|Rick the private detective woke up at seven o’clock when his
alarm clock went off*, and got up immediately. It was not an
He took out a cigarette from the pack of Marlboro next to the bed
and turned on the radio. It was cold. There was ice on the inside
of the windows of his rented flat.
Rick picked up the radio and went into the kitchen. He
put the kettle on** and took out a jar of instant coffee
from the dirty green cupboard.
Rick sat down at the kitchen table and picked up the
receiver of the dirty black telephone.
He asked the switchboard operator at CNN to put him through
to Blondie Titterton. The familiar voice of Rick’s contact was sweet and
“Oh Rick , yes I’m afraid it’s true. Life will be different for all of us
now. Rick, I’m so scared!”
“Don’t worry sweetheart.” Said Rick, putting out his cigarette,
“I’m gonna fix everything baby.” Blondie and Rick got on well.
Rick stood up and put on his jacket. Just before he
turned off the radio he heard the end of the news broadcast.
Rick closed the door and went down the stairs. He tried to smile as
he got into the taxi. It was going to be a long day.
* The alarm clock WENT OFF (sonaba)
** He PUT the kettle ON. (poner a calentar / hervir agua o poner la
tetera al fuego). Inglés Británico coloquial. En Estados Unidos se
puede decir 'PUT the water UP'
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