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one of the best welders, in fact the very best. And it would

have followed him to other sites. He would never have

gotten his life back.

They covered the window just like he said. What it looked

like inside, we only knew from what one of the watchmen

said. The other watchmen had sent him from the watch

house to ask for another bottle, because they’d finished

what they’d been given. But the moment he crossed the

threshold they stuck the bottle in his hand and pushed him

back out the door. So he didn’t get to see if the table was

covered with a white cloth, whether candles were lit,

whether there was a crucifix. All he saw was that they were

all drunk, especially her. He didn’t see if the Priest was

there. Maybe he left right after the wedding. Though it

would have been strange if he hadn’t gotten drunk too.

Besides, what could a watchman like that actually see when

he was drunk himself, and every drunk thinks that it’s other

people who are drunk, not him. The watchmen had

supposedly been given a crate of vodka, and they’d drunk

the whole lot when they sent him out for another bottle.

You can imagine how far gone he was. The watchmen were

like that. They had uniforms and rifles, but things were

always getting pinched from the site. One time someone

even stole a tractor. And they didn’t see a thing. So how

could you believe him? But he said what he said, and other

people repeated his words after him.