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So,” stated Hamish, returning to her. “Tell me what occurred. What did he seem like? ” “I couldnae see his face. He had a black balaclava on. He used to be awfy tall and powerful. He threw me to the ground and held a knife to my throat. ” “And while did this ensue? ” “Last evening. approximately middle of the night. I hadn’t locked the door. ” “Why didn’t you document it quicker? ” “He acknowledged if I known as the police, he could homicide me! ” Dick got here in with a mug of tea which he passed to Liz. The doorbell rang. “That’ll be the doctor,” stated Hamish. Dr. Williams was once a small, gnarled guy with a sagging gray face. “Let’s cross into the bed room, Liz,” he acknowledged. “I’m less than it! ” wailed Liz. “Now, then, I haven’t acquired a case in the event you won’t support me,” acknowledged Hamish. “Off you cross. ” As Liz used to be reluctantly led off to the bed room, Hamish appeared round the room. It confirmed all of the symptoms of that outdated perform of “being saved for top. ” the fireside used to be empty. Above it hung a gilt-framed reflect. The couch was once an vintage one, crammed with horsehair yet taking a look as new because it had most likely performed 100 years sooner than. A desk through the window was once coated with an embroidered fabric and had a glittery aspidistra in a brass bowl. there have been armchairs, coated in chintz. On an occasional desk, a purple china woman held up a purple frilled lamp colour. Hamish strolled outdoors and enable the puppy and cat out of the Land Rover. He could look forward to the doctor’s record after which query the villagers to work out in the event that they had spotted any stranger within the sector. “Officer! ” Hamish swung around. Dr. Williams got here as much as him. “I’m afraid you will have had a wasted trip. ” “What makes you assert that? ” “Because Liz Bentley is a virgin, that’s what. moreover, she’s a protracted liar. final yr, she advised everybody she had terminal melanoma while i used to be away on vacation. The villagers have been so sympathetic they gave her little presents. I quickly chanced on while I got here again that it was once all lies. She stated she used to be attending the medical institution at Strathbane for chemotherapy. I phoned them up and they’d by no means heard of her. whilst I challenged her, she acknowledged it was once a miracle. She had prayed and prayed and God had taken the melanoma away. ” “I’ll chust be having a wee note with her,” stated Hamish, the unexpected sibilance of his accessory exhibiting he used to be relatively offended. He strode into the parlour the place Liz was once sobbing on Dick’s bosom. “She’s a rattling liar,” stated Hamish. “Leave her by myself. cease the waterworks, Liz, and listen to this. I should still cost you with losing police time and get you to pay for the petrol it price to get right here. I recommend you begin to work out a psychiatrist. Don’t effer dare mobilephone me back. Come on, Dick. ” “It’s known as Munchausen syndrome,” acknowledged Dick as they drove off. “You comprehend, it’s the place a physique retains mendacity to get consciousness. I brain a case in Strathbane the place a lady saved making her young ones ailing in order that everybody may sympathise along with her. ” “Pah! ” acknowledged Hamish. “Let’s locate someplace to devour. ” They stopped on the Kinlochbervie resort and had a delightful lunch within the bistro. “It’s a tragic factor to have a psychological challenge like that,” stated Dick.