Prelude 24

"Your turn to deal, Joe."

Aaron watched his friend as he dealt the cards. They where playing German Whist, a 2 player variation that had nothing to do with the Germans as far as he knew.

"Joe, I wanted to say thank you for everything, for finding me the first time, but mostly for finding me the second time."

Joe looked at him and replied, "Aaron, we've been friends for as long as I can remember. Helping each other is what we do, so shut up now and play cards."

Aaron smiled at the big saintly man across the table from him and opened the bidding.