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1 Road Sense,2 The Door,3 Father Gregory,4 Dragon s Breath. 5 Front Page News,6 Matt s Diary 1,7 Last Night in Nazca. 8 The Man from Lima,9 Night Attack,10 Council of War. 11 The Happy Garden,12 Matt s Diary 2,13 Crossing Paths. 14 Puerto Fragrante,15 Wisdom Court,16 The Chairman.
17 Contact,18 Birds of Fortune,19 The Peak,21 Across the Roof. 22 Ocean Terminal,23 Matt s Diary 3,24 Master of the Mountain. 25 The Sword Ladder,26 Into Hong Kong,27 Necropolis. 28 Tai Fung,NIGHTRISE CORPORATION,STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. Memorandum from the Chairman s Office October 15,We are about to take power.
Four months ago on June 25 the gate built Into the Nazca Desert opened and the Old Ones finally. returned to the world that once they ruled They are with us now waiting for the command to reveal. themselves and to begin a war which this time they cannot lose. Why has that command not been given, The triumph of Nazca was tainted by the presence of two children teenaged boys One has already. become familiar to us indeed we had been watching him for much of his life His name or the name. by which he is now known is Matthew Freeman He is fifteen and English The other was a Peruvian. street urchin who calls himself Pedro and who grew up in the slums of Lima Between them they were. responsible for the death of our friend and colleague Diego Salamanda Incredibly too they wounded the. King of the Old Ones even at the moment of his victory. These are not ordinary children They are two of the so called Gatekeepers who were part of the great. battle more than ten thousand years ago when the Old Ones were defeated and banished It is absolutely. crucial this time if our plans are to succeed and a new world is to be created that we understand the. nature of the Five, 1 Ten thousand years ago five children led the last survivors of humanity against the Old Ones. The battle took place in Great Britain but at a time when the country was not yet an island. before the ice sheets had melted in the north, 2 By cunning by a trick the children won and the Old Ones were banished Two gates were. constructed to keep them out one in Yorkshire in the north of England the other in Peru One. gate held The other we managed to smash, 3 The Five existed then The Five are here now It is as if they have been reborn on the other. side of time but it is not quite as simple as that They are the same children somehow living. in two different ages, 4 Kill one of the children now and he or she will be replaced by one of the children from the.
past This is the single crucial fact that makes them so dangerous an enemy Killing them is. almost no use at all If we want to control them they have to be taken alive. 5 Alone these children are weak and can be beaten Their powers are unpredictable and not. fully in their control But when they come together they become stronger This is the great. danger for us If all five of them join forces at any time anywhere in the world they may be. able to create a third gate and everything we have worked for will be lost. The fifth of the Five, So far only four of the children have been identified The English boy and the Peruvian boy have now. been joined by American twin brothers Scott and Jamie Tyler who were revealed to us by our Psi. project At the time they were working in a theatre in Nevada. Note that Scott Tyler was thoroughly programmed whilst held captive by our agents in Nevada USA. Although he was subsequently reunited with his twin brother it is still possible that he can be turned. against his friends A psychological report appendix 1 is attached. We know very little about the fifth of the Five She is a girl Like the others she will be fifteen years old. We expect her to be of Chinese heritage quite probably still living in the East in the old world her name. was Scar it is certain that the other four will be searching for her and we have to face the fact that they. may succeed,We must therefore find her first, We have agents in every country searching for her Many politicians and police forces are now working. actively for us The Psi project continues throughout Europe and Asia and we are still investigating. teenagers with possible psychic paranormal abilities There is every chance that the girl will reveal. herself to us it is likely that she still has no idea who and what she really is. Once we have the girl in our hands we can use her to draw the rest of them into a trap One at a time we. will bring them to The Necropolis And once we have all five of them we can hold them separately. imprison them torture them and keep them alive until the end of time. Everything is now set The Gatekeepers have no idea how strong we are how far we have advanced Our. eyes are everywhere all around the world and very soon the battle will begin. We just have to find the girl,Ja sakkath Jak sakkakh Ja sha xul. ROAD SENSE,The girl didn t look before crossing the road. That was what the driver said later She didn t look left or right She d seen a friend on the opposite. pavement and she simply walked across to join him not noticing that the lights had turned green. forgetting that this was always a busy junction and that this was four o clock in the afternoon when people. were trying to get their work finished hurrying on their way home The girl just set off without thinking. She didn t so much as glimpse the white van heading towards her at fifty miles an hour. But that was typical of Scarlett Adams She always was a bit of a dreamer the sort of person who d act. first and then think about what she d done only when it was far too late The hockey ball that she had tried. to thwack over the school roof but which had instead gone straight through the headmistress s window. The groundsman she had pushed fully clothed into the swimming pool It might have been a good idea to. check first that he could swim The twenty metre tree she d climbed up only to realize that there was no. possible way back down, Fortunately her school made allowances It helped that Scarlett was generally popular was liked by.
