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That’s not necessary, thank you. I’m intruding. This whole business- “He turned away-and paused. Gawain was right there behind him, spreading his arms to block his retreat. He did not want to walk through the ghost. Orlene came up and took his arm. Her touch was light and gentle and utterly right; he had a momentary mental picture of a porcelain statuette, a work of art, inconceivably delicate, precious, and cool. “Please,” she repeated. “He set it up,” Norton said, indicating Gawain. “You don’t have to say that,” Orlene said, sounding just a bit nettled.
He firmed up to solid semblance again, having made his point. “Norton, I like you. You’re independent, self-sufficient, unconceited, generous, and open. I know I’d have enjoyed your company when I was alive. -but I don’t think there’s very much I can do for a ghost. ” “Interested, but not able,” the ghost said. “Sit down, eat your supper. And listen, if you will, to my story. ” “Always glad for company, real or imaginary,” Norton said, sitting down on a conveniently placed rock. “I’m no hallucination,” the ghost assured him.
Norton demanded, again expressing his inner irresolution. ” “It’s not like that, and you know it. ” “Same thing. Once you do it, you can leave. ” “Well, Orlene is no dragon! The fact is, she is really a nice person, not a gold digger at all. ” Gawain demanded. ” Norton shouted. ” “Not if she doesn’t produce! Listen, Norton, I’m locked in this state until I have a proper heir. ” “Well, then, why didn’t you marry some slut who spreads her legs for any man who looks at her? ” “I told you,” the ghost responded hotly.