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Greenspahn repeated. “Nothing, Jake. It was nothing. He was going on a date probably. That’s all. ” “Nobody. ” “My dead son? ” “Nobody called anybody a thief. ” “In the ground. Twenty-three years old and in the ground. Not even a wife, not even a business. Nothing. He had nothing. He wouldn’t take. Harold wouldn’t take. Don’t call him what you are. He should be alive today. You should be dead. You should be in the ground where he is. Podler. Mumser,” he shouted. “I saw the lousy receipts, liar,” he screamed.
Harold. Yes, sir, about him. Your boy that’s dead, Mr. ” “I don’t want to hear. ” “I dreamed it twice. That means it’s true. ” “Get away with your crazy stories. ” “That time on Halsted I dreamed the fire. ” “Yeah,” Greenspahn said, “the fire. ” “I dreamed that dream twice. Them police wanted to question me. Same names, Mr. ” “Yeah. ” “I tell you that dream, Mr. Greenspahn? It was a mistake. Prank was supposed to die. Just like you said. Just like I heard you say it just now. And he will. Mr. Harold told me in the dream.
I told you before. I don’t want trouble,” Greenspahn said angrily. He came out of the toilet. ” “Look, I caught her with the salmon. Would you want me to call the cops for a can of salmon? ” “I would have let you handle it if I’d seen you. ” “You shook her down. ” “Jake, it’s ten bucks for the store. ” “Podler,” Greenspahn shouted. ” “Jake,” Frank said. ” He held the can of salmon in his hand and offered it to Greenspahn as though it were evidence. Greenspahn pushed his hand aside. “Get out of my store.