most of the teachers and even if she was never top of the class managed to be never too near the bottom. Where she really excelled was at sports She was captain of the hockey team despite the occasional. misfires a strong tennis player and an all round winner when it came to summer athletics No school. will give too much trouble to someone who brings home the trophies and Scarlett was responsible for a. whole clutch of them, The school was called St Genevieve s and from the outside it could have been a stately home or. perhaps a private hospital for the very rich It stood in its own grounds set back from the road with ivy. growing up the walls sash windows and a bell tower perched on top of the roof The uniform it was. generally agreed was the most hideous in England a mauve dress a yellow jersey and in summer. months a straw hat Everyone hated the straw hats In fact it was a tradition for every girl to set the. wretched thing on fire on their last day, St Genevieve s was a private school one of many that were clustered together in the centre of. Dulwich in South London It was a strange part of the world and everyone who lived there knew it To. the west there was Streatham and to the east Sydenham both areas with high rise flats drugs and knife. crime But in Dulwich everything was green There were old fashioned tea shops the sort that spelled. themselves shoppes and flower baskets hanging off the lampposts Most of the cars seemed to be four. by fours and the mothers who drove them were all on first name terms Dulwich College Dulwich. Preparatory School Alleyn s St Genevieve s they were only a stone s throw away from each other. but of course nobody threw stones at each other Not in this part of town. It was obvious from her appearance that Scarlett hadn t been born in England Her parents might be Mr. and Mrs Typical Dulwich her mother tall blonde and elegant her father looking like the lawyer he. always had been with greying hair a round face and glasses but she looked nothing like them Scarlett. had long black hair strange hazel green eyes and the soft brown skin of a girl born in China Hong Kong. or some other part of Central Asia She was slim and small with a dazzling smile that had got her out of. trouble on many occasions She wasn t their real daughter Everyone knew that She had known it herself. from the earliest age, She had been adopted Paul and Vanessa Adams were unable to have children of their own and they. had found her in an orphanage in Jakarta Nobody knew how she had got there The identity of her birth. mother was a mystery Scarlett tried not to think about her past where she had come from but she often. wondered what would have happened if the couple who had come all the way from London had chosen. the baby in cot seven or nine rather than cot eight Might she have ended up planting rice somewhere in. Indonesia or sewing Nike trainers in some city sweatshop It was enough to make her shudder the. thought alone, Instead of which she found herself living with her parents in a quiet street just round the corner from. North Dulwich station which was in turn about a fifteen minute walk from her school Her father Paul. Adams specialized in international business law Her mother Vanessa ran a holiday company that put. together packages in China and the Far East The two of them were so busy that they seldom had time for. Scarlett or indeed for each other From the time Scarlett had been five they had employed a full time. housekeeper to look after all of them Christina Murdoch was short dark haired and seemed to have no. sense of humour at all She had come to London from Glasgow and her father was a vicar Apart from. that Scarlett knew little about her The two of them got on well enough but they had both agreed without. actually saying it that they were never going to be friends. One of the good things about living in Dulwich was that Scarlett did have plenty of friends and they all. lived very nearby There were two girls from her class in the same street and there was also a boy. Aidan Ravitch just five minutes away It was Aidan who had prompted her to cross the road. Aidan was in his second year at The Hall yet another local private school and had come to London. from Los Angeles He was tall for his age and good looking in a relaxed awkward sort of way with. shaggy hair and slightly crumpled features There was no uniform at his school and he wore the same. hoodie jeans and trainers day in day out Aidan didn t understand the English He claimed to be. completely mystified by such things as football tea and Dr Who English policemen in particular baffled. him Why do they have to wear those stupid hats He was Scarlett s closest friend although both of. them knew that Aidan s father worked for an American bank and could be transferred back home any day. Meanwhile they spent as much time together as they could. The accident happened on a warm summer afternoon Scarlett was thirteen at the time. It was a little after four and Scarlett was on her way home from school The very fact that she was. allowed to walk home on her own meant a lot to her It was only on her last birthday that her parents had. finally relented until then they had insisted that Mrs Murdoch should meet her at the school gates every. day even though there were far younger girls who were allowed to face the perils of Dulwich High Street. without an armed escort She had never been quite sure what they were so worried about There was no. chance of her getting lost Her route took her past a flower shop an organic grocer s and a pub The. Crown and Greyhound where she might spot a few old men sitting in the sun with their lemonade. shandies There were no drug dealers no child snatchers or crazed killers in the immediate area And she. was hardly on her own anyway From half past three onwards the streets were crowded with boys and. girls streaming in every direction on their way home. She had reached the traffic lights on the other side