‘Listen’, says Mac. ‘While Inteachán is away I need to speak to you all on a matter of great urgency.’
He stops writing and looks up from his desk.
‘I am a very old man and I need to tell you some really important things straightaway. Otherwise the events you are about to read about will make very little sense. There is no time to lose.’ He pauses.
‘I tell you all everything now then I won’t have to go through everything again when Inteachán gets back. I don’t have enough time to keep repeating myself.’