The first few steps were taken on automatic: mind too busy reverberating with shock and anger and half-buried anguish. The world may as well have been empty for all he saw.
Until he tripped on a crack in the pavement and the jostle kicked his brain out of the rut.
Never see Barney again.
'If I never had to see him again-'
Lee stopped, head rising as his jaw clenched, old idiotic deep of dark night thoughts raking through him with wild bitterness. Fine.
Fine: bastard wanted it over? Well Lee was getting his money's worth.
He turned around and saw Barney's familiar limping figure about to turn the next corner, and he took off after him. Again. Silent this time.
Not thinking clearly enough at the time to realize that Barney not reacting to someone running up to him had to mean he was as buried in his head as Lee had been.
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