“Yeah, guy came in a few hours ago. Said his name was Ecksaye, asking for you. You ain’t around, so he splits.”

“I see. Th-”

“Then about a half-hour after that, another guy comes by. This one calls himself Mr. Ecksby and asks for you too. You wasn’t around then either.”

“I’m aware of that. Wh-”

“About twenty minutes ago, third guy drops by, same story. Says his name’s Ecksy. Think they’re related?”

“Unlikely, since judging from what you told me they spell and pronounce their names differently. Keep me posted.”

So XA, XB, and XC had been looking for him after all. And, judging by the belhop’s account, they were going about things as ineptly as ever.

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