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  • It is a little speech that I have written for him.
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  • The Keller homestead, where the family lived, was a few steps from our little rose-bower.
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  • The little porch was hidden from view by a screen of yellow roses and Southern smilax.
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  • A sudden gust of wind circled them and whispered words in her mind.
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  • He stooped and picked up a bird's nest that had fallen upon the ground.
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  • Suddenly he stopped at the foot of a tree.
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  • But I can see a path.
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  • But I am making a simple statement that life is better now than it has ever been.
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  • We saw a baby howse!
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  • He was dressed in black, and had a very pleasant face.
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  • It was a sobering and unpleasant question.
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  • A warm hand rested on her waist.
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  • Analysts declared each successive generation might be "the first to have a lower standard of living than their parents."
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  • He arched a dark brow "Alexia?"
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  • A touch of humor came into his eyes.
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  • She forced a smile.
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  • But what about a reasoned belief based on a balanced look at both history and current reality that leads you to be optimistic?
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  • Are you down here taking inventory or doing a lot of thinking?
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  • That was a no-brainer.
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  • He lifted a brow.
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  • For a moment she struggled with him until something changed in his eyes.
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  • A wry smile briefly touched his lips.
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  • We're probably all a little hypocritical at times - and we're all sinners, so I hear.
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  • For a moment he studied her face.
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  • He was getting to be quite a handsome young man.
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  • I thought maybe we could get a van, but I didn't know if we could afford it.
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  • But then, a party didn't seem like something Señor Medena would plan.
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  • The table and chairs were made of a dark rich wood, and the tiles on the floor looked like polished bricks.
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  • The wooden banisters were polished to a high finish, and the hardwood stairs were covered on the walkway with more carpet.
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  • A long hallway ran across the back of the upstairs, leading to four bedrooms.
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  • The master bedroom had wooden patio doors that opened on a balcony facing east.
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  • Carmen accepted the outstretched hand and placed a foot in the vacated stirrup.
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  • "It is always Alex," Dulce continued in a bitter voice.
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  • He slid an arm under her and gently took her hand in his, planting a warm moist kiss in the center of the palm.
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  • Could they afford to buy a van?
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  • Alex was a wealthy man - rich by her standards.
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  • Surely he had a simple checkbook file.
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  • After a mind boggling search through more investment files, she found his savings account.
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  • She waited while he poured a cup of coffee.
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  • He studied her for a moment over the rim of his cup.
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  • Carmen woke to a crackling sound and sat up, trying to identify it.
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  • Destiny coughed and sat up with a wale that sounded more like a broken growl.
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  • Destiny stiffened with a fit of coughing and then drug a deep rattling breath.
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  • Carmen grabbed a tissue from the table next to the bed and wiped Destiny's nose.
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  • A feeling of panic grew in her as she reached for the button to summons a nurse.
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  • A few minutes later the nurse came in.
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  • Carmen swallowed a lump in her throat and blinked tears from her eyes.
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  • She probably thought Destiny was a spoiled child.
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  • He lifted his hand and displayed a doll to Destiny.
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  • Minutes later when the nurse arrived with a syringe of medicine, Destiny was asleep again, still clutching the doll to her chest.
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  • I came in a charter helicopter.
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  • He thinks I am still a child.
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  • She is not a child.
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  • He got a room at the hotel.
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  • Who would have thought he would become attached to a child that was neither his own blood nor male?
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  • Felipa asked in a surprised tone.
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  • There was a long silence and then Señor Medena spoke.
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  • It is not a sin to want your child.
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  • Where it is written how we are to make a child?
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  • I will watch for a while.
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  • As soon as they were settled at a table, Felipa lay out her plan.
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  • Carmen asked, and then made a face.
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  • Felipa waved a hand in dismissal.
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  • There was a fine line between protecting and smothering, though.
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  • For a moment she envisioned him and felt a pang of loneliness.
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  • It was the middle of the day, and Alex never took a nap.
