By Barry Maitland
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But he did sit down again, and they told Kathy why they believed Gabriel Rudd to be a degenerate worm, as Len put it. No, they weren’t saying he interfered with his daughter, or was deliberately cruel to her, although sometimes they almost wished he were, because then they could have made people act. What they were saying was that he was irresponsible, negligent and completely absorbed in himself. ‘She has a nice home,’Kathy objected, ‘clothes, food in the fridge. You should see the way some children live .
Maybe once they’ve found Trace . ’ ‘No, no. Right now, boy, this very minute. I’ll tell you what, I’ll make things easy for you, I’ll give you a deadline. ’ ‘It’s totally impossible, Ferg . . Maybe in six months, a year . ’ ‘No, Friday,’ Tait insisted. ‘I’m serious, deadly serious. The eyes of the world are on you, Gabe. ’ Poppy, seeing that he really was in earnest, said, ‘But my exhibition, Fergus. It’s still got two weeks to run. ’ ‘Sorry, love, I’ll make it up to you. ’ Gabe stared at him.
Kathy thought she sensed some reserve at the mention of the grandparents. ’ she asked. ’ ‘Maybe I should do that now, before they see it on TV. ’ He wrote on a pad. ‘Anyone else? ’ He shook his head. ’ Kathy moved away to the area beneath the gallery, where there was a sink and a microwave. She used her mobile phone to ring the number Rudd had given her. A man’s voice, elderly and gruff, answered. ’ Kathy explained who she was and where she was calling from. ’ The voice had hardened immediately, ready for the worst.