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  • The Keller homestead, where the family lived, was a few steps from our little rose-bower.
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  • It is a little speech that I have written for him.
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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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  • Analysts declared each successive generation might be "the first to have a lower standard of living than their parents."
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  • Suddenly he stopped at the foot of a tree.
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  • He arched a dark brow "Alexia?"
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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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  • He was dressed in black, and had a very pleasant face.
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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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  • Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
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  • But in the excitement of carrying me to church my father lost the name on the way, very naturally, since it was one in which he had declined to have a part.
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  • It is a custom in the South to build a small house near the homestead as an annex to be used on occasion.
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  • Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion.
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  • A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.
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  • But I can see a path.
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  • "What can one say about it?" replied the prince in a cold, listless tone.
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  • "He will not be a wonderful Wizard long," remarked Gwig.
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  • Prince Vasili always spoke languidly, like an actor repeating a stale part.
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  • But it took a good many years for them to grow as large and fine as they are now.
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  • "A nice country this is," he grumbled, "where a respectable horse has to eat pink grass!"
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  • By the time he had attached a handle to this sword he was having much trouble to breathe, as the charm of the Sorcerer was beginning to take effect.
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  • It was a sobering and unpleasant question.
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  • When they passed over a field of grass Jim immediately stretched down his head and began to nibble.
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  • Such a house my father built after the Civil War, and when he married my mother they went to live in it.
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  • He walked down the hill, pausing a reverent moment at the headstone, and then ducked under a limb as he continued down the hill.
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  • Let's face it: Futurists as a whole have a pretty poor track record.
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  • I don't like him, she added in a tone admitting of no rejoinder and raising her eyebrows.
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  • I see how human ingenuity and new technologies have eliminated previously insoluble problems once we stand back and let free markets do what they do best: direct the allocation of capital to find a solution.
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  • This was a decision she had already made once - but not really.
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  • That this democratization of information and opinion would lead to vigorous debate and encourage a young monk to question the church?
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  • I am also a historian with a full understanding of how poverty, disease, ignorance, famine, and war have dominated life on this planet.
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  • This famous Prussian neutrality is just a trap.
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  • A balloon meant to her some other arrival from the surface of the earth, and she hoped it would be some one able to assist her and Zeb out of their difficulties.
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  • He had a right to a few quirks.
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  • Carmen turned and lifted a hand to shade her eyes from the sun.
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  • When she glanced at him, he was eyeing her, a wry smile twisting his lips.
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  • That was all today amounted to - a manipulation.
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  • I think I shall keep this Wizard until a new Sorcerer is ready to pick, for he seems quite skillful and may be of use to us.
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  • But the pulling of them apart and pushing them together again was only a sleight-of-hand trick.
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  • And not just a path, but a well-lit, eight-lane highway.
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  • The incessant anxiety and strain of some is a well-nigh incurable form of disease.
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  • And I don't believe a word that Hardenburg says, or Haugwitz either.
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  • Getting around in front, so that she could look inside, the girl saw a boy curled up on the seat, fast asleep.
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  • The Wizard reached out, caught the wee creature in his hand, and holding its head between one thumb and finger and its tail between the other thumb and finger he pulled it apart, each of the two parts becoming a whole and separate piglet in an instant.
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  • At a place where two roads crossed, they saw a tall gentleman coming to meet them.
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  • We have, in fact, envisioned a better world and have made it happen.
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  • Anna Pavlovna had had a cough for some days.
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  • When it slowed for the drive, the dust caught up, hiding it in a swirling cloud.
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  • Just then they heard the big voice of Jim the cab-horse calling to them, and going to the doorway leading to the dome they found the Princess and a throng of her people had entered the House of the Sorcerer.
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  • "None of us has had breakfast," said the boy; "and in a time of danger like this it's foolish to talk about eating."
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  • We saw a baby howse!
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  • A wry smile briefly touched his lips.
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  • For a moment he studied her face.
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  • A touch of humor came into his eyes.
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  • Why would a good looking wealthy man move to the country, become a veterinarian and marry a country hick?
