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between friends, intruders, and food. Michael envied him. Black & White 241 The trailer door closed. Michael lay still as long as he could, which in fact was not long at all. He put the shed between himself and the trailer, hurried to the trees on the far side of the driveway, and let his bladder go. Tears of relief came up in his eyes. He zipped up and turned back to the road, where Henry waited for him, tail wagging. Michael snapped his fi ngers twice, and Henry fell in step with him. “Traitor,” Michael said. “You’d have given him my name and the license number of my car if you could talk.” He retrieved his bag of tools and approached the rear of the house. He had the thought that he could turn around and go to his car and be safe in bed at the hotel in an hour. He pushed the thought away. He sat on the back stoop, dried his sweaty hands on his pants leg, and put on a pair of latex gloves. Then he fi shed around in the bag for the duct tape. Everything made too much noise: the clink of metal on concrete as he set down
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