The Angel of Zero City: Part 16UnfinishedJoseph didn’t know who designed city hall, but it was a glass pyramid that jutted southward, like the bow of a ship three-fourths underwater. Its mirror-like windows reflected the city, the sunset, and the pink clouds above, and a small scarce park surrounded the building.Joseph didn’t know whether to sit, or stand and keep a lookout for Esmeralda, and he wondered what kind of hangouts were around here. For the past week, it was like he was a younger man again, always looking for something new and interesting to experience. The area around here was foreign to him, but by the way the brass talked about the stooges at city hall, it might as well have been Hell.Five minutes passed, and Esmeralda suddenly appeared from behind a tree, and Joseph hurried to meet her.“Hey!” he said cheerily, and he quickly kissed her lips. “How was your day?”Esmeralda kissed him back, but barely, and she stared at his chest. “It was fin
The Angel of Zero City: Part 15Reasons“This is a box of cigars I got from the heart of Los Angeles, and this is a gift card to Lazlo’s Steakhouse in Uptown.” Joseph slid his apologies across Finlay’s desk and sat down meekly. “I also did my share of the paperwork, and I think most of the cases shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.”Finlay eyed these gifts with his arms folded. “Is that all?”“And … and I feel bad for walking out the other day. I’m sorry, and I’m sorry for not apologizing earlier. But if you’re the honest one then I’m the dishonest one! What I want to say has a lot of trouble coming out.”Finlay had been sour the last two days, and the fact that Joseph hadn’t apologized sooner only deepened the wound. But, he also knew that Lazlo’s steaks would taste better if he forgave him.“You were right though.” Joseph said. “I was risking my life like a rookie. If we ever
The Angel of Zero City: Part 14The ThornThe night was cool, and Buster’s Block was packed with folks checking out comedy clubs, or eating from carts and hole in the wall restaurants.“So what happened to your car?” Esmeralda asked, as they walked down the block.“It was … stolen.”“Stolen? Someone stole a detective’s car? A detective’s car?”“Yes, I know!” Joseph said. “It’s really embarrassing, but I got it back.… I found it in the middle of Azure Park … up a tree … down a hill … covered in bees … and it was wet.”Across the street from Funny Bones, a crowd gathered around the source of an irresistible smell. Joseph and Esmeralda approached, and they saw an unusual-looking restaurant, like an airstream diner that had been cut in half and stuffed down an alley. About twenty-five people sat at a long counter, slurping noodles with chopsticks, and the rising steam glowed like
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