Rat: Chapter 29

The thoughts of going home tomorrow are killing me. My time in Menorca has for the most part been incredibly boring, but even now as I sit here having my first beer in days with my mother, while another karaoke killer howls in the background, I feel good. I look great tanned from head to […]

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Rat: Chapter 27

The pub looks great since the last time I saw it although it wasn’t open to the public then. The various pictures and knick-knacks make the place look authentic although the pog ma hoan sign makes me cringe. I’m delighted the hysteria from my arrival has died down but more importantly I’m just glad to […]

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Rat: Chapter 25

“What time’s our flight at tomorrow morning?” I say. “Well our bus is collecting us at 5.00 so we’ll have to take it easy Tony,” he says before taking a swig from his beer bottle while on our way to the club. When we arrive at Babylon we’re no longer subjected to the usual bouncer […]

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Rat: Chapter 24

Ever since I woke up from the bath I’ve felt like a fraud. It’s as if I’m trapped in the host’s body looking out from the inside. In flesh and appearance I am Anthony but in reality I am a shell of the man. Matt keeps firing questions, which although very basic today seem monstrously […]

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Rat: Chapter 23

The club is a lot sleazier than what I expected with lots of middle-aged men-who’ve probably just tucked away their youngest into bed-waving crumpled notes in their hands. I thought it would have been more of a Liverpool buzz with a kind of pub-come-strip club atmosphere. The kind of place where the barmaid gives you […]

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Rat: Chapter 22

I’m walking not because I want to but because I have to. I woke up this morning with a real purpose and venom adamant that today-in the very least-I would see daylight. I asked Matt out of courtesy if he fancied joining me but the vodka in his hand was response enough. My hotel is […]

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Rat: Chapter 19

“Jesus Spain killed those suckers,” Matt says. The game was a total non-event but I was happy because I’d backed them to win the competition. “Yeah it was a nice result alright. I put 300 quid on them to win the Euro’s so they’d better come through.” “300 quid on a country who are perennial […]

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Rat: Chapter 15

I can feel everyone’s piercing eyes burn right through the back of my skull. Whenever I turn around the talking stops and various looks are exchanged-excitement, envy, disdain, and approval. From the girl’s it’s mainly distain although in Mary I could see I’d been upgraded from casual disdain to repulsion. Everyone is so enthusiastic about […]

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