Three books by Kenneth McKenny with two first draft feature scripts completed.    

SYNOPSIS OF THE MOONCHILD TRILOGY BASED ON 

THE MOONCHILD

THE CHANGELING

THE OFFSPRING

THREE PUBLISHED NOVELS BY KENNETH MCKENNEY

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Which tells a tale of Gothic horror about the battle between good and evil that takes place in the soul of Simon Blackstone between the last century and the first days of this.

THE MOONCHILD

Edmund Blackstone, a Victorian palaeontologist, arrives in a village in the Bavarian mountains for a winter vacation. With him are his wife Anna and Simon, their beautiful seven year old son. The Blackstones are a well to do middle class family, almost snug in their contentment. On arrival at the station an ancient woman approaches Simon and Anna, no more than a bundle of rags. The crone seems to recognise something in Simon; she fills Anna with a sudden fear.

Although the Blackstones have visited the village before nothing like this has ever occurred. The Blackstones establish themselves in a splendid mountain hotel Die Altmeister. After a few days spent enjoying the snow and the preparations for Childermas, Simon falls ill.

A local doctor is called in who is puzzled by Simon's illness - the fever is strange, the symptoms uncertain. After twenty-four hours Simon appears to die. Once more the doctor is puzzled - the body does not cool completely, rigor mortis fails to set in.

Grieving, the Blackstone parents realise that they must make arrangements for a funeral. Edmund visits a local undertaker for a coffin. There is nothing suitable but he is offered, by the undertaker, eager to make a sale, a handsome jewel-encrusted Spanish chest, a magnificent piece with a secret lock.

Edmund does not consider it fitting but accepts it will after all accommodate the dead child. That night as she sits with the body of her dear charge, Edith Harris, Simon's governess, is amazed to see her beloved's eyes open. They shine with a peculiar light, as she reaches forward Simon grips her throat, killing her.

After the death he seems sated, he lies back, his eyes close but his arm has altered - it becomes heavier, the hand coarsens and the nails turn into claws. Outside, the moon burns brightly. When the village policeman, Sgt. Obelgamma, learns of the murder of Edith Harris he immediately suspects the parents.

He discusses his theory with Holtz, the hotel landlord, who wants the whole business done with as soon as possible so that none of it touches the reputation his hotel enjoys. Finally Obelgamma reports the murder to an Inspector Fuchs in Munich who deals with unusual deaths of foreigners in this part of the country.

The night after Enid Harris's death the Blackstones are confronted once more by the old woman who was at the station. She tells them that their son is a Moonchild; his soul has been occupied by one of the evil forces that dwell in the mountains. Although dead he is not at peace. The crone says she has known one other - her brother. If the Blackstones wish to learn what they must do they should speak to the doctor.

Repelled, disbelieving but frightened, the Blackstones seek out the doctor. At first he resists all questions, but when they speak of a Moonchild he responds to the desperation of their need. From an old book, which tells of missing days on antique calendars although the real force lies in the mountains, the doctor informs the Blackstones that the child must be returned to the place of its birth and buried there without delay. That the casket must be kept closed at all times because any light, but moonlight most of all, will quicken the corpse and it will kill whoever is closest.

Although appalled the Blackstones are still not convinced. Finally, knowing that he is exposing himself to the dangers within, the doctor takes them to the funeral parlour where Simon's body lies and opens the casket. For a moment there is peace on the beautiful face of the child, and then the Moonchild's eyes begin to open. The hideous arm with its blood-encrusted claws lifts up.

Quickly, the doctor closes the casket and the secret lock is twisted into place, Now terrified, the Blackstones are prepared to return to England immediately and bury their son. The doctor arranges to have a coach sent to the hotel at midnight - the casket in it. They will travel to Kempton, the rail town, and there catch a train to a Channel port.

The Blackstones leave and the following morning the fat, genial Inspector Fuchs arrives from Munich. Fuchs questions Hotlz, the landlord, the undertaker and Hector, the night porter that saw the Blackstones leave. In spite of Sgt. Obelgamma's prompting, Fuchs is not convinced the Blackstones are common murders - or jewel thieves as Hector thinks.

When Fuchs visits the doctor he finds him stricken with fear. Calming the man, whose mind is going, Fuchs discovers why the Blackstones have left so suddenly and what they carry with them. He learns that somewhere a Guardian is involved. Intrigued, as well as duty-bound, Fuchs decides to follow the Blackstones alone.

