Naturally, Vincent waved as the scavenger lady looked his way.Before she could respond properly to his "offer" a commotion from behind prompted her to look in that direction, where stood the woman and business guy from the man's table now near the exit.
"You think they're talking about us?" He asked the mute woman, slightly tilting his head. "I'm gonna go find out."
Just the same as he'd crossed the common area the first time, Vinny began strolling his way over to the negotiators, squeezing between cramped tables and pedestrians as he went, keeping eye contact with the two survivors watching him.
Thus far into the ice age, Vincent had lived by certain rules, and generally speaking these rules had served him well. Perhaps the most valuable, living as he did in the subway: Crime thrives in broad daylight. Well, figurative daylight. One who decides to perform back-alley dealings in an actual back-alley is much more likely to suffer the consequences of the profession - No, dirty deeds are much safer carried out in public, where buyer's remorse or a stickup could lead to an undesirable end for all. This principle, Vincent found, applied more often than not whenever danger may lurk. Collateral damage is a powerful deterrent, and he had the entire sardine-can of the common area as a meat shield.
"How's it going over here, Mr. Thorn?" He greeted rhetorically, standing beside his acquaintance to even out the four-to-one ratio.
"Hey-" Vincent wagged his finger laterally across the divide with an inquisitive tone. "I know you. You're, uh, Shroud, right?" He pretended to search for the right name. "I'm Vincent, I heard good things about you from a Ghost buddy of mine, big fan. I like the mask, very mysterious..." He flashed a thumbs-up, then turned his attention to the obviously overstrung woman.
"Iiiii-" He briefly dragged on. "-Haven't met met you, though, and I'm sorry to intrude, but I can't help but feel some tension across the room. Is there something you wanted to discuss with my associate and I? I'm all ears.
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