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1945: An ex-marine has came across a portal that allows him to shuttle among the the US he knows-and a virgin the United States untouched via eu effect. twenty first century: the 2 realities collide...
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You can still do the buying," Alice said patiently; they had gone over it many times. "If you want, I'll go down and keep the books. You can get some high school kid to dust the television sets. " "Yeah," Fergesson admitted reluctantly. "You know, I damn near fired Hadley the other day. He showed up with a hangover, again; he could hardly drag one foot after another and he was shaking like a leaf. If I had any sense I'd let him go. But how the hell can I? He's got that wife of his knocked up, and all those unpaid bills… Around the end of the month he's into the till for ten or fifteen bucks.
Bel-Rex carried everything, he knew bitterly. Right down the line, to Sentinel and Crosley and Trav-Ler. The works. And complete lines, not just leaders. "Price cutting," Fergesson muttered. "Buy a TV, get a free toaster. Free twin-lead and rabbit ears. " "I wish you'd tell me what's wrong," Alice said, eyeing him uneasily. " "They're not so bad; they have class. It's these hotshot chains that get me. These lit-up joints that cater to Okies and coons. Christ, they're wholesalers doing retail!
He rapped twice on the door, then a third quick tap with his knuckles. Lights gleamed under the door and he could hear the sound of people within. After a moment the key was turned and the door moved open just a crack. "Good evening, Betty," Wakefield said solemnly. "Come in, Horace," Betty said wearily. She locked the door after him and shuffled over to the counter. "Sit down anywhere. " "Thank you," Wakefield said as he seated himself at the counter. Tea was poured for him from a glittering Chinese pot into a fragile cup so tiny that Wakefield had trouble getting hold of the handle.