Tuffin’s house was new, when he was new, and now both of them were 60 years old.
At 11:15pm on Thursday he sat in his chair in the sitting room.
He knew that beneath his feet was a red rug, a brown carpet, grey linoleum and wooden floorboards.
He went to the tool shed. He selected a jemmy and a claw hammer.
He moved his chair, lifted the rug, rolled up the carpet and peeled back the Lino.
With the jemmy and the claw hammer he removed a small area of floorboard.
He exposed the joists and the brickwork but it was dark.
Tuffin went to the tool shed again and collected a torch.
With the torch he was able to see down beneath the joists.
Beneath the red rug, the brown carpet, the grey linoleum and the wooden floorboards a thick layer of grey dust covered a concrete floor.
Embedded in the dust were several fresh footprints as finely wrought as the finest filigree.