Behind me, a loud, beastlike roar went up. I turned to see a great hulk of a man – all hairy jowls and heaving gut – lumbering from leg to leg in a slow battle-jig. I recognized him at once.
His fists were clenched. His bloodshot eyes were wild.
"Come on, if you think you're hard enough!" he was bellowing.
Here we go again! I thought. Why do I always seem to end up in this type of a place? You'd think I'd have learned by now. All I'd wanted was a quiet drink. Was that too much to ask? Was it?
Given the day I'd had so far, maybe it was...
Paul Stewart (born 1955) is a writer of children's books, best known for the bestselling The Edge Chronicles, the Free Lance (A Knight's Story) novels and the Far-Flung Adventures series among others. Many of his books are illustrated by Chris Riddell. Paul Stewart lives in the Seaside town Brighton with his wife and children.
Paul Stewart. Wikipedia.