Boots 20

i see you are still here, said Night, settling its darkness around them.

Eleanor snuggled into it, told it all that had happened during Day’s time. Night listened quietly. Eric was asleep in its arms, dreaming of muffins of many flavours.

“Do you think Mike’s right, about no-one believing the little boy saw Eric?”

my experience tends to agree with Mike

“We still haven’t worked out a way to get Eric off the roof. Then we’ve got to get him out of the City ….”

mmm, murmured Night soothingly.

“…… and then we have to find a safe place for him …….” She frowned into the darkness. “Where did he come from, Night?”

he was born here on this very roof

Eleanor stared at Night, which isn’t easy to do, Night being everywhere.

it is a long story, said Night

And it was at this very time, inside the razor-wired walls of the Hell’sBats’s Clubroom yard, that sausages were burning on the barbie and Bobby’s drawing was being passed around. Like Eleanor’s Granny and unlike most adults, the Hell’sBats took seriously the most unlikely of stories. When huge bounties of money were involved.

As for Granny and Furball …… they’re asleep and dreaming while outside snow is softly falling on the little island not very far away.


part 1


*Hell’sBats, the short and the long versions:

DingBat = Bat’s Mad Bat from Hell
BadBoy = Bat’s Avenging Demon of Death and Destruction
Wart = Bat’s Fearless Warrior of Doom
Carnie = Bat’s Bat of War and Carnage
and, at the last count, eighteen more members whose names will be added to the list, if they’re still on their bikes when the story gets to them

Boots 20

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Stonebow, Australia

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