The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

Somehow or other, I managed to screw up the “close” quotes on this chapter and couldn’t figure out how to fix the problem. I hope it isn’t too distracting.–B. Cope PART FOUR GROOMER’S HOUSE Chapter 33             Need I say I was excited?           The Catcher, as strong as he was fat, kept his…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART FOUR GROOMER’S HOUSE Chapter 32             I slept, not well, but as well as I would that night. We stopped drinking beer after the second can, and it didn’t have such a stupefying effect on me as it had the night before. I was troubled in my flickering slumber by images of Peter…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART FOUR GROOMER’S HOUSE Chapter 31           What remained behind of Milton amounted to little more than a dried-out coat and an armload of brittle bone, light enough for even Groomer to carry. Bee-Hee-Mouth was on one side and Alexander was on the other, twin buttresses to steady the old man’s fragile legs. There wasn’t…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART FOUR GROOMER’S HOUSE Chapter 30             Contrary to our expectations, but consistent with our luck, we didn’t leave when the sun rose as Mish-Shka promised. Nor did we leave by the time the sun had set again. There was no need to hurry, for by the time the sour taste of beer had…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART FOUR GROOMER’S HOUSE Chapter 29             “We’ll either run together or we’ll die together, comrades!” Bandy’s noble declaration lost much of its intended stature, in that bouncing around on Alexander’s bottom as he was made him sound as though he had the hiccups.           It took the combined persuasive…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART FOUR GROOMER’S HOUSE Chapter 28          “Come on out, old chum. Let’s see what you’ve done with yourself over the years.”         In deference to the giant outside, the wiry Ayurd’O’Dell backed away and the rest of the mob moved from view. Mish-Shka was perplexed beyond action. Over and over, he…