Episode: Good Stories That Don't Use Gems

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"Yes. I'm giving a dinner party tomorrow night. Would you like to come?"

"I see. I'm working for you."

She turned to face him, and smiled. "I know. That's my problem."

"Are you a homosexual, Jeff?"

"Are you a homosexual, Jeff?"

"Then if you want to get your money's worth, you'd better let me get on with my work." Jeff moved on to the next stanchion.

Jeff looked at the woman for a long moment before he answered. "Why not?"

"You wanted to see me, ma'am?"

She gave him a slow smile. "That's right."

"I'm trying to get this off," she said. "I'm having a problem with the zipper."

Louise Hollander's mouth tightened. "What kind of women do you like? Whores, I suppose."

"I'm Louise Hollander. I own this boat."

"Sometimes," Jeff said agreeably. "Was there anything else, Miss Hollander?"

Jeff walked over and examined the costume. "It doesn't have a Zipper."

Jeff walked over and examined the costume. "It doesn't have a Zipper."

Louise Hollander's mouth tightened. "What kind of women do you like? Whores, I suppose."

"Are you a homosexual, Jeff?"

"Are you a homosexual, Jeff?"

Jeff walked over and examined the costume. "It doesn't have a Zipper."

"You wanted to see me, ma'am?"

One of the carnies had been a professor of archaeology until he was thrown out of college for stealing and selling valuable relics. He and Jeff had had long talks, and the professor had imbued Jeff with an enthusiasm for archaeology. "You can read the whole future of mankind in the past," the professor would say. "Think of it, son. Thousands of years ago there were people just like you and me dreaming dreams, spinning tales, living out their lives, giving birth to our ancestors." His eyes had taken on a faraway look. "Carthage--- that's where I'd like to go on a dig. Long before Christ was born, it was a great city, the Paris of ancient Africa. The people had their games, and baths, and chariot racing. The Circus Maximus was as large as five football fields." He had noted the interest in the boy's eyes. "Do you know how Cato the Elder used to end his speeches in the Roman Senate? He'd say, 'Delenda est cartaga'; 'Carthage must be destroyed.' His wish finally came true. The Romans reduced the place to rubble and came back twenty-five years later to build a great city on its ashes. I wish I could take you there on a dig one day, my boy."

Jeff walked over and examined the costume. "It doesn't have a Zipper."

They were together every night after that. At first Louise's friends were amused. He's another one of Louise's playthings, they thought. But when she informed them that she intended to marry Jeff, they were frantic.

She sat up in surprise. "What?"

"I don't believe it's any of your business, Miss Hollander, but the answer is no. What I am is choosy."

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