By Henry (also wrote as Lewis Padgett) Kuttner
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A gray light was starting to show in the sky behind me. Pretty soon I passed a roadside shack on the left; it had an EAT sign on top of it and a gas pump in front. Forget it. This was the right answer, somehow. The part of my mind that was working told me that. And the other part was beginning to wake up now, too. Forget about it. 9. I WENT UP THE DRIVEWAY WITHOUT lights, cutting the engine down till it had just enough power to make the grade, and even then the purring sounded loud enough to wake everybody within five miles of it.
There were some pretty Swedish liqueur glasses on the shelf, each with a different color glowing softly through the stems and bases, so I took a couple of them and passed the brandy around. De Anza held out a cigarette case to me, but I saw they were some trick brand, so I said no thanks, I'd smoke my own. When we lit up, the funny perfume was in the room again, and now I could tell where it came from. I tried to keep my nose from twitching. I tried to figure out just what the Count was smoking.
Mrs. De Anza refers to an incident in my past," he said. "She hopes it will distress me. It doesn't. Well--I hope you'll find your new job pleasant, Nick. As for you, Irene, why don't you sleep on the idea of going into Phoenix? " She gave him a direct, frowning look. " De Anza blew out cigarette smoke that smelled sickeningly heavy and sweet. The pause lasted a long time. "Yes," he said. " There was a little silence. Then the Countess said, "All right. That's settled, thank God. Somebody fix me a drink.
Man Drowning by Henry (also wrote as Lewis Padgett) Kuttner