Noir: On the Way Down

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“I’m heading out, kid. Before you go, run down to the liquor store and pick me up another case of whiskey.” I pulled out my wallet, counted out $40 and handed it to Tugger. “I’ll see you at the Topaz.”

Closing the door behind me as I stepped into the hall, I walked to the elevator and waited for it to arrive.

Tugger seemed a good kid, inexperienced but eager. I hadn’t wanted to hire him. There had always been a certain advantage to having something shapely and distracting in the outer office, but sour financial luck had left me in debt to his uncle, a debt partially forgiven by hiring Tugger. Frankly, I suspected that he was a plant. He’d be gone as soon as I could do it safely.

The doors opened, I stepped in and pressed the button for the lobby.

Maryanne’s reappearance was a mystery. It wasn’t like her to associate with people she’d wiped her feet on. Unless, of course, there was some way she could still use them…

On the ground, I made my way through the rain to Gunn’s Bar and Grill. I needed a drink.

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  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Nice continuation of the dark. Poor Tugger. And this guy is really going to be sloshed by 8:00!

  2. Avatar August 2nd

    I wouldn’t worry about Tugger. He’s in no immediate danger of getting the sack. Nick hasn’t discharged his debt yet. Where Nick is concerned, Tugger’s words were “drunken bastard.” I’m just trying to live up to that. ;-)

  3. Avatar Drake West

    He puts the “A” in alcoholic. Too much drinking and he will not be able to function. Are posting sequels in sequence? Should Tugger go next?

  4. Avatar August 2nd

    @Drake: As far as I’m concerned, sequel any story you want at any time, provided you respect the time frame.

  5. Avatar JonB

    Nicely moving things along in the internal, expository style that suits the mood of the story. Of course, what this guy needs more that anything is (another) stiff drink…

  6. Avatar contin

    This is brilliant stuff. Loved the characterization, and the bit about the plant especially!

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