‘You’re alone,’ she said, looking up from the cards, ‘but not for long. A man will soon enter your life. Tall and strong, his arrival will be unexpected.’

The following morning there was a knock on my door when my cleaner would usually be letting herself in. A young man thrust his hand forward. ‘Miss Kate?’

‘Do I know you?’ I said.

‘I’m Schandra’s brother, Basil.’

Unexpected. Tall and strong too. He had a face sculpted into geometric planes, its hardness softened by creamy eyes.

‘Come in,’ I said. ‘Come in.’

He seemed keen to talk and when he stopped for morning tea he told me he’d just arrived in the country, and was hoping to settle down. I felt a rapport between us.

It was more than that. So when he finished I followed him. He looked back at me as he rounded into High St and again at Dennison. I waved. His pace quickened. He wanted me to come. Our eyes met in the station car park but then he disappeared.

Later there was another knock. ‘Kate Newsome.’

‘That’s me.’ I unsnibbed the door and opened it wide.

A policeman.

Tall and strong.

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