Driving down the icy mountain roads, the coach bearing the Blackstones and their one-eyed driver crashes. The casket is flung clear and bursts open. The coachman, overcome by greed and curiosity, peers inside. The Moonchild kills him and Simon Blackstone's arm becomes even more grotesque.

Recovering consciousness before Anna, Edmund Blackstone closes the casket and hides the body. Righting the coach, he drives on to Kempton saying nothing to his wife of the death. In Kempten they spend the night in a friendly pension and the following day, in spite of trouble with a stableman who is suspicious of the crashed coach, they board a train to Basel.

The strain of their journey has altered them both. Edmund has become stronger and Anna more protective. They realise how much they love each other and how vital it is that they return their son so that he may rest in peace. Sgt. Obelgamma, incapable of dampening his zeal, sends a telegram to a stationmaster he knows asking for confirmation of the Blackstones on the Basil/Paris express.

The stationmaster, Punt, an enormously fat man, boards the train. The Blackstones are dining and Punt enters their compartment, discovers the secret lock, opens the casket and dies. By now the Moonchild's arm is so distorted it barely fits in the casket but, as always after a kill, the beast is quiet.

The Blackstone's return to find the body. Desperately, they just manage to push it out of the window before the ticket collector arrives. Fuchs, meanwhile, has caught a fast train from Munich and while the Blackstones are delayed at a ferry port, crosses the Channel before them.

In England he is met by an old friend, Inspector Kearsley of Scotland Yard, who informs him that the Blackstones come from Tonbridge in Kent. Although they have not lived there for a number of years that is where the child was born.

Kearsley mentions that in Tonbridge is an excellent Sgt. Scot who will help Fuchs if needed. As they cross the Channel, the Blackstones meet old acquaintances. The Fletchers, and are persuaded to join a party in another cabin.

The Fletcher's daughter, Sarah, wants to remain with the casket. She feels the force from within, becomes curious and is guided toward the secret lock. Anna alerted by some instinct, rushes back. The girl is saved but the Blackstones are even more aware of the power that occupies the soul of their son.

They travel on and are met at Tonbridge rail station by Fuchs, who is now prepared to help them but requires final proof. He insists on being shown the contents of the casket and is stunned by what he sees. As the child begins to open its eyes Edmund slams down the lid. Fuchs is amazed.

He enquires about the Guardian but the Blackstones known nothing. Fuchs and the Blackstones take rooms at a local hotel. There, the clerk recognises Edmund and mentions that the house they lived in has been torn down to make way for new railway marshalling yards.

New fears fill them all - they wonder how the birth site will be discovered in time for the burial. Fuchs contacts Sgt. Scot and, with Edmund, they visit the town survey office looking for maps. They locate the birth site and something more - once this ground was used as an Anglo-Saxon burial place.

When they return to the hotel, Fuchs and Edmund find Anna crouched over the casket. Its power has drawn her. She would have opened it if left alone any longer. A new chill enters their bones as each wonder who the Guardian is and what purpose must be served. Scot is outside with a coach.

The casket is loaded, and the Blackstones and Fuchs set off to bury the Moonchild. They arrive at a wasteland of building materials and, suddenly, a small man with a vivid harelip emerges. He says he is the watchman and appears to be expecting them.

With the watchman's help they locate the site but, by now, it is raining heavily and the Moonchild in its casket, knowing its fate, struggles furiously to be free. It almost bursts loose. Anna rushes to assist but Edmund pushes her aside. Fuchs grasps the casket as the watchman indicates a large hole cut in the earth by a massive earth-moving machine.

The watchman has been waiting. Together, Fuchs and Edmund struggle to lower the casket into the grave. The casket begins to open. Hugging it to him, Fuchs slips and falls into the hole. He calls to Edmund, asking that he be buried also.

He is the Guardian and must remain with the Moonchild. Sadly, Edmund accepts. The watchman, with the earth-moving machine, fills the tomb. Edmund goes to Anna, who has recovered. Together they walk from the muddied site knowing that their task is done.

The watchman sees them go. It is over. It has just begun.

 

THE CHANGELING

For some eighty years the Moonchild lies beneath, the Tonbridge soil. Until a new car park is to be built and a bulldozer driver, working late and alone, digs the casket up. As he stares at the perfect child's face the claw-like hand tears out his throat.

