By Kate Mosse
A short learn - a part of the area publication DAY 2009 literacy initiative for emergent readers. March 1928. Freddie Smith is on a motoring vacation within the mountains of south west France. he's stuck in a violent hurricane and his automobile crashes. he's compelled to hunt guard in a boarding condominium within the close by village of Axat. There he meets one other visitor within the tiny lodge, a faded and lovely younger lady referred to as Marie. because the hurricane rages outdoor, she explains how the sector was once ripped aside through wars of faith within the 14th century. She tells how, one bad evening in March 1328, all of the population of Axat have been pressured to escape from the warriors into the mountains. The villagers took safe haven in a cave, but if the battling was once over, not anyone got here again. Their our bodies have been by no means discovered. Axat itself grew to become a ghost city. whilst Freddie wakes the next morning, Marie has long gone. Worse nonetheless, his vehicle will take numerous days to fix and he has to stick on the boarding apartment for a number of days extra. To cross the time, he explores the mountains. Then he realises it's virtually six hundred years to the day because the villagers disappeared. He makes a decision to move and search for the cave himself. possibly, he thinks, he may perhaps even locate Marie? it's a determination he'll reside to remorse.
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He felt, for a fleeting moment, the pressure of her fingers on the palm of his hand. Then, slowly, she withdrew. He was tired now, so tired. But he felt as if a weight had been taken from his shoulders. ‘All I meant to say, before . . well. I was supposed to comfort you, not the other way around. ’ ‘I knew you were haunted already,’ she said softly. ’ Freddie wasn’t sure what she meant. ‘So,’ he said, eager to make amends for his loss of control. ‘You saw out the winter. And, when it was over?
I was talking to another guest last evening. I must have drifted off to sleep here. She was a young woman, with long brown hair. ’ Mrs Galy shook her head. ‘She was wearing rather old-fashioned clothes, I suppose,’ he said. ’ Freddie lifted his hands and rubbed his sore temples. He could feel the after-effects of the brandy. ‘I came in here to play a hand of cards, read the newspaper. I dropped off. When I woke, she was here. She said her name was Marie,’ he added, his voice rising. Mrs Galy looked confused, worried even.
The tips of their fingers were touching. Freddie gave a general nod of greeting. He did not fancy playing gooseberry. Nor did he want to get into conversation with the sisters, who looked a little severe. He headed for the men’s table. ’ They introduced themselves, speaking in English, although Freddie found it hard to place their accent. The meal passed pleasantly in light conversation, advice about the best walks in the region and talk of the bad weather. The maid arrived with jugs of water for each table, local red wine and a basket of bread.
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