- Vol. 04
- Chapter 11
Manuel sat with his eyes carefully monitoring his surroundings. Noon came just in time arriving before the second batch of shopkeepers pooled into a single file line. They overstock their booths, marketing to con-men and con-women from various parts of the world. He sits. He stares. He keeps his things close. He doesn't trust tourists. He has his reasons.
A shopkeeper notices his glare. He questions him in the frozen position--bent on wanting to learn more. Manuel closes in and says, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, my friend." The shopkeeper turned to leave, feeling ridiculed without an invitation.
DeceivedOblivious to him, the booth he set up just ten minutes ago was ransacked by those same con-men and con-women he offered his goods to.
Shooting Manuel a worried look, the shopkeeper saw his lips mouth, "You've been deceived."