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  • He says he has a cold.
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  • A few seconds later Alex answered the phone.
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  • There was a pause.
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  • You should have seen her when he came in carrying a doll.
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  • "I'm still here," he said in a tone that sounded tired.
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  • "Well thanks," he said, and went into a coughing fit.
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  • After a few moments Jonathan answered.
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  • As proud as she was of Jonathan, it was Alex who stayed on her mind for a long time after the phone call.
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  • He said Destiny's fever had broken and if she continued to improve, they would take the tent off her bed in a few days.
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  • Felipa put a hand on her arm.
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  • He says he thinks he has a cold, but the doctor told me he could get pneumonia real easy.
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  • On the other hand, Alex needed to be in a position where he was forced to actually talk to his father.
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  • Alex always said she had a good imagination.
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  • Maybe it was more a case of wishing it were so.
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  • Alex might have convinced himself that he wanted a simpler lifestyle.
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  • Eleven months earlier Alex had her bred to a handsome Appaloosa stud in Indiana - via AI.
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  • Where Princess was concerned, it was a normal uneventful birth.
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  • Alex was away on a call when she discovered Princess in labor.
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  • He hesitantly announced to Carmen one evening that he wanted to learn to play a guitar.
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  • She was cleaning the coffee pot and Alex was reclining in a chair at the table, enjoying the last cup of coffee.
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  • "I doubt he can play a guitar," he said between sips.
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  • She wiped the pot with a dishtowel and carefully placed it on the coffee maker.
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  • He did a lot of researching before he talked to me.
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  • She met his gaze defiantly for a moment longer, but he made no attempt to argue.
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  • He didn't bring it up again - not even when Jonathan was unable to get his short arm into a comfortable position to play the guitar.
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  • Nor did he say anything when she exchanged the guitar for a violin and paid for lessons.
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  • I just got a call from the doctor.
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  • The doctor set a due date of August 17th.
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  • Without a doubt, the fact that the babies were healthy had major influence on his mood.
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  • Less than a week later she passed another milestone.
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  • In a way, it was hard to believe it had been that long.
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  • Yet it was a short period of time for so much to have happened to them.
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  • Even Mrs. Reynolds pitched in with some stuffed animals - a giraffe and horse.
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  • March came in like a lion with a snow storm.
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  • She gathered it in a hug and smelled deeply of it.
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  • They stood there for a moment, watching their image in the mirror.
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  • It was a silly thing to do... utterly pointless.
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  • It wasn't just losing a baby.
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  • It was the idea that I would never have one... the death of a dream, I guess.
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  • He had a lot on his plate right now... the twins, his father and who knew what else?
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  • The snow melted, leaving in its wake a harvest of spring flowers.
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  • Her first thought was that it was a puppy someone had dropped off.
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  • When she glanced up at it, she did a double take.
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  • I'll be home in a few minutes.
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  • It didn't take long for him to get home, and when he came in from the garage, he went directly to his gun cabinet and took out a rifle.
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  • Loading it quickly, he watched the skunk from the house for a few minutes.
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  • They would all get together and wash her old car, winding up in a gleeful water fight.
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  • I think I'll work in the garden for a while, after I get my chores done.
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  • Sarah waved a hand at Lisa, watching Giddon intently.
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  • I said I'd take you and I'm a man of my word.
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  • He was right, of course, but his harsh words were like salt on a raw wound.
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  • A four wheel ATV was parked next to the porch and Giddon stepped over it, seating himself as he turned the key.
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  • At her surprised expression, he quirked a brow.
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  • His mouth twisted into what might have passed for a smile.
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  • "What can one say about it?" replied the prince in a cold, listless tone.
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  • Glinka, the editor of the Russian Messenger, who was recognized (cries of "author! author!" were heard in the crowd), said that "hell must be repulsed by hell," and that he had seen a child smiling at lightning flashes and thunderclaps, but "we will not be that child."
