It was a week
before Morio spoke again. "Where am I? I dreamt I was in Japan
with my mother."
in a hospital, Papa," she told him. "remember someone
hit you in the head with a pistol?"
definitely saw a muscle twitch in his face. "Oh. I remember
a boy... a man... came in and bought doughnuts. One half-dozen.
He paid me and as I was going back into the kitchen I felt something
hit me. That's all I can remember. How much money did he take?"
I left in the cash register before I went home. About $6 in dollar
bills, nickels and dimes."
he looked like such a nice boy. He talked softly. I gave him two
extra doughnuts because I had only two left. He told me he just
wanted six and I told him that the extra two were free. He said
"Thank you." By the way, when can I leave here? I have
to order some flour, in case we have a shipping strike later in
had a shipping strike, Papa, and it's been settled so don't worry
about the strike."