Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Dusty and Janet Chat over Beers

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Dusty and Janet Chat over Beers

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MARIA goes back to work. Red goes back to work. Janet and I enjoy a couple more beers.

C[pounds sterling]Might just call Hank, see how the surveillance is going.C[yen] I dial.

C[pounds sterling]Hi babe, enjoy those French pastries?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Sure did. See the email I got from Clay?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Yeah. Be aware. Keep your eyes open.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]How's the surveillance going? What's Smart been up to?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Not much. Went to the gym, watched the bike race.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Any sign of the boat?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Coastguard, water police, sea patrol, all keeping an eye out. Bit hard when we don't know what it's called, but they're checking out anything suspicious. Up and down the coastline, in case they've had a change of plans. We'll get them, don't worry about that.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Great. Don't want all my hard work to be for nothing.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]See you on the beach tomorrow. Gunna give a few of the lads a gee up, got a team in the tri.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Cool. See you then.C[yen] I put away the phone.

Janet's curious. C[pounds sterling]See Hank last night?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Yeah.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Getting to be a regular thing.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Suppose so. Fixed the railing, and the table.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Going to keep him around?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]A while, maybe.C[yen]

We drink.

How do I approach the Macca topic? C[pounds sterling]You said Macca did well in the race.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Yeah.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]He talking to you?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Sort of.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]So you put your hand on his thigh.C[yen]

She doesn't say anything.

C[pounds sterling]Did you just rest it there, or give it a rub? …

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