By Robert Edward Gardner
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Yeah. Was. Was my friend . " said Mary. "Maybe it's private," I suggested. Mary waved me away, so I excused myself, went to my chair in the living room, and lighted a pipe, listening to the rain. I could hear them around the corner. "Okay, what happened was, I met this girl down there at the beginning of the summer, in June, and was going out with her. " "Uh-uh," I said, butting in from around the corner. "Nobody steals a woman away from you. A woman leaves because she's unhappy, but she isn't stolen away.
Inside, I turned on the big SONY short-wave. It buzzed and crackled ominously; the air was full of bad electricity. I raised a few marine stations: Nauset Beach, Point Judith, Boston. All said the same thing: the tropical depression was now a gale. The big storm was pounding the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard to the south, and moving in our direction. Gale warnings for the Northeast and to all vessels at sea. Traveler's advisory. Stay inside. Watch out. I went back onto the deck. Now the water was glowing white-gray.
Her black eyes shone under the anchor light that hangs over the kitchen table. Her dark hair was pulled back in a big thick single braid. She was, having spent only twelve days on the Cape, as dark as a Tahitian. "I don't know. With this storm, I'm hoping they never left. But I don't like not hearing from them, either. " I looked outside at the ugly leaden sky. At the foot of the bluff, the tide was coming back in, roaring and slamming every inch of the way. The sea was higher than I'd ever seen it on the bay side of the Cape.
American Arms & Arms Makers by Robert Edward Gardner