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Some people liked figurines, stamps, books or pictures, but Giles collected padlocks.
None of them had keys though, and were all secured on a meshed frame hung on his bedroom wall.
He was quite shy, but sociable enough and got on OK with his work colleagues. As far as anyone knew, he’d moved in with his elderly brother Jeremy after their mother died.
One day, Giles was absent and there had been no phone call of explanation to the office. The following day, he was still not at his desk, so the supervisor rang his home but received no reply.
At the end of the week, someone thought to pay a visit to his house just to make sure all was well, but no-one appeared to be home.
It wasn’t until halfway through the second week that a neighbour reported not having seen either brother for a fortnight and contacted the police.
Jeremy was in bed, and had been dead for some time. There was a note by his teacup which read ‘I’m sorry.’
They found Giles in his bedroom, staring lifelessly at the wall.
On scrutiny, it was discovered each padlock was dated by month and year, documenting the time since Giles had become responsible for his demanding brother’s care.
Over the years, his own mental state had diminished and he had felt hopelessly chained to his sibling. In his hand they found an open padlock and suicide note, ending with ‘It was the only way’.
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