She picked up some toys and turned them over, inspecting them as a serious buyer would do. She couldn’t read the price tag with the glasses she was wearing, everything was blurry. Then she heard the voice. She looked up to see Sandy, a short distance away, talking to a clerk. Eve slowly walked toward her friend, carrying a little electronic toy.
When she was next to Sandy, Eve held the toy out to the clerk and asked, “Sorry for interrupting, but I’m in a dreadful hurry. I can’t find the price on this. Could you check it for me?” Eve stood next to Sandy, looking ahead as if they were strangers while knowing her friend had recognized her voice.
“Eve. Don’t look at me. I’m supposed to lead them to you. They’re watching me now. God, I am so sorry. You know how I love you, but I have to take care of myself first.” She took an envelope out of her purse and laid it on the table next to the dolls. “Take this, and please forgive me.”
Sandy put her hands in the air and said, “Lady, I was here first!” She turned around and left. A man in a hat followed closely behind, working his best to stay inconspicuous.
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