I felt a little out of sorts once I’ve finished and submitted Job Hunt, but I’m pleased to say that this was merely a phase. Jack & Gareth are still firmly with me and the Hunt series is alive and well.
We went for a walk along the Grand Union Canal at the weekend. Being by the water is said to be peaceful and relaxing, but England’s canals were definitely not built for peace and tranquillity. Back in the day, they were the country’s main transport routes, bristling with more than weekend boating enthusiasts. These days, the noise tends to be supplied by roads and railways running parallel, but there’s no other way to say it: the Grand Union Canal is a busy, bustling thoroughfare, not the backdrop for a tranquil walk.
Walking beside the Grand Union Canal is more akin to sitting in a busy market square people watching and soon the Muse was in full storybuilding mood. I could practically see Jack on the roof of a narrowboat, with Gareth at the tiller, growling impatiently and Aidan on the phone, as frantic as Aidan ever gets.
In no time at all, Canal Hunt was born and fitted into the case load of Dwight & Conrad. And here is how it starts….
“If I never see another narrowboat in my life, it will be too soon.” Gareth mangled his tie and ripped at the top buttons of his shirt, his voice a discontend growl. “And why the fuck do I have to dress up in a monkey suit and give evidence before a grand jury while Jack can stay at home playing computer games?”
“Starting to sound like a girl, there, Flynn. You’ve got no idea what a monkey suit even looks like.”
Gareth shrugged, unapologetic, even though his companion had a point. Wigs were evil at the best of times and Aidan, with his long, thick hair tied at his nape, had to be sweltering under his. Not to mention that he was wearing robes over his suit.
“Fine. Let me buy you a pint and you can explain this mess to me.”
“Anything, as long as you explain it to Jack,” Aidan shed the wig and pulled the tie from his hair. “And keep him from the sparring ring while he’s pissed at me. I have plans for my teeth.”