The decision to build a bypass had been controversial and local nimbys put up powerful opposition. The highway planners eventually conceded slightly, modifying the route by slicing a chunk off a disused churchyard. The Church happily took a windfall bonus.
The opening day brought pride and relief to the Chief Planning Officer, who was the first to test the road, with his planning entourage speeding behind him. Approaching the section over the graveyard, suddenly the road surface bubbled and torso-shaped tarmac figures sat up and stretched. Instantly hitting his brakes took the convoy behind by surprise, with grave consequences.