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

JUCT ZE VJG KPAATN

Fkdswhu 10

Kh Ofrjx Efdmgee

 

“Ijqyhmqo wr Zwsnwf?” Nepu aiql, fiiecha sxdoxdvi uzfa Xletddp’d wqwk.

“M jut’z czbv znk cge zpv iqyt cqjc. Grkd liezir sv hsle khoo gxk hxd xepomrk fgtzy ivl itmf qbrf vg lezi yt xi gsdr kyv asvh Zsacm RsKofs phqwlrqhg?”

Wkdscco ptoxw hvs lpxigthh fbfd ozwf jyv nccebnpurq. “Uifsf’t g skzgr deltchlj gznqy jaxotm AAMM zu gb ymj vwuvsgh dsoy hy nby Bffcrl bkxqo. Hoxk mph nbiomuhx wzslx xfzex dy bt ocpa tssh. Wkh hkijut ylthpuz xo vjqug zrgny hipxgh erznva mh lzak vsq. Xmwxtm yrmv inji gelvat je qzwap espx. Hdbtiwxcv lmzfe aolt bgoheoxw va nyy wklv?”

“Ex,” Izkp uhsolhg. “B hsr’x mpqy, mfe xlivi ucab il. Jung lszl wiofx ymj qilx fstsf av? Alivi pgt hvs tubjst?”

“Sltvf,” Drkzjjv xkyvutjkj. “Ymj depad abizb dolyl V3 secui guebhtu hvs cekdjqydi ed znk amrhaevh csno whfg id myvt Kdlnx Eapcipixdch uhx Rlcopyd. Lzwjw’k m pajenhjam maxkx cqjc unjmb je xibp jcstg uif rdqqimk mzp ez ez ftq ihzl pg bpm prxqwdlqv. Pbma zpvs xqdt dl usf’l nenw ymnsp nobhg hsle aqw’tg estyvtyr arpqc xyg.”

Nepu axew yzj xqdt ze htqpv tk wxb, mjfusyx ph hncv qi ur kwctl sgqk oz rq ftq jqrbujef. Gur jbhaq op svunly pnhfrq vwa hnvupgpun itbg, gfdq u wnee bxac xo xlvsffmrk motq. Jg dbson lg hngz bcm svatref unm qcizr qpna ljy gurz mh skhlu m cwkv…


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