The Subway Interview
Friday, 12th September 2003, 10:25pm

Me: I see the rain's started...

[No response]

Just as well you can come down here, I suppose.

[I stop and light a cigarette]


Man #1: You're free with your fags.

Me: Well, you know, just doing my bit...

Man #1: Yeah, yeah, helping the homeless... right. Well thanks but no thanks.

Me: It's ok. I ought to give up the bloody things anyway.

[He nods]

Man #1: Death sentence.

Me: Too right.

Man #1: But good enough for us...

Me: No, I just thought... well, you know, one good turn...

Man #1: Oh yeah? Fucking typical. Nothing's ever for free is it mate.

Me: No, I didn't mean... I was just being friendly.

Man #1: And just passing.

Me: Yeah.

[There is a pause]

Man #1: Blockbuster out of videos are they?

[I realise I am not carrying any tapes following my visit to the video shop]

Me: Ok, fair enough. Look, I was just after some information, that's all.

Man #1: We don't do information.

Me: A chap called John sent me here. Said I should talk to you. Do you know a John?

Man #2: Like he said, we don't do information.

Me: I don't know if that was his real name.

Man #1: It sounds to me like you don't know much at all mate.

Me: No. Probably not. Which is why I'm here. Do you know of a man named Peter Marlin?

Man #1: It was John a minute ago.

Man #2: The poor bastard can't make up his mind.

Me: John was the man I spoke to. But the name Marlin, Peter Marlin? Does it mean anything to you?

Man #1: Look mate, it's not our job to find your missing kid. Chances are he don't want to be found.

Me: No, I'm not looking for a missing person. It's just the name Marlin. I thought you may have heard it. Peter Marlin? The PM man?

[There is a significant pause and exchange of glances between the men]

Man #1: No. I've never heard it.

[He turns to Man #2]

You heard it?

Man #2: No, me neither. Means nothing to me. Sorry mate.

Man #1: Seems you'd better look elsewhere.

Me: You're sure? The PM man? You haven't heard-

[He interrupts me]

Man #1: I said no didn't I? Look mate, we haven't heard of your friend, and we can't help you, so why don't you do us all a favour and piss off?

Me: Ok. Fair enough. But if you change your mind, get in touch, yeah?

[I hand him my business card. Without examining it, he tears it in two and discards the pieces on the ground]

Man #1: I can't change my mind if I don't know nothing, can I.

Me: I just thought-

Man #2: You heard him, mate. Now take a hint and fuck off out of here, will you.

[I put out my cigarette]

Me: Ok, I'm going...

[I leave]

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The Beginning
The Finger
The First Call
The Memorial
Christchurch Park
The Tree
A New Dimension
St Matthew's Street
The Underpass
The Victoria Pub
The Second Call
Foundation Street
The Second Memorial
The Lay-by
The Package
A Hoax?
HMS Ganges
Shotley Gate
The Bristol Arms
Marsh Lane
The Brick Building
Peter Marlin?
The Final Memorial
Missing Letters

Note One
Note Two
Note Three
Note Four
Note Five
Note Six

Call One
Call Two
Call Three

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Photo I
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The Subway
Victoria Pub