October Moon - An Eamonn Shute Short Story(4)
Author:Tony McFadden

    “Nicky?” Ah, this was worth waking up for.

    “Muniz. You know, from the book store? R&R?I know you know me. We’ve talked.” She was tripping over herwords, nervous. “I took your number from the customer files. I hopeyou don’t mind.”

    “Of course I know you, Nicky.” Youinterrupted a dream that starred you,he thought. “What’s so urgent?”

    “You’re the smartest person I know, Eamonn,right?”

    Ah, to have an ego stroked so early. Now,definitelyworth the loss of sleep. “Well, I couldn’t possibly say, Nicky. Iclearly don’t know all of the people that you know.” He pausedand took a bite of muffin and marmalade. “However, that said, it’slikely that you are correct, lass. With what could I possibly assistyou?”

    She sniffed. “My cousin is dead.”

    He pulled out a chair and sat at the small tableon his balcony. “My condolences, dear girl. You must be shattered.”There was a sigh and a long pause on the end of the phone. “Nicky,are you okay?”

    “I haven’t seen him in four years. Hemarried a woman that the family didn’t get along with and we losttouch with him. He was trying to reconnect recently, so this hurtseven more.”

    “That’s sad, but I still don’t know how Ican help you.”

    “It’s a long story, maybe I shouldn’tbother you.”

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