“So, you think I lived this long purely by accident and happenstance, do ya?” Steinthal said, more statement than question.
He thought about that a moment.
“Well then, since you’re the Detective and have already figured it all out, enlighten me. How did you live this long?” he asked.
“I’ve lived this long because I give only one warning and take only one warning. I suppose this qualifies as your one warning,” Steinthal replied.
“Maybe,” he said looking up at Steinthal and smiling, “but just out of curiosity, what comes after your warning?” he asked.
“Who says I’m giving you a warning? I almost never give warnings. The next time you see me, trust me, you won’t.” And Steinthal didn’t smile.
The Detective Steinthal