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Woody gave abrupt notice to Misses Grinspea that he would be moving within the week. She demanded to know what was wrong with the apartment, if it had anything to do with the aging conditions of the complex, or if any of the tenants had bothered him. Woody could only shake his head with a polite smile. He had no reason to offer her that wouldn’t sound like a lie. Conna had shown him that most folk were just too polite to admit his explanations sounded completely unbelievable. He had only been living in the apartment complex for two weeks… He had no excuse for his behavior, so he didn’t offer one.copyright protection22PENANAux4EjET3WX

“Are you running from something, son?” she asked him, lowering her voice.copyright protection22PENANA7opl5n2IqM

That grim mask had come over him as he admitted, “You could say that.”copyright protection22PENANAhQAvxVXVSg

She narrowed her eyes, adjusting her glasses. “You’re not… in trouble with the law?”copyright protection22PENANAlnNp173UbZ

“Misses Grinspea,” he said, putting his hands on her shoulders. She flinched at the touch, but didn’t pull away from him. He bent down a little so that he was eye-to-eye with her. “I’m not running for anything anyone can stop or delay… I appreciate your concern, but everyone in this building is going to feel much more comfortable when I’m gone.”copyright protection22PENANASiohDtEFc5

The older Italian woman actually did look more concerned than suspicious as he let her go and turned to go upstairs. “I’m sorry for prying, but… are you going to be safe where you go next? I mean, what will moving do?”copyright protection22PENANAstW3ZtZWpR

“It won’t do me any good,” he admitted over his shoulder. “But I’ll feel better if I do.”copyright protection22PENANAdKe0ag8dbj

She shook her head, not really understanding. “What will stop you from running?”copyright protection22PENANAd3CBlg5ZVh

He turned a little to meet her gaze. “Misses Grinspea, my moving out of here is like locking the door at night. It gives you a little peace of mind, but in the end, if someone really wanted to get into your house, they’d break down the door, go in through a window, or they’d force the lock. In the end, you’re still dead, but at least you aren’t afraid. I’m leaving ‘cause I can’t live being afraid.”copyright protection22PENANA4oL1rKvqHU

“My son knows some people, maybe they could…?”copyright protection22PENANAiUFwVPN33Y

Woody smiled then. Like any street thug could help him. “Thank you, Misses Grinspea… for everything. But I expect to see my deposit by Thursday. I’ll be out by tomorrow.”copyright protection22PENANAnh1ZTmfZmb

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