of the village where five roads met with shops on. one side a primary school on the other when she noticed him Aidan was on his own listening to music. She could see the familiar white wires trailing down from his ears He saw her smiled and called out. her name Without thinking she began to walk towards him. The van was being driven by a twenty five year old delivery man called Michael Logue He would. have to give all his details to the police later on He was delivering spare parts to a sewing machine. factory in Bickley and thanks to the London traffic he was late He was almost certainly speeding as he. approached the junction But on the other hand the lights were definitely green. Scarlett was about half way across when she saw him and by that time it was far too late She saw. Aidan s eyes widen in shock and that made her turn her head wanting to know what it was that he had. seen She froze The van was almost on top of her She could see the driver staring at her from behind the. wheel his face filled with horror knowing what was about to happen unable to do anything about it The. van seemed to be getting bigger and bigger as it drew closer Even as she watched it completely filled. her vision,And then everything happened at once, Aidan shouted out The driver frantically spun the wheel The van tilted And Scarlett found herself.
being thrown forward out of the way as something or someone smashed into her back with incredible. force She wanted to cry out but her breath caught in her throat and her knees buckled underneath her. Somewhere in her mind she was aware that a passer by had leapt off the pavement and that he was trying. to save her His arm was around her waist his shoulder and head pressed into the small of her back But. how had he managed to get to her so fast Even if he had seen the van coming and sprinted towards her. immediately he surely wouldn t have reached her in time He seemed to know what was going to happen. almost before it did, The van shot past missing her by inches She actually felt the warm breeze slap her face and smelled. the petrol fumes There had been two books in her hand a French dictionary and a maths exercise book. an hour and a half s homework for the evening ahead As she was carried forward her hand and arm. jerked out of control and the books were hurled into the air landing on the road and sliding across the. tarmac as if she had deliberately thrown them away Scarlett followed them With the man still grabbing. hold of her she came crashing down There was a moment of sharp pain as she hit the ground and all the. skin was taken off one knee Behind her there was the screech of tyres a blast of a horn and then the. ominous sound of metal hitting metal A car alarm went off Scarlett lay still. For what felt like a whole minute nobody did anything It was as if someone had taken a photograph. and framed it with a sign reading A CCIDENT IN DULWICH Then Scarlett sat up and twisted round The man. who had saved her was lying stretched out in the road and she was only aware that he was Chinese in his. twenties with black hair and that he was wearing jeans and a loose fitting jacket She looked past him. The white van had swerved round a traffic island mounted the pavement and smashed into a car parked in. front of the primary school It was this car s alarm that had gone off The driver of the van was slumped. over the wheel his head covered in broken glass, She turned back A crowd had already formed perhaps it had been there from the start and people. were hurrying towards her rushing past Aidan who seemed to be rooted to the spot He was shaking his. head as if denying that he had been to blame There were twenty or thirty school kids some of them. already taking photographs with their mobile phones A policeman had appeared so quickly that he could. have popped out of a trapdoor in the pavement He was the first to reach Scarlett. Are you all right Don t try to move, Scarlett ignored him She put out a hand for support and eased herself back onto her feet Her knee was. on fire and her shoulder felt as if it had been beaten with an iron club but she was already fairly sure that. she hadn t been seriously hurt, She looked at Aidan then at the white van A few people were already helping the driver out laying. him on the pavement Steam was rising out of the crumpled bonnet Next to her the policeman was. speaking urgently into his shoulder mike doing all the stuff with Delta Bravo Oscar Charlie summoning. Finally Aidan made it over to her Scarl That was his name for her Are you OK. She nodded suddenly tearful without knowing why Maybe it was just the shock the knowledge of. what could have been She wiped her face with the back of her hand noticing that her nails were grimy. and all her knuckles were grazed Her dress was torn She realized she must look a wreck. You were nearly killed Why was Aidan telling her that She had more or less worked it out for. Even so his words reminded her of the man who had saved her She looked down and was surprised to. see that he was no longer there For a moment she thought that it was a conjuring trick that he had simply. vanished into thin air Then she saw him already on the far side of the road the side that she had been. heading towards hurrying past the shops He reached a hair salon on the corner where a woman with. hair that was too blonde to be true had just come out He pushed past her and then he was gone. Why He hadn t even stayed long enough to be thanked. After that things unravelled more slowly An ambulance arrived and although Scarlett didn t need it. the van driver had to be put on a stretcher and carried away Scarlett herself was examined but nothing. was broken and in the end she was allowed to go home Aidan went with her A WPC accompanied them. both Scarlett wondered how that would go down with Mrs Murdoch Somehow she knew it wasn t going. to mean laughter and back slapping at bedtime,In fact the accident had several consequences.
