Marquel, TPVs NYTimes Don’t Worry Be Happy Section correspondent, was eating a bun holding two dogs covered in chili under the torrid Bronx sun, when he read Bronx Man’s Death From Legionnaires’ Disease Gives Family Cause to Worry.
The family of Carmelo Quiles said they did not know how the man contracted the disease, and worried whether they, too, were at risk. Marquel wondered why they were worried and why they weren’t mourning instead.
“No problem. We’re just worried.” She said.
“No, we’re just worried.” She repeated.
“Carmelo. He never came home.” She said.
“Why sure. He never came home. Well he did for a moment.” She said.
“Yes and then he never came home.” She said.
“They said he had Legionnaires disease. I didn’t know he was ever a soldier. So I don’t know where he’s gone. I’m so worried. Maybe it’s a secret mission.” She said.
“But he never came home.” She repeated.
“They said he passed. We don’t know where he passed to. Maybe it’s the French foreign legion. That’s secret so we wouldn’t know. But he only spoke Spanish. Is there a Spanish foreign legion?” She asked.
“Not now. I checked everybody. Nobody was in the army. Not even the six year old, so we’re safe. I’m just so worried about Carmelo. He never came home.” She said.
“Well I know that’s always possible. But if you die, you ‘pass on,’ you don’t just say ‘pass’ do you? That just sounds like you’re on the freeway. In the foreign legion you have to be tough. Carmelo had a walker. He could really hurt you with that when he wanted to.” She said.
“No not a bit. We’re just worried about Carmelo.” She said.
“We’re just so worried. He never came home.” She said.
“Maybe I should check with them.” She said.
“You bet,” she said. “I’m so worried.”