What A Strange Little Man (Chapter 9, page 2 of 8)

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Chapter 9

"Aren't you going to introduce us?" He asked pleasantly.

"Uh, sure, sir. Mary, this is Captain Antonio Farbus. Captain, this is my lovely wife Mary," I said. I was still uneasy about the change in the Captain's demeanor.

"So nice to meet you, Captain," Mary said.

"The pleasure is all mine, I'm sure. Would the two of you like to use my office to talk?" He gestured, extending his arm towards the entrance to his office.

"That won't be necessary, Captain," Mary said, "I can't stay, and I wouldn't dream of disturbing the routine of your day. Besides, I must get to the marketplace before all the fresh fruit is gone."

"Well, then, all right. Please come again anytime. We don't get many visitors that are as easy to look at as you are," He complimented.

I didn't know the Captain knew such words, let alone use them in this fashion. I always thought of him as a faithful married man. Come to think of it, I really didn't know if he was married or not. How can you work with people and not know things like this?

It seemed as if I had just recently been introduced to the world. Things I had never given any thought to were occupying my mind. A man's social status never made a difference to me. The simple things in life were just that; simple. It never dawned on me to be thankful for them, or to even recognize them apart from everything else. I knew I was a very fortunate man, but all that consumed my thoughts were things needed for my life. I rarely gave thought to the other man.

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