It wasn't the one who'd been shouting at me that hit me though. It was the little one who came up from behind him and just thumped me in the face. It was quite a blow, and unexpected, and I lost my footing and sat down heavily on the ground.

Time seemed to stand still. Everything seemed really clear and focussed and I could see and hear everything. I heard Andy yell: "I'm coming, Jake!" and then he ran past me straight for the violent one.

I could hear Sarah yelling at him not to get involved.

I could hear two of the yobbos mouthing off — the usual string of obscenities.

Then there was a sort of shiver in the air and everything started happening really fast.

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Last amended on 8th December 1996 / copyright H. M. Whitehead