Chapter 10:

What is He a Magician?

A Man Bound By Nothing Isn't Free

“That’s quite the necklace you’ve got yourself there, planning on giving it to someone?”Bookmark here

Huh? Oh no… at least not for a while. This was my mother’s.Bookmark here

“About that, if you’re ever feeling ‘unwell’ then just know you can always come to me. You know, open doors and all that jazz.”Bookmark here

Uh, yeah sure thing, but who are you again?Bookmark here

“Har har, good one Dice. Look, I’m heading over to Sal’s, join me why don’t you? It’ll be on me.”Bookmark here

This early, it isn't even mid-day yet? I’ll hold off this time around.Bookmark here

“Well, I won’t force you. But try to lighten up now and again, this new sulky look of yours doesn’t suit you.”Bookmark here

Uh-huh. Well, I’d better move along. You know, work and all that jazz.Bookmark here

“Alright, take care of yourself, Dice. Say hello to Cindy for me whenever you get the chance.”Bookmark here

Yeah, will do. Who the hell was that guy. He knows who I am but I just can’t seem to put a finger on who he is. Bookmark here

“Hey, mister!”Bookmark here

Oakley, are you out here by yourself again?Bookmark here

“Uh-huh, papa gave me this net. I’m going to catch some frogs.”Bookmark here

Frogs, hey wait! are you going to the river?Bookmark here

“Uh-huh, where else am I going to find them?”Bookmark here

You should know by now that the river is dangerous this time of year.Bookmark here

“Yeah but, I want to catch a frog. They’re so cool! They make funny noises when I catch them, hee-hee ‘pobble’.”Bookmark here

Here son, do you want to make five dollars?Bookmark here

“Five?! For me?! Yeah what do I do?”Bookmark here

I want you to catch a bug for me.Bookmark here

“A bug? That’s easy, there’s many over at the river.”Bookmark here

Oh but this isn’t just any bug. This one is somewhat special.Bookmark here

“Special?”Bookmark here

See this bug doesn’t like to be near a river where it can be washed away easily so they try to stay in quiet places, like gardens. Smart little guys, aren’t they?Bookmark here

“Uh-huh, so what do they look like?”Bookmark here

Well, they are small.Bookmark here

“Yeah, what else?”Bookmark here

They have six legs.Bookmark here

“Hurry up! I want to go catch it.”Bookmark here

And they have a black and red shell.Bookmark here

“Got it. I’ll be back later. Those five are mine!.”Bookmark here

Frogs, geez kids these days. I’d better hurry back. Bill’s probably making a mess of things without me.Bookmark here

“God damn it where is he!”Bookmark here

“I don’t know after he left he just disappeared.”Bookmark here

“Disappeared?! What the hell is he, a magician? If you paid more attention to what was going on around you would have seen him.”Bookmark here

What’s going on in here?Bookmark here

“Dice, thank God you’re here. remember that guy you brought a while ago?”Bookmark here

The drunkard?Bookmark here

“No, well him too, but I’m talking about that guy who set that house on fire.”Bookmark here

I do, What about them.?Bookmark here

“Well, they pulled one over us and got away.”Bookmark here

They what?!Bookmark here

“They got away.”Bookmark here

I heard you the first time. How'd they just 'get away'? where the hell is Bill?Bookmark here

"They got hold of Johnny's gun, they didn't shoot but it was still enough to threaten him."Bookmark here

“As for Bill, called in sometime earlier saying that he was in the hospital.”Bookmark here

The hell is he doing in there?!Bookmark here

“I’m not too sure but I don’t think it’s something too serious.”Bookmark here

"Help us look for them, the drunkard shouldn't be too much of a worry but Hall is a completely different matter.”Bookmark here

Yeah, I’ll do what I can but I need to see Bill first.Bookmark here

“Mister! I found your bug.”Bookmark here

What?Bookmark here

“Your special bug, the one you told me to get for you this morning.”Bookmark here

Oh yeah, that's right, here take this, look I’m very busy right now, there is somewhere I need to be. Just hold onto that for me until I get back.Bookmark here

“Thank you, mister, here take your bug.”Bookmark here

I don’t have time right now, I need to get going.Bookmark here

“But I have it right here just take it.”Bookmark here

Give it to one of the officers inside. Tell them to hold it for me. Bookmark here

“Oh okay. Hey misters, your friend wants me to give this to you.”Bookmark here

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