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Thomas Heger is the main character of the novel ›Journey into Disaster‹ and a German engineer who has been spending his holidays in the Philippines for years and was arrested there. He helps poor families and their children with education. His age is in his late 40s. In Germany, he has a life partner and is permanently employed by a company. His family is very close to him. He has many friends in Germany and the Philippines. Joy de vivre and generosity characterize him.

Sabine is Thomas Heger’s younger sister. She lives near her parents and does everything so that Heger is quickly released.

Marie is Thomas Heger’s life partner. She lives in Germany, is mentally unstable, and has a steady job. She is convinced of Heger’s innocence.

Police Superintendent Ma’am Papillo is the second main character in the novel. She leads the investigation against Thomas Heger, is around 35 years old, very attractive, has hardly any private life, a little daughter, and her chic Rolex is broken.

Ma’am Tolisan is around 40 years old and a detective (a female police investigator). She is Ma’am Papillo’s right-hand man and admires her boss.

CIDG policeman Villanova is Heger’s arresting officer.
›CIDG‹ means ›Criminal Investigation and Detection Group‹

Officer Sarang is a nice police officer at police station number one in Tugalm City. He does not believe that Heger is guilty and facilitates Heger’s stay at the police station.

Officer Pangutana is a police officer at police station number one in Tugalm City. He does not believe that Heger is guilty and facilitates Heger’s stay at the police station.

Ma’am Solano, almost 60 years old, and a social worker in the BSWD. She is Heger’s fiercest opponent and tries to capitalize as much as possible on Heger’s story.

BSWD is the Bureau of Social Welfare and Development (BSWD)

Ma’am Burque is a young social worker in the BSWD. She has a good hand with children.

Juan B. Sala, almost 60 years old, is the Head of the Bureau of Social Welfare and Development (BSWD). Tugalm City and Ma’am Solano’s boss.

Ronald Pagut, almost 55 years old, is the Head of the Bureau of Social Welfare and Development (BSWD). Sendong City, and a cousin of Ernesto Restito.

Franco Taslig, a teenager, is Heger’s foster son. His father Adon is already deceased. He is supported by Heger in his studies. Unfortunately, Franco is not always completely honest.

Adon is Franco’s father, a brother of Marie-Ann, Romolo, Wilfredo, and Richard Tasig, and an uncle of Aboy, Silas, Mikel-Loy, and Marielou. He is already deceased.

Marielou is a pretty, sweet teenager. She is supported by Heger in her studies. She also lives in the small village, which is located directly by the sea. Her father is a fisherman. Marielou fights for Thomas Heger and does everything so that he is quickly released from jail.

Janeth and Wilfredo Taslig are Marielou’s parents.

Wilfredo is the father of Marielou, husband of Janeth and uncle of Aboy, Silas and Franco. a brother of Adon, Marie-Ann, Romolo, and Richard Tasig. He is a fisherman.

Lydia Barcella (her nickname is Lang) is the wife of Matthew and the mother of Jan and Dan. She is around 35 years old, like her husband. The two sons are supposed victims of Heger and are in the youth home.

Matthew Barcella is the husband of Lang and the father of Jan and Dan. He is around 35 years old, like his wife. The two sons are supposed victims of Heger are and in the youth home. Matthew is a carpenter.

Family Taslig
Grandpa and Grandma Taslig. Sons of them are Wilfredo, Romolo, Adun (deceased) and Richard. Daughter is Marie-Ann. Marie-Ann ist the mother of Vicente. Wilfredo the father of Marielou. Adun the father of Franco, Romolo the father of Aboy.

Romolo Taslig Senior is the father of Romolo Taslig Jr. (Aboy), one of the five boys in the youth home and an alleged victim of Heger. Romolo has a lot of physical suffering. Like all parents, it stands by Heger. He is also called Romo and is a fisherman.

Silas is the older brother of Romolo Taslig Jr. (Aboy). The teenager is convinced of Heger’s innocence and was supported by Heger at school.

1. Boy

Romolo Taslig Jr. (nicknamed Aboy) is 10 years old, the son of Romolo Taslig Sn., one of the five boys in the youth home, and an alleged victim of Heger.

2. Boy

Samuel Restito (nicknamed Sam) is 12 years old and the son of Rica and Ernesto Restito. He is one of the five boys in the youth home and an alleged victim of Heger.

3. Boy

Dan, 11 years old, is the son of Lydia and Matthew Barcella. He is the younger brother of Jan, one of the five boys in the youth home, and an alleged victim of Heger.

