One Swift Movement

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This story is based on the theme of revenge in Hamlet - Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare

30th January 1967

"... And we pray to you, Father, that you will accept our offering, and raise up our sister Jenny and our brother Connor, with his Son, in glory. Give them eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them forever." As Father Peter began the funeral mass, a single tear rolled down Anthony's cheek. How could they have been taken away from him so suddenly? The fire had been so unexpected, that even now, two weeks later, he was barely able to let go of his beloved wife and son.

During the mass, Anthony looked around the small crowd that had gathered to honour his loved ones. He had invited only close family and friends, so one man easily stood out. He sat at the far end of the back pew, his face showing no emotions.

Anthony had no idea who he was, or why he was there.

After the ceremony, Anthony followed the stranger. He just had to know why he was there. As he started to catch up to him, Anthony yelled out, "Hey! Wait for a minute! I want to ask you something." But he just kept walking, as if Anthony had not even spoken. He jogged to catch up and grabbed the man by the shoulder.

"Hey! What's the hurry; can't I just ask you a question?"

"Okay." He muttered, with a thick German accent. "What is it that you want to know?"

Anthony led him into the pub just down the street so that they could talk. They sat at a corner table, and the stranger spoke. "I am Stanley Geist. I was walking past your house on the 16th January at...