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  • Pulling gloves and a bag from his pocket, he proceeded to collect the grisly specimen.
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  • Any time a wild animal isn't afraid of you, there is probably something wrong.
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  • That's the soonest I could get a flight.
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  • Maybe she was right, and if Alex hadn't been such a perfect husband in every other way, she might have done it.
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  • How could a man with four million in the bank be in financial danger?
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  • He had a family to support - and two more children on the way.
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  • I don't want you to lose anything, but you know I'd want to be with you even if we didn't have a dime to our name.
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  • I know, sweetheart, and that is a comfort, but it won't be that bad.
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  • As a matter of fact, he hadn't said that since he spent half the night with his old flame.
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  • Still, the romancing was so much a part of him that it was as if he wasn't even Alex.
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  • Since everyone knew the way to a man's heart was through his stomach, she started with a special meal.
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  • Corn seasoned with red bell peppers and black beans made a colorful vegetable.
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  • She helped Destiny into a frilly white dress with yellow trim and they both finished up with white sandals.
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  • Carmen tied Destiny's curls with a yellow ribbon.
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  • She used a few combs to pull hers into a French bun.
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  • When Destiny wanted to wear a ring like mommy, Carmen tied a yellow ribbon around her finger and made a bow of it on the top.
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  • She looked so cute that Carmen took a few pictures of her.
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  • Destiny was a little lady, waiting until he came into the kitchen before plowing into him.
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  • Alex divided his attention between a very attentive Destiny and a reserved Carmen.
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  • Throughout the meal she led the subject a weaving path around the animals, the weather, and work on the nursery.
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  • Would you like to play a game?
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  • His lips held a faint smile and his eyes twinkled.
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  • She gave him a coy smile.
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  • I mean, one you have a chance of winning.
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  • As a matter of fact, I'm beginning to feel pretty good.
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  • A warm hand caressed its way up her back and around to cradle her breast.
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  • He held a hand up to her and then guided her down to his lap.
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  • A voice broke into their lovemaking.
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  • "Me wana take a baf," she said, holding up a plastic toy.
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  • When she returned, he was putting a CD into the player.
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  • A slow song began as he moved toward her.
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  • Without a word, she slipped into his arms and fell into the rhythm of his step.
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  • He was watching her, a wry smile on his face and an amused twinkle in his eyes.
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  • Carmen read to her from a book for a few minutes until she fell asleep and then turned the light off.
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  • From now on she'd have a lot more respect for the art of romancing.
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  • As his fingers traced a warm tingly path to the back of her dress, hers traced his lips.
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  • The next morning when he stood by the door before leaving for work, she looked him over while he examined a document.
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  • It was a delightful surprise.
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  • Still, a person didn't need to say it to feel it.
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  • It was a change of attitude.
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  • It was as if they had started a fresh relationship.
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  • "I don't have a clue," Carmen replied.
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  • You have a right to know, Carmen.
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  • You have a right to know everything.
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  • If you don't stand up and demand a change, he'll keep on doing it.
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  • Katie said, lifting a brow.
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  • Katie leaned back, a triumphant look on her face as if she had made a point.
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  • He had a lot of investments and...
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  • She was slicing some left over pork roast for a recipe tomorrow when Alex walked in and announced that Destiny and Jonathan were asleep.
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  • Finally she put the knife down and started putting the sliced meat in a plastic container.
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  • "It's a big problem," he said.
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  • Finally he took down a couple of cups and poured them some coffee.
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  • He took a few sips and finally broached the subject.
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  • "I have a son," he finally blurted.
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  • It must have been a smorgasbord.
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  • How did having a son become a financial issue?
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  • Her stomach contracted and then twisted into a knot.
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  • He said Alex was the kind of man who would crawl into bed with a woman on the first date.
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  • His mouth twisted into a bitter smile.
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  • The wound opened again and the salt he threw into it drew a sharp response from her.
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  • If Dulce had a boyfriend, no one had mentioned it.
