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“Duh. Of course I am, but I’m also the one who tripped you. Give me some credit for that. I think it’s like a hundred years of bad karma if you let the person you’re protecting get killed.”
“You’re protecting me? How come you didn’t keep me from being shot?”
“Give me a break. I told you that I’m new to this. The bullet only nicked your butt; so don’t make a federal case out of it. If I hadn’t tripped you, you’d be paralyzed. You should be grateful to me.”
Josh felt a cold shiver run up his spine.
“Then you’re dead?”
“We don’t refer to it that way. We like to say that we’ve moved to another plane.”
“How come I can see you?”
Andy smiled thinly.
“You Harrells have a gift. Everyone has a guardian angel, but only certain people can see us. It’s easier in a way for us if you can’t see us.”
“You’ll keep anything bad from happening to me?”
“There’s such a thing as free will, my dear. I can only help you so much.
If it’s your time, then it’s lights out. Now that you’re thirty, things are going to get a lot harder.”
“What do you mean?”
Josh had a sinking feeling in his stomach, and it wasn’t the alcohol.
“A lot of things are going to change for you now. As I said, you Harrells are gifted, although some of your relatives thought of it as a curse.”
“I don’t believe this. You mean my father really did see someone? He wasn’t crazy?”
“Of course he saw someone. I hope you don’t throw your full glass of whiskey at me the way he threw his at his guardian.”
“How could you possibly know that?”
“You’re asking too many questions. Just take my word that everything’s relative, including time.”
“What do you want?”
About the Author:
He has led several careers including futurist and executive for many of the world’s leading technology market research firms, police department administrator, autopsy assistant, software trainer, Telecommunications Department Chairman, and English professor. He taught at Tokyo University as a Fulbright exchange professor. His non-fiction includes books on such diverse topics as strategies for changing careers for a green industry job, studies of Michael Connelly and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., network and data communications technology, telecommunications, computer programming.
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