the worldís foremost authority on Sydney Maine, has made his living by
lecturing and writing books on the reclusive author. People take his word
as law and he has even become a small celebrity in intellectual circles.
Magazines are interested in Fushenís knowledge on Maine.
Meanwhile Sydney Maine is bedridden from disease. He has been out of the
publicís eye for some time now. His home aid, Frank, is his only friend
and connection to the real world. While he remains in bed and in poor
health, Sydney receives a letter and a book from Fushen.
Albertís newest book on Maine has just been published and heís holding a
lecture in an attempt to boost sales. During his lecture he takes the
stage and receives a warm welcoming from the crowd. He dazzles them with
his knowledge on Maine and would seem to be quite the expert on the
reclusive author. While heís working is magic Albert passes out on stage
and has to be taken to the hospital.
Unhappy with his situation and physical condition, Sydney lashes out in
his bedroom and has a terrible coughing fit. Frank rushes Sydney to the
hospital to see a doctor. The doctor tells Sydney that he must continue to
take his medicine and remain in bed if he is to stay alive.
While Sydney is being checked out, Frank waits in the reception area.
Albert is also in the reception area awaiting medical attention. Albert
notices Frank reading The Elephant Assassin and begins in on his knowledge
of the man who wrote the book. Frank is forced to listen.
When Sydney rolls out into the reception area Frank watches Albert for any
recognition. There is none on Albertís part and Frank and Sydney have a
little fun with him.
Albert is left alone wondering what the hell just happened. The idea that
he was just face to face with Sydney Maine never crosses his mind.
Copyright 2006 Taylor Gardner Jones
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