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  • But then, no one mentioned a child, either.
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  • Would there be a point at which she stopped being surprised by his family?
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  • More important, would there ever be a time when he stopped hiding things from her?
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  • If Alex had known he had a son, things would have been different.
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  • You're a wonderful husband and father.
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  • A person couldn't be in control all the time - right all the time.
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  • She gave him a final squeeze and released him.
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  • A warm flush started up her neck.
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  • She had a choice.
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  • I want to be a part of your life.
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  • If they presented a united front, Tessa might back up.
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  • Why would she hide him from me all this time and suddenly ask for a fortune?
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  • For the first time the memory of how he reacted when she told him she was pregnant wasn't a painful one.
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  • In fact, it was a virtual revelation.
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  • At that moment there was a choice to make.
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  • She gave him a sarcastic smile.
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  • When it came back to her face, a slow smile erased the creases between his brows.
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  • You're Carmen, and that's a lot.
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  • He planted a lingering kiss on her lips and drew back.
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  • For a moment he gazed down at her, his expression much like the trapped fox in the hen house.
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  • I was going to tell you - as soon as I had a handle on it.
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  • Within a week, they were back at the hacienda.
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  • This time Señor Medena greeted Carmen with a hug.
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  • She greeted them with a big smile, hugging each of them as if they were old friends she hadn't seen in a decade.
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  • That should have been no big surprise, but Carmen would have thought he would welcome the idea of a willing heir.
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  • At any rate, Alex joined forces with his father in the request for a DNA test.
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  • I would have thought a gender oriented decision would upset you, but you seem to be on his side.
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  • She hesitated, drawing a deep breath before continuing.
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  • I don't think it's a gender-based decision - not at this point, anyway.
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  • He wants you because you would do a good job, and because you are his son.
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  • The only business experience she had was the goat dairy, the non-functional farm and a horse ranch that had been in the fetal stage for years.
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  • That was a pretty good indication of interest - or lack thereof.
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  • In any case, she would never be a social fit.
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  • He didn't comment, but several times that evening she caught him watching her with a reflective expression.
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  • Alex gave him a sour look.
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  • Carmen set her jaw and challenged them each with a stern look.
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  • She paused, sucking in a deep breath, and then threw her hands in the air in defeat.
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  • Everyone was watching her with a horrified expression - even Jonathan and Destiny.
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  • What felt good a minute ago now sounded like suicide.
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  • Alex's mouth twisted into a wry smile and the dark eyes that sought hers held a trace of humor.
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  • Everyone relaxed and the conversation did a one-eighty.
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  • June leaped into July and Random gave birth to a little filly for Jonathan.
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  • Eureka was a dark Appaloosa with dark spots on white loins, quarters and croup.
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  • How much does a gallon of milk weigh?
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  • She glanced down at the straining bodice and made a face.
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  • Well, I hope I don't have a gallon of milk in there!
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  • Maybe you are having a little water gain, but you look great.
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  • She watched him as he answered it and then headed toward her at a brisk pace.
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  • It's a little early, but twins tend to have their own schedule.
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  • There had been two cancellations on a flight and Alex grabbed them.
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  • They needed to gain a little weight before they would be released from the hospital, though.
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  • Later they were taken to a room where they were introduced to their newest family members.
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  • Carmen had assumed breast feeding would be a natural thing, but as Matthew lay fussing in her arms, it seemed a major obstacle.
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  • It couldn't have been more than a few seconds, but it seemed much longer.
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  • Finally he sucked a couple times and then began searching again.
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  • It may take a few minutes, but he'll catch on.
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  • It was intended to encourage her, but it was more a distraction.
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  • It felt like a sudden and painful swelling.
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  • You're doing a great job.
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  • As if Matthew thought the encouragement was intended for him, he latched onto her breast, creating a suction that sent tiny bubbles down the feeding tube.
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  • A lump formed in her throat and tears spilled from her eyes.