Simon Blackstone rolls from the coffin and a transformation take place. He bursts from his Victorian sailor suit and emerges as a young and handsome man, turned yet again by the power that squats on his soul. Stealing clothes, Simon hitches a lift to London with Ray Clark, a mean youth who has been cruising around looking for a girl's face he can slash. He is amused by Simon's formal speech. He leaves Simon at Victoria Station.

Entering the station, Simon realises it is not as he remembered it. He talks to a guard, sees a group of drunks and is confused. Suddenly the guard reminds him of another fat railwayman bending over him. Terrified, Simon runs into the night. Sally Lawrence, an American living in London, finds him crouched in an alleyway. She takes him back to her small apartment and allows him to spend the night on a sofa.

At New Scotland Yard, Detective Sgt. Albert Scot, grandson of the sergeant who assisted Fuchs, finds himself seconded to Tonbridge as consultant on the murder of the bulldozer driver. Although his mother still lives there, Albert has not worked with the Tonbridge force before.

Chief Constable Bates, an elderly countryman responsible for the transfer, who knows more than he is prepared to disclose, welcomes him. Sally takes Simon walking in St. James's Park. She discovers how out of touch he is. When they go into an old pub, The Half Moon, he claims that one of the Victorian photographs on the wall is that of his mother.

Outside in the mews, Simon stares at the moon. 'Bind me with silver, the metal of the moon,' he pleads. Worried but attracted, thinking he might be on drugs Sally takes him home again. That night they make love. In his Council flat, Ray Clark reads a newspaper report on the death in Tonbridge.

He convinces himself that Simon, the hitchhiker, knows something. Perhaps he could be blackmailed. Perhaps one of the pubs in the area might know who he is. In Tonbridge, Albert Scot examines the items found at the scene of the crime. But the torn sailor suite the woodwork of the casket, the German belt buckle tells him little. However, coarse hair from the throat-wounds has not been identified.

That evening, from his mother, he learns of his grandfather's involvement in the disappearance of a German inspector named Fuchs. Sally Lawrence, in love with Simon now decides to consult Cyril Fenick an astrologer she knows. Perhaps Cyril, who lives with seven cats, might explain Simon's remoteness, his need for silver. In Tonbridge, Bates the Chief Constable, confesses to Albert that he's made a study of the case concerning Fuchs.

The person who might have explained the German's disappearance best was his friend Inspector Kearsley - but he later took his own life. The most curious coincidence however, between then and now is that the crimes Fuchs was investigating involved neck wounds similar to those of the bulldozer driver.

When Sally goes to see Fenick, Simon revisits the pub looking for more photographs of his mother. There, with Molly White the over-sexed publican's wife, he sees another. Saying he wants to buy, he agrees to return. Cyril Fenick listens to Sally's story and is afraid. Forces he has been aware of all his life are rising and he will be involved. He asks for time to make certain calculations meanwhile she must give Simon what he needs.

Cyril produces a silver bracelet. Ray Clark, after visiting most of the pubs in Pimlico, comes to The Half Moon. He chats up Molly White and she remembers Simon. Ray can't believe his luck. He will be there when Simon comes to buy the photographs. Waiting for Sally, Simon begins to realise what is happening to him. He recalls the old woman and his past.

Now he is no longer a Moonchild but a Changeling, altering until the shape of the beast that inhabited his soul takes over completely. He drifts into a nightmare and is wakened by Sally who gives him the silver. She knows that she is bound to him now.

Albert Scot questions his mother. When he speaks of the torn Victorian sailor suit and the dead Inspector Kearsley, Mrs. Scot produces an ancient pistol with a silver bullet. 'Your grandfather said you'd know what to do with it.' she tells her son. Simon wants to show Sally the second photograph - it is of his parents and himself with a missing face. She must return to Cyril Fenick.

They arrange to meet in the pub that evening. At The Half Moon, Ray Clark is already waiting. Simon arrives. Ray challenges. They go out into the mews. It is dark. The moon is riding. Ray tries to take the bracelet Sally placed on Simon's wrist. Simon bursts with rage and tears the throat from Ray Clark. Then Simon ages a further thirty years and returns to Sally's flat.

Sally finds Cyril drunk. The astrologer has discovered the secret of the Moonchild/Changeling. He tells Sally that Simon must be returned to the place he came from and buried there. Sally is appalled. 'Before he kills again,' Cyril warns. Sally becomes frantic, she needs more information but Cyril has anaesthetized himself with alcohol.

