By Joe R. Lansdale
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From the looks of him, he seemed like the type to spend his life turning over the big rock and bursting dirt with a shovel. Hanson had been brought up in The Fifth Ward, but as he was fond of telling his daughter, JoAnna, he had escaped and made of himself what he always wanted to be. A cop. Sometimes he regretted that decision, regretted being a cop. Tonight was one of those times. But it was a way of escape. A way out of The Ward, out of the slime and into the mainstream of life. But maybe he hadn't managed to escape at all.
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY Monday, after Rachel and JoAnna had left and the hot chocolate had relaxed him somewhat, Hanson rested. He dozed off and on until shortly after noon. At that time he awoke, showered, drank coffee and had another tuna sandwich. He felt better, if not completely refreshed. He went about his obligatory duty with the water and the dishes, then called his partner, Joe Clark. Clark answered on the third ring. Hanson offered to pick up Clark, adding that he would need the address however, as he had never even seen Clark's apartment.
Hanson smiled, reached up to touch her thick afro hairdo. On the sides and the back it was almost to her shoulders. "You have very nice hair," Hanson said. "The nightmare, Marve. " "Nothing to tell really . . " "What got to you? You never have nightmares. " "Yeah. But this one was different. Pressure is getting to me, I guess. It'll pass. " "Yeah. Maybe it's just an accumulation of years and bodies. " "Honey, it's nothing ... " "If it's bothering you let me hear it. " Hanson put his arm around her waist, pulled her off the chair arm and into his lap.