Eli and his friend Paul were knocking back a few beers and playing pool at the Come As You Are Saloon when in walks this stranger. Now strangers aren't an unusual sight at the CAYAS, but this one was different. He had a ominous air about him and a crescent scar across his left cheek. His eyes were dark, almost daring someone to mess with him.
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When they heard that, Paul burst out laughing. "A pomegranate martini? What kind of a drink is that for a man?"
"Shut up, Paul" urged Eli. "What kind of idiot are you, anyway?"
The stranger turned and stared at Paul. It was a dark stare. An evil stare. He started walking toward them, glass in hand. He stops mere inches from Paul, tosses back the martini and slams the glass on the table, sending shards of glass flying.
In a low voice that belied the intensity of the moment he remarked almost casually, "That wasn't very nice."
By this time Eli wasn't feeling very confident about the outcome, and wishing he could suddenly become invisible.
"My friend didn't mean anything" Eli interjected, hoping to defuse the situation. "Sometimes he can be a bit crass, but he's totally harmless. By the way, my name is Eli, what's yours?" Being friendly couldn't hurt he thought.
"Name's Rico" growled the stranger, and I don't take kindly to being laughed at," gripping the stem of the broken glass. "I ordered this for my old lady."
Paul never knew when to leave well enough alone and asked, "Then why did you drink it?"
Again that dark, evil stare. "So I could do this" as he raised his arm. "Nobody laughs at me in front of my woman!"
At that point, Eli again wished he were invisible. As Paul was about to feel the wrath of Rico, he called out "Eli, where are you?"
"What's the matter with you, I'm right here, but not for long. Run!" shouted Eli.
Both men turned and stared. They'd heard Eli shout, but there was no one there, and Paul asked again, "Where did you go?"
Eli reached out his hand to wave, "over here", and it was his turn to freak out. He couldn't see his hand. He looked down, he had no legs. He looked in the mirror. No reflection. "What the...?"
Eli, he said to himself, stay calm and don't say anything...just leave. Gotta try and figure this out.
What do you think happened to Eli?
If you want to catch up on Eli's adventures:
Eli and the Redhead
The Winged Woman
Meet Eli's Mother
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