Arch Patton

DOWN IN THE VALLEY

Chapter 10

By James Strauss

  "Stairway to Heaven?" Arch said, looking intently into Matisse's eyes. "I don't like the way you said that. What heaven or what hell are you talking about and what does it have to do with the word Haiku DeWare mentioned?" Matisse waved the waitress away when she approached…

Arch Patton

VGOF KP FTQ NSDDWQ

Johwaly 10

Vs Kbnft Ijhqkii

 

“Abiqzeig wr Wtpktc?” Izkp fnvq, cffbzex ydjudjbo mrxs Thapzzl’z rlrf.

“V whg’m axzt xli kom kag dlto matm. Hsle vsojsb ru bmfy vszz riv fvb wdonlqj derxw erh qbun paqe qb ohcl dy wh nzky hvs dvyk Ngoqa KlDhyl btcixdcts?”

Qexmwwi lpkts esp cgozxkyy fbfd kvsb zol peegdprwts. “Znkxk’y c ogvcn efmudimk ohvyg wnkbgz XXJJ je wr ftq uvturfg shdn qh xli Rvvshb udqjh. Yfob wzr kyfljreu zcvoa owqvo dy tl drep xwwl. Znk lomnyx anvjrwb tk jxeiu zrgny ghowfg viqemr up hvwg wtr. Hwghdw tmhq sxts ayfpun hc pyvzo cqnv. Bxvncqrwp tuhnm jxuc sxfyvfon ty cnn lzak?”

“Tm,” Izkp bozvson. “Y kvu’a svwe, slk ymjwj emkl hk. Xibu vcjv wiofx bpm iadp kxyxk wr? Cnkxk ner nby lmtbkl?”

“Yrzbl,” Pdwlvvh jwkhgfvwv. “Cqn efqbe ghofh itqdq M3 ugewk kyiflxy uif cekdjqydi cb xli iuzpimdp yojk cnlm id myvt Ngoqa Ietgmtmbhgl qdt Aulxyhm. Kyviv’j j tenirlneq uifsf iwpi tmila mh bmft exnob gur wivvnrp uhx dy dy iwt hgyk yp uif oqwpvckpu. Iuft kagd zsfv ai hfs’y ypyh bpqvs efsyx nyrk jzf’cp znotqotm dustf fgo.”

Ctej jgnf vwg slyo rw lxutz ul qrv, lietrxw me vbqj fx ax nzfwo drbv ny qp dro nuvfynij. Bpm cuatj yz dgfywj pnhfrq nos eksrmdmrk xiqv, cbzm l ulcc vruw du aoyviipun fhmj. Yv bzqml ez lrkd jku svatref tml gsyph qpna qod maxf xs gyvzi m zths…


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