Cody and Luigi lay in bed after their love-making. Cody had been right. The breadcrumbs did go everywhere.
“Let’s do something,” suggested Luigi. “You go back to work tomorrow. But we have today off.”
Cody didn’t speak. He looked away from Luigi, waiting for him to suggest something. Luigi sighed inwardly.
“Let’s go and have a decent coffee on Brunswick Street. And something to eat.”
They showered. Separately. Luigi was rather depressed by that. He wondered if things would ever be right again between them.
It was a warm autumn day. They sat outside on a table at the café drinking their caffè lattes. Cody said he wasn’t hungry but Luigi ordered bruschetta for himself.
Racking his brains for something to say, he asked, “Do you think it’ll be all right at work?”
Cody shrugged. “Dunno.” He waited a couple of seconds. “We’ll have to see. I do have the medical certificate. So they won’t sack me because of that. But I’ll have to have a story ready. The doctor didn’t say what I was sick with—”
“—They never do—”
“—but they will ask. I have to have some plausible excuse.”
“You were unconscious. Which is true. No one knew where you were. Which is true. If we don’t count the killer. And you were found by someone on the street—only you don’t remember much—and taken to a doctor. It’ll do for now. If there’s a court case …. Well, we’ll worry about it then.”
He took a bite of his bruschetta.
Cody’s face turned a whitish green and his forehead was all at once covered with beads of sweat,
“What?” asked Luigi, alarmed.
Swallowing convulsively, Cody strangled out a whisper, “It’s him.”
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