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Matthew and LeilaMatthew knelt beside Leila's body. Everyone stood nearby, unsure of what to say.
Hector looked down at him. "I'm sorry, Matthew," he said sadly.
Matthew shook his head. "Why do you apologize, my lord? Leila blundered. . . . That's all."
Eliwood took a step forward. "Matthew . . . Leila was . . . she was. . ."
Without looking up, Matthew said, "After this mission, I was going to ask her to put this life behind her. . . . Waited too long, didn't I? Ha. . ." He closed his eyes for a moment. Then he stood and lifted Leila's limp body off the ground. He turned to Hector.
"My lord, might I . . . rejoin you later? She . . . has to be buried. . . ."
Hector nodded. "Of course."
Matthew started walking into the fog toward the woods. Lyn moved toward him.
"Ah . . . I'll go with you. . ." she began, but Eliwood placed a hand on her shoulder.
"Let them be alone," he said quietly. "There's nothing else we can do. . . ."
Once Matthew was sure that he was well out of everyone's sight, he gently la
How It Began"God, your two o'clock is here."
"I have a two o'clock?"
"He's been here since 7:45. I figured it's only polite to... sir."
God sighed. "Fine, send him in."
While He waited God cleared His desk of papers and blueprints; no need for outsiders to see His plans. Soon enough the door to His office opened and God stood, smiled, held out a hand towards one of the two visitor's chairs.
"God! Great stuff you're doing in sector 2-7-0! Great stuff!"
The man's hands were clammy, his handshake limp. Rumpled suit, porkpie hat, briefcase... oh Jes-- oh dear, a salesman. God's smile slipped a little but He soldiered on gamely. With luck He could shoo the poor guy away in a few minutes.
"So, what can I do for you?"
The man sat, briefcase across his knees. "Sector 2-7-0! Everyone's talking about it! What do you call it? Man and merman?"
"Man and woman, actually. And thanks. But we're pretty busy around here, and..."
"Oh! Right! No time for the wicked, eh?" The salesman winked and popped his briefcase,
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