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Fifty Shades of Life on Mars – Part Fourteen

ANA is in a hospital bed. We cannot see anything beyond the bed. A voice that sounds like Vera’s is singing a song. The camera pans out and we see VERA, not in her scruffy, hard pressed detective garb, but immaculately dressed.

VERA:

Come here, maw little Jacky
Now aw’ve smoked me backy
Let’s hev a bit o’cracky
Till the boat comes in

Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a fishy when the boat comes in.

Here’s thy mother humming,
Like a canny woman;
Yonder comes thy father,
Drunk—he cannot stand.

Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a haddock when the boat comes in.

BROOK: She can’t hear you. What’s that song?

VERA: It’s a song about patience, about waiting for the boat that never comes in.

The screen shimmers again,  and the image dissolves. GENTLY and BACCHUS are in the interview room with RUMPOLE and CHRISTIAN. BACCHUS is smoking, to GREY’s obvious discomfort.

GENTLY: We’ve been doing some travelling Christian. Do you want to tell us what happened to the others, before Ana?

GREY: You guys are ridiculous. I’m getting out of here. The embassy will get me out.

BACCHUS: It’d be good to see them try, if they ever find out where you are.

GREY: Why am I here?

GENTLY: I grew up by the side of a river Christian. When we were kids we used to get on the ferry….

BACCHUS: Can we not just charge him sir?We know what he did to her.

GENTLY: Shhh John, all in good time. Anyway, when we were kids, we used to think we could get on the ferry without paying, because we could never see the man who too the fares. But once you were in mid river and you couldn’t get off the boat, the man would come round and you’d have to pay the ferryman.

BACCHUS: I prefer the war stories where you shot people sir.

The screen shimmers again and we see VERA, in the hospital, mopping ANA’s brow.

 

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