Week beginning 22.3.21
Augustus stood on the platform alone, as the boat chugged from the canal into the river. The tide was now strong and he was afraid. It was getting dark and he hoped the boat would soon stop. He saw the bright lights of a large hotel as he rode by. The whole place was full of people in their best clothes. Then he saw smoke coming from bedroom windows and knew the hotel was on fire. He shouted at Jim and the stranger, but they just closed the door. He called to a man in a lonely phone box, but the man did not hear. Augustus felt hopeless and helpless.