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I was waliking in a field. It was spring, the leaves were green and the grass was tall. The sun was high in the sky and it burned bright. I sat down in the middle of the field and closed my eyes. It could have been minutes or hours till I opened them but I'd never know. I opened my eyes to find a man standing over me, looking curiosly at me.
"Hello." I whispered.
"Hello." He replied.
I sat and he stood for what seemed like forever, just watching each other. Then I got up the courage to ask, "Who're you?"
I watched his eyes as he replied. "James Mason." Liar, I thought. "And you?" He asked.
He smiled and I decided to look past his lie. There was something more to him. He offered me his hand. I took it and he helped me up.
"It was nice to meet you." He said and turned to leave.
"You're leaving so soon, Mr. Mason?" I asked.
"I will be back. We will see each other agian, Alice." And he left.
I went home thinking all the way. What a strange man to say hello, lie about who he is, then leave without even saying goodbye? Of course I was too young to relize that saying "It was nice to meet you" is a form of goodbye. I went back to the field every day after school from then on. Mr. Mason had said he would be back and it wasn't a lie, I could tell. I didn't know how but I always knew when someone lied to me. Three weeks passed before he came back.
"Hello Alice." He greeted me.
"Hello Mr. Mason."
He smiled again. "Please call me Mason."
Odd, I thought. Most people want you to call them Mr. or Mrs. or their first name but never had i met someone who wanted me to call them with their last name without Mr. or Mrs. "Why?" I asked.
"No reason." He replied. Liar.
That was two.
I looked at him with a curious look but didn't call him on his lie.
"Where do you live?"
"Up the street a little." He replied. Liar.
That was three and still I did not call him on his lie.
"Do you have any kids?"
That was four and, once again, I did not call him on his lie.
"Do you have a wife?" I know it seems like a silly question but I was old enough to know about divorce, in fact my parents had had one.
"Yes." He replied. Liar.
That was five and, still, I did not call him on his lie.
"Are you new in town?" I asked.
"Yes." He answered. Liar.
That was six and I did not call him on his lie.
"Have you asked twenty questions, yet? Is it my turn?" He asked.
"Why do you ask so many questions?"
"Why do you not like me?"
"I do." I replied.
He smiled, again.
"Tommorrow then?" He asked.
"You're leaving so soon Mason?"
He turned and left.
The next day I came back, just as Mason had asked.
He was not there.
I left adn I came back the next day. He was waiting in the middle of the field.
"Why were you not here yesterday?" I asked.
"I asked if you would be here and you did not reply. How was I to know you'd be here?"
"Oh. I don't know."
Finally I could not stand it. "Why do you lie to me?" I asked.
"I do not."
I stared. That was true.
"But..." I whispered.
He smiled patiently at me. "You asked who I was and I have you my name, which was true enough for what you asked, but my name is not who I am. You asked if I have kids, I said yes, because had kids. You asked if I had a wife, I said yes, because I had one. You asked where I live and I said nearby. I live nearby you. I am you neighbor. You asked if I was new in town and i said yes. I've lived here for a long time but I am new to you. You asked why I lie to you, and I do not. I tell half truths."
"Why? Why do you tell half truths?"
"To teach you that you have much to learn."
He turned to leave.
"Are you leveing so soon Mason?" I asked.
"It is not so soon, if you think about it Alice. I have live here a long time, outlived my kids and my wife. I have lived long enough to teach you something you did not know. Is it really so soon?"
"No. I suppose not. Goodbye Mason. I will miss you."
"I will miss you to young Alice. Goodbye." And with that, he left.