4. Boy

Jan, 12 years old, is the son of Lydia and Matthew Barcella. He is the older brother of Dan, one of the five boys in the youth home, and an alleged victim of Heger.

5. Boy

Philipp Kabaltos (Phil), 12 years old, is the son of Vicente and Michael (Mik) Kabaltos. He is one of the five boys in the youth home and an alleged victim of Heger.

Vicente Kabaltos, who is around 30 years old, is married to Michael Kabaltos (Mik). Her son is Philipp Kabaltos (Phil). He is one of the five boys in the youth home and an alleged victim of Heger. Like all parents, she stands by Heger.

Michael Kabaltos, whose nickname is Mik, is around 35 years old and married to Vicente Kabaltos. His son is Philipp Kabaltos (Phil). He is one of the five boys in the youth home and an alleged victim of Heger. Like all parents, he stands by Heger.

During Heger’s stay at the police station, Mik becomes one of Heger’s best friends and also Heger’s errand boy. He likes gambling and is a chain smoker. He doesn’t have a steady job.

Marie-Ann Tanio is the mother of Vicente Tanio Kabaltos, a sister of Romolo, Adon, Wilfredo, and Richard.

Commander Tanio was the father of Vicente Tanio Kabaltos and was suspected of having been a commander of the NPA. He was shot dead during a police operation. Vicente was only four years old at the time.

NPA means ›New People’s Army» (communist rebels in the Philippines).

Rica Restito, who is around 55 years old, is the mother of Samuel Restito (Sam). Her husband is Ernesto Restito. Sam is one of the five boys in the youth home and an alleged victim of Heger.

Ernesto Restito, who is around 55 years old, is the father of Samuel Restito (Sam). His wife is Rica Restito. Sam is one of the five boys in the youth home and an alleged victim of Heger. Ernesto is a fisherman and crew leader.

Alvin is the older brother of Samuel (Sam) Restito.

Jonathan is the older brother of Sam Restito. The teenager is convinced of Heger’s innocence and was supported by Heger at school.

Silvia is the older sister of Samuel (Sam) Restito. She lives with her family in Tugalm City.

Kagawad Jacub Castro is around 45 years old. Kagawad means village leader or district mayor. He is a person of respect, as his title, Kagawad, indicates. Heger and he have been best friends for a long time. He, too, stands by Heger and is convinced of his innocence. He owns a fruit stand in the market of Sendong City and is married, like all Filipinos.

Attorney De Baron is around 45 years old. He is a lazy attorney. He was Heger’s first attorney, but he does not work correctly and costs Heger a lot of money. Heger dismissed him. Heger’s first wrong decision De Baron is located in Tugalm City.

Attorney Tensung has Japanese roots and is Heger’s second attorney. He is about 50 years old and lives in the city of Sendong.

Attorney Paternesto is an elderly attorney from Sendong City and a cousin of Ernesto Restito. His offer to take over the case was too high for Thomas Heger.

Sir Escandor is the chief prosecutor in Tugalm City.

Wolfgang Schmidt, a German, is around 55 years old and the managing director of an electrical goods store in Sendong City. He helps Heger and manages his money, which Heger’s German family transfers to the Philippines.

Frank Matschulat, a German, is about 48 years old, which is a bit strange. He owns the house in the village, which is idyllically situated at an estuary by the sea. Heger rents this house every year for about four weeks to spend his holidays there.

Suzette (Suzi) Zambrano, a beautiful and sexy TV reporter at ABC-PTV broadcasting company in Tugalm City

Sir Steiner, half German and half Filipino, is managing director of the ABC-PTV broadcasting company in Tugalm City.

Pastor Jack is the pastor of a born-again church in Tugalm City, where Franco Taslig is also a member. Jack is a nickname. No one can remember his Chinese name, let alone pronounce it. The daily struggle for survival, alcohol, and cigarettes have left their mark on him. He tries to get Heger’s money through fraud.

Mickey is the black dog of Heger’s parents.

Mikel-Loy is a teenager and a cousin of Silas, Aboy, Aboy, Marielou and Franco. The teenager is convinced of Heger’s innocence and was supported by Heger at school.

Dodung is the leader of the three street boys. They are also called »rugbyboys,« after the glue called »Rugby« that they sniff.

Bernie is one of the three street boys. They are also called »rugbyboys,« after the glue called »Rugby« that they sniff.

Neko is one of the three street boys. They are also called »rugbyboys,« after the glue called »Rugby« that they sniff.

