This can be a novel, solely a piece of fiction. All characters, names, incidents, and places—including the village of 'End Harbor'—are thoroughly imaginary and never meant to symbolize any individuals, dwelling or lifeless. “.... in fact I came once attainable, yet i used to be too past due —he should have died inside seconds after phoning me. i discovered him over the corridor desk. You and that i, we are greater than in simple terms outdated associates, so think me while I inform you that during a case like this, there's not something a physician can do. At his age, the guts grows very tired.” health professional Edward Barnes put a hand at the other's damp, trembling shoulder; a hand either company and delicate. “Yes...I...I comprehend, Edward.” The voice was once dazed, sullen with mounting hysteria. “What?” the health care professional requested, cupping an ear, brushing the rain from his face along with his different hand. “What did you say?” “I said... i am ok. it truly is just... i'm going to pass over him so. you know the way shut we were.” The general practitioner pulled his outdated felt hat down as he acknowledged, “Come now, no weeping. there's not a lot it is easy to say approximately dying, specially the loss of life of an outdated buddy. but I consistently locate myself groping for the meaningless words. Our merely comfort is to recollect he lived a protracted and important lifestyles. And he died with out soreness. keep in mind the outdated Indian asserting you as soon as informed me.... dying is however the commencing of a brand new path. Do you bear in mind telling me that?” “Yes. i guess I knew this may occur —some day. But... oh God! Ed, it is all so sudden!” “Let your self pass, weep.” Barnes reached into the auto for his bag. “Naturally you are in surprise. i'm going to provide you with whatever to calm your nerves, make you forget.” “I don't desire any drugs.” “Listen to me. it is overdue, there is not whatever both folks can do until morning. status out the following within the rain will simply provide you with a sit back. when you like, i will spend the evening here.” “No.” “Come now, at a time like this... i will remain the evening with you.” “No, Ed, I'm... fine.” “Then take this capsule and you can sleep for... “ The doctor's rainy and wrinkled face multiplied with astonishment for a really short a part of a moment as he used to be viciously kneed within the groin. Gasping, Barnes bent over—arms out like a racing swimmer able to dive—then he stumbled again opposed to his vehicle, arms now pressed difficult to his heart. The killer clamped a surrender the doctor's open mouth, one other over the pointy nostril. The previous man's watery eyes bulged —pain nonetheless combined with shock. He began to claw the air, then slumped to the rainy flooring. commencing the door of the doctor's heavy Buick, the assassin dragged the previous guy around the entrance seat, yanked a woolen muffler from round Barnes' skinny neck, then savagely jammed it over the doctor's red face. For a second the doctor's legs jerked and thrashed because the muffler bring to an end all air. convinced Barnes was once lifeless, with nice attempt the physique used to be picked up and slowly decreased to the ground of the rear of the auto. putting the scientific bag at the entrance seat, the killer slid at the back of the wheel —moving gracefully—and drove off, riding alongside the darkish roads of the village. achieving Bay road the assassin stepped out and listened lengthy and thoroughly, sweating face virtually touching the rainy pavement. yes no automobiles have been coming, the doctor's corpse was once fast pulled to the center of the line. Then backing the Buick up, the killer shifted gears and pressed the gasoline pedal to the ground. the large vehicle jumped because it ran over the useless physique.