Ted didn't speak much except to ask for a cigarette once in a while, I think he must have been
hard of hearing because no matter what I said, he always just smiled and laughed the way people do when they have no idea what you're talking about. He told me once that he had been unemployed for over 50 years. I'm not sure if he had a home or not. As of this writing, I haven't seen him for a long time. My girlfriend last saw him shuffling, the way he does with his head drooped and legs close together, around the mall. He's become a phantom.