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The doorbell rings. There are children there. "Money for the Guy?" they ask. One has a stuffed dummy over his shoulder. This is the British counterpart of Halloween, kids collecting money to buy fireworks for Guy Fawkes Day (Nov. 5). They get satisfaction from Moorcroft. But as he comes back from the door, Linda meets him with the tearful Paul. David takes his son and walks the floor with him. It seems Paul is so social, so happy with visitors that he's sometimes a terror to put to bed.
"Any son of yours was bound to be determined," says the guest.
"Obedient," says Moorcroft, heading upstairs to try again. "I was always obedient."
And a little secretive. Linda tells the story of how they met. "We'd seen each other before, but it was at a party that we first, uh, talked," she says. "I was 16, and when my father came for me, I said to David, 'Let us take you home.'
" 'I'll run home,' he said.
" 'Run? Don't be silly. Where do you live?'
" 'Out on the Kenpas Highway.'
" 'You can't! That's miles away.'
" 'I ran here.'
"Somehow I just thought that was an affectation or something," she continues. "I never knew he ran, I mean to race, to train, until we'd gone out for a year or more. My father explained how good he was, but I didn't seem to care. Now, what would our life be like without running? Boring."