The place felt disgusting, and Mister Oblique turned his nose up as he entered the door. Normally he wouldn’t be caught dead here. The place reeked of old beer, a damp mildew scent hanging in the air, mingling with the smoke of too many cigarettes and cigars.

It was fairly empty, a table to one side hosting a card game with four gentlemen, another man saddled up to the bar, hunched over his drink, one person working the place, standing behind the bar, cleaning a glass, eyeing Oblique.

Oblique walked to the bar and chose a stool beside the other man there.

“So should I speak to you in French or English?” he said to the man at the bar.

“Well, you are in France,” the man said back in French.

“Yes,” Oblique replied in the same tongue, “but why exactly are you here? In Gorron of all places?” He turned to look at the card game. “Does it have to do with one of them?”

“No,” said the man, lifting his drink and taking a long pull off of it before continuing. “I just liked the name.”

“Liked the name?”

“It reminded me of Zelda.”

“An old flame?”

“I suppose she would be. If a video game could be a flame.”

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