By Fredric Brown
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There was a big policeman in uniform sitting in the Morris chair; he jumped up. ” Tracy said, “Yes. ” “Hold it, mister. I got to tell the inspector you're here. ” A door somewhere opened and closed and there were heavy footsteps. Two men came in, the bigger one stopping to give an order to the policeman who had been waiting in the apartment. The other man was small and dapper. He had a cherubic, pink face decorated by a closecropped gray moustache. You couldn't judge his age; it might have been anywhere from forty to seventy.
It jolted Tracy a little. He wondered if that same look was in bartenders' eyes when he really was drunk and wanted to talk to them. Probably. It was a sobering thought. Bartenders must listen to an awful lot of guff. And the guys were human. This guy was human; big ears, big shoulders and all, he was a human being. “Stan,” he said, “I was kidding you, acting that way. I'm not drunk. I'm damn cold sober. The couple I had just now were my first today. ” Tracy shook his head. ” “Sure it could be a coincidence.
He handed them to Bates. “That's the works,” he said. “All of them rough drafts; only two in continuity form, the others just synopses or notes. They haven't been turned in; I had in mind to finish a dozen before I. ” “Go ahead. I haven't any other copies so don't lose them, but I won't want them for a while. Don't feel like working on them right now. ” Bates said, “You might change your mind. I'll take good care of them. Ummm—this top one's about a jeweler. ” “And here's one about a policeman.
A Plot for Murder (a.k.a. Murder Can Be Fun) by Fredric Brown