Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dead Rite chapter 90.02

“It must have been before you were there, love. Or after, I suppose. It was shocking. Two students, apparently. They said it posed a danger to everyone on the estate. The woman upstairs from them went missing as well. The police reckon the lads did her in when she stumbled on their illegal lab.”

“When is a meth lab ever legal?” White leaned over the back of the chair and picked up the remote control. He began flicking through the channels.

“It was on the local news, South West Today. That's not on again until after ten”

“Damn it.” He put the remote down again. “Can you remember the names of the students?”

“I can't, love. Funny names they were.”

“Dill Farthing and Sam Trubshaw?”

“That's right. How did you know? Are they on your 'most wanted' list?”

“No, our 'Missing Persons' one.” White gripped his own face, massaging one cheek with his fingers while his thumb massaged the other. He could feel the stubble rasping under his touch. If it got any worse he'd have to start keeping a battery razor in the car. He loathed people who shaved in the car. “It's a clean-up.”

“What is, dear?”

“When I was in Chervil Court today there were army bods guarding the area and their flat in particular. I had a look in. It had been cleared out right down to the light bulbs and door handles. They deployed a whole platoon of toxic hazard boys there on Monday. Something's going on, and I don't think it's got anything to do with a meth lab.”

“Perhaps they were cleaning up the toxic meth.” Beryl frowned. “What is meth, anyway? I know it's a drug, but we used to use meths when I worked at the factory. It wasn't a drug then.”

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