Albert, is a boy in the youth home, comes from a broken family. He stayed there only temporarily. His brother Kyle is with him.

Term

Filipinos (Filipino: Mga Pilipino) are the people who are citizens of or native to the Philippines. The majority of Filipinos today come from various Austronesian ethnolinguistic groups, all typically speaking either Filipino, English and/or other Philippine languages. Currently, there are more than 185 ethnolinguistic groups in the Philippines; each with its own language, identity, culture and history.

Term

Tanduay Distillers, Inc. (Tagalog pronunciation: [tanˈduʔaɪ, -ˈdwaɪ]) is a Philippine alcoholic beverage company. It is a subsidiary of LT Group, a conglomerate owned by Filipino business magnate Lucio Tan. As of 2019, it is the world’s largest rum brand.

Music

The Alan Parsons Project was a British rock band active between 1975 and 1990, whose core membership consisted of producer, audio engineer, musician and composer Alan Parsons and singer, songwriter and pianist Eric Woolfson. They were accompanied by varying session musicians and some relatively consistent session players such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, arranger Andrew Powell, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott, and vocalists Lenny Zakatek and Chris Rainbow. Parsons and Woolfson shared writing credits on almost all of the Project’s songs, with Parsons producing or co-producing all of the band’s recordings.

Music

Faithless are an English band that formed in 1995, with its core members being Rollo, Sister Bliss and Maxi Jazz. Their first album Reverence was released in 1996 and their most recent, All Blessed in 2020. They have sold millions of physical records, and after their catalogue was uploaded to streaming sites in 2018, they average over 400,000 streams a day. Faithless’ records have charted at number 1 in numerous countries and they were voted 4th greatest dance band of all time by Mixmag.

Author

Høeg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before becoming a writer, he worked variously as a sailor, ballet dancer and actor (in addition to fencing and mountaineering)—experiences that he uses in his novels. He studied literature at the University of Copenhagen under Peter Brask, a Danish literary scholar, composer and author. After a personal crisis, he spent a year working as a sailor on wealthy people’s yachts,[2] before returning to graduate with a Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Copenhagen in 1984.

Term

Malls in the Philippines.
In the 1970s, Modesta Singson-Gaisano established White Gold Department Store in Cebu City. After her death in 1981, her five sons – David, Stephen, Henry, Victor and John, pursued their respective retail operations. Her son, David S. Gaisano, took over the operations of White Gold. GMall’s Mindanao branches are some of the biggest shopping malls in the island.

Location

Tugalm City is the city where Heger was arrested and spends 16 days in the police station. This city, like most places in the novel, is fiction.

Location

Sendong City is the city Heger came from with five boys. The remote village is a part of this city. This city, like most places in the novel, is fiction.

Locations

Laog is a part of the remote village where Heger spends his holiday every year. This location, like most places in the novel, is fiction.

Tahag is a part of the remote village where Heger spends his holiday every year. This location, like most places in the novel, is fiction.

Locations

General de Santos
This city, like most places in the novel, is fiction. The real city has no relation to the city in the novel.

Locations

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  • more than 220.000 words
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I do not believe, but suddenly Michael stands on the wire fence. In one hand two cups of coffee, in the other hand a paper bag. Michael is immediately busy with the distribution of cigarettes to the pitiful Inmates after he sits down.

Michael seems tired and not concentrated. His clothes are crumpled and much dirtier than yesterday. I notice that he has not brought additional laundry from Sendong City and put that on my imaginary list: Give Michael money to buy pants and t-shirts.

“Michael, is something wrong?” I ask in rudimentary English.

Michael hesitates as if he avoids the answer. He looks embarrassed. As an Asian he can not leave a question without answer. I know, a simple “yes” or “no” is also difficult for Filipinos. I relax the situation, by asking him for a cigarette and his lighter.

Finally, Michael answers: “Franco!”

“What’s about Franco?”

“He asked me for money. I had given Franco 350 Piso. He said he got only a little money from you.”

I am confused for seconds and do not know how to react. To win time, I drink the last sip of coffee that suddenly tastes bitter: “But I have given Franco 500 Piso and he has taken 2.000 Piso for his school fees, without asking me.”

Michael looks to the ground and is visible searching for words, is nervous, plays and destroys the paper mug: “I was first in the Born Again Church and waiting for Franco and the Pastor. Pastor’s woman told me the two would be at Attorney De Baron. Then they came late, Pastor drunken and Franco had no more money. I have given 350. Then I told them what Lang, Rica and Silvia talked about De Baron. That he has a bad reputation, is not successful in court and always asks for money from his clients. The Pastor and Franco have become wild, loud and very angry. Pastor said that it is not true and I shut my mouth.”

