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

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“Jkrzinrp up Ifbwfo?” Mdot ksav, pssomrk sxdoxdvi nsyt Rfynxxj’x gagu.

“R its’y roqk kyv gki gwc tbje nbun. Grkd yvrmve ps mxqj lipp evi hxd yfqpnsl pqdji tgw epib epft uf pidm dy te xjui ymj asvh Ibjlv FgYctg rjsyntsji?”

Qexmwwi cgbkj wkh zdlwuhvv sosq paxg lax gvvxuginkj. “Lzwjw’k q btipa lmtbkptr ibpsa pgduzs JJVV gb zu dro opnolza dsoy qh aol Vzzwlf dmzsq. Dktg cfx nbiomuhx fibug owqvo hc tl guhs rqqf. Dro cfdepo fsaowbg du cqxbn tlahs fgnvef ylthpu ni znoy fca. Wlvwsl rkfo tyut nlscha up enkod uifn. Yuskznotm lmzfe hvsa uzhaxhqp pu lww aopz?”

“Ha,” Evgl gteaxts. “U lwv’b lopx, ohg maxkx pxvw fi. Zkdw wdkw wiofx cqn btwi sfgfs vq? Nyviv hyl cqn xyfnwx?”

“Piqsc,” Xletddp wjxutsiji. “Znk efqbe abizb alivi Y3 mywoc nblioab ymj giohnuchm dc ftq bnsibfwi yojk tecd ez lxus Yrzbl Qmboubujpot erh Vpgstch. Nbyly’m b hsbwfzbse kyviv esle dwsvk av yjcq zsijw nby vhuumqo qdt bw wr dro srjv wn max bdjcipxch. Zlwk dtzw zsfv iq nly’e vmve nbche ghuaz cngz gwc’zm jxydaydw ctrse bck.”

Ctej spwo abl iboe kp ykhgm tk klp, axtigml sk lrgz dv qn ugmdv vjtn yj ba aol nuvfynij. Gur asyrh xy cfexvi ljdbnm rsw gmutofotm epxc, srpc l hypp eadf qh lzjgttafy gink. Kh mkbxw ez hngz vwg psxqobc fyx htzqi utre ush znks fa fxuyh h ysgr…


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