Sally goes to the pub. Simon is not there but the police are. She rushes home. When Sally sees the age-change in Simon she knows that some new horror has occurred. To save him from more she will take him back to where he came from - but doesn't know where. Simon, unaware that he has altered, speaks of Bavaria where he was happy.

Sally decides that they will travel there, hoping for a miracle. Albert Scot learns of Clark's death and returns to London his grandfather's pistol with him. Before he leaves Tonbridge, Bates telephones suggesting that Kearsley might have left some long-lost report. It could be worthwhile going through the archives.

In London, Albert sees the coarse dark hairs, which have not been identified, in the wounds in Ray Clark's throat. Simon and Sally catch a train to Dover. Simon is vague, like an aged parent. There are police everywhere but, as Simon has changed so much, they might just get through.

Albert finds Kearsley's report. It contains a letter written by Fuchs the night before he died, delivered to Kearsley by Albert's grandfather - who read it at the time. Now Albert knows that Simon must be returned to Tonbridge - and nowhere else.

A telephone rings. It is a Sgt. Lazenby from Dover who believes he's recognised Sally. Albert leaves immediately. At the Dover ferry ticket office, Jimmy Singer, a seedy ticket seller, sees Sally and Simon coming. He recognises them from police drawings, based on Molly White's descriptions, and thinks he'll make a little money.

Confronted, Simon agrees to accompany Jimmy. Sally, desperate, is left behind. His mind clear now, Simon faces Jimmy below the Dover pier. Although himself condemned, he believes be might save Sally. When Jimmy wants the bracelet, Simon's rage flares. He kills Jimmy and alters completely - into a hairy shuffling beast. He flees below the pier.

On the discovery of Jimmy's body, Albert and Sgt. Lazenby are called. Later, Albert finds Sally. All three search for what Simon Blackstone has become. They find the creature - recognised by the silver bracelet. Lazenby makes an attempt to catch it and his arm is ripped.

Finally, Sally alone persuades the creature to follow her. Albert, with Sally and the creature in the back, drives to Tonbridge. They share their knowledge. The creature stirs. What remains of Simon's innocence fights a losing battle?

They survive a car crash and come to the building site where the driver died. The creature thrashes now, but Sally grips the bracelet and holds it. She asks what must be done. Albert says nothing of the silver bullet. At the place where he was born and buried, Simon or what he has become makes a final effort to escape. He is linked by the bracelet to a wall of freshly poured concrete. He fights. Albert draws the pistol.

Seeing it, Sally frustrates Albert's aim - she will not see Simon destroyed. The creature lunges and the cement collapses burying it beneath tons of liquid rock. Albert, wounded, struggles and Sally hauls him from the concrete pool. Once more the Moonchild is in its resting-place.

Sally returns to New York. On the flight she realises that she is pregnant. Simon is the father. The knowledge fills her with a sense of awe.

 

THE OFFSPRING.

In Los Angeles Sally Lawrence and her thirteen year old son Mark, come out of a supermarket at 4 a.m. He is a good looking youth. Sally is greyer. In the car park they are approached by a couple of muggers. One pulls a gun. His rage rising, Mark grips the gun hand, forcing the weapon into the flesh. The muggers flee. Mark fights an anger that threatens to overpower him. Sally watches appalled. There is too much she has not told him.

In London Detective Chief Inspector Albert Scot is moving apartments. He finds a Victorian pistol thrust into a raincoat pocket. As the memories return, oil an impulse, Albert rings his mother only to discover she has died in the night. Sally watches Mark sleep. She brought him to Los Angeles after his birth, hoping to keep him as far as possible from the events in Tonbridge.

He wakes suddenly saying he's dreamed they must go to England as his father has something, to give him - something silver. Albert Scot goes to Tonbridge for his mother's funeral. He meets ex-Chief Constable Bates, now a hearty eighty-year old. Bates is convinced that the business of Simon Blackstone is not yet over. He believes a new child will be involved.

It is one hundred years since Simon's soul was first possessed; now something more is ready to occur. Almost as if the death of Albert's mother was a warning. Sally and Mark fly to London. They go to a small hotel in King's Cross where Sally stayed after Tonbridge. It is now somewhat run down but will do until they make further plans.

