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"I take it that you're impressed?" Jeremy asked with a grin. Standing next to Henry, he was an exercise in contrasts. Jeremy was tall, Henry was short. Jeremy was handsome and fit, and Henry -- while still possessing some rugged charm -- had clearly seen better days. Jeremy was dressed in custom-tailored designer eveningwear, while Henry wore the entirety of his wardrobe on his back. After all, it wasn't like he had anywhere secure to keep his stuff.

Henry just nodded silently, in utter awe of the Calloway's wealth and excess. He'd been on the street for so long that even regular people with middle-class incomes lived in what seemed like unimaginable luxury to him, and the vast wealth that the couple who'd picked him up off the street displayed wasn't anything that his mind could even process.

"Let's get you cleaned up," Caroline suggested, urging Henry down the hall with a hand on the small of his back. Like her husband, she was fit, healthy, attractive, and richly dressed. Somehow, she made Henry feel even grubbier than the house did. She shared a secret smile with her husband as they escorted their guest deeper into their palatial home's luxurious interior.

The Calloway's bathroom looked like something out of a movie. It was clean and white, with marble tiles and chrome fixtures. There was a clear glass shower stall large enough for a small group of people, a broad flat whirlpool bathtub, and a long mirrored counter-top. Henry watched himself enter through the mirror, and continued watching as Jeremy and Caroline walked up to flank him.

"I can't tell you folks just how much I appreciate this," Henry said as Jeremy turned on the bath's taps. "Most people won't even look at me, and you guys--"

"Charity begins at home, after all." Caroline helped Henry pull his jacket off. She shared a long, lingering look with her husband, who turned and walked from the room.

"I -- uh -- I can manage the rest, I think, Mrs Calloway." Henry grinned sheepishly.

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