Archive for April, 2010

April 16

He swallows more tears. “Do I have to?” “Considering I’m going to write this up in my diary, yes,” I grin, “you do. Now, the next thing you’re going to do is to give me a list of all of the payouts you had to make.” Bert nods. “It’ll take me a day or so [...]

April 15

“I promise,” he says, “I just want to know. Just want it to stop. I’ll go straight after this, I promise. Just please help me…” He swallows hard. “Name your price.” I blink. This is new. More importantly, Peter didn’t cover this in his lecture. Now, I’m pretty sure I can go either way on [...]

April 14

“And this seriously is the first time you’ve had this trouble?” Bert frowns. “Yeah,” he says. “In absolute time, at any rate. Oh, and in my time, too. Every other time I did this, before, that is, it was in a later absolute date.” “So what’s my part?” I ask. I’m wondering about what Peter [...]

April 13

“I don’t get it,” I say. “See, I went ahead and managed to get ahold of a few dozen package manifests,” he says, “from a bunch of the major shippers in this era. People get a little lazy with that information, you know? It’s not like I’m invading privacy or anything. I never look in [...]

April 12

“You gotta help me, Interloper,” he says, his voice now completely broken and scratchy. It actually sounds like he’s been crying for a lot longer, and only made it through the conversation with Kyle by dint of sheer force of will. If he wasn’t sobbing, I guess he would have had a good voice for [...]

April 11

“I’m good,” I say. I glance at the clock. The Quick Stop is going to be crowded as hell at three thirty, so she’ll likely be gone for much longer than five minutes. “Have a safe trip. I’ll keep your check warm for you.” Kyle grins. “Easiest money I ever made,” she says. Apparently she [...]

April 10

“Hold it,” Kyle says. Not now, you overprotective mother hen! “Frannie didn’t do anything. She just opened it up.” “Right,” I say. Dammit, I have no choice but to play along. If I look too eager to go into the back room with Bert, it will surely raise Kyle’s alarm bells. But if I resist [...]