The author, right from childhood, had several imaginary friends. That came about from one of his teachers telling the rest of his class that it was best that they had nothing to do with him. Some of the friends did not turn up, hence the need for more than one. Derek was the most consistent. All of this emerged from a very troubled and confused childhood and provided some degree of comfort to a bothered boy. The downside was that Derek created even more problems than the author, and between them, they often clashed with the authorities. In recognition of this problem, the author attempted to make a break for it, and escaped to France. Latest reports suggest that Derek has discovered the authors whereabouts.