Rufus arrived at his mother's house some hours after she and Phil were rushed off to hospital. Neighbours were chattering outside about the ambulance and what had happened. They knew little except which hospital they'd gone to.
Rufus went to the A&E department where the ambulances arrived. He chatted up a nurse on reception and she let slip that a woman had died in atrocious circumstances and that a man, probably her partner, was in a coma. She also said no-one knew what had happened.
"No mention of Mac", thought Rufus, "good, but for safety, that man must die!"