Chapter 227: Shave and a Haircut
When Grandpa Pete headed into town for a haircut, he invited Zeke along. Ethan cheerfully looked on with the old guys swapping gossip and sections of newspaper while the barber trimmed his charge’s hair. And then Zeke said, “Shave, please!”
All conversation stopped.
Long glances over reading glasses were traded.
Grandpa Pete gruffly asked, “What’s that cost, Gus?”
“Oh, I reckon it’s still two bits.”
“Guess I can spare a quarter. Set him up.”
Zeke sat tall in the chair, unaware that he was taking part in a longstanding boyhood ritual … and that Gus wasn’t actually using a blade.
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