There used to be a McIlroys department store in North End, Portsmouth. It's gone now - or rather, it's become some smaller shops and flats. The dead friend in this story had a lead role in "Evolution" (short fiction 1, 2007). Glenn Lambert didn't commit suicide, and I've never visited his grave in Milton, though I mean to. The rest is fabrication, though I do tend to have trouble with reunions, camera batteries, and automatic doors. The cemetery's based on one in Cambridge, off Mill Road. My guess is that the main character is similar to the one in "Dreams", as much stuck in the past as he is in the present, left behind.