Rat: Chapter 26

After my horror show this morning my first priority is to get normal. I sit in my kitchen drinking tea but everything seems different-I don’t remember the house being so big and all the house creaks sound unfamiliar and eerie. I cook myself a nice big bacon sandwich but after only a few mouthfuls I […]

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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 20

“Tony get up, get up.” Tony finally opens his eyes but is totally out of it. He’s slumped against some man’s chest but the man has his arm around Tony like they’ve been best mates for years. All I see is floor. My head flops to the right. Is that a gun in his shorts? […]

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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 18

We’re inappropriately dressed for the scorching weather but there was no way I was wearing a pair of shorts in Dublin airport at 4.00 am. I feel like such a paddy in my jeans and Abercrombie jumper. Our hotel room won’t be ready until after 12.00 however I’m more than happy to bask in the […]

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Rat: Chapter 16

“Cheers,” we both say as our beers clink together. “I can’t believe we got such a great deal for Portugal,” Matt says. “I just can’t believe that I’m actually going full stop.” “Yeah it’ll be class especially as we have the European championship on during the day.” We’re not even in the club that long […]

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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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