Delighted to meet you, stranger. I was, perhaps for about 20 minutes, the Salmonweir resident who lived the the furthest back in time. I say for about 20 minutes because shortly after that I believe Kensa appeared. She’s the red haired woman over there with the sword. Oh, you’ve met? Fine, fine.
Would you care for some wine? I bought a whole bottle of this French red but I’m afraid I won’t be drinking all of it. I’d hoped Karl would join me so we could do something called “marketing” for the new book. Have you heard? We’re releasing a book about events that happened around Bonfire Night. You’ll meet me, of course. And you’ll meet Karl and you’ll see how he solved the first case.
Unfortunately, you will also meet Eli. He’s a preacher from a period you might call The Inter-regnal or Cromwellian era. He’s not local, but I am. We share the church, giving separate services to our respective congregations. I can’t say I agree with it, of course, because there is no greater authority on spiritual matters than The Papacy as far as I am concerned.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to bore you with theology. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am Cornish. Originally from much farther east of here, a place called Penryn. My father was a wealthy merchant. As the third son, I was unfortunate enough not to have much to inherit but fortunate enough to enjoy learning. Naturally, the monastery at St Michael’s Mount was ideal for me. That’s how I ended up in Salmonweir in the 1340s. I was sent to help the village during The Black Death years.
Which brings me to my arrival. Seeing me must have upset Valarie Blackman because she left soon after. Karl keeps telling me not to blame myself but I cannot help it. I understand the monastery of St Michael is no longer a monastery. A shame, but it was a long time ago and I must make the best of my current situation. Whatever reason God sent me back, I should try to enjoy it.
Well, I shouldn’t keep you from meeting the others. My door is open any time. If I’m not at home, I am usually at the church.
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