Robin went to work that evening with ice in his heart. Dolly was suffering so much and he hated himself for it, but some things just had to be done. The doors to the pub swung open and Lynne LeBeck flounced in. Robin suddenly felt the urge to run away, he was sure she'd been listening during his argument with Dolly. He was about to turn away when the new neighbours came in behind her, Robin raised an eyebrow and turned back to the bar. He plastered a smile on his face as Lynne's new Penis with Wallet Attachment sauntered up to the bar. Robin was fairly certain this one was called Campbell but he wasn't sure. Robin flung his dish cloth to one side and moved to take the order.

When the evening was over, Campbell and Lynne clung to eachother as they turned into a dimly lit alleyway.

"Are you sure it's okay for a lift?" asked Lynne, trying to turn to see the other couple behind them. The nice young lady nodded and took her arm as they shuffled deeper into the shadows. Suddenly a brick wall appeared in front them, Lynne peered around but she couldn't see a car. There was a thud, a grunt and another thud behind her. Lynne turned just in time to see Campbell slip to the ground. She opened her mouth to scream but a cloth was jammed over her face and she slipped into darkness.

Bright sunlight streamed in through the window, it was bright and cheerful. The complete opposite to Dolly's mood. She walked across the room and opened the window; she leaned out and gasped at the police cars and ambulance next door. Dolly yanked on a pair of jeans and a vest before sprinting downstairs and into the kitchen. Robin was sitting at the table, his head in his hands.

"What happened next door?" she whispered. Robin turned to face her, his eyes were red and bloodshot and he looked haggard and ill.

"Lynne and her boyfriend. Same thing, murdered and their kidneys taken. Left to drown in a tub of ice." Dolly's eyes blazed with fury, she spun on her heel and stormed out of the house. Robin could hear her outside shrieking at a policeman. Her voice got louder as the officer explained to her that the new couple had legged it during the night, but she shouldn't worry as they'd find them quick enough. Robin rubbed his face and stood up as the telephone rang. He felt awful for Dolly, she took things so much to heart and she couldn't do anything about any of this. Robin picked up the receiver; he could see Dolly through the window. She was kneeling on the grass and sobbing into the shoulder of another neighbour.


"Mr Merrin. I have received the eight items today and am happy to tell you that your account is now clear. Do you require anymore funds?" Robin shook his head.

"Jesus Christ, no I don't!" Robin was sure he heard a chuckle on the other end of the line.

"As you wish, goodbye Mr Merrin." The line went dead and Robin hung up. He breathed a sigh of relief. He was never borrowing from a loan shark again. He filled the kettle before going outside to look after Dolly.