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The taxi driver

A short story by the Northern Irish writer Carlo Gébler

By Carlo Gébler   January 1996

The taxi driver whizzes through Belfast. It is early morning. Talk is of cars and babies and the new car I bought-that was years ago-and how I was never able to get the smell of the baby’s sick off the back seat.

“I know where you’re coming from,” he says.

He has a pleasant face and wears a chunky identity bracelet.

“A couple of years back now…”

I feel a story looming.

“Pre-cease fire?”

“Yep. Pick up two suits on the street-we’re not meant to but they look okay; one goes in the back, other in the front;…

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