Ritam zlocina



(By the novel "Good Spirit of Zagreb")


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This is my house.

It is located in Trnje,

in 87 Paromlinska street.

It was built by my granddad

who was a railwayman, back in 1909.

It was where my father was born,

and so was I.

But we haven't been living here permanently.

My father was a teacher.

I've spent most of my childhood in Dalmatia,

and when I got back to

my old house at the age of 17,

boys from the hood kept calling me

"Dalmo" for a while.

I'm a loner. I teach history and geography

at elementary school nearby.

Circumstancially, I never got married,

and I wouldn't find easy to move away from here

since the house, like the rest of

this street, is to be demolished soon.

I haven't been disturbed

when I heard about this.

For quite some time, I wasn't

even paying attention to it.

What do I need, anyway?

I begun serious thinking about the house,

my departing and the whole neighborhood

only when Fabian shown up.

One day, he just rang my doorbell.

Good day.

- Good day!

I was looking for you already.

You may heard of it.

Neighbors just told me!

Please, come in.

We can do it like this.

I wouldn't like to bother you.

I have a plea for you.

- For me?

Please, come in!

Let's not stand here.

It's maybe inadequate.

The thing is delicate.

They're not dangerous, aren't they?

No... please come.

Sit, please.

You just speak.

I don't know where to start.

Excuse me... Have we met before?

No. I wouldn't say so.

You see, this is a bit...

Would you rent me a room?


- Yes.

Have somebody send you to me?

It's a mistake, then.

No, I come by myself.

I heard in the neighborhood

that you're a loner.

I'm a loner, too.

I was living in Trenjevka,

Gorjanska street.

It's a very similar street to this one.

So I thought...

I know Gorjanska street!

You see, I was living there for

two years, and now I got fired.

Before that, I was living here

in Trnje for 30 years.

I know every house and street.

I kept knocking at the doors around to ask.

I'm sentimentally attached to this area.

So I decided to try my luck

in Paromlinska street.

So, this is how you came to me?

People decide to rent their room

after they've been suggested to do so.

I thought you were the one.

I don't know. You have confused me.

Maybe I should tell you

something about myself?

I'm retired for disability.

I was a land surveyor.

I could pay as much as you want.

I can make money in another way.

Leave it, that's not...

I'm peaceful, too. I don't

play cards or bring women home.

I don't even drink or smoke.

I'm mostly out, I even eat there.

- That's ok, but I don't know...

It is so suddenly. Understand me,

I can't just do it right away.

You don't have to decide immediately.

I'll come in a day or two.

You think about it.


- I don't know...

Well, day or two, that would be fine.


So, there is a chance, eh?

See you in a couple of days, then.

I won't bother you anymore.


You don't have to leave right off!

You just think over.

Help yourself.

- Thanks.

Please, be careful with this.

It's fragile.

Would you mind?

- Thanks.

It's nothing special.

I will show you, don't worry.

I told you I was a land surveyor.

This here is a theodolite.

I look through this

every once in a while.

I only need to keep it unnoticed.

Why? - I don't want them to

think I'm some kind of a spy.

Have I shown you the bathroom?

- No.

It's dilapidated, as you see.

There's no need to repair it now.

You won't have to walk through my room.

Be sure that you lock yourself

when you use the bathroom,

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