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  • The nurse knocked on the door and then came in carrying a crying Natalie.
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  • Natalie needed little encouragement - or maybe it was because Carmen was a little more relaxed and experienced.
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  • Carmen glanced at Alex and did a double take.
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  • When a female voice answered, he pressed the speaker button and the phone call became theirs.
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  • A few minutes later Señor Medena answered the phone.
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  • For a moment he looked uncomfortable... uncertain.
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  • I guess he's always been a part of me... one I've wasted most of my life trying to remove.
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  • He wasn't the one who gave me a bad name.
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  • Maybe it's something a person understands better when he becomes a father.
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  • Or when he has a wife to point the way.
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  • I guess we both had a change of heart, didn't we?
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  • Sharing their problems was a step in the right direction.
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  • Alex paused at the door to their bedroom, a tray of coffee in his hands.
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  • Carmen was breast feeding Matthew and Felipa was feeding Natalie with a bottle.
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  • He set the tray down on the table and handed a steaming cup of coffee to Señor Medena.
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  • Señor Medena watched him for a moment, his expression guarded.
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  • Alex let out a breath of relief.
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  • They sipped their coffee in silence for a few minutes and then Señor Medena spoke.
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  • Carmen is a good wife.
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  • You have a good family.
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  • A house without children is not a home.
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  • They would like to have such a life.
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  • Mr. Barnett was a good father.
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  • You thought you had a son for a little while.
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  • Not like I wanted to take him away from the man who had been a Dad to him.
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  • Father and Dad are two different things to a son.
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  • Señor Medena was looking at him in a strange way.
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  • When you hear you have a son, you feel responsible - yes?
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  • Alex ran a hand through his hair and rubbed the back of his neck.
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  • If he lived to be a hundred he'd never understand women.
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  • This make a good horse ranch, yes?
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  • Alex treated him to a wry smile.
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  • At some point their marriage had morphed into a family.
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  • Carmen had been his soul mate for a long time.
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  • Her response to the issue about a son was indication that she was ready to break from the past.
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  • Lightening flashed in the east and thunder rumbled a posthumous threat.
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  • As he turned, the lights of a silent ambulance bounced across the long stretch of pasture between the highway and the mangled car.
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  • The train crouched silent on the tracks in a feline pose, as if hovering over a kill.
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  • Officer Lathum met him half way to the car and lifted a bushy gray brow.
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  • Do you want a replacement?
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  • Lathum walked beside him to their patrol car and picked up a tablet.
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  • I dated her a few times, but she was way out of my league.
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  • She could have been a model.
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  • That wide-eyed innocent look and those full lips reminded him of a fairytale princess.
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  • Even the way she wore her hair, with those braids wrapped around the top of her head like a crown and the long shiny blond curls falling around her shoulders and down her back – she wasn't simply beautiful.
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  • Why, because he is the son of a prominent family doctor?
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  • Lathum dismissed the subject with a shrug.
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  • According to Lisa, they were the closest thing to a family that she had other than her parents and siblings.
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  • She wouldn't have any trouble distracting a man, that's for sure.
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  • A person could change a lot in a few years, especially when they were that young.
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  • Maybe Lathum had a point.
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  • Lathum waved a hand in dismissal, his mind already firmly entrenched in another project.
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  • Thunder growled a deep rumbling warning.
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  • Lisa pulled a curtain back to examine the sky.
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  • In the hilly city of Fayetteville, that was a threat during any heavy rain.
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  • She stared into the early darkness of a thick cloud cover.
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  • Dad was in a hurry to beat the storm, so she had said nothing as the car backed out of the drive.
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  • He pressed his face against the window and managed a forlorn goodbye wave.
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  • It was a moment that lay in her stomach like a week-long hunger, regardless of the fact that they had been gone only minutes.
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  • A long train whistle sounded several times, adding to the dark mood of the evening.
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  • A moment later, veins of light threaded through dark low clouds.
