Chapter 08

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“We eat fish.  Sparsely though,” said Marie.

“I thought you were vegan.”

“Not exactly, mostly, fish are part of the old tradition.”

“Not impure,” said Nicole.

“Right,” said Cameron. He nodded.

A few blocks down the street Cameron and the women went into a small restaurant.  Cameron could tell the strong smell offended Marie and Nicole when they shared a wide-eyed glance to each other.

The three sat at a table and ordered tea.

“So what do we do now?” asked Marie.

“We wait.  A bus will be pulling up to that corner in about an hour.  When it does we’re getting on it.”

“It goes to Montreal?” asked Nicole.

“Bingo,” said Cameron.  “The Chinatown bus is low profile, and puts us in Montreal this evening.”

“You’re going with us?” asked Marie.

“In for a penny, in for a pound.”

“I don’t understand,” said Nicole.

“I’ll get you to where you need to go.”

“You will be rewarded when you do, though we have nothing to give you now,” said Marie.

The waiter put three teas on the table.  Marie and Nicole each slid their hands around their teacups and, in low whispers, recited the Lord’s Prayer.  Cameron grabbed a sugar packet and ripped the end open.  “That’s fine for now,” Cameron said to the waiter.  When the waiter turned away, Cameron fixed his gaze on Marie and waited for her to finish her prayer.  When Marie finished praying she matched his gaze.

“I’m not in this for the reward,” said Cameron.  “I would like to talk to these Rex Mundies about the damage they did to my car.”  His eyes flashed to Nicole and then back to Marie, “Among other things.”

Nicole began shaking her head.  “The Rex Mundi, there is no talking to them.  Their pursuit is endless and they will do whatever they need to, to get what they want.”

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