The Man in the Black Fedora (Part 2, page 2 of 30)


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Part 2

Griping two of the edges, he gently lifted the object out of the dirt. He placed his right hand underneath the object for support, turned around and carefully placed it on a small two-foot square piece of wood lying on the ground behind him. Brushing away as much of the dirt as his brush would move, he determined it was some sort of marble. He turned the object over and noticed the raised center section was in the shape of a sword. It blade measured two inches wide and was sixteen inches from tip to pommel.

“Augustine Athanasius Antiquities” was on the front door of the antiquities shop. Auggie, as the locals called him, is five-foot ten-inches tall with tight curly gray hair, and dark eyes. His skin is very dark from years of working in the sun. The front room of the shop was small, about ten-by-ten foot. A short counter opposite the front door had a small register on it where customers made purchases. Paying customers were rare though, because Auggie only dealt in antiquities. The majority of his sales went to museums and collectors.

The door to the back room, where Auggie worked, was directly behind the register and the room was the same size as the front room. He was polishing his latest acquisition, a small bronze bust of Alexander the Great, when his mobile rang.

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