Paul and Vanessa Adams were told what had happened when they got home that night and as soon as. they had got over the shock the knowledge of how close they had come to losing their only child they. began to argue about whose fault it was their own for allowing Scarlett too much freedom Aidan for. distracting her or Scarlett for showing so little road sense even at the age of thirteen In the end they. decided that in future Mrs Murdoch would take up her old position at the school gates It would be. another nine months before Scarlett was allowed to walk home on her own again. The identity of the man who had saved her remained a mystery Where had he come from How had he. seen what was about to happen Why had he been in such a hurry to get away Mrs Murdoch decided that. he must be an illegal immigrant that he had taken off at the sight of the approaching policeman For her. part Scarlett was just sorry that she hadn t been able to thank him And if he was in some sort of trouble. she would have liked to have helped him,That was the night she had her first dream. Scarlett had never been one for vivid dreams Normally she got home ate did her homework spent. forty minutes on her PlayStation 3 and then plunged into a deep empty sleep that would be ended all too. quickly by Mrs Murdoch shaking her awake for the start of another school day But this dream was more. than vivid It was so realistic so detailed that it was almost like being inside a film And there was. something else that was strange about it As far as she could see it had no connection to her life or to. anything that had happened during the day, She dreamed that she was in a grey lit world that might be another planet the moon perhaps In the. distance she could see a vast ocean stretching out to the horizon and beyond but there were no waves. The surface of the water could have been a single sheet of metal Everything was dead She was. surrounded by sand dunes at least that was what she thought they were but they were actually made of. dust They had somehow blown there and like the dust on the moon it would stay the same forever. She walked forward But she left no footprints, There were four boys standing together a short distance away. The boys were searching for her If she listened carefully she could actually hear them calling her. name She tried to call back but although there was no wind not even a breeze something snatched the. words away, The boys weren t real They couldn t be Scarlett had never seen them before And yet somehow she. was sure that she knew their names,Scott Jamie Pedro And Matt.
She knew them from somewhere They had met before, That was the first time but over the next two years she had the same dream again and again And. gradually it began to change It seemed to her that every time she saw the boys they were a little further. away until finally she had to get used to the fact that she was completely on her own Every time she went. to sleep she found herself hoping she would see them More than that She needed to meet them. She never spoke about her dreams not even to Aidan But somewhere in the back of her mind she knew. that finding the four boys had become the single most important thing in her life. Two years later Scarlett had turned fifteen and she had become an orphan for a second time. Paul and Vanessa Adams hadn t died but their marriage had one inch at a time In a way it was. amazing they had stayed together so long Scarlett s father had just started a new job working for a multi. national corporation based in Hong Kong Meanwhile her mother was spending more and more time with. her own business looking after customers who seemed to demand her attention twenty four hours a day. They were seeing less and less of each other and suddenly realized that they preferred it that way They. didn t argue or shout at each other They just decided they would be happier apart. They told Scarlett the news at the end of the summer holidays and for her part she wasn t quite sure. what to feel But the truth was that in the short term it would make little difference to her life Most of the. time she was on her own with Mrs Murdoch anyway and although she d always been glad to see her. parents she d got used to the fact that they were seldom if ever around The three of them had one last. meeting in the kitchen the two adults sitting with grim faces and large glasses of wine. Your mother is going to set up a company in Melbourne in Australia Paul said She has to go. where the market is and Melbourne is a wonderful opportunity He glanced at Vanessa and in that. moment Scarlett knew that he wasn t telling the whole truth Maybe the Australians were desperate for. exotic holidays But the fact was that she had chosen somewhere as far away as possible Maybe she had. met someone else Whatever the reason she wanted to carve herself a whole new life As for me. Nightrise have asked me to move to the Hong Kong office. The Nightrise Corporation That was the company that employed her dad. I know