THE MAN WHO ESCAPED

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EPISODE TWENTY-FIVE
Hugo saw that Coke had come to. Coke tried to get up but his hands were . His head hurt terribly. Hugo looked at him like a shark his dinner.
‘We would never have become if you hadn’t used Masters’ white Jaguar,’ he said.
‘When we saw it parked half way up the road, we decided to wait and see what would happen. Then, after we got you, we went out and got your girl friend,’ he continued.
Coke knew he would never have made such stupid mistake if he had not been so tired. He had not slept for days. He looked at Kate.
‘I’d never have got you into all this if I hadn’t asked you for help,’ he said to her. He was trapped. It seemed there was nothing he could do and nobody who could help him. Hugo took out a revolver.
‘You’d never have us again if I’d used this four years ago,’ he said. He came closer to Coke and aimed the revolver carefully at his head.
Suddenly there was a crash as three policemen broke down the side door of the garage. Hugo turned round and . ‘No, Hugo. Look up here!’ a voice roared from the sky-light above. Suddenly, everybody stopped. Nobody made a move. Then Baxter through the sky-light, which was still open, and onto the lorry and finally to the ground. Three more policemen followed him. Baxter walked over to Hugo.
‘Your revolver, please,’ he said simply.
‘I was only my property,’ Hugo answered. ‘This man broke in. That girl helped him. Send him back to prison!’ Baxter listened and smiled.
‘Certainly, but only after you’ve given me that revolver,’ he replied. Hugo handed it to him silently. The policemen around Baxter and at the door suddenly moved forward and Hugo, Masters and the three men.
‘We’ve followed you everywhere for days; that’s why we’re here now,’ Baxter told Masters. Then he turned to Hugo and said ‘And I’ve been up there for half an hour. I’ve heard everything you’ve said. Also, I think you’d have phoned us an hour ago, when Coke first broke in, if you’d only wanted to protect your property!’
Before Hugo could , he and the others wee led away. Baxter helped Coke to his feet.
‘What we know now already you were innocent,’ he said. Then he untied Coke’s hands. Coke was a free man again.