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The Scent of Fear

Allan Martin

An iScot Short Story

IT WASN’T a great afternoon, in fact, it was very overcast. A vast bank of cloud hung over everything. The sort of cloud from which you might expect the giant black bulk of an alien spaceship to descend, bringing an end to mankind’s dominance on planet Earth. But at least it was dry, and the weather website said there was only a 30% chance of rain. So a walk was in order. Not a long or a taxing one, after all, Annette was now four months pregnant.

Half an hour got us to the car park at a station on the line to Stirling. No doubt packed by 7.30 am on a weekday, but not so bad on a Sunday. The walk book Annette had given me for Christmas had an easy loop from here, about four miles altogether and all on level ground. Perfect.

The route was, as the book said, mostly flat; it made for easy walking, and we made good progress, passing fields of sheep and paddocks for horses. That was just as well, as the cloudbank seemed to suck away the afternoon light, and by half past two it already seemed like dusk.

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