this is very difficult for you Scarly he went on Two such huge changes But we both want. to look after you You can come with either of us, In fact it wasn t difficult for Scarlett She had already thought about it and made up her mind Why. can t I stay here she asked,On your own, Mrs Murdoch will look after me You re not going to sell the house are you This is my home. Anyway I don t want to leave St Genevieve s And all my friends are here. Of course both her parents protested They wanted Scarlett to come with them How could she. possibly manage without them But all of them knew that it was actually the best the easiest solution Mrs. Murdoch had been with the family for ten years and probably knew Scarlett as well as anyone In a way. they couldn t have been happier if they had suggested it themselves It might not be conventional but it. was clearly for the best, And so it was agreed A few weeks later Vanessa left hugging Scarlett and promising that the two of. them would see each other again very soon And yet somehow Scarlett wondered just how likely that. would be She had always tried to be close to Vanessa recognizing at the same time that they had almost. nothing in common They weren t a real mother and daughter and so as far as Scarlett was concerned. this wasn t a real divorce, Paul Adams left for Hong Kong shortly afterwards and suddenly Scarlett found herself in a new phase.
of life virtually on her own But as she had expected it wasn t so very different from what she had. always been used to Mrs Murdoch was still there cooking cleaning and making sure she was ready for. school Her father telephoned her regularly to check up on her Vanessa sent long e mails Her teachers. who had been warned what had happened kept a close eye on her She was surprised how quickly she. got used to things, She was happy She had plenty of friends and Aidan was still around The two of them saw more of. each other than ever going shopping together listening to music taking Aidan s dog a black retriever. out on Dulwich Common She was allowed to walk home from school on her own again In fact as if to. recognize her new status she found herself being given a whole lot more freedom At weekends she went. into town to the cinema She stayed overnight with other girls from her class She had been given a big. part in the Christmas play which meant late afternoon rehearsals and hours in the evening learning her. lines It all helped to fill the time and to make her think that her life wasn t so very unusual after all. Everything changed one day in November That was when Miss Chaplin announced her great Blitz. project a visit to London s East End, Joan Chaplin was the art teacher at St Genevieve s and she was famous for being younger friendlier. and more easygoing than any of the dinosaurs in the staff room She was always finding new ways to. interest the girls organizing coach trips to exhibitions and events all over London One class had gone to. see the giant crack built into the floor of the Tate Modern For another it had been a shark suspended in a. tank an installation by the artist Damien Hirst Weeks later they had still been arguing whether it was. serious art or just a dead fish, As part of their GCSE history coursework a lot of the girls were studying the Blitz the bombing of. London by the Germans during the Second World War Miss Chaplin had decided that they should take an. artistic as well as a historical interest in what had happened. I want you to capture the spirit of the Blitz she explained What s the point of studying it if you. don t feel it too She paused as if waiting for someone to argue then went on You can use. photography painting collage or even clay modelling if you like But I want you to give me an idea of. what it might have been like to live in London during the winter of 1940. There was a mutter of agreement around the class Walking around London had to be more fun than. reading about it in books Scarlett was particularly pleased History and art had become two of her. favourite subjects and she saw that here was an opportunity to do them both at the same time. Next Monday we re going to Shoreditch Miss Chaplin went on It was an area of London that was. very heavily bombed We ll visit many of the streets trying to imagine what it was like and we ll look at. some of the buildings that survived, She glanced outside The art room was on the ground floor at the back of the school with a view over. the garden sloping down with flower beds at the bottom and three tennis courts beyond It was Friday. and it was raining The rain was sheeting down and the grass was sodden It had been like that for three. Of course she went on The trip won t be possible if the weather doesn t cheer up and I have to. warn you that the forecast hasn t been too promising But maybe we ll be lucky Either way remember to. bring a permission slip from your parents Then she had a sudden thought and smiled What do you. think Scarlett,It had become a sort of joke at St Genevieve s.
