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They saw no more than they expected to see. Blinkered minds. Four feet away from Arpad was a cut bank, a sharp slope. He had picked the spot. He breathed twice and then like a ghosting cat he was down the slope and lost in the grass that nodded and lied and hid him from view. Hands and knees he crouched. No one here. No one here. In a moment no one was. At a distance, in the simple light of day, the valley might have seemed all of a piece, even and undifferentiated. Open. In the reality of night it was far from even.
He turned from the closed courtyard and walked slowly up the alley toward the street. There was a sudden explosion of movement by the wall. It ducked into the building across the alley. Tansman followed, moving easily. There was no light there as there usually was. Tansman went up the stairs. He heard Garth’s voice but couldn’t make out the words. He found the latch at the top of the stairs. Garth said, “A shippeen, to be sure! He follows me! You must give me help. You know me—old Garth Buie. I was the one that went up in the balloon.
The motions were automatic—his muscles remembered what his mind had forgotten. His mind was on other things. What was he going to do? What did he owe Garth? This wasn’t the first time he had asked himself these questions. This moment had been foreseeable. This moment had been foreseen. But only now was an answer required of him. Tansman told himself that still he did not know what he was going to do. But when he was finished with the horses, he walked slowly back up the alley, went upstairs to Rilke’s room, and opened the heavy chest.