The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters Chapter Sixteen: Watching

9 02 2010

The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters

Chapter Sixteen: Watching

The stranger sits by the window smoking a pipe and watching the comings and goings of people in the street. The snow that had fallen the night before has melted. The streets are muddy. A group of British troops marches through the main street. There are wagons from the nearby farms with farmers picking up supplies. Women walk along the wooden sidewalks wrapped in warm coats, chatting, and stepping into and out of the dress shop, the general store, and a restaurant where a sign advertises breakfast. The stranger notices a number of wagons pulling into the barn where he had bedded down his horses. Noticing how much deeper their wheel tracks are when they enter than when they leave the stranger grins. He looks down at the General. The sun is beginning to set. The stranger checks his pocket watch.

The stranger: “I wonder what they’re unloading.”

The stranger looks back onto the street. “This town is full of little mysteries.”