This can be a novel, completely a piece of fiction. All characters, names, incidents, and places—including the village of 'End Harbor'—are thoroughly imaginary and never meant to symbolize any folks, residing or lifeless. “.... after all I came once attainable, yet i used to be too overdue —he should have died inside of seconds after phoning me. i discovered him over the corridor desk. You and that i, we are greater than basically outdated acquaintances, so think me while I inform you that during a case like this, there is not something a physician can do. At his age, the center grows very tired.” surgeon Edward Barnes put a hand at the other's damp, trembling shoulder; a hand either enterprise and delicate. “Yes...I...I comprehend, Edward.” The voice used to be dazed, sullen with mounting hysteria. “What?” the surgeon requested, cupping an ear, brushing the rain from his face together with his different hand. “What did you say?” “I said... i am ok. it really is just... i will leave out him so. you know the way shut we were.” The medical professional pulled his outdated felt hat down as he stated, “Come now, no weeping. there's not a lot you possibly can say approximately demise, specifically the loss of life of an outdated pal. but I continuously locate myself groping for the meaningless words. Our simply comfort is to recollect he lived an extended and precious lifestyles. And he died with out ache. take into account the outdated Indian asserting you as soon as instructed me.... loss of life is however the commencing of a brand new path. Do you remember telling me that?” “Yes. i guess I knew this may take place —some day. But... oh God! Ed, it is all so sudden!” “Let your self cross, weep.” Barnes reached into the automobile for his bag. “Naturally you are in surprise. i'm going to provide you with anything to calm your nerves, make you forget.” “I don't want any drugs.” “Listen to me. it is past due, there's not something both folks can do until eventually morning. status out the following within the rain will simply provide you with a relax. in case you like, i will spend the evening here.” “No.” “Come now, at a time like this... i will be able to remain the evening with you.” “No, Ed, I'm... fine.” “Then take this tablet and you can sleep for... “ The doctor's rainy and wrinkled face elevated with astonishment for a truly short a part of a moment as he was once viciously kneed within the groin. Gasping, Barnes bent over—arms out like a racing swimmer able to dive—then he stumbled again opposed to his vehicle, fingers now pressed tough to his heart. The killer clamped a surrender the doctor's open mouth, one other over the pointy nostril. The previous man's watery eyes bulged —pain nonetheless combined with shock. He began to claw the air, then slumped to the rainy floor. starting the door of the doctor's heavy Buick, the assassin dragged the previous guy around the entrance seat, yanked a woolen muffler from round Barnes' skinny neck, then savagely jammed it over the doctor's purple face. For a second the doctor's legs jerked and thrashed because the muffler bring to an end all air. sure Barnes was once lifeless, with nice attempt the physique was once picked up and slowly reduced to the ground of the rear of the auto. putting the scientific bag at the entrance seat, the killer slid in the back of the wheel —moving gracefully—and drove off, riding alongside the darkish roads of the village. achieving Bay highway the assassin stepped out and listened lengthy and thoroughly, sweating face nearly touching the rainy pavement. yes no automobiles have been coming, the doctor's corpse was once speedy pulled to the center of the line. Then backing the Buick up, the killer shifted gears and pressed the fuel pedal to the ground. the massive automobile jumped because it ran over the lifeless physique.