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crowd gathered and it was hard to push through to the

place where he’d fallen. Someone checked his pulse and his

heart, but he was dead. Soon an ambulance came, the

police, they started questioning people and asking about

witnesses. But it wasn’t by accident that it had happened at

lunchtime, if you ask me.

I didn’t see her again that day. And him, he left that same

evening. For the next few days she didn’t work in the

cafeteria. One of the cooks took her place. They said she’d

taken some sick days, but she’d be back soon. And she did

come back. Only, you wouldn’t have recognized her. She

took soup to the men from the foreign contract and right

away she asked them when he was coming back. They

didn’t say anything. She brought them their main course

and asked again when he would be coming back. Then,

when they still said nothing, she made such a scene that

they got up and left. She was crying and shouting that

they’d come to get their meal and they’d left him to do all

the work. He’d get exhausted working so much. As it was

he didn’t look well. He was pale, he’d lost weight. The next

day she was fired.

After that, from time to time she’d come to the cafeteria,

stand by the hatch and say to the cooks that she just

wanted to serve him his meal when he came. And the

cooks, like you’d expect with cooks, they’d say to her, Come

in to the kitchen, sit yourself down, we’ll tell you when he

comes and you can serve him, we can see the door from