by The Lone Ranger
We Are Now Beginning Our Descent by James Meek
Return with me now to the thrilling day of Monday ....
I arrive on my fiery horse at the speed of light and in a cloud of dust set the book down on the bench. I sit waiting for the best time to make my get-away when I feel something touch my boot. I look down and see a rabbit. Strange.
Leaving the book, I make my way to my vantage point and wait.
3 minutes later ...
A man glances at the book, then sits with his back to it. After a few minutes he leaves.
14 minutes 32 seconds ...
A man in a flat cap shuffles towards the bench and picks up the book. He looks through and then sets it down again. He takes a few steps away and stops for a moment. Some internal gears shift and he walks behind the bench and reaches over the back and picks the book up again. He ambles off to the drinking saloon looking at the book.
My mission complete I return to Silver. On the way past the saloon I spot him again with a pint in his hands. The book is nowhere to be seen.
Next week: The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce by Paul Torday.
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