Jimmy didn't mind too much that Eddie was worried about him. If the fellow wanted to risk his own life in a heroic effort to prolong a blind man's existence, that was his problem. Certainly, if such a thing happened, Jimmy would do his best to avenge his friend's death, but he wasn't going to stop his friend from sacrificing himself if he felt the need. Making the fellow conflicted over whether or not to save Jimmy would probably just result in both of them getting killed.
To be quite honest, he had only known the fellow for about half an hour. That was really not enough time to get an inseparable bond that linked them together through thick and thin. That was the sort of thing that the blind man estimated would take at least half a day. Though Jimmy really didn't have the experience in gaining friendship that would be necessary to make such precise estimates. Maybe when he really got into the swing of it, he would be able to make these important calculations. Of course, he'd have to be really strapped for entertainment to do that sort of thing with his precious spare time.
Giving a half-smile, Jimmy looked at the sunrise, a slightly lighter shade of dull gray from the rest of the sky, and strode forward confidently right behind Eddie. Things were starting to become somewhat recognizable now that the sun was up. In the darkness, everything was one big wave of gray in shades which were hard to distinguish, making locating Eddie in all that a question of whether the fellow could move enough for it to register on Jimmy's eyes. It was fortunate that Eddie was light-skinned, otherwise he would have blended in perfectly with the darker gray surroundings. In the approaching light, Eddie's shade of gray became more pronounced, and thus easier to follow. With his cane in one hand, Jimmy moved quickly behind him, determined to show that he was not a hindrance.
(Jimmy Trejo continued in Night Diving