Bill, Bingo and Bram 9
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"I think I know why the cats don't go in his yard. I might even know what happened when Bingo went to bite Bill."

I propped1 myself up on my elbow(肘部) , and cast a sceptical gaze through the darkness at him.

"Go on then, what is it?" I asked, and couldn't resist adding, "Summat strange and eerie2, summat as will trouble my sleep?"

"Oh forget it, I knew you'd just start making fun ..."

"I'm sorry," I put in, quickly, knowing that I may have just deprived myself of at least an amusing diversion. Ross could take half an hour to win round from a refusal to spill the beans in cases like this.

"Just don't ..." he replied.

After some persuading, Ross, who in fact wanted to get a second opinion on what he had seen, told me of the strange patch on Bill Smith's yard.

"I was round Bill's after school, before Mum got in. It was raining, and Bill didn't mind me waiting there," Ross told me.

"When I went into his yard, I saw this ... sort of shape on the ground, about two feet from Bill's back door. "

"Shape? What sort? Flying saucer shape? Ghost shape?"

Once again, I was pushing it, and I knew it, but Ross was particularly gullible3(易受骗的) when it came to this sort of thing. He had a huge collection of Ghost Story books, and for a few years read little else.

Ross pressed on, he was in his stride now, and wasn't going to be distracted by my poor attempts at humour.

"His yard was all wet, all the slabs4(平板) , I know how wet, 'cos I nearly slipped as I walked down his path. Then, just a couple of feet from his back door, there's this patch which is completely dry. I stood there and looked at it. The rain was running down my nose, and down the back of my coat and soaking(浸湿) the backs of my legs, but ... this patch, about a foot and a half long, by about a foot wide - it was dry!"

I thought his story preposterous5(荒谬的) . I couldn't see his face, but I could imagine it, his eyes staring widely at the ceiling, his mouth slightly agape. I kept my own counsel, I could at this point tell him what I thought, but I had jibed6 at him enough for one night. I decided7 to say nothing. A silence passed, and thickened as it did. I decided that if he pursued the matter, I would let him have a ribbing of epic8 proportions.


1 propped 557c00b5b2517b407d1d2ef6ba321b0e     
支撑,支持,维持( prop的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He sat propped up in the bed by pillows. 他靠着枕头坐在床上。
  • This fence should be propped up. 这栅栏该用东西支一支。
2 eerie N8gy0     
  • It's eerie to walk through a dark wood at night.夜晚在漆黑的森林中行走很是恐怖。
  • I walked down the eerie dark path.我走在那条漆黑恐怖的小路上。
3 gullible zeSzN     
  • The swindlers had roped into a number of gullible persons.骗子们已使一些轻信的人上了当。
  • The advertisement is aimed at gullible young women worried about their weight.这则广告专门针对担心自己肥胖而易受骗的年轻女士。
4 slabs df40a4b047507aa67c09fd288db230ac     
n.厚板,平板,厚片( slab的名词复数 );厚胶片
  • The patio was made of stone slabs. 这天井是用石板铺砌而成的。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The slabs of standing stone point roughly toward the invisible notch. 这些矗立的石块,大致指向那个看不见的缺口。 来自辞典例句
5 preposterous e1Tz2     
  • The whole idea was preposterous.整个想法都荒唐透顶。
  • It would be preposterous to shovel coal with a teaspoon.用茶匙铲煤是荒谬的。
6 jibed 4f08a7006829182556ba39ce7eb0d365     
v.与…一致( jibe的过去式和过去分词 );(与…)相符;相匹配
  • She jibed his folly. 她嘲笑他的愚行。 来自互联网
7 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
8 epic ui5zz     
  • I gave up my epic and wrote this little tale instead.我放弃了写叙事诗,而写了这个小故事。
  • They held a banquet of epic proportions.他们举行了盛大的宴会。
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