Although this whole thing was becomming more and more unnerving, I couldn't help but feel a curiously chilling feeling that we were maybe
inadvertantly being drawn into something sinister. I wasn't sure how much I really liked that at all. And, "Why?" I asked Jack, "would he be
complaining to the CIA about us? and even so, why would they care. We have never had any affiliation with them what so ever? We are law abibing
citizens, we pay our taxes, etc..., so why should they be unhappy or happy or anything in between, about anything concerning us?"
Well, Jack told me that he didn't completely understand, but that apparently, the CIA, as well as other shadowy government agiencies keep a lot
better track of each and every one of us than we would ever think that they would have the manpower to do. He said that it's not the fact that it's
us that he's making noise about, but more that when a person retires from such a job, they are to lay low, be quietly polite and draw as little
attention to themselves as possible.
NOT, having all sorts of bright lights going on and off and playing loud music at all hours of the night. Not asking the neighbor for a ride, then
making obnoxious retalliations like a small child would. Jack says that Jimmy told him that since Pete worked for them, obviously he would be under
much heavier surviellence than the average person who is not even a troublemaker.
However, due to his bizzare behavior, the higher ups in the CIA don't know exactly how much, if anything he has told us of secret government
business. Jimmy said that they have tried to question him, and warn him that his behavior is not going to get him anwhere he wants to be. But, he
has just been sarcastic, irrational, and they feel quite a danger to the current members of the agency, if something doesn't get done about him, and
possibly anyone that they think he could have talked to.
And, due to the fact that we are his closest physical neighbors, and the ones he seems to associate with the most, we apparently are bordering on
being removed along with him, should they have to remove him.
"Remove?" I shuddered? "That sounds pretty ominous. They don't want to kill us, do they? Just because we bought the house next door to
Jack assured me that it would be nothing like that, Jimmy had assured him of that. He had also said that it was, although he was sure it didn't seem
that way to us right now, excellent timing when we called him asking for his Psychiatric opinion, and maybe help for our neighbor. The U.S.
government has as of yesterday, hired Jimmy as Pete's personal Pyschiatrist. Although, Pete won't know it at first.
Jimmy will have to find a sneaky way to get his foot in the door. Anyway, Jack said that he had told me all he knew, and that after our innitial
fright (an understatement), we ought to just file it away as an unusual, very unusual experience for the both of us.
I guess I had gone into some sort of a trance, listening to Jack tell the whole story, the best he knew, and it had seemed so surreal. I suddenly
realized that we had been sitting in our parked car in our own driveway for, I don't know! But, is was getting dark.
"Come on in the house, now", said Jack. "It's been exhausting for both of us, and look (pointing towards Jack and Agnes's house), for the first
time, the lights are all out, the yard even seems to be somewhat less bizarre looking, and all seems much more peaceful around hre than it has in a
long time. Lets go in and get some rest."
"Wonderful idea", I said (wondering if things really would get back to normal - I mean normal for other people). I certainly hoped so, and was too
tired to think much past that.