Superbia 2 by Bernard Schaffer

Superbia 2 by Bernard Schaffer

Author:Bernard Schaffer [Schaffer, Bernard]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Apiary Society Publications
Published: 2012-03-24T04:00:00+00:00

11. The doctor looked at the chart for Claude Erinnyes and shook his head, “None of this is good, Claude. None of it at all.”

Erinnyes pulled on his t-shirt and said, “I’m doing exactly what you told me to do. The damn medicine is binding me up.”

“You gained four pounds since your last visit. Are you sticking to the diet? Have you cut out the coffee and alcohol?”

“Yes. Absolutely. Well, for the most part,” Erinnyes said. “Listen, I have obligations that I can’t just excuse myself from. Part of my job is meeting with people from all over for lunch and dinner. Do you have any idea how hard it is to eat plain grilled chicken and lettuce when someone is forcing fries and onion rings down your throat?”

“I’ve told you over and over what you have to do.”

“So schedule me for the damn gastric bypass surgery and I’ll lose weight.”

“Your heart can’t take it, Claude. Your blood pressure is through the roof, your blood sugar is out of control, and your heart is in serious jeopardy.”

“Then give me a pill or something.”

“You’re on enough pills, Claude. Listen, I’m going to be as blunt with you as I can. You are almost sixty years old. You’ve been a police officer for thirty-five years. It is time to retire. Relax. All this stress is killing you. Ever since you became Chief, your health has deteriorated to levels that are truly frightening.”

“That’s your recommendation? That I retire? Just when I’m finally beginning to enjoy the fruits of all those years I suffered under one imbecile after another? Just when I can finally see my life’s work fulfilled? You want me to just walk away and hand it over to someone else?”

“Yes,” the doctor said. “That is what I think you should do. Let it go, Claude. Before it kills you.”

“That’s enough. I’m done here. If you cannot provide me with the proper treatment for my condition, I will find someone else who can.”

“If that’s how you feel, then it’s up to you. My prognosis stays the same though. You need to make a complete lifestyle change.”

Erinnyes buttoned his pants and said, “I like my lifestyle, boy.”


The next evening, Frank passed Reynaldo the car keys and said, “You’re on your own tonight. I feel like shit because I had to stay up all night with you. I don’t care what you do before three AM, but after that, if you make a peep on the radio I will kill you. Understood?”

Reynaldo picked up the car keys and said, “Did you get a call from the Chief today?”

“No. He was off, I think. Probably doesn’t even know about it yet.”

“Are you nervous?”


“I’m nervous.”


“I feel like I’m going to get in trouble for it.”

“You probably will. Don’t sweat it.”

“Easy for you to say.”

“When you stop giving a shit, it becomes a lot better around here.”


“Seventeen-cars, burglary-in-progress.”

Reynaldo reached for the radio mic, having to take several breaths before he felt confident enough to answer without his voice shaking.


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