Chapter 53 – Good news, bad news

12 11 2008


A lot of remarkable things have been happening lately in this area. Some very good things, some very bad things. You might have heard about them on the news.

Good news first. It turns out miracles do happen. Bradley Turner, a girl from my school, was kidnapped over half term. She isn’t someone I know very well, but I was really glad that she was back in school yesterday, and completely unhurt. Everyone in the sixth form has been celebrating. It’s so rare that any of these news stories has a happy ending, so something like this is really uplifting.

In decidedly less good news, there have been a number of murders in this city in the past couple of weeks. There has been a bit of a panic about these recent killings because they appear to have all been committed by one person, or possibly some kind of gang or cult. Three bodies have been found in the past couple of weeks, two of them left in canals, all of them under the age of 25, and all with the letter “m” drawn on their foreheads in marker pen. Furthermore, there was that taunting letter in the papers, which is definitely something a serial killer would do – just look at the historical cases: the Zodiac Killer, Jack the Ripper, David Berkowitz… they all wrote letters and sent them to police or press, or left them for police to find.

The latest killing of this kind was only just reported: the body of a young man was found in an underpass in Bridgeside. That’s a notoriously violent area, but it isn’t all that far from where I live, and I find the whole business deeply disturbing.


Chapter 35 – Schoolwork

15 10 2008


Still sore throated. I don’t have any fever any more, thankfully.

I think I was less well than I realised. I thought I was OK Thursday and Friday, but I got worse again over the weekend, and I was off school completely on Monday.  I’m back now.

Unfortunately, my teachers are expecting me to catch up on all the work I missed while I was away. I wouldn’t have done this much work in class if I had been in! Isn’t that ironic – I was ill, so I end up doing more work?

So to cut a long story short, I’m still catching up with school work from Monday.  Which is why I do not have time to blog any more today.

Chapter 32 – Under the Weather

8 10 2008


I’m not feeling too good right now. I was feeling a bit off yesterday, but I thought I’d just get an early night and it would clear up. Instead, I woke up this morning with a headache, a sore throat and watery eyes.

I think it might have been a mistake to go into school this morning. I didn’t think I was too poorly for school, apart from the occasional sneeze it didn’t seem too bad, but then I started to get a temperature round about lesson 4, so I’m glad to be home now.

I just hope I don’t have something contagious, because if it is, I’ve probably given it to everyone else now!

Ugh, why do we have to get sick anyway? With all our immune systems and our medicine and so on, you’d think we’d be able to cope with a few germs by now!

I’m just making myself some soup. I think I’m going to spend the rest of the day at home.