The Eight Sentences:
"Claudia, you've known me since you were six or seven years old, don't you remember? You would often point me out to your grandfather and say, 'Look, Grandpa Hooligan, there's Mr. Debert.'"
"You know what I called him."
"Why shouldn't I -- I was always around."
They sat together in companionable silence while she thought. Finally, she said, "I'll wear a white scarf when I want to see you."
"What about after Labor Day?" he asked sincerely.
The Back Story:
Today's snippet comes from the flashback at the beginning of Part 2 of The Tourist Killer. Here, readers meet the mysterious "Mr. Debert" (day-bear), Claudia's confidant, one of only two people with whom she can discuss any aspects of her career. She's decided she can trust him and they make arrangements for scheduling meetings.
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