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  • I've waited at that station for five hours.

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  • Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.

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  • He was going to like the clothes she bought for the trip.

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  • "I'll get us some coffee," she said, heading for the kitchen.

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  • He had been taking care of her for nearly a year now.

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  • The guinea-fowl likes to hide her nest in out-of-the-way places, and it was one of my greatest delights to hunt for the eggs in the long grass.

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  • You've paid a dear price for this thing.

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  • "As for that, we are in the same scrape ourselves," answered Dorothy, cheerfully.

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  • