hatfield put the tube of toothpaste back on the shelf. the girl behind the counter was watching him. she was answering an elderly customer's questions about drugs for varicose veins but she was was watching him. he could also feel darker and the gang waiting for him outside the store
the girl behind the counter was named delilah davis. she lived with her mother and grandfather in a trailer park beyond the stately symmetry of the city.
the customers name was japhet johnson. he was descended from hiram johnson, the founder of the city.
they watched hatfield as he stepped out into the sunlight. the shadow of the guard tower fell on him.