Then she went off a tangent that surprised me. Well, no, actually it didn't. I figured she would wait a little bit before bringing him up again. I should have known better. Carol was always direct and to the point. She asked me "Loco says Max is a big warlord now. He has over a hundred people he is leading. Is this true?"
"Yep" I replied.
A little softer she asked "He has a woman?"
Something was up. I could see her mind whirling away. She may be Carol but I wasn't the same Gardener she once knew. At least that was what I wanted to believe.
"Okay. But you want to hear how I got here. I owe you that. Then I want to ask a favor of you. Will you listen all the way to the end of my story before you ask me any questions?"
I shrugged. "Sure Carol."
She looked at me. I mean really looked at me. I don't know if she felt it. Probably not. I did. The connection was still there and it powered up like it had never been shut down. Life truly is a complicated bitch sometimes.