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  • It wasn't a question, but a flat statement.
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  • But during the first nineteen months of my life I had caught glimpses of broad, green fields, a luminous sky, trees and flowers which the darkness that followed could not wholly blot out.
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  • All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.
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  • When one man has reduced a fact of the imagination to be a fact to his understanding, I foresee that all men at length establish their lives on that basis.
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  • Many voices shouted and talked at the same time, so that Count Rostov had not time to signify his approval of them all, and the group increased, dispersed, re-formed, and then moved with a hum of talk into the largest hall and to the big table.
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  • Waking from her stupor, she blew him a kiss.
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  • In a way, Carmen and Alex had adopted a family.
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  • Then the three held a counsel to decide what they should do next, but could think of no way to better their condition.
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  • "Do so, my child," said the Minister; "and I hope that when you grow up you will become a wise man and a great orator."
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  • But nowhere in it was there even a hint that it might not be possible.
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  • They tell me I walked the day I was a year old.
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  • They seemed to be falling right into the middle of a big city which had many tall buildings with glass domes and sharp-pointed spires.
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  • So, with a snort and a neigh and a whisk of his short tail he trotted off the roof into the air and at once began floating downward to the street.
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  • Then she looked at Zeb, whose face was blue and whose hair was pink, and gave a little laugh that sounded a bit nervous.
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  • I suppose they're both a little artificial.
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  • "We had a lot of earthquakes," said Dorothy.
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  • The buggy seemed almost new, for it had a shiny top and side curtains.
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  • He was getting to be quite a handsome young man.
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  • For a moment she struggled with him until something changed in his eyes.
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  • "Wait a minute," she said again.
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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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  • A couple of wing-backed chairs and sofa sank luxuriously into that thick wine carpet, but what caught her full attention was the wide curving staircase.
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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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  • 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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  • We're probably all a little hypocritical at times - and we're all sinners, so I hear.
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  • The fact that they were expecting two babies instead of one made it more of a challenge.
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  • Was there room for two car seats and a bumper seat in the back seat of her car?
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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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  • I thought maybe we could get a van, but I didn't know if we could afford it.
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  • He studied her for a moment over the rim of his cup.
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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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  • A warm hand rested on her waist.
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  • "Are you afraid of getting fired?" she asked with a grin.
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  • No one could deny that Alex was a devoted husband and father.
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  • That was a double-edged hurt, though, because Alex adored his adoptive father.
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  • That was when Mary decided to relieve her mind of a troubling thought.
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  • "Tell me, Carmen," Mary said as she dried a dish.
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  • What did you really think when you found out Alex was a Mexican?
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  • I can't imagine what he was thinking to hide a thing like that from you.
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  • All I could think about was that I had a living father-in-law.
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  • She forced a smile.
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  • In fact, she had made a different decision about it so many times that his head must be spinning.
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  • "I'm sorry," she said with a sigh.
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  • "You saw a foal," he corrected.
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  • And we saw a baby howse too!
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  • For a moment they simply looked at each other.
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  • Alondra smiled up at him in a way that suggested their relationship went farther than employment extended.
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  • It's a strange feeling.
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  • Just give me a minute.
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  • Carmen wiped Destiny's face and eyes with the cool rag and used a tissue to wipe her nose.
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  • A part of her might never forgive him for what he did... and that was a dark part of her personality that she didn't want him to see.
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  • But we're married - and have been for a long time.
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  • By this time the party had reached a freshly plowed field, and the Prince said to Dorothy:
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  • The cab-horse, who was browsing near, lifted his head with a sigh.
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  • He had nearly finished this last task when a low growling was suddenly heard and the horse began to jump around and kick viciously with his heels.
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  • The mountain before them was shaped like a cone and was so tall that its point was lost in the clouds.
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  • The family on my father's side is descended from Caspar Keller, a native of Switzerland, who settled in Maryland.
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  • Pierre wished to reply, but could not get in a word.
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  • I'm going to make myself a sandwich and get back to work.
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  • He isn't a Mexican.
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  • So he placed Dorothy upon one side of him and the boy upon the other and set a lantern upon each of their heads.