Scarlett Adams always seemed to know what the weather was going to do Nobody could remember. when it had first started but everyone agreed you could tell how the day was going to be simply by the. way Scarlett dressed If she forgot her scarf it would be warm If she brought in an umbrella it would. rain After a bit people began to ask her opinion If there was an important tennis match or a picnic. planned by the river have a word with Scarlett If there was any chance of a cross country run being. called off she would know, Of course she wasn t always right But it seemed she could be relied upon about ninety per cent of the. Now she looked out of the window It was horrible outside. The clouds grey and unbroken were smothering the sky She could see raindrops chasing each other. across the glass It ll be fine she said It ll clear up after the weekend. Miss Chaplin nodded I do hope you re right, She was It rained all day Sunday and it was still drizzling on Sunday night But Monday morning when. Scarlett woke up the sky was blue Even Mrs Murdoch was whistling as she put together the packed. lunch requested by the school It was as if a last burst of summer had decided to put in a surprise. appearance, The coach came to the school at midday The lesson combining art and history was actually going to. take place over two periods plus lunch and allowing for the traffic the girls wouldn t be back until the. end of school As they pulled out of St Genevieve s Miss Chaplin talked over the intercom explaining. what they were going to do, We ll be stopping for lunch at St Paul s Cathedral she said It was very much part of the spirit of. the Blitz because despite all the bombing it was not destroyed The coach will then take us to Shoreditch. and we re going to walk around the area It s still a bit wet underfoot so I want us to go indoors and the. place I ve chosen is St Meredith s in Moore Street It s one of the oldest churches in London In fact. there was a chapel there as long ago as the thirteenth century. Why are we visiting a church one of the girls asked. Because it also played an important part in the war A lot of local people used to hide there during the. bombing They actually believed it had the power to protect them that they d be safe there. She paused The coach had reached the River Thames crossing over Blackfriars Bridge Scarlett. looked out of the window The water was flowing very quickly after all the rain In the distance she. could just make out part of the London Eye the silver framework glinting in the sunlight The sight of it. made her sad She had ridden on it with her parents at the end of the summer It had been one of the last. things the three of them had done while they were still a family. actually took a direct hit on October 2 1940 Miss Chaplin was still talking about St Meredith s. Scarlett had allowed her thoughts to wander and she d missed half of what the teacher had said It wasn t. destroyed but it was badly damaged Bring your sketch books with you and we can work in there We. have permission and you can go anywhere you like See if you can feel the atmosphere Imagine what it. was like being there with the bombs going off all around. Miss Chaplin flicked off the microphone and sat down again next to the driver. Scarlett was a few rows behind her sitting next to a girl called Amanda who was one of her closest. friends and who lived in the same road as her She noticed that Amanda was frowning. What is it she asked,St Meredith s Amanda said What about it.
It took Amanda a few moments to remember There was a murder there About six months ago. You re not being serious, If it had been anyone else Scarlett might not have believed them But she knew that Amanda had a. special interest in murder She loved reading Agatha Christie and she was always watching whodunnits. on TV So who got murdered she asked, I can t remember Amanda said It was some guy A librarian I think He was stabbed. Scarlett wasn t sure it sounded very likely and when the coach stopped off at St Paul s she went over. to Miss Chaplin To her surprise the teacher didn t even hesitate Oh yes she said cheerfully There. was an incident there this summer A man was attacked by a down and out I m not sure the police ever. caught anyone but it all happened a long time ago It doesn t bother you does it Scarlett. No Scarlett said Of course not, But that wasn t quite true It did secretly worry her even if she wasn t sure why She had a sense of. foreboding which only grew worse the closer they got to the church. The art teacher had chosen this part of London for a reason It was a patchwork of old and new with. great gaps where whole buildings and perhaps even streets had been taken out by the Germans Most of. the shops were shabby and depressing with plastic signs and dirty windows full of products which. people might need but which they couldn t possibly want vacuum cleaners dog food one hundred items. at less than a pound There was an ugly car park towering high over the buildings but it was hard to. imagine anyone stopping here The traffic rumbled past in four lanes anxious to be on its way. But even so there were a few clues as to what the area might once have been like A cobbled alleyway. a gas lamp a red telephone box a house with pillars and iron railings The London of seventy years ago. That was what Miss Chaplin had brought them all to find. They turned into Moore Street It was a dead end narrow and full of puddles and pot holes A pub. stood on one side opposite a launderette that had shut down St Meredith s was at the bottom a solid. red brick church that looked far too big to have been built in this part of town The war damage was. obvious at once The steeple had been added quite