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He made a sort of keening noise and seemed to try to straighten out, then gasped and curled up again. ‘Thanks,’ he said. It sounded 30 like his teeth were clenched. ’ He paused for breath. ‘Felt more like a . . ’ ‘Actually you’re right, it was more like a kick. I’m so sorry. ’ He might have nodded. ’ ‘Scrabbles. She’s never done that before. ’ ‘Really’ Each of his words sounded clipped, bitten off. ‘Yah. ’ ‘Uh–huh. Well,’ he said, ‘you’re not really,’ he took another shuddering breath, ‘meant to bring horses’ – one more breath, wheezing – ‘into a kitchen garden,’ he told her.
The fox took a delicate sniff, then looked up at him again. He was about out now, the stream of pee falling back and breaking up. He smiled at the animal and shrugged. The fox trotted round and past him, head slightly down, giving him one last glance before it disappeared round the other end of the caravan. He hadn’t ever mentioned this to anybody, not even to the guys the next morning. It wasn’t all that remarkable, anyway – they saw deer and squirrels all the time and sometimes stoats and wild cats and pine martens – but it was something he wanted to keep to and for himself.
Now Lydcombe had become the place to go on holiday to, rather than the place to go on holiday from; a destination, temporary and somehow conditional. The first time they went back, he noticed that the half–dozen or so of Andy’s paintings that had been left behind, a present to the house and its new inhabitants, had all been 37 shifted, consigned to bedrooms rather than left in public spaces. If Andy was bothered by this, he didn’t say. He had visited the estate with his mum and dad and sister Cory every year since the great move to Richmond, sometimes stopping for a week or two, sometimes just staying overnight, but he could only barely remember Sophie.