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"I ran into Lynda Jennings, this morning. She thought that maybe her Mom's bed was too near the window," said Adam casually, as if it had just happened to cross his mind.

"Betty has been moved three times already," responded Jerome, impatiently.

"Lynda says her Mom is susceptible to the draft that's coming from the window," said Adam, still trying to decide on his move.

"Very well," sighed Jerome. "I'll have Betty trade places with someone not susceptible to the draft."

"With your permission, I'll fix the window," volunteered Adam, glancing up at Jerome.

"That's a job for maintenance," replied Jerome. "Are you going to sit there all night, or are you going to make a move?" Jerome asked impatiently. Adam moved a piece forward and waited silently while Jerome concentrated. "There," said Jerome, "your move."

"Maintenance doesn't have the time to fix the window," said Adam, returning his eyes to the chessboard.

"Are you still thinking about that?" asked Jerome, leaning back in his chair. If Adam had been monitoring his opponent's face, he would have seen a faint smile playing around Jerome's mouth. "If you want to do it so badly, go ahead," Jerome said, waving a hand toward Adam.

"Your move," said Adam. Again, he waited till Jerome had made his move before speaking.

"Jack Robertson," began Adam, "wanted to know if he could stay up an hour later at bedtime on Tuesday nights."

"Who is Jack?" asked Jerome.

"Jack lives in Room Four," replied Adam.

"And why does Jack want to stay up an hour after bedtime on Tuesday nights?" asked Jerome, intently watching Adam's bent head.

"On Tuesday nights they play reruns of an old show that Jack used to listen to on the radio," answered Adam.

"If I let him stay up an hour later, then everyone else will want too also," protested Jerome. "It's hard enough to get them quieted down before bedtime as it is."

"Jack's program is on the radio. He can wear headphones," suggested Adam, fingering a chess piece. "If you tell the staff to leave him alone on Tuesday nights, no one will be the wiser."

"You've thought of everything, haven't you?" asked Jerome. "Very well. Let Jack have his Tuesday nights." Adam moved his chess piece and leaned back, satisfied with the way the game was progressing.

"Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body."
~ Hebrews 13:3 ~

"The LORD is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works."
~ Psalm 145:9 ~

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