Readers: Please read Parts One and Two, or at least Part Two, which were posted yesterday.
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The next day . . .
I received the anticipated "debriefing call," at noon.
"Well? How'd it go?"
I told her what happened . . . in three brief sentences and less than 10 seconds.
"You're kidding," she said.
"Come on," I said, "you were a magistrate. You know when someone comes in and tells such a preposterous story, you have NO choice other than conclude it's true."
Her voice rose in both pitch and volume. "Well . . . THEN what happened?"
"He yelled over his shoulder as he hopped one leg at a time into his pants, 'Ya' know what I think? I think you're gay and you just don't know it, yet!'"
She broke into a fit of coughing so violent I heard her husband's footfalls as he crossed the room to pound her on the back. I held the receiver away from my ear for almost a minute, as he returned with a glass of water. I waited as she drank, spluttered and coughed again.
"Even YOU coudn't have made this one up," she finally said.
You're right . . . I didn't . . .