The Morning After

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Skook: The Story Continues

“It wasn’t kids in Ape Canyon,” Joe said flatly.

“That’s a yarn I never heard you spin,” Petoskey told him. “About being in the siege of Ape Canyon.”

“Yeah, yeah, there’s always some reason nobody ever quite sees one, or their tracks, except you,” Petoskey said tolerantly.

“We each have been marked by skooks. Myself, when I was somewhat older than the tyke here.”

Joe graced us both with a sad smile. “There have always been stories about skooks stealing babies. But a skook that would try to steal a baby from this man is a tragedy. On both sides.”

“Why,” said Petosky, “do I get the feeling that there are at least two more conversations than I know about going on in this room?”

He rubbed a big hand over his face. “The habit of staying unknown is centuries-bred. I thought you were perfectly safe. So you’re right to chastise me.”

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Bill Burkett

Professional writer, Pacific Northwest. 20 Books: “Sleeping Planet” 1964 to “Venus Mons Iliad” 2018–19. Most on Amazon for sale. Il faut d’abord durer.