recently It wasn t even the same colour as the rest of. the building and didn t quite match the huge oak doors or the windows with their heavy stone frames. Scarlett felt even more uneasy once they were inside She jumped as the door boomed shut behind her. cutting out the London traffic much of the light indeed any sense that they were in a modern city at all. The interior of the church stretched into the distance to the silver cross high up on the altar caught in a. single shaft of dusty light Otherwise the stained glass windows held the sun back the different colours. blurring together Hundreds of candles flickered uselessly in iron holders She could make out little side. chapels built into the walls Even without remembering the murder that had happened there St. Meredith s didn t strike her as a particularly holy place It was simply creepy. But nobody else seemed to share her feelings The other girls had taken out their sketch books and were. sitting in the pews chatting to each other and drawing what they had seen outside Miss Chaplin was. examining the pulpit a carving of an eagle Presumably most Londoners chose not to pray at two. o clock in the afternoon They had the place to themselves. Scarlett looked for Amanda but her friend was talking to another girl on the other side of the transept. so she sat down on her own and opened her pad She needed to put the murder out of her mind Instead. she thought about the men and women who had sheltered here during the Blitz Had they really believed. that St Meredith s had some sort of magical power to avoid being hit that they would be safer here than in. a cellar or a Tube station She thought about them sitting there with their fingers crossed while the. Luftwaffe roared overhead Maybe that was what she would draw. She shivered She was wearing a coat but it was very cold inside the church In fact it felt colder inside. than out A movement caught her eye A line of candles had flickered all the flames bending together. caught in a sudden breeze Had someone just come in No The door was still shut Nobody could have. opened or closed it without being heard, A boy walked past At first Scarlett barely registered him He was in the shadows at the side of the. church between the columns and the side chapels moving towards the altar He made absolutely no. sound Even his feet against the marble floor were silent He could have been floating She turned to. follow him as he went and just for a second his face was illuminated by a naked bulb hanging on a wire. She knew him, For a moment she was confused as she tried to think where she had seen him before And then.
suddenly she remembered It was crazy It couldn t be possible But at the same time there could be no. It was the boy from her dreams one of the four she had seen walking together in that grey desert She. even knew his name,It was Matt, In a normal dream Scarlett wouldn t see people s faces or if she did she would forget them when. she woke up But she had experienced this dream again and again over a period of two years She d. learned to recognize Matt and the others almost as soon as she was asleep and that was why she knew him. now Short dark hair Broad shoulders Pale skin and eyes that were an intense blue He was about her. age although there was something about him that seemed older Maybe it was just the way he walked the. sense of purpose He walked like someone in trouble. What was he doing here How had he even got in Scarlett turned to a girl who was sitting close to her. drawing a major explosion from the look of the scribble on her pad. Did you see him she asked,That boy who just went past. The other girl looked around her What boy, Scarlett turned back The boy had disappeared from sight For a moment she was thrown Had she. imagined him But then she saw him again some distance away He had stopped in front of a door He. seemed to hesitate then turned the handle and went through The door closed behind him. She followed him She had made the decision without even thinking about it She just put down her. sketch book got up and went after him It was when she reached the door that she asked herself what she. was doing chasing after someone she had never met someone who might not even exist Suppose she ran. into him What was she going to say Hi I m Scarlett and I ve been dreaming about you Fancy a Big. Mac He d think she was mad, The door he had passed through was in the outer wall underneath a stained glass window that was so. dark and grimy that the picture was lost Scarlett guessed it must lead out into the street perhaps into the. cemetery if the church had one There was something strange about it The door was very small out of. proportion with the rest of St Meredith s There was a symbol carved into the wooden surface a five. pointed star, She hesitated The girls weren t supposed to leave the church On the other hand she wouldn t exactly.
be going far If there was no sign of the boy on the other side she could simply come back in again The. door had an iron ring for a handle She turned it and went through. To her surprise she didn t find herself outside in the street Instead she was standing in a wide. brightly lit corridor There were flaming torches slanting out of iron brackets set in the walls the fire. leaping up towards the ceiling which was high and vaulted The corridor had no decoration of any kind. and it seemed both old and new at the same time the plasterwork crumbling to reveal the brickwork. underneath It had to be some sort of cloister somewhere the priests went to be on their own But the. corridor was nothing like the rest of St Meredith s It was a different colour It was the wrong size and.


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