The Paperback Edition…
“WHY AREN’T YOU GONE?” I screamed as I sat bolt upright in bed and leaned towards him, hands waving in the air as if to make him go away.
“I never leave,” Fred said very calmly. “You are my job until you die. That’s the rule. I don’t make the rules. I just do what I am told. I am an excellent obeyer of rules.”
I sighed, completely and utterly exasperated.
“But…but…I can’t have you just watching me,” I persisted. “All…the…time. It’s already bothering me…”
I decided to try the sympathy approach. I’m sure a little wheedling will go a long way… I’ve been told I can wheedle with the best of them.
“Stop wheedling. It won’t work. I have to watch you. Watch OVER you is the correct term..to be precise.”
“You are going to drive me to drink!!” I shouted at him and then thought…hey…what a great idea!
I slipped out of bed, being careful not to disturb the now very sound asleep Emma, flipped the hall overhead light switch on and trudged slowly toward my kitchen.
I knew there was an almost full bottle of Jim Beam in the cupboard that I occasionally used if I was having trouble getting to sleep.
It didn’t happen very often…but still…I had the bourbon just in case…and now seemed like a very appropriate time…very.
I reached up and took the bottle down from the shelf over the sink and then turned to open another cabinet to get a glass.
“JESUS CHRIST!!!!” I yelled and almost dropped the bottle of whiskey.
Fred was hovering right behind the breakfast bar…not two feet away from me!
“I’m sure He heard that…by the way.” Fred said with a hint of reproach in his voice.