Their dead on deep stare was very scary. Neither Murray nor Mark moved. It was like a dual to see who would break first. Murray would never break. Too much was riding on this.
It was business as usual for everyone else in the area, while the two men stood there. Mark was telling himself to remain strong. His stomach turned and he was drenched in sweat.
Murray was cool as a cucumber. Mark then suddenly realized he had a key position in D.C. He could have Murray removed from the area. But he had to act with prudence. Failure to do so would wreck everything he worked for.
Mark’s eyes moved slightly. Murray’s did not.
Mark waved his arms toward his buddy, Jerry, a capital police officer. Leisurely Jerry strolled over. Mark wanted to do this on a friendly basis. He figured he’d make introductions. Say Murray is an old friend and a sports freak. The two would get engaged in a conversation about baseball and Mark would sneak on into the House.
Mark was trying to prove how grown up was. But why should he have to prove anything? Yeah, he had a very rough teenage life. But he turned everything around. He got a good job, made new friends that really care about him and did a lot of interesting things. But for some reason, these blasts from the past unnerved him. He was much stronger. But he was not strong enough. Or maybe he still had hidden fears of his past lodged deeply within him.
Anyway, Jerry came by. Quick introductions were made. But Murray was onto Mark. Murray quickly brought up his pain over all the injuries his beloved Bronx Bombers had. But then he brought up how it was such a beautiful summer day and the memories he had of spending his teen years in summer camp.
Mark panicked. He started to shake. About 10 feet away, Dani was watching this all. She was ready to strike if need be. But somehow she knew Murray was in control.
Mark’s body was twisted. His conscience was telling him to stand tall. Tears were coming out of his eyes in buckets.
Jerry was perplexed. Murray smiled. Jerry asked Mark what was wrong. Mark tried to speak. But all that came out of his mouth was gibberish. He put his head down into his hands.
Jerry was thinking about radioing for an ambulance. Murray chatted with Jerry for a brief moment. They spoke about A-Rod’s constant mishaps. Of course one could discuss that for much more than a brief moment. A guy was having convulsions in front of them. But bring up baseball and that takes the stage.
Dani was in awe of Murray and the control he exhibited. It was almost as if the Force was truly channeling through him. She knew know that their little group was unstoppable.
Murray shook Jerry’s hand, told Mark to calm down and said he’d text him later and wandered off to a hot dog stand.