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Seen but for a Moment

ROSS Tearlaw watched the snow whirling past his carriage window and disappearing into the darkness. He sat in a three-carriage train of rather old rolling stock, which had left Gourock at 16.08 and should arrive at Glasgow Central at 16.49, if it weren’t delayed by the weather. He spent most of the journey going over the notes he’d made at his meeting with the client. At 16.46 he put his notebook away, zipped up his jacket, and put on his woolly hat and insulated gloves.

The train crossed the Clyde and passed the stone piers at the entrance to the Central Station, only five minutes late. As it slowed to a halt he saw a train on the very next line, already full, and about to leave. He was just getting to his feet, when the departing train set off. Distracted by the movement, he glanced round, and for a fleeting moment, as the carriage pulled past, he saw the face of a man sitting at the window opposite him. The face imprinted itself on his memory, for he knew it. But from where?

As his homeward train, the 17.01 to East Kilbride, rumbled through the darkness, he racked his brain for a fix on that face. By the time he got off at Clarkston he thought he had it. It was a face he hadn’t seen for a long time, and he needed to be sure. But as a professional genealogist, finding people was Ross’s business.

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iScot Magazine May 2018 The one with the Thistle front cover 116 jam packed pages of the best craic in Scotland from the only truly independent pro Scottish magazine.