Saturday, October 26, 2013

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This is from THE CRAZY OLD LADY OMNIBUS. In the third story, The Crazy Old Lady Unleashed, Tom and Joe Quinn, and Joe's girlfriend Viv, go in search of Brother Maksim Gromyko, a defrocked Romanian monk and exorcist:

“Who's Viv?” Brother Gregory asked.

“Joe's fiancee,” Tom said. “She's the one who needs to talk to Brother Maksim.”

“Oh dear.” Brother Gregory frowned. “Bringing her here without warning might not have been a good idea. Brother Maksim is a difficult person under the best of circumstances but he's got a lot of problems with women.”

“He'll have to get over that,” Tom said. “Viv's the person he'd be working with.”

“Oh shit, is that him?” Joe turned to look for Viv and, as the three of them watched, an enormous man rose up from where he had been kneeling in one of the gardens near Viv.

“Yes.” Brother Gregory cupped his hands around his mouth and hollered, “Brother Maksim!”

The giant strode toward Viv.

“Crap. Viv's not a good person for men with issues about women to be around.” Joe broke into a run with the other men jogging behind him.

Brother Maksim either did not hear his name being called or chose to ignore it. He reached out as he neared Viv and grabbed her arm. In a flash, she turned, slammed her heel into the back of his knee and brought her elbow down in the middle of his back, sending him sprawling, face down in the grass.

“What the hell..?” Tom stopped dead in his tracks as Joe grabbed Viv and pulled her into his arms.

Brother Gregory glanced at her, a look of total bafflement on his face. He dropped to his knees next to the fallen man. “Brother Maksim? Are you all right?”
The huge body began to shudder and shake.

“Brother Maksim?” Brother Gregory put his hands on the massive shoulders and tugged. Brother Maksim rolled effortlessly onto his back and lay in the grass laughing hysterically.

“What just happened?” Tom asked stopping beside Joe.

“Viv doesn't like surprises,” Joe said, grinning. He hugged her close. “That's my baby.”

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