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It was both a threat and a command. The Greatest 10/30/00 9:17 AM Page 31 6 “. . I never told you about her because it hurt me too much,” Leon was saying. “She was just about seventeen when she came into my adult school intro to history class. She looked all crazy. Eyes different colors brown, skin just a touch’a green under eggshell tan. Little and weakly, sharp as a pin. ” A shock went through Leon, and he bit his lip. “Whenever I tried to talk to her, to get to know what she was about she’d shy away.

Leave,” said Fera. It was both a threat and a command. The Greatest 10/30/00 9:17 AM Page 31 6 “. . I never told you about her because it hurt me too much,” Leon was saying. “She was just about seventeen when she came into my adult school intro to history class. She looked all crazy. Eyes different colors brown, skin just a touch’a green under eggshell tan. Little and weakly, sharp as a pin. ” A shock went through Leon, and he bit his lip. “Whenever I tried to talk to her, to get to know what she was about she’d shy away.

Asked Fera. “Well, that was twenty-one years ago but still the government of Massachusetts, especially out in the west, was dominated by the FemLeague. I didn’t know what to think and so I drove us to New York City. I cashed all my accounts and drove away from every bit of security I had ever known. I was forty then and it was the dumbest thing by far I had ever done. I had an ex-wife. I had a family. But I left all that behind. ” The Greatest 10/30/00 9:17 AM Page 36 The Greatest • Walter Mosley 36 “The doctors thought it was natural causes.

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