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  • A newspaper with Allen's picture on it lay opened on the coffee table.
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  • Even his ability to find alcohol for a party was adventurous.
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  • Allen had been drinking at the party a little more than usual.
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  • There was no reasoning with him, so she accepted a ride with her best friend, Connie.
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  • Howard was a good ten years older and had far more important things on his mind – like his new position as partner at the law firm.
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  • For a full week she enjoyed the benefits of being big sister.
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  • Jarred from her thoughts, she began filling a tube with blue icing.
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  • After adding a bottom border, she changed to the red icing.
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  • She pondered a few minutes and then smiled.
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  • She carefully drew the outline of a truck around the words on the top.
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  • Food was more a distraction than a desire.
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  • A few weeks wouldn't mean the difference in paying for college, and she could use the time to relax.
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  • Leaning her head back, she forced the soft chair into a reclining position.
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  • For a moment she stared at the door, her heart racing.
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  • Her heart skipped a beat and then began to pound in her ears.
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  • For a moment they stared at each other.
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  • "Certainly," she replied as if it were a social visit.
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  • The blue skirt and sweater were a little dressy for jail, but they'd no doubt give her some fashionable stripes to wear anyway.
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  • You have a job to do so spit it out.
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  • He looked startled for a moment, and then composed himself.
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  • This isn't a social visit.
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  • Headlights flashed on the curtains briefly and a car door slammed.
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  • Her heart hesitated a moment, contracting for a race.
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  • A train hit their car.
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  • Len's face was pasty white and for a moment she thought he was going to throw up.
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  • Her mouth felt dry and her voice was barely a whisper.
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  • My parents are at a restaurant.
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  • Your face is as white as a sheet.
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  • He hesitated a moment.
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  • Lisa insisted, still hoping to get a different answer.
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  • Candy spilled across the coffee table and a glass bowl was shoved in front of her mouth.
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  • Why don't you get a wet cloth, Miss Spencer?
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  • A hand gently pushed her forward.
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  • Codes mingled with names and addresses in a request for medical assistance.
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  • Connie returned with a cool damp rag which she placed on Lisa's face and then the back of her neck.
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  • Feeling returned with a vengeance and her head pounded mercilessly.
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  • She jumped up, pushing them all away, darting for the bathroom with a hand over her mouth.
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  • He grabbed a rag and wet it before wiping her mouth.
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  • Later she woke to find Connie asleep in a chair beside her gurney.
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  • Howard dropped her hand like it was a hot coal.
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  • Howard gave him a strange look.
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  • Lisa stared at him, fragments of the night before slowly fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle.
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  • Connie stood up from a chair by the wall.
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  • Howard hesitated and shot a questioning glance at Connie, who shrugged and turned away.
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  • The facts drifted in slowly, as if attending a dreaded meeting.
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  • It's in the freezer, in a plastic bag wrapped with foil.
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  • "I've got her purse over here," Connie said, holding up a shiny red purse.
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  • She handed them to Howard, who watched her face with a puzzled expression.
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  • Quint hesitated a moment, watching Lisa with an uncertain expression.
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  • They were a family who knew all they had was each other.
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  • Lisa came home from the hospital the day before the funeral and Connie insisted on staying with her for a while.
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  • Connie had moved into the house for a while.
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  • They hadn't seen her in church for a while and they were worried about her.
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  • "You're not ready yet," she said around a mouth full of white foam.
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  • I could be a room mate – help you with the bills and pay rent.
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  • I'm sorry I've been such a poor companion.
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  • Maybe a vacation would be good right now, but don't go back there.
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  • Maybe that was a good sign.
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  • I don't need a boyfriend.
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  • And I will be for a very long time.
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  • They both care a lot.
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  • It was a selfish thought, showing no appreciation for everything they had done.
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  • Maybe a little time to yourself is a good idea.
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  • You've been a comfort to me.
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  • For a moment she hesitated, remembering their last discussion.