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  • One day in spring four men were riding on horseback along a country road.
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  • A few impressions stand out vividly from the first years of my life; but "the shadows of the prison-house are on the rest."
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  • I was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, a little town of northern Alabama.
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  • They have no friend Iolaus to burn with a hot iron the root of the hydra's head, but as soon as one head is crushed, two spring up.
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  • There, too, after a fit of temper, I went to find comfort and to hide my hot face in the cool leaves and grass.
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  • I have travelled a good deal in Concord; and everywhere, in shops, and offices, and fields, the inhabitants have appeared to me to be doing penance in a thousand remarkable ways.
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  • I work for Uncle Bill on his ranch, and he pays me six dollars a month and my board.
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  • Carmen rinsed a dish and sighed.
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  • Katie wiped the plate slowly with a dishtowel.
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  • Carmen made a face.
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  • He was such a wonderful person in so many ways.
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  • "It's not a big deal," Carmen said, and launched into another subject.
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  • Alex got a relief when the conversation turned to something else and stayed there for the rest of the evening.
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  • When a Christmas waltz began, a warm hand gripped her elbow.
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  • They circled the room twice before a hand reached up and tapped Alex on the shoulder.
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  • Such a pleasant day and evening should have ended with a restful night and happy dreams, but it didn't.
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  • That was a no-brainer.
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  • A long sigh escaped her lips as she slid back down under the covers.
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  • She hesitated a moment.
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  • The balmy weather of Thanksgiving Day had given way to a frosty day after.
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  • Thanks to Alex, that chore had been turned into a simple twist of a knob.
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  • The coop was a comfortable 48°F - warm enough to keep the eggs from freezing, but cold enough that the chickens didn't get shocked by the temperature change when they went out of the coop.
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  • A trip back to the house to drop off the eggs revealed a house still silent.
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  • He said it would work for a girl or a boy.
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  • He had been taking care of her for nearly a year now.
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  • Alex met her at the door, a steaming cup of coffee in one hand.
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  • She grabbed the coffee cup and took a sip as she stepped around him.
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  • She stopped in the kitchen when she spotted the skillet of scrambled eggs and a pan of biscuits beside it.
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  • For a few minutes they held on to each other, kissing as if they hadn't seen each other in a week.
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  • He intended it as a joke, but the memory it resurrected was painful.
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  • For her, losing them was painful enough, but losing a mate - that would be agonizing.
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  • That might be true, but there was no point in working at becoming a spendthrift simply because he had money.
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  • In fact, that was a good way to make sure he didn't.
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  • With his return to work, things at the house shifted to a faster pace.
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  • He plopped down in a chair, his intense gaze fixed on her.
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  • She was a veritable garden of indecision.
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  • But I guess if we have, it's no worse than having a child out of wedlock.
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  • We're going to have a baby, not a sin.
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  • I've told myself that a hundred times.
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  • You're going to have a little brother or sister.
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  • They should be doing an ultrasound in a couple of weeks.
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  • Of course, if you prefer, we can wait until you come home from work and make it a fun family event.
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  • "I prefer," he said with a smile.
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  • Did she have a window seat?
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  • She had to move a few things to make room, but that wasn't too hard.
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  • A few minutes later his deep voice drifted back down the hall as he discussed something with her.
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  • A few minutes later they all marched in and took their places at the table.
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  • Alex asked with a grin.
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  • I guess that's a good question.
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  • "Maybe we could get a van," Carmen suggested.
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  • I always pictured myself driving a van instead of a truck.
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  • To him, it was no different than artificially inseminating a cow at his clinic... well, the concept wasn't.
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  • Do you want a boy or a girl, Dad?
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  • I already have a son and daughter.
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  • Every child feels displaced to some degree when a new sibling arrives.
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  • Hope that you'll start accepting me as your husband - your mate; not just a lover.
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  • Maybe not, but it would have made a difference if I had known how you felt.
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  • I should get rid of this and buy something a little more feminine.
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  • He lifted a brow.
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  • He had indicated enough times that he would like to see her in something a little more feminine and fashionable.
