Here is an excerpt from One Evening with Mayor Dick and Senator Jane, to be published on May 18 at The Book of Bartholomew:
“Where are we heading?” asked Senator Jane with concern in her voice, although she knew this park well.“Just strolling, dear,” responded Mayor Dick.“Aren't you afraid?” asked Senator Jane.“Not really,” said Mayor Dick peering over his shoulder at a particularly dark shape behind a bush that seemed to be quivering.The couple walked a bit further and then sat on a bench.“Darling,” said Mayor Dick. “I have a question for you.”“Please, darling,” protested Senator Jane, “it's not going to be a difficult one, is it?”“I think Gerald is a fine man,” he said, followed by a very long pause.A bit bewildered, Senator Jane asked “Is Gerald okay? He didn't have a heart attack or a stroke, did he?”“He never asks me for favors... and I must say that I have never given him any advantage or played favorites with him or his companies. I never do that with anyone,” said Mayor Dick. He paused.“And?” asked Senator Jane waiting for some awful news.“I don't think I should influence the city council in his favor, even if he were to ask me to. Do you?”“Oh, darling. Would it avert a catastrophe or create one? I mean, you have to do what you have to do to protect people from all the horrible things in this world. They would hate you if you didn't, and they wouldn't re-elect you. If they didn't re-elect you, what would happen to our finances. Oh darling, you're not thinking of doing something rash, are you?” asked Senator Jane as she clutched her small fur occasion purse.“Well, it's not as if I even could influence anyone on the council, certainly not half the council. Gerald would be better off approaching them on his own. I am sure he would treat all of them with the utmost respect. Especially, Councilmember Lovett. I am sure nothing would get in his way of attending the council session. He has such a great kneed to serve his constituents.”A rustling was heard in the bushes behind the bench and it sounded as if someone was running away from the area.“What was that?” shrieked a startled Senator Jane.“I'm sure it was nothing,” replied Mayor Dick.