John Vane: Roy’s Summer of Sport (6 August 2012) Disappearing man

John Vane: Roy’s Summer of Sport (6 August 2012) Disappearing man

Roy slept late, dreaming of Kristie announcing she was leaving him and finding there was nothing he could say. He went downstairs, looked at his unmade archive and sighed. Where were the missing pieces? Were they missing at all? In the end, everything slipped into yesterday.

He pottered, watched some athletics, ate a peach, saw Beth Tweddle win a long yearned-for gymnastics bronze and the Test coagulate into a draw. He hardly moved at all. In the evening, Perri Shakes-Drayton didn’t reach the final of 400 metres hurdles, Dai Greene reached the 400 metres final but came fourth.

Gorging on, Roy found the boxing. A GB super heavyweight called Anthony Joshua won a quarter-final late at night. He thanked all his teammates and said, “It’s not just for me, it’s for the country as well. I gotta stay composed, but after, man, like, looking at everyone here…We’re all here for the country, it aint just me.” He looked as if he was in love for the first time.

Lying in bed Roy remembered something he’d once heard on the news about a man who’d disappeared one day, leaving his jacket on the back of his office chair. He’d just upped and gone, no one knew where or why. Roy couldn’t remember if the man had simply turned up again, dead or alive. Perhaps he had, but the media had become bored with him by then.

Roy searched for the story but “man + jacket + chair + disappears” got him nowhere. Maybe the story pre-dated the internet. Maybe it had vanished as completely as the man himself.

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