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Michael is accompanied by the mothers Rica and Lang. We take chairs, and Michael pulls out the Marlboro as soon as he sits down. The officer accepts with thanks, but I decline, maybe later.

“Tommy, we’ve fried fish for you!” Lang proudly begins the conversation and clumsily arranges her stubborn hair.

Rica adds maternally: “And rice, Tommy, and spicy soy sauce and a few mangoes and bananas.”

Michael takes a large bottle of Coca-Cola and a mug from his bag. The coke is refreshingly cool.

Smoking and drinking coke are really getting threatening lately! Comes on my mind.

I thank the three visitors warmly.

“Tommy, you must be hungry, don’t you?” asks Rica, genuinely concerned.

I don’t want to disappoint the two women, so I don’t talk about lunch in the police office: “I’ll eat later, because I want to talk to you first. How was it in the children’s home? Did you see the children? How are the boys doing? Are they very sad? When can they go home?”

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On the drive from the BSWD children’s home to the police station, Michael, Rica and Lang made an agreement. They do not want to tell anything to Tommy about what they consider to be an immoral suggestion from the social welfare worker Ma’am Solano: “The parents shall file a criminal case against Tommy, to ensure that the children get home quickly.” Rica has the opinion that Tommy has other problems and worries. She said that this is a dubious offer, since the release of the children is in the responsibility of the police or the court and not in the responsibility of the BSWD. Michael suspects that Ma’am Solano’s appearance is a desire for recognition and the attempt to pin down the foreigner as quickly as possible. Therefore, the three visitors do not say any word about their discussion with Ma’am Solano. Rather, they report the positive things.

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Heger, he is arrested in the Philippines, asks his friends for help and is bitterly disappointed.

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Less than a minute later, Frank’s answer comes: “Please don’t get me involved in this story. Ask Wolfgang! He has a commercial bank account. I can send his number if necessary.”

The disappointment is probably written on my face because Franco looks at me confused.

“What’s wrong with Frank? He does not want to help! I want to transfer money over his bank account.”

Franco reacts surprised: “Why?”

“Don’t know! I was thinking he is my friend.”

My cell phone buzzes and I get Wolfgang’s cell phone number. He is a businessman in Sendong City. I know him and consider him as a good acquaintance.

“Well, I have to ask Wolfgang,” I say to Franco and send a message to Wolfgang Schmidt.

Frank’s behavior is strange. I considered him as a good friend and I believed I could rely on him in cases of emergency.

I am very disappointed and have bitter thoughts. What if everyone else says goodbye to me? Family, friends, work colleagues? These thoughts cause restlessness. What if everyone around me doesn’t stay on my side longer? And suddenly I’m here alone. Nailed down in an Asian country, in a rotten and filthy dungeon, in inhumane conditions, far away from home. Damn it, this crazy story needs to end as soon as possible

My thoughts, the growing anger and restlessness seem to have been written on my face again. Franco asks: “Tommy, what’s going on? Are you alright?”

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Rica Restito, Sam’s mother and her eldest daughter Silvia, she is married here in Tugalm City, and Lang, the mother of the brothers Jan and Dan (Her real name is Lydia Barcella.) want to meet Michael in front of the BSWD premises to visit the social workers and of course their sons. Rica, Silvia and Lang are still waiting for Michael. The three women cooked and fried fish. They also bring rice, fruit, sweets and soft drinks for the boys. For Tommy they have a Tupperware with crispy fried fish, a box with rice and a small box with spicy soy sauce. Michael Kabaltos, he is Phil’s father, and will also represent little Aboy as he is Aboy’s uncle, arrives at the BSWD at noon. He jumps out of the Motorola and flicks away the cigarette butt. The greeting with the women is short and superficial.

“Well, let’s see what the BSWD wants from us,” says Michael mockingly.

The women are visibly nervous, but look rested and recovered. Silvia and Lang are slightly made up. Silvia even corrected her eyebrows.

He points to the bags: “Very good, you have the food for the children with you.”

Silvia replies quickly: “We also cooked for Tommy.”

Rica and Lang nod satisfied.

“You went to see Tommy this morning? How is he?” asks Lang worried.

“He’s fine. I cleaned the cell,” replies Michael proudly and continues: “Tommy had an attorney this morning. I’ve already forgotten the name. The policewomen must have sent that man. Tommy is not enthusiastic, and he certainly won’t hire him. Franco and Attorney De Baron are with Tommy now.”

