"'Now, you’ve played cards with so many people, but only once, a long time ago, have you played with me, écarté. Isn’t écarté the name of that game you taught me? Let’s play a game.' Xavier started laughing."
Turn back the clock. It's the start of the 20th century in New York City. Police Officer Redmond Keresey is on patrol astride his magnificent horse, Pompey. Redmond has no cell phone or even a two-way radio to summon assistance. But he has a unique partner: Pompey. Together they can rapidly respond to a developing problem; control an unruly…
So says Dona Paula to her husband Xavier before they start playing a card game for neither money nor points.
Translated from Portuguese (Brazil) by Juan LePuen
Genre: short story Length: 6,200 words
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