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for myself? Not like me to object to being the doormat?” “Now you’re starting to hurt my feelings. I can’t believe you would want to do that, when I’ve come all this way.” Everything Roger said, with his calm tones and injured innocence, made Michael crazier. Worst of all was feeling like he was only seeing what had been in front of him, unacknowledged, all this time. Michael stood up. “I have to go.” “I’ll call you later,” Roger said, as Michael crossed the vast room toward the door. “To make sure you’re okay.” Traffic was unreasonably heavy on the short stretch of I-40 between the Sheraton and Michael’s hotel. The reason proved to be a wreck at the Durham Freeway split, where somebody in an suv had tried to change his mind at the last minute in front of an 18-wheeler. The legacy of the Interstate Highway System, Michael thought. Urban sprawl, pollution, crowding, hurry, frustration, mutilation, death. This is what my father’s dream has become. A shower and clean clothes failed to dispel his mood. It still clung
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