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In Officer Sarang’s office Franco and a slightly overweight man are standing at the seating area and have a lively but quiet conversation. The gentleman wears trousers made of fine thread with creases and a yellow polo shirt. His hair is combed back smooth and has a shine from oil or hair wax. The full face is adorned with a delicate Errol Flynn mustache. He wears blue-tinted sunglasses with a thin gold frame, gold chains and a massive signet ring on his right hand. All in all, he looks like a true American mafia boss from old US films.

Franco greets me warmly and introduces the gentleman as Attorney De Baron. As with Attorney Pizarro, De Baron’s belt also has a large bunch of car keys.

Status symbols!

Short hand shaking and we take the seats.

“So you are Mr. Heger, German. I saw the TV report. Stupid thing, Mr. Heger, very stupid thing.”

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Filipinos say when they are upset or angry: “Highblood.” I’m not sure what causes more highblood to me: the arrogant nature of the attorney or what he said?

I’m thinking about what the attorney just told. There are uncertainties and doubts: What did the attorney talk about and — damn — what if there is even a little truth in it?

Human trafficking, life imprisonment. “Is it human trafficking when I stay at the hotel with children? That was to protect them,” I whisper bitterly and shake my head. “I just don’t want to be on the streets of the Philippines at night with five kids!”

Child abuse, 12 to 15 years imprisonment. Again I whisper: “My God, they just romped naked on the beds and Aboy was naked in the bathroom. They are children! They wanted to have fun and were just very happily. They don’t know such huge, soft, king-size beds. I have also stopped the romp and the other play.”

The parents should start criminal proceedings against me, this guy said. “Is he crazy? Never!” I want to shout this loud out, but say it barely audibly and add: “Filing a case against me? They would never do that! They are long-time friends and very good acquaintances of mine. They will never file a case and there is no reason to do so! No reasons at all!”

Nonsense, that’s the business of fear, I finish my dark thoughts. My blood pressure drops and the pulse no longer beats as quickly. I hang limp like a teenager in the cheap, shabby plastic chair. The young escort officer clears his throat. I jump up, and the chair slides backwards loudly: “Sorry!”

The officer is probably a little surprised at me, at least his face is astonished or questioning: “Sir, I’ll bring you back to the cells.”
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4.01. What was that?

The officer and I are just passing the barrier when the gatekeeper speaks to me: “Your visitor is Mr. Kabaltos?”

Startled, I answer quickly: “That’s correct, sir! But Mr. Kabaltos is allowed to stay at the cell yard. I’ll be back quickly too.”

“No, no,” the gatekeeper answers, “it’s his cell phone that he left here. It is buzzing very often.”

The gatekeeper and the officer exchange a few words, and tell me to wait because the officer is already going to Michael to take him to the gate.

Michael checks his cell phone. Meanwhile, we go to Officer Sarang’s office. The escort officer sits down at Sarang’s desk. Behind Officer Pangutana’s monitor sits a handsome, sporty and elegant dressed man. He will be around 40 years old. “Mr. Heger, nice to meet you. I heard about this extremely embarrassing story. May I introduce myself? Pizarro, Attorney Pizarro.”

We shake hands powerfully, although this is not common in the Philippines. The attorney’s English seems to be good. Probably he was abroad for a couple of years? I believe.

Attorney Pizarro sits down behind the monitor again and uses the computer keyboard. I sit at the corner of the desk across from him, but I can’t see the screen and reply: “Yes, of course, an embarrassing story. You could say it that way.”

“You are close to the children and their parents, Mr. Heger?”

“Yes, of course, sir. I’ve known the boys since they were born and the parents for a long time.”

“Well, that’s very good. You don’t have an attorney yet?”

“No sir, you are the first attorney I speak to.”

He is reading a thin police file.

“Is that my file?” I ask curiously.

Attorney is puzzled by my question: “Yes, a copy of it, Ma’am Tolisan was so kind.”

I realize this is the attorney the policewomen are recommending. Whether an attorney who is recommended by the police in secret — because the police are not allowed to recommend attorneys — is really the right one? I get cautious.

The attorney continues as he studies the file: “Well, the kids don’t say anything about abuse. There are also no offensive photos. You opened the cottage door voluntarily, Mr. Heger. The children were sleeping and no one was naked when the rescue operation took place. But the boys romped naked on the beds in the hotel beforehand. Oops, strange,” he says while turning the page,” a page is missing. It is probably not meant for me.”

