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In one of the runners-up for the 2007 Subtle Science short story competition, part of the Oxford Literary Festival, a failed marriage has left a scientist bitter and frightened

Rachel Crowther
It was years since Catherine had been here, but the feeling was instantly recognizable. This landscape had nurtured her interest in geology as well as shaping the brief, exhilarating, exhausting years of her marriage. The fells lifted the skyline around her and her eyes, her spirits rose to meet them.
Thank God, she thought, for the felicity of two days here, alone. Two days tagged onto the end of a trip north to advise on a planning proposal. She had turned down the assignment at first, then remembered how close she would be to the Lake District and changed her mind. She deserved a break: she could fit in some walking afterwards.So she had spent the previous day in Runcorn, giving evidence to the planning committee. A developer wanted to build a housing estate above an old mine. Thousands of tons of rock salt had been dissolved out of the...
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Dear Mum, hope ur OK. Tania 8 nothing last night. Weird msg from grandpa. Hope he is OK. Cu soon. Love Philip
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You said you were going on to the Lakes but not where exactly. I am coming to The Mortal Man in Troutbeck tonight in hope of seeing you. I understand why you left in a hurry but please come and talk at least. J
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