"Can I help you at all?" said the man. While pruning in his front garden he had noticed a strange looking man approach the front door of his neighbour. The man wore a strange, harlequin style black and red suit with a tall hat on which the letter ĎLí was printed several times. In one hand he held a large package as he reached out to press the doorbell.
"Oh, hi there," he said in melodic tones. "I have brought a package for your neighbour. A Mister A. Seeker. Do you know if he is in?"
"I donít think you will have any luck there.," the neighbour answered. "The chap you mention does own this house, but I hardly ever see him. He seems to be always out."
"Ah, that is a shame. I have this wonderful gift for him."
"Would you like me to take it for you? I promise to take it round to him the moment I see him."
"Ah, no, sorry. That wonít work. It isnít that I do not trust you. It is just that this is a special gift. It has magical properties, and is intended just for Mister S. If I give the gift to someone else and then they try to give the gift to Mister S, then the magical qualities will be lost. Donít ask me why! I donít really know why myself, but I have done what you suggested in the past and that always happens."
"I see. OK, then. Only trying to help."
"Yes, I appreciate your offer, really I do. But this unique gift can only be received by Mister S. I will just have to try again tomorrow."
The strange, jovial fellow returned the next day, but once more he found nobody in. Unshakably persistent, he returned the next day and the next, and so it continued. As far as I am aware, he is still returning, even to this day.
But Mr A. Seeker is never there. Mr A. Seeker is always out, searching, for what he does not know. But he is always out searching, searching for that magical something, that elusive unique something.
Always searching. Never home.
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