The attorney grins oily and turns to the computer. He taps the Enter key briefly and loudly: “Republic Act 9208, human trafficking, life imprisonment!”

At first I think I misheard. It echoes in my head: “Life imprisonment?” Then I’m thinking he’s kidding me. What he said bounces off me because I don’t want to hear that.

The attorney goes one better. He frantically types on the keyboard and pops the Enter key loudly again: “Republic Act 7610, Child Abuse, 12 to 15 years imprisonment.”

I get hot, my pulse and my blood pressure goes up. My blood sugar, however, is apparently dropping because I am starting to shiver. Now I feel miserable. Confused, I shake my head, wipe the sweat from my forehead with my little cloth and croak with a dry throat: “But, but, the children, they are not testifying against me and the parents are on my side and good friends.”

My mind spins like a merry-go-round and I declare Attorney Pizarro crazy. It flashes through me: The business of fear! Yes, he wants to scare me in order to win me over as his client! Immediately I pass my judgment on Attorney Pizarro: No, not like that, not with him! Not that way!

Pizarro is not finished with his incredible statements: “All parents are your friends? In that situation it would be better if the parents file a criminal complaint against you!”

I think I have misheard again. That’s outrageous, and that takes the biscuit! Now I am totally confused and speak hoarsely: “Never!” My dry throat scratches, I cough, clear my throat several times and hardly bring the words over my lips: “Why should the parents do that?”

The attorney works the keyboard, answers casually and appears arrogant: “Because it’s better.”

For me the conversation is over. I cross my arms demonstratively on my chest and move the chair a little backwards. The plastic chair creaks pathetically on the concrete floor. Like a trumpeter I make big cheeks and let out the air loudly.

Attorney Pizarro probably understands my body language. How and what he asks seems like sarcasm to me: “Are you okay, Mr. Heger?”

I’m sweating on my forehead again. I wipe it away with hectic movements and be silent because I’m speechless.

The attorney suddenly holds a business card in his hand. It’s the size and thickness of a credit card, is made of plastic and has a high-gloss surface. When I turn the card, the font and logo appear three-dimensional. Lost in thought I let the high-tech business card circle in my fingers and look sadly at it from all sides. I would love to jump up straight away, run out of the office and be with nice Michael. Though I’ve never smoked in my life, my body screams for nicotine while I think about Michael. Or is my body crying out for sugar? For chocolate? I just don’t know what’s going on with that stupid body. But I still feel miserable and the slight tremor does not subside.

Again Attorney Pizarro seems to be able to read my mind: “You need legal assistance, Sir Heger.”

Oh, suddenly he’s calling me “Sir.” I’m angry.

Attorney Pizarro is standing now behind the desk. Contrary to his elegant appearance, a bunch of keys hangs and jingles on the carabiner on his belt. The voluminous Toyota car keys are striking. They certainly belong to a fat SUV.

“Call me or let the policewomen know and don’t wait that long. My phone number is on the card.”

We shake hands again. This time his hand is dominant and powerful. He waves my hand like a handkerchief in the air. The attorney leaves the room with great strides. Exhausted, I sink into the stupid, loudly creaking plastic chair, am confused and annoyed at the same time and have only one thought: What was that?

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That was the night: I badly slept, dreamed stupid, often woke up and urinated several times in a mineral water bottle.

I have a little headache. No choice, I open my eyes. The carpet of cobwebs with the innumerable sucked-out insects hangs over me. That’s how I feel right now, sucked. A new day starts outside the cell. My watch shows 5:43 a.m. I put the neckline of my t-shirt over my nose. It smells bad. The rest of the water in the bottle is lukewarm. Still, it helps wash down the leaden taste and furry feeling in my mouth.

Now I’m sitting on the edge of the rickety, dirty bunk bed. The small bottle of ethyl alcohol is on the floor next to the bed. I inject a little alcohol into my hand and rub it on my face and scalp. The scent of alcohol smells pleasant and invigorates my senses. A second empty plastic bottle has to be sacrificed for my morning toilet. The rats didn’t come back, but I also didn’t miss them. That unbelievable pile of rubbish on the wall opposite. I shake my head in disgust and whisper: “Thomas, where did you get into? This is a real nightmare. Today is Tuesday, the third day of detention. Something has to be done. Finally do something! There is only one solution: I have to get out of here! It cannot be, that I’m here!”

I go through my hair and have to admit: “All my hopes are now with the lawyers. They’re called Attorneys here. But maybe the police will finally understand that I’m innocent!”
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