The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters
Chapter Eleven: Lovers
Later in bed, the couple are naked under the bed sheets. Eunice lies on her side, stroking the stranger’s chest.
The stranger: “What does your husband think of this?”
Eunice: “We have a business relationship. He protects me, and I… iron his shirts.”
The stranger laughs: “So he knows?”
Eunice: “Why are you here?”
Eunice: “And what is your business?”
Stranger: “I find things that people lose.”
Eunice: “You are so… evasive.”
The stranger laughs.
Playfully Eunice slaps the stranger’s chest.
Eunice: “Why did you come here? To Canada? It is a long way from your home.”
The stranger: “I came for the clear skies and warm sunshine.”
Eunice: “It is winter.”
The stranger: “I was misled.”
Eunice sternly: “You are impossible.”
The stranger: “I came to find some property that was taken from my employer.”
Eunice: “Is this property so important?”
The stranger: “No. But my employer is a sentimental man.”
Eunice: “Are you sentimental too?”
The stranger rises from the bed and steps over to the window. He looks down into the street below.
Stranger: “How blind are you?”
Eunice: “I can see that you are headed into trouble.”