In his concrete tomb, what remains of Simon Blackstone realises his son is close. He knows that at the end of the one hundred year cycle a new soul will be needed, that the dark forces in the Bavarian mountain will have Mark's soul if they can, Back at New Scotland Yard, Albert Scot sends for Lazenby, who was with him beneath the Dover pier.

With Lazenby and his own trusted assistant, Sgt. Jennifer Cox, Albert believes he has a task force to handle whatever comes, Sally and Mark search for London contacts. The apartment she has had altered completely. They go back to the pub in the mews.

There, on the wall where the photographs were, Mark senses something. Powers that surge through him sometimes good, sometimes bad, have a response here. When she learns this, Sally tells him of the photographs. Mark is dismayed; the time element is grotesque.

To clear his head he walks out into the mews. Doreen McLeod, a teenage prostitute, approaches him. She is the first of the temptations sent to try him. Looking into her eyes, Mark sees the shape of evil. He reacts angrily and discovers that beneath the force of his rage Doreen alters - her face smears. As she backs away screaming, Sally rushes from The Half Moon and takes Mark from this source of power.

At Scotland Yard, Lazenby and Albert examine maps of Tonbridge. Sgt. Jennifer Cox reports on the girl in the mews who has lost her sanity - Albert has a note on the computer asking for anything from the pub. Going to The Half Moon, Albert is given a piece of paper Sally left. She'd been seeking Molly White, the former owner, and left her address for contact.

When Albert learns she has returned he is chilled. The deadly circle s about to turn again. At The Chequers, the small hotel in Kings Cross, Sally is approached by Billy O'Brien, a failed IRA gunman who carries a bomb with which he hopes to blow up a TV station and make his mark. He is captivated by Sally and invites her out. Sally says she will think about it. At least it takes her mind from the horror closing in.

Far to the south in the Bavarian mountains, above the little village, a hooded figure walks through caves of ice. This is all that remains of the god of darkness that took Simon Blackstone soul. It needs renewal. It waits for its son. Albert Scot confronts Sally Lawrence.

He asks Sally what happened outside the pub, but she knows little. She has hidden too long in California. She has kept her secrets from Mark. But she speaks of Mark's dream and the silver he says his father has for him. Albert shivers. Mark, who is walking in Regent's Park, is approached by Israel Jenkins, the second temptation.

Israel is a dapper homosexual. At first Mark responds, then he sees in Israel's eyes the evil he'd seen in the girl. His anger causes Israel's features to smudge, his skin to boil. The powers that destroyed Mark's father now emit from him, corroding others. Aghast, Israel turns and runs beneath a taxi. He dies.

At the Yard, Lazenby and Albert wonder where the end will lie. Tonbridge or the mountains in Bavaria? Albert orders a new silver bullet to be made. News comes in of Israel's death. The description of Mark is included - the same as that from The Half Moon - he the child Bates spoke of. He must be found before he falls to a further temptation.

In his tomb, Simon Blackstone realises it will soon be Childermas, the day of the Holy Innocents. Then Mark will have to face a choice between good and evil. If he succeeds he will liberate himself and his father. If he fails they will both be forever doomed. Simon calls for his son.

At The Chequers, Mark hears the call. He leaves quietly, in the early dawn. He is enormously excited. In Tonbridge, Mark goes to the Municipal Car Park; he finds the corner beneath which his father is entombed. Simon tells him about the evil that captured his soul. Instructing Mark how to face it, he speaks of the courage that will be needed.

Mark will do what he is able. When he lifts his hand he finds it contains the bracelet his mother gave his father. Putting it on, he climbs back into the world. There, Bates the ex-Chief Constable waits. They will journey south together. Sally finds Mark gone and is frantic. Billy 0'Brien tries to comfort her. Albert arrives and Billy fades.

While condemning Sally for not telling Mark more, Albert realises he is in love with her, and always has been. Sally cannot accept that Mark must be interred the way Simon was. She will do anything to prevent it. Left alone, Sally is approached by Peter Wilkinson, a smooth unpleasant Sloan Ranger down on h s luck. Hoping to get money, he says Mark has been kidnapped and he will act as go-between.

Billy O'Brien bursts in, deals with Wilkinson and gains Sally's confidence. Mark telephones from Tonbridge. He says that he and Bates are to set off for Bavaria. There is something he, alone, can do there. Horrified, Sally tells Albert who fails to go to her at once.