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  • It wasn't something she would normally do - buying clothes specifically for a trip.
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  • He raised a brow.
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  • She lifted a hand and caressed his cheek.
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  • They looked a lot alike in some ways.
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  • Having a baby was something they should be excited about - talking about to others.
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  • He rested a hand on her shoulder and sighed, gazing down at her tenderly.
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  • I don't want a shadow hanging over him.
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  • A slow smile spread over his mouth and spilled into his eyes.
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  • Jonathan wants a little brother, not a little sister.
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  • You do realize that if it's a girl, we're going to be unevenly matched.
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  • She rolled over and sat up, but he stopped her with a hand on her arm.
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  • Finally he sat up, a glint of humor in his eyes.
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  • Relief brought a smile to her lips.
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  • As a matter of fact, I did.
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  • Jonathan looked confident atop a Welch gelding.
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  • She urged her mount a safe distance away, motioning for Jonathan to follow.
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  • Felipa kicked her horse into a lope and rode up beside him.
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  • He made a face and stopped his horse.
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  • Not even a year had passed since the stabbing, but he had been doing well.
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  • Normally it was a raised area, dark pink, but now it looked red and angry.
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  • Maybe he should see a doctor.
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  • A touch of humor lurked in Señor Medena's dark eyes, but he continued as if he didn't notice.
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  • Raising a brow, Señor Medena spoke with exaggerated patience.
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  • But I have said they did not know you had a wound.
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  • Señor Medena raised a silver brow.
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  • I have been made acutely aware of that fact since I was a child.
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  • "Carmen," Alex interrupted in a stern tone.
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  • Yeah, a good fight.
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  • Alex looked surprised for a moment and then his lips clamped together firmly.
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  • "Get a life," he answered instantly, his eyes twinkling with mirth.
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  • Christmas was only a few days away, and yet it didn't seem like Christmas.
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  • They would purchase a few things for Christmas tomorrow.
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  • Alex had asked one of the men go into town and rent a car for them.
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  • Finally he put a hand on the wall on each side of her head.
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  • Once again he lowered his head, but this time his lips lingered on hers, searching for a response.
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  • "So, shut the door," he said, his voice strained, and drew her into his arms, seeking her lips again in a hungry way.
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  • The last time he made a business trip to Columbia, he had said they needed the money.
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  • Ultimately it had cost them a child and her ability to have more.
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  • A coloring book and crayons kept her busy while they worked and talked.
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  • Is it a Christmas party?
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  • No, it is a welcome home party - for you and Alex.
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  • But then, a party didn't seem like something Señor Medena would plan.
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  • If she was invited, it was as a guest of Alex, so he would tell her when and if he decided to go.
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  • Maybe Felipa had a love she wasn't sure about.
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  • Carmen drew a slow breath and glanced self-consciously at Dulce and Alondra.
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  • Felipa stared at the wall, deep in thought for a few minutes.
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  • Alondra watched Carmen reflectively for a while and finally spoke.
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  • We both wanted a baby.
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  • She swallowed down a crisp reply.
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  • It is not so good as a baby with your blood?
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  • I don't want to bond with a child only to have it taken away.
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  • For a moment Dulce actually looked sympathetic.
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  • The room was silent for a few minutes after they left.
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  • "Basically, that I require a lot of attention," Carmen said.
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  • Felipa considered the question a moment and then her brows resumed their normal position.
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  • I think Alex makes a concentrated effort to drive his father crazy.
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  • It's almost as if it is a lifetime goal.
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  • Felipa smiled as she expertly tied a big red bow.
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  • Carmen asked, setting a freshly-wrapped present aside.
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  • I want what you have - a husband who loves me - and children.
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  • But I don't know anything about dressing or acting like a lady.
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  • One does not dress or act like a lady.
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  • You are a lady.
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  • Then we will all go down together and Maria can get acquainted with her while you are measured for a dress.
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  • You will need a sitter for the party anyway.
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  • Nina waved a hand modestly.
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  • As they approached the building, a large group of people came out whooping and yelling.
