by John Yeo
“Tell me about the fearless Peter Strong, the man the victim copied.” asked the investigating officer abruptly.
“Oh Yes! I tell you the man is trouble! Last week he strolled into a den full of hungry lions! Yes really, lions! He walked out unscathed too. The lions took one look and yawned, as if he was one of them.”
“Hmm!” Murmured the police officer, “You say he is a character who is afraid of nothing, and he will do anything for a dare, to make money!”
“That’s right officer, the man is a total nutcase, capable of any trick in the book. Until that lion stunt. we were all sure he used a lot of trickery to fool the audience. No-one would ever suspect that a fool would try to copy the stunt.”
“How did the victim get into the cage?” Asked the policeman curiously.
“We don’t know! He must have got hold of a duplicate key from somewhere. They say he was bragging to his friends that the lions were toothless. He actually invited them to watch as he entered the cage, then the lions tore him to pieces. So much for fearlessness. The two witnesses are in total shock, incapable of answering any questions right now.”
“Where can I find this Strong fellow?”
“Certainly in the White Horse pub at this time, Peter Strong is a man of regular habits, he always drinks there.”
The pub was empty as the policeman arrived,
“Where is everybody?” he asked the barman curiously.
“Down at the mere! Watching that fearless fool Peter Strong, trying to walk on water! That's a broiling tumultuous whirlpool, he has no chance of coming out of this alive!”
Just at that second a crowd of people entered the bar, following a tall enigmatic looking man, who was grinning from ear-to-ear.
“The drinks are on me everyone! I’ll collect your losing bets later!”
There was a stunned silence at first, then everyone crowded around the bar ordering various drinks.
The officer grinned in recognition. “Ah! Harry the hypnotist, as I live and breathe. I know you well! Our paths have crossed before. I guessed mass hypnosis was the only answer. I am sure the man who knows no fear has no fear of going to prison, for fraud and causing death by false pretences.”
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