Bates and Mark travel in a 1930 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, fitted with computer keyboard and navigation equipment. They cross the Channel by tunnel. A deep friendship develops between the crusty old Englishman and the young American. Mark knows he has a guardian. Bates realises he is now part of the mystery that has intrigued him for so long.

Sally and Billy, he with his bomb, leave for Innsbruck. He is infatuated with her. She finds him the only person to turn to. They drink steadily. The flight is blurred. Sgt. Jennifer Cox, Albert's assistant, who is having an affair with Lazenby, becomes convinced that Die Altmeister, the hotel the Blackstones stayed at one hundred years ago, is part of the mystery.

Albert agrees, plans to leave immediately via Innsbruck, and discovers that Sally has already departed. The news is depressing. In his cavern of ice the hooded creature waits. All will come to him now, including his son. Childermas is nigh.

In Zurich, Mark and Bates are confronted by the third temptation. Chalky Norris, a football hooligan who has a tendency to bite people's noses off, gets into the Silver Ghost with two companions. They threaten to wreck the car unless paid off. Fury overpowers Mark. He grips Chalky's throat as if to kill him. Bates grasps the bracelet and leads Mark away. Mark's power destroys Chalky who chokes on his own vomit.

Albert books into the Holiday Inn, Innsbruck, where Billy and Sally are. He contacts them both separately. He tells Billy they will travel together to the village in the Bavarian mountains the following day. With Sally he is gentle. She is desperate and hung-over. Albert cannot hide his love for her. Albert, Sally and Billy arrive at Die Altmeister. They are met by Gustav Holtz, current proprietor and great grandson of the landlord of the times of the Blackstones.

He is an uncertain man with a vivid harelip. That night, sober and thoughtful, Sally goes to Albert's room. They make love and both are strengthened. In his tomb, Simon Blackstone churns. His son is close to the mountain's power. Simon wonders who will prove the true father to the child - himself and his original innocence or the dark force that rules in the cold.

The following day, Mark and Bates drive up to Die Altmeister. When Sally sees the bracelet on Mark's wrist all her horrors return. She is convinced Mark has come here to die. Mark, on the other hand, is confident. There is something he must do at the top of the mountain.

Then, all will be resolved. That night, accompanied by Gustav Holtz, the landlord, Bates and Albert go to the cellars. Holtz has confessed that his family has always maintained the role of watchman here. Beneath a flagstone they discover a medieval corpse. Before their eyes it turns to dust. A spirit escapes and Bates grapples with it. Albert destroys it with the silver bracelet. Bates also dies. A perfect child's hand is all that remains of the corpse.

Albert realises that this is part of the ancient woman's brother, she who first warned Simon Blackstone of his state. The hand must be taken with them when they confront the darkness of the mountain. The following dawn they ascend in a railed funicular. Billy O'Brien has the bomb he takes everywhere, at the mountaintop they come to a cave mouth.

Mark leading, they enter the cold, the eerie light, the mirrored walls that seem transparent, The hooded figure waits, His time has come. He greets Mark as his son and watches the response. Mark realises that all this power could be his - this is the final temptation. As a gesture of his contempt for the others, the hooded creature blinds Billy who staggers away.

Sally desperately tries to get to Mark but Albert makes her wait. All watch as Mark struggles with the two sides of his being good and evil. Finally he denies that the creature is true father. He refuses to smash the child's hand from the cellar floor. And he forgives the hooded figure for all past deeds.

Curiously relieved, the force of darkness dissolves sinks through the floor. Mark is overcome by terrible changes. He goes through the Moonchild/Changeling phases. Unconscious, barely breathing, he is dragged from the cave by Sally and Albert. Fighting their losing strength, forced on by Sally's courage, they get him back to the funicular and manage to drive it down the mountain.

Behind them, in his blindness, comforted by the words of the spirit of the ancient woman who has returned to the cave, Billy O'Brien sets his bomb and blows the top off the peak of darkness. Next day, by helicopter, Sally and Mark leave. Albert will drive the Silver Ghost back to London.

When he speaks to Gustav Holtz, he notices that the hare-mark has almost gone front the landlord's lip. A week later in London, Albert and Sally agree on their future. Mark wants to study in England, to become a vet in Tonbridge in memory of old Bates. Sally and Albert will survive. And Simon Blackstone is at last in peace.

 

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