“Never use the word, ‘suddenly’. This rule doesn't require an explanation. I have noticed that writers who use ‘suddenly’ tend to exercise less control in the application of exclamation marks” – Number 6 in Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing.
Exposition : You were born in Birmingham or was it Manchester? I can’t quite remember any more, but don’t think this means I don’t care. You know...
This is a redraft of a story I wrote a while ago, but it matches this week's IP, so here it is :)