Stromboli (Lunch Hour P4)
Three days later I was on a boat to Stromboli
I had left the car on the mainland and only took the quote from Eliot with me for luck
It was in my jacket pocket
Next to the gun
I had decided to go to Stromboli as I was puzzled by Lipari
I had received no further communications
A Welsh girl called Ingrid was sitting next to me with her husband Robert
They were going to call me Janet and then they saw the fucking movie and now I am Ingrid Janet Rees
Thats a nice name
I have always wanted to visit the island
I am a poet I came here for inspiration
Have you had anything published?
No not for a long time
I have been away
Have you ever seen the movie?
Ingrid Bergman plays a displaced girl from Lithuania who marries an Italian prisoner of war
He is also a fisherman and promises her a new life on Stromboli
But she soon finds that life on the island is harsh and very traditional and the islanders are hostile to her because she is foreign
It sounds like a good movie
In the distance I could see the island
The ship was captained by a woman called Karin
She spoke in Italian and English
After the announcements she came up to me and handed me a note
Why are you going to Stromboli there is nothing there for you?
Mummy and I are waiting for you under the pumice slope
The sea is so clear today
I am wearing a blue bikini and mummy is wearing a red one
All the other females on the beach are wearing white bikinis
If you see any others do make yourself scarce
Your life is in serious danger
Ingrid Janet Rees tapped me on the shoulder
Do you know what my next favourite movie is?
Le Parfum d’ Yvonne
Robert and I are going to travel to Evian where the movie was shot
I am going to recreate the scene where Yvonne’s dress is caught in the breeze
Just for Robert
We cannot have children you see
I became nervous
Can I ask you a personal question?
Yes if you like
Do you own a bikini?
What colour is it?
What silly questions you ask
Do hit men always ask silly questions?
I am not a hit man but an assassin
Are they not the same?
No very different
You may have killed Corbett but the current Prime Minister is not much better
Are you going to kill him?
Because I am tired
This ship will return via Lipari Stephen
I was aware of that
If you survive and are in Evian do join us on our trip
I am sure you will enjoy the theatre of the day
Robert says I have such a nice bottom
The last I saw of Ingrid Janet Rees was on the upper deck of the ship
A cross wind was blowing and was gently lifting her light summer dress
I had to agree Robert Rees was a lucky man
As I sat down I noticed that Ingrid Janet Rees had left the small parcel that she was carrying
It had a note attached
I thought you would find this
Inside is a small ladies pistol which is easily concealed
Do have it
Wait for the next gust of wind and then hide the pistol
People are watching me not you
If you survive do catch up with both movies
And yes I do think that Jack/George Clooney was right to kill the girl at the beginning of the movie
She was in panic and a liability
The character was called Ingrid like me but Robert says I have a nicer bottom
I secreted the small pistol after waiting for the next gust of wind
For a moment Ingrid Bergman sat next to me
Do not visit the island Stephen you are needed elsewhere
I share the same birthday as a writer I once knew and he shared the same birthday as Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman died on her sixty-seventh birthday
Survive Stephen survive that is all I ask
Were the last words that Ingrid Bergman said to me before she faded into the sharp light of the day
To be Continued