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  • True, but her answer left Carmen's stomach tied in a knot.
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  • They rounded the corner of the building to see a group of men lounging against the fence, watching a display that made Carmen's blood run cold.
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  • From there the horse dashed in and out of the poles and came to a stop on his haunches.
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  • How could he do such a thing in front of Jonathan... and where was Jonathan?
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  • Alex handed the reins to a caretaker and dusted himself off as he headed for the gate.
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  • Alex obliged and then the four of them continued to a lot where some horses grazed.
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  • Alex pointed at a white horse prancing along the fence.
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  • To me, a beautiful horse is one that looks friendly.
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  • "It's over here," Jonathan said, leading them toward a large shed.
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  • They admired the new foal and a few other horses.
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  • On the way back to the house, Alex offered to take them to the gulf for a family outing.
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  • A stop for lunch and then a drive over the biggest bridge Carmen had ever seen - and then they were in Galveston.
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  • The architecture was fantastic, but not near as exciting as the ride on a ferry.
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  • Now it seemed more like a vacation.
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  • Remembering what Felipa had said about the girls being out of a home if Alex refused the inheritance, she smiled.
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  • Alex shot her a stern look and she made a face.
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  • Dulce said I want a lot.
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  • Do me a favor and don't listen to Dulce.
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  • "Whew," he said with a grin.
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  • For a minute there, I thought I was getting forgetful.
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  • Carmen couldn't make out more than a few words, but one of them was mare.
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  • You've been a very good girl.
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  • A friend, certainly, but their relationship was also romantic so best friend didn't seem like a good description.
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  • "Yes. I couldn't find a better friend than Alex, could I?" she said.
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  • His response was a warm smile.
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  • Well, whatever we do, I'd like to do it as a family.
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  • "A little," she said.
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  • Now his father was putting a damper on it with his all consuming, self-serving plots.
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  • Alex laid a hand on her arm.
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  • Carmen made a ball out of a pair of socks.
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  • It made a safe ball that didn't go far, which was perfect for Destiny.
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  • Jonathan found a stick larger on one end than the other to use for a bat.
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  • Señor Medena came out and watched for a while.
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  • Felipa was wearing a perky red satin gown with spaghetti straps and full skirt.
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  • She is such a good seamstress.
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  • But then, maybe Alondra was one of those people who simply took a long time to warm to strangers.
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  • Nina returned with a dress made of dark purple velvet and satin.
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  • "What a waste," Nina said.
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  • They sat her in front of a mirror while Felipa worked.
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  • You have a very pretty neck.
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  • Taking a deep breath, Carmen started down the stairs.
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  • For a moment she almost panicked.
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  • And then he stepped forward, looking elegant in a dark tuxedo.
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  • A live band started playing a waltz and he dropped a hand to her waist.
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  • For a minute there I thought you were going to bolt and run.
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  • For a minute there, I was ready to do just that.
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  • It was a strange thing for a man to say.
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  • Maybe that was what made him such a good salesman in the past.
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  • Most girls wanted to be a princess at some point in their youth, though she couldn't specifically remember that wish.
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  • A tall young man tapped his shoulder and Alex surrendered her to the second dance of the evening.
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  • It was a good thing he found it so amusing.
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  • Alex was busy talking to a lady with a low-cut bodice.
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  • A soft southern voice drawled behind her.
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  • He looked to be about her age and his blond hair was neatly combed into a fashionable style.
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  • She rested one hand on his upper arm and surrendered her other to a hand that engulfed hers.
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  • I was a little surprised at the invitation.
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  • I'm just a country hick myself.
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  • I used to work with Alex as a Jr.
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  • Gerald made a face.
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  • He was so tall there was a vast difference in their height.
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  • Somehow that was a relief.
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  • His mouth twisted into a wry smile.
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  • "Alex seems to be doing well," he said after a long pause.
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  • I couldn't even imagine him in a comma.
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  • She smiled up at him, feeling a sudden need for levity.
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  • They danced for a few minutes in comfortable silence, and finally he spoke again.
