Noel walked around the bend in the road. Duke watched him disappear into the tree-line and then he waited. Duke waited some more and then he checked his watch. He was worried. Noel had not taken any firearms and the country was dangerous. Duke peered into the distance and he still was not assured. He was about to shift the truck into movement when the passenger door opened.
“Duke, you think the little guy’s alright?”
Duke didn’t think so.