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‘Hello Again’ By Stan Schatt

Bill had never been so tired. The stream of customers at the Cozy Cup had not slowed until closing time. The coffee shop had reaped the reward of having so many new people in the area because the theater down the block held a film festival once a month. He closed up and drove home with the expectation of falling into bed without his usual hour of reading time.

As he took out his keys and started to open the door, two men appeared from the shadows and strolled up to him. Although they were identically dressed in dark suits and red ties, that’s where the similarity ended. One man with a military style short haircut appeared to be in his late thirties. Bill noticed the man’s massive shoulders and figured that he must have played football in college. The second man, much shorter in stature, would be easy to pick out in a police lineup. His long thin face was set off by a nose far too long to create a harmonious effect and a head of hair that seemed evenly divided between dark brown and gray strands. He pulled a business card from his jacket’s inside pocket and thrust it at Bill.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Jenn at ‘Books And A Beat’

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘A Daily Rhythm’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Jenn, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Ooh! Intrigued as to what Bill might have been up to, what a great teaser.

    ‘I hate this part. I hate having this much power over someone else’s happiness, and I hate the possibility that because I’m tired, because I’m irritated, I’ll use that power without thinking and leave welts on someone else’s psyche that a lifetime can’t erase.’
    – Page 170: Bell, Book And Murder by Rosemary Edghill.

    • Hi Tracy,

      The resulting conversation between Bill and the two men, seemed a little far fetched when I read it. However, having worked my way deeper into the story, things take an even more sinister turn for the worse – and Bill appears to be the innocent party, at least I do hope so, or I have completely misjudged him!
      Having a power that you might use without thinking could be quite a dangerous thing, whether you destroy someones happiness, or escalate it to an unnatural degree – one scenario is potentially almost as devastating as the other, I should think.

      I’m not sure that the Rosemary Edghill books are right for me. However, having said that, I didn’t think I would enjoy my author’s paranormal stories as much as I have and ‘Bell, Book And Murder’ actually doesn’t sound too heavy going at all.

      Thanks for sharing your teaser lines this time, although I am not certain whether this meme will be continuing past the end of the year, as Jenn has decided to hang up her book blogging hat to pursue other projects. She is hoping to find someone willing to take over the administration of one or both of the memes she currently organises. Meanwhile, I am searching around for any similar memes, where we can share a few lines from the book we are currently reading 🙂

  • I agree with Tracy… a great teaser. I wonder if they’ve approached Bill for something he’s done or just something he might have observed in the coffee shop?

    My teaser is taken from page 255 of Kate Morton’s ‘The Lake House’
    “The clean, crisp gurgle of tea being poured from the pot was excruciating. Alice felt that all her senses were sharpened. She was aware of a fly teetering on the side of the tray, of Maria moving about upstairs, of the faint lingering scent of lemon furniture polish. The room was very warm and she slipped a fingertip beneath her collar to lift it from her neck. The weight of her impending confession pressed.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      If I were to say both, which is the truth, you won’t be any the wiser 🙂
      Although this is something they think he might have done or seen, albeit that they have no real proof.
      I’m now a little further into the story, but as yet I still can’t see where it is headed and neither I think, can Bill!
      I love Kate Morton’s style of writing and that first line is deliciously descriptive, especially if I close my eyes and imagine that cup of tea being poured.
      This sounds like a big confession is coming up and I wonder if the tea pourer realises what is about to happen – or perhaps they are not the intended recipient and they are both waiting for Maria to join them!

      Thanks for sharing, I know this one is worth a place on my ‘Want To Read’ list 🙂

  • Bills coffe shop does sound cozy. I wonder what those two men want. I definitely know the feeling of driving home late from work too tired to get my nightly reading time in.

    • Hi Naida,

      The ‘Cozy Cup’ definitely welcomes anyone and everyone, from the well-dressed city types, to the homeless and unemployed, who have a special table where they can sit and chat with others in the same situation. Appearance, hygiene standards and social status are left at the door and the atmoshere is very open and friendly inside.

      The two men are a totally unexpected event in Bill’s already hectic day and he is as surprised as I was, to learn of the accusations being made against him.

      I too, constantly have those feelings of really needing to spend some quiet, quality reading time and simply not having enough hours in the day to do so. I can’t remember the last time I read in bed, as I never seem to hit the pillows much before midnight by the time I have finished blogging and emailing and as the alarm goes off again at 5am, some sleep is required 🙂

      I hope that you have a great Thanksgiving Day and thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

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