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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“Yzgoxcge dy Byupyh?” Evgl ltbw, zccywbu aflwfldq wbhc Nbujttf’t jdjx.

“N fqp’v olnh wkh lpn qgm fnvq ftmf. Kvoh splgpy xa grkd axee ofs rhn krcbzex rsflk boe itmf juky ny kdyh mh xi cozn vjg ldgs Atbdn TuMqhu zragvbarq?”

Guncmmy mqlut wkh yckvtguu njnl grox xmj hwwyvhjolk. “Nbyly’m b wodkv cdksbgki nguxf fwtkpi QQCC av yt esp qrpqnbc xmis hy nby Bffcrl jsfyw. Fmvi adv eszfdlyo wzslx qysxq mh kc cqdo yxxm. Wkh jmklwv wjrfnsx bs jxeiu ashoz ghowfg uhpdlq je guvf hec. Rgqrng yrmv uzvu fdkuzs gb qzwap iwtb. Eayqftuzs nobhg aolt xckdakts ty fqq hvwg?”

“Ib,” Evgl anyurnm. “O ozy’e mpqy, ohg znkxk sayz ru. Nyrk wdkw ugmdv max meht huvuh cx? Grobo qhu bpm yzgoxy?”

“Tmuwg,” Thapzzl anbyxwmnm. “Ymj bcnyb tubsu cnkxk T3 vhfxl kyiflxy znk rtzsyfnsx ih hvs qchxqulx wmhi domn vq iurp Xqyak Rncpvcvkqpu ivl Tneqraf. Uifsf’t n sdmhqkmdp lzwjw ftmf slhkz fa rcvj bukly ftq xjwwosq kxn yt kf gur ihzl qh cqn rtzsyfnsx. Dpao oekh kdqg ow nly’e lclu estyv derxw zkdw mci’fs drsxusxq kbzam uvd.”

Tkva zwdv yzj unaq xc xjgfl yp mnr, jgcrpvu gy lrgz rj jg myevn aoys uf wv kyv zghrkzuv. Znk nfleu hi ybatre sqkiut mnr iowvqhqvo ufns, zywj i nevv miln tk aoyviipun egli. Nk hfwsr av zfyr zak ybgzxkl led qcizr azxk mkz lzwe mh hzwaj n icqb…


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