... Well, maybe just a minute ..." (Daniele P.)
The stranger has a suspicious air, he talks in a low voice and he wears black clothes. The children, looking at him, are a little uneasy.
While the husband and the stranger are sitting at the table, the wife is going to prepare some tea for the men. Now the stranger puts his hat on the table and starts talking. "When I came here the first time, the Wolkshire family was investigated for some illegal traffics in the countryside. I'm a detective, I came here today to say that the judge declared them guilty, after a long trial. But I have had no news about the Wolkshire family for more than a year". "Of course, we didn't know anything about these facts" replies the husband with a surprised reaction. "Since when we came living here, we haven't noticed any kind of suspicious activity". "Are you sure?" the detective asks, looking straight in his eyes, as if he doesn't believe him. "Well, I don't know if it can be of any help, but sometimes... ( Davide L.)
I see some red airplanes flying over this moor, and they are directed northwards, I think they fly towards Canada or somewhere near." Suddenly, the wife's phone rang. She ran to answer with a worried face. The stranger looked at her with a suspicious face. He asked the two people about their names. "Mr and mrs Hughes" said the husband. Then, he stood up and thanked the couple for the little meeting. "Please, make yourself avaliable in this period", he said, before leaving.

Immediately after the stanger's visit, the man caught the phone up:"Bro, can you hear me? We are in trouble. A man's searching for you and I told him your flying conpany is going to Canada. So, skip your deliver there and reach the one in Mexico." The wife told her husband she was too worried to continue that type of life, but after all they were poor, and they had to earn money in every way they could. Legal or not.

In the meanwhile, the stranger was rushing because he had to enjoy a party, and the couple had kept him busy too long. It was his brother's 30th birthday. When he met his brother, the man's first question was: "Nice to see you again bro, how are you doing with your 5, 6, 10 women? Are you still the womanizer I've always known, isn't it?" "I have just one now, bro. She is short, black haired and unkind. She's a true b...eautiful woman and I'm very satisfied about her... behaviour. Understand me." "My brother will never be a mature guy", thought the man. But then, his mind lighted up. He asked about the woman's name, and his brother answered: "Mrs Hugas, or something like that. I usually don't ask for the name, bro, it's useless. She told me she is married, and I am proud of myself, honestly. But why do you need her name?" "Nothing, let's enjoy the party now. If I can sleep to your house this night, I will tell you some things."

After explaining to his brother all the situation, the man told him: "I need your help. Please, can you show me your chats with Mrs Hughes?" "Of course, bro"
A message by the woman bumped into the man's eyes: "My husband will be out with his cousin for a bit. They will fly to Mexico for a marathon. We will have my house free for 5 days. See you"
The man and his brother started to understand the situation. That red plane wasn't directed to Canada. And that's why the woman was worried about the phone call: her lover was the man's brother. Everything was going to be solved.

The following day, mrs Hughes was doing the cleanings, when her husband told her he was going away for his deliver. Strangely, but not so strangely, the woman was happy about it. But then, when the red airplane of his company landed to take him, the police and the stranger detective of the day before jumped off the plane and arrested him. The court gave him 7 years of jail, together with his cousin, mr Wolkshires.

Mattia A.