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  • I never thought of him as being anything else but a salesman until I saw him tonight, but he seems so... comfortable now.
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  • Strange how such a placid moment could stir up such emotional turmoil.
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  • He always wanted to be a veterinarian.
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  • I guess the only thing he wanted more than that was a good woman and children.
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  • It was a pleasure to meet you.
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  • He turned and walked away, his head nearly a foot above the others.
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  • For a moment she watched them gracefully move across the room - totally in sync.
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  • Dulce appeared at Carmen's side, dressed in a dark blue gown with a high collar.
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  • She made a face.
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  • When Carmen's gaze returned to Dulce, the woman had a smug smile on her lips.
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  • People passing between them were a blur.
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  • Confidence returned with a warm rush.
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  • Dulce regarded her reflectively for a moment longer and then walked away without saying another word.
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  • Something about the way Felipa was smiling up at him suggested she was anticipating a good night kiss.
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  • A strong hand grabbed Carmen's arm as the band started another song.
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  • He had loved a singer, but he had married the farmer's daughter.
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  • For a moment her heart beat overtime and it looked as though she might fall, but Alex smoothly caught her and stepped around, covering her fumbling so well that no one appeared to notice.
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  • She made a face at him.
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  • He just turned twenty-one and he thinks he is a man now.
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  • Well, that explained a lot about him.
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  • He was a junior salesman.
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  • She lifted a brow.
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  • When the band took a break, Carmen was looking for something cool to drink.
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  • Someone offered her a glass of punch.
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  • It was far too sweet and had a bitter aftertaste.
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  • Alex raised a brow.
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  • I guess I wasn't very polite, making a face like that.
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  • "Yuck," he said barely above a whisper.
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  • They mingled with the guests a little longer and then Carmen excused herself.
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  • Even as tired as she was, his arms were a welcome haven.
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  • For a moment he looked confused, and then turned away.
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  • The way he acted tonight was a little too much like he did when he came home from the hospital.
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  • He didn't sound like he had a cold.
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  • She rubbed a sore spot in her lower back.
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  • "Someone must have spiked my punch," he said, running a hand through his hair.
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  • His lips covered hers in a long warm kiss that left her short of breath.
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  • The subject was how Mary had been a vessel to carry the son of god.
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  • Well... I guess so, in a way.
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  • Dulce motioned to Carmen from a hallway, so Carmen told Alex to take the children up and she would be up shortly.
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  • Dulce handed Carmen a picture, her face a study of emotion, but her lips revealing nothing.
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  • It was a picture taken at the party and the focus was on Carmen and Alex.
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  • Carmen was looking at someone behind the camera and Alex was looking at a girl who stood about five feet from him.
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  • "Thank you," Carmen said as if it were a gift.
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  • A spiked drink might seem harmless, but if a person was taking certain prescription drugs, it could be dangerous.
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  • Perhaps it was a foolish thing to do.
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  • Dulce stared at her for a moment, as if considering it for the first time.
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  • "He'd have a cow," Carmen said.
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  • "A little," Carmen responded, "but I suppose that's natural, given our relationship.
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  • Carmen found Alex relaxing in a chair next to the bed in their room.
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  • Maybe she thinks it's a miss-match for you.
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  • She tossed the picture in his lap again and made a face.
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  • There was a lot at stake.
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  • I didn't realize what a mess it was.
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  • He ran a hand through his hair.
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  • I don't want to put the girls out of a home.
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  • Even a bird is smart enough to push the fledgling out of the nest when it fails to fly on its own.
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  • No one is guaranteed a free ride.
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  • Carmen remained quiet for a few minutes, allowing him to think about it.
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  • You have set aside the money for a college education.
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  • A slow smile worked its way across his face and into his eyes.
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  • I know life would have been a lot simpler for me.
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  • But a lot more complicated for the other two, maybe.
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  • Obviously your father has a brother or a sister.
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  • It was a good thing they didn't change after church, because everyone at the table was dressed as if going to church.
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  • Alondra was still a big question mark, but her gut said no to that idea too.
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  • It might cross a person's mind now and then that their spouse might be unfaithful, but insisting on it for months was another thing.
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  • Of course, it went a lot deeper than that.
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  • He says it's only a few miles away and we'll be right back.
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  • The driver took them to a Spanish design home a few miles from the hacienda.
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  • A wide porch peeked from behind three stucco arches.
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  • What a ridiculous thought.
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  • "Maybe it's even nicer inside," She said with a forced smile.
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  • On the other side of the thick entry door was a sitting room with lush wine colored carpet.
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  • On one side of the living room a door opened into a large dining area.
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  • It had a quiet look of quality that was soothing.
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  • The driver was standing by the car smoking a cigarette as they emerged from the house.
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  • Kicking his foot free of the stirrup, he offered her a hand, never taking his eyes off Señor Medena.
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  • Carmen accepted the outstretched hand and placed a foot in the vacated stirrup.
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  • He was just showing me a house he said he was giving as a wedding gift.
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  • It was a stupid question, of course.
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  • He hadn't developed a liking for her.
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  • Only his idea of tempting her with a fine house hadn't worked.
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  • She said in a cool tone.
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  • "He's a male," Alex snapped, "and the fact that a woman is already married doesn't discourage him.
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  • It was a good thing they were going home tomorrow.
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  • As with Josh, he had simply assumed a relationship.
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  • Worse, he had again assumed she was a willing participant.
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  • By the time they reached the barn, she had a different perspective of the entire situation.
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  • What made a man so distrustful?
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  • They talked for a few minutes and then Carmen left to take Destiny to their room.
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  • Alex stared down at her with a bewildered expression.
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  • Carmen shoved a wide-eyed Destiny into his arms and turned to follow Dulce.
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  • Wait a minute, Dulce.
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  • Dulce turned, and for a moment Carmen thought she might strike her.
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  • Señor Medena married my mother when I was a baby.
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  • Still, if Señor Medena adopted Dulce when she was a baby and raised her, then he was her father - blood relative or not.
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  • "It is always Alex," Dulce continued in a bitter voice.
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  • Carmen took a breath.
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  • "I didn't know about any of this until we came down here for a visit," she defended.
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  • Dulce gave her a poisonous stare.
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  • I can give him a son.
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  • She waved a hand at the house and leaned toward Carmen.
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  • Alex wasn't paying a stranger to give him an heir.
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  • She felt as though a cold hand grasped her stomach and squeezed hard.
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  • That familiar cold feeling washed over her again with a wave that was staggering.
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  • For a moment he frowned down at her.
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  • This wasn't a home.
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  • It was a house full of people who happened to be related to him.
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  • You didn't say a word to your father, but you snarled at me as though I did something wrong.
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  • For a moment he merely stared at her, his expression unreadable.
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  • It wasn't simply a personal matter to Dulce.
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  • No matter what she said, getting him back meant financial security - a roof over her head and everything that went along with it.
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  • Apparently he found what he was looking for, because a smile touched the corners of his mouth and his eyes warmed.
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  • Had they made a mistake?
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  • She woke when the bed sank with the weight of a person sitting down.
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  • He had a lot of friends in Texas.
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  • When did that start - and was it a good thing?
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  • Maybe they were both a little wrong... and a little right.
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  • He was a good husband and father.
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  • Alex wore a light blue sweater that accentuated his dark complexion and Jonathan was dressed likewise.
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  • Breakfast was a quiet meal, with Dulce absent and Señor Medena lost in thought.
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  • The morning passed in a pleasant way and soon it was time to leave.
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  • Alex was in a good mood and it was a pleasant trip - until Felipa made a comment about Tessa's visit the night before.
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  • It must have taken a long time to say good-bye.
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  • They probably had a lot to discuss and most likely were not alone.
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  • Even so, she caught Alex watching her with a strange expression several times.
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  • Later, the jolting of the plane awakened her with a start.
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  • We're running into a little turbulence from the storm.
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  • Within a few minutes the plane was dipping and rising in a way that made her stomach roll uncomfortably.
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  • It seemed like only a few seconds before the uncomfortable feeling became nausea.
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  • She put a hand to her mouth and glanced around for something to be sick in.
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  • Alex instantly provided a little white bag and she made use of it.
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  • It's a Dramamine patch.
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  • The nausea persisted for a while, but was eventually lost in sleep.
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  • After what seemed like a short wait, they boarded another plane.
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  • She tried to identify a sound.
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  • Alex sat up and leaned over her, speaking softy in a voice that was little more than a whisper.
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  • Three weeks ago she would have been embarrassed by such a conversation.
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  • When she re-entered the bedroom, he was propped up on a pillow, his eyes closed and the blankets tucked around his neck.
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  • A strong hand shot out and grasped her arm.
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  • "Lust," she said in almost a whisper.
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  • "Lust," she repeated a little louder, and then said it firmly once more.
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  • His expression was a blend of question and concern.
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  • It's a sin... outside marriage.
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  • "I'm shocked," he said with a straight face.
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  • "I am a prude," she said, still watching his face.
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  • And I'm a hypocrite.
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  • For a moment he simply gazed into her eyes, and then he drew a deep breath.
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  • For a moment she stared at it.
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  • Surely this wasn't a personal file.
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  • He sat down in a chair and methodically placed the cup on the table, his gaze fixed to it.
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  • He held the cup for a few minutes, his neck growing red.
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  • Instead, he drew a leathern case from his pocket and took from it several sharp knives, which he joined together, one after another, until they made a long sword.
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  • As a matter of fact, I'm eating rainbow grass.
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  • Several Mangaboos came forward with glass spades and dug a hole in the ground.
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  • She was only a month into two years old, but she was big for her age.
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  • Truthfully, Gerald wasn't all that good a dancer.
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  • Not only was Pierre's attempt to speak unsuccessful, but he was rudely interrupted, pushed aside, and people turned away from him as from a common enemy.
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  • At this point, abandoning the two fertilized eggs might be a worse sin.
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  • As she peered through the soft gray light not a house of any sort was visible near the station, nor was any person in sight; but after a while the child discovered a horse and buggy standing near a group of trees a short distance away.
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  • This the Wizard placed underneath his hat and made a mystic sign above it.
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  • The little man gave a bow to the silent throng that had watched him, and then the Prince said, in his cold, calm voice:
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  • Just then his eye fell upon the lanterns and the can of kerosene oil which Zeb had brought from the car of his balloon, and he got a clever idea from those commonplace things.
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  • All her invitations without exception, written in French, and delivered by a scarlet-liveried footman that morning, ran as follows:
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  • With these words she greeted Prince Vasili Kuragin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception.
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  • "Heavens! what a virulent attack!" replied the prince, not in the least disconcerted by this reception.
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  • Pierre pushed his way into the middle of the group, listened, and convinced himself that the man was indeed a liberal, but of views quite different from his own.
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  • The naval officer spoke in a particularly sonorous, musical, and aristocratic baritone voice, pleasantly swallowing his r's and generally slurring his consonants: the voice of a man calling out to his servant, Heah!
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  • Adraksin was in uniform, and whether as a result of the uniform or from some other cause Pierre saw before him quite a different man.
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  • With a sudden expression of malevolence on his aged face, Adraksin shouted at Pierre:
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  • "Yes, and this is not a time for discussing," he continued, "but for acting: there is war in Russia!
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  • Count Rostov at the back of the crowd was expressing approval; several persons, briskly turning a shoulder to the orator at the end of a phrase, said:
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  • He had just entered, wearing an embroidered court uniform, knee breeches, and shoes, and had stars on his breast and a serene expression on his flat face.
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  • "First time I ever saw a pink cat," said Zeb.
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  • This child, who is from the crust of the earth, like yourself, called you a Wizard.
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  • "Nonsense!" said the little man, turning red--although just then a ray of violet sunlight was on his round face.
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  • I go up in a balloon, usually, to draw the crowds to the circus.
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  • "Isn't that a great deal?" she asked, doubtfully.
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  • Is not a Wizard something like a Sorcerer?
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  • Just then a man came running into the hall and addressed the Prince after making a low bow.
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