“Did ye eat the body?”
“Ye saw me walk up. Of course I et the body.”
“Did ye drink the blood?” he asked with an accusing tilt of his head.
“Ye saw me up there!”
“Yeah, but. Did you actually drink it or jest swish it around in the cup?”
Ah, fer Crissakes, he thought. Then blessed himself. Sorry, he thought, but it’s flu season. “I drank some”, he settled.
“Ye barely put yer lips to it!”
“Fer Gawd’s sake…”
“Don’t ye dare!”
“Did ye not hear all the hackin’ and coughin’ and snottin’ goin’ on all aroun’ us?”
“Say what you will. You dint have a proper communion is all I’m sayin’. Not proper.”
“I didn’t see YOU drinkin’ it!”
“Ye low bastard! Ye know I can’t drink of the blood since I took the cure.”
“Wait a bloody minit! By the time it gets to yer lips it’s not wine anymore, is it? It’s the blood of the Divine.”
“Ya betchyer ass it is. And there’s enough alcohol innit to kill off all the germs yer so fraid of.”
“Wait…what? If it’s blood how can there be alcohol…?”
“Shhh…here comes Father…”
They nodded without really looking up from the nothings they were kicking about.
“Boys”, he said and walked on.
“I don’t know if I liked the way he said that.”
“Nor the way he looked just now…”
“Don’t be a mutt-you dint even look up. Why dint ye look a’ him.” He said nothing, just worried the ground with the toe of his shoe. “It’s a ringing indictment it is. Yer feckin’ silence.”
“You got a extra cig?”
“Why would I give you one? You don’ even inhale! Ye jest roll the smoke aroun’ in yer mouth.”
“I don’! I do so inhale!”
“You suck a cig the same way you mouth the Lord’s blood. I’m not wasting a cig on you. Hey! Where you goin?”
“Pub”, he said wandering off down the cobbles.
“Ye know I can’t go in there.”
Thank Christ, he thought raising the back of his hand in farewell.
“Satan has a plan for you, buddy boy…” he said, inhaling deeply. “You’ll see.”