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"What's that you're knitting, Emma?"


she asks, and flashes me a smile. "A pretty red scarf for you," I say


innocently, patting her hand. "It's for your birthday but I shouldn't be telling you. Tell me, what caused all that commotion in the corridor?" "It was Mr. Percival. He had a nasty fall


while doing his rounds. He was about to come and visit you." "He was? Dear me, what was the


damage?" "Afractured hip, I think. I doubt he'll be


taking the Directorship on any time soon now." I try hard not to smile."Tut! Tut! The


poor man. So what happens now?" "I expect Mr. Brown will be appointed.


You like him, don't you, Emma, with his sense of humour and friendly ways?" I nod my head vigorously. "We all do,


Fran. What caused Mr. Percival's fall?" "According to Lucy, who was on the scene first, he slipped on some porridge."


Linda Diver resides, with her husband and dog, in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. She holds the 2008 short fiction award from the Pacific Region Arts Council and her work has been published in Iris, Minus


Tides and Ascent Aspirations Magazine. Further work will be appearing shortly, in the Paragon Collection. Her first novel has just been completed. She admits that poetry is her passion. When she is not writing, she reads avidly and her book reviews have been featured in the Island Word.


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