Crankwood Chapter 7 The Tenets of Faith

Recent storms had left the road along Eastbrow slick with rain as Curate and Tom passed beyond the church.
“Tell me what happened, Tom” said Simpkins confidence returning somewhat with distance from his mentor and nemesis.
“Like I said Reverend. Bloody lad wuz peeping where ee shouldn’t have an fainted clean away”. A nerviousness in this repeated speech giving pause for thought in Simpkins now tightly controlled apperance. “But ee favvered alreet when Albert sent me fer thee. Just commin round ee wuz.” Albert was obviously the charge hand in this relationship.
Dark skies scudded beyond the poplars that lined the lane to the pumphouse and drips seemed to echo as they fell from etched and windy branches.
“Who was it he saw, in what did you call it Coldroom?”
“Aye its wur we keep bodies, like yon poor sod we found up tree”.
Simpkins was finding keeping pace with Toms rapidly thickening dialect increasingly difficult.
“Slow down Tom” he said in an attempt to alleviate the obvious nerviousness that was leaking quite obviously from every part of Tom. Although he was no more than a darker shadow in a region of shadows, his speech and what body language Simpkins could discern was showing an increasing distress as they closed on the pumphouse. A small wan light could be seen leaking out from under a door ahead.
“The suicide?” queried the curate now starting to put everything into place. “That must have been a real shock for the poor lad” he continued whilst thinking ‘how trite a remark to make’. Tom did not seem to notice, wrapped up solidly as he was in his own concerns.
The thin light became sick yellow rectangle as the door was opened.

Crankwood Chapter 7 The Tenets of Faith

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