Segments - 19 - Space

01 - Meeting Her

02 - The Services

03 - Exeter Hotel

04 - Christmas

05 - New Year

06 - The Old Man

07 - Why He Started

08 - Cambridge

09 - Norwich

10 - The Party

11 - Millau

12 - Heading East

13 - Nice in Nice

14 - Making Progress

15 - Revelations

16 - Doubts

17 - The Connection

18 - Levelling

19 - Space

20 - Finale

For 2 weeks he travels. By foot, by hitching and by bus. After the first 3 days he starts to calm down. After the first week he is starting to get back into the routine of travelling. By the end of the second week he has started to solidify his feelings on the matter.

He does accept that Joanna and Mandy met. He accepts it is likely that they became friends. It is possible that Joanna was quiet upset when Mandy died. It makes sense that Joanna learned of Clem's fantasies and fetishes from Mandy's diary, there is no other sensible explanation. This much is all quiet normal, healthy and perhaps even expectable.

How then does Joanna, to all intents and purpose on the outside a well adjusted and successful woman, come up with a plan to seduce her dead friend's former lover?

Since her husband's court case Joanna has "written nothing since then" as Janet McBain put it. This presumably means her publisher, Bob, is not a happy man and Joanna's career is on the line. While she hardly lives on the bread line even Clem understands people need more money to sustain their lifestyle. It seems likely she was desperate for a story line, a new, fresh story line. Maybe crime writing had lost it's appeal since her now ex husband is a criminal. Ha! Irony.

So Joanna reads Mandy's diary. As Janet McBain said "I have no experience in your world. I need to understand it, put it into context" then logically if Joanna is to write a new book from a new angle she needs to gain experience in that world. Rather than ask Clem to talk to her she decides to have a little play, a little fun at Clem's expense.

Hang on, Clem knows that's a harsh judgement, maybe it wasn't that evil but he's still cynical. She definitely played him, he doesn't doubt that. Maybe she didn't mean to hurt him or his ego. Maybe it is true she liked that which Mandy had written about him. Maybe it's true that she's fallen for him. He decides he is not in her head so he can't know that.

So Clem finds himself after 2 weeks of travel in Cornwall. He has made a decision, but he needs just a little more help from the old man. He's stood on the A30 on Bodmin moor with the wind blowing his hair into his face, a grin as big as the grill on Joanna's big Audi and a true sense of purpose.

His thumb gets him to Exeter. He pops into the charity where he worked and the big lady is so pleased to see him she squeals. She takes him out for a drink and a meal then hugs him so hard he's sure he hears his rib crack.

He switches on the mobile for the first time. Her first message is apologetic. The next 3 messages are attempts at further explanation, he reads them but ignores their meaning. The next one is angry, how dare he walk out on her. The remaining 4 are pleading to just get in touch so she doesn't worry. Yeah, all pretty much as he'd expected really. Mandy was just the same. He sends one simple message. "I'm well. C U soon." He switches the phone off again, he doesn't want contact yet.

He stops in Abergavenny to attend a motorcycle rally. He catches up with a couple of followers, sorry, regular readers there and has a happy, smiling weekend. One of the club members lends Clem a helmet and gives him a pillion ride as far as Stafford. From there he contacts the old man who offers to collect him again, Clem says "Keep the kettle warm, I'll just be in a few more days."

2 more days in the company of the old man. Clem uses the old man's skills to set the tracking software up so that Clem can control when it is on or off. He also takes advantage of the old man's website skills. He thanks the old man. "Listen boy, go for it. You've made an interesting acquaintance and I'm pleased to have met you."
"Don't worry, we'll meet again, be sure of it."

As he walks away he switches on the tracking software. She won't be long.