THE BOX by Matthew Chambers
presented by David Halliday
Published by David Halliday at Smashwords
Copyright 2010 David Halliday
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I met him in a cafe in a small village of Hamme, Belgium. He said his name was Matthew Chambers. Strangely, everyone in the bar called him Gerard. He engaged me in conversation almost immediately upon my arrival. He called me 'my little Canadian' even though he could hardly have been more than 5 foot 4 inches himself. Matthew was about fifty years old. White hair and goatee. A severe expression on his face if he wasn't smiling. He wanted to know everything about Canada especially how he could emigrate there. We talked on several occasions and always I had the impression that he was a man who was being pursued. I knew not by whom. And then one day he was not at the cafe at our accustomed time. Nor the next day. Nor the next. I asked the proprietor. He had not seen him in weeks. And then one afternoon I found this manuscript at my doorstep.