What A Strange Little Man (Chapter 9, page 1 of 8)

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Chapter 9

As I pondered these thoughts I heard the door at the end of the long hallway open and close. I wiped my face with my hands and proceeded to the entrance and was stunned as I noticed who it was. Mary had never been here before, so I knew there must be a real good reason for her appearance. She greeted Captain Antonio and made her way over to me.

"Michael," She whispered, "You forgot your lunch."

I had never done that before, but then I had never had a visitor to stay all night at my house either.

"Thank you, honey. I guess the excitement has really affected me," I said as an excuse.

"Are we getting old, Michael?" Romy teased.

"Very funny Romy. I'll beat you in a foot race any day of the week!" I bragged.

I really didn't know if I could or not, but I wasn't going to let him know it. Romy and I had the kind of relationship that allowed competition without offense. He was an aggressive opponent in any situation. His passion for sporting events was much deeper than mine, but then he wasn't married either.

"I brought our new friend some refreshment as well," Mary said, interrupting our skirmish.

"I'm sure he will be thankful," I said as I took the bundle.

It looked as if there was enough food inside of it to feed several men, and the wine flask could not have held any more drink. Captain Antonio slid up behind Mary.

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