Fiction | January 21, 2016

Walter had just concluded the first week of a two-week adult program he was leading in Barcelona when he and his colleagues, a woman in her midthirties and a man in his late thirties, both junior to him in every sense of the word, decided to take themselves out on the town. It had been an exhausting seven days of complaints and demands, and they figured they’d earned a night away from their group. It wasn’t an easy job, this task of glorified tour guide, and while Walter had created the “immersion” itinerary of cultural seminars and field trips, he was grateful to leave it to Pete and Carina to enact the details, although sometimes he sensed that they wondered if they even needed him at all. Really, he just wanted to get out to a bar and drink without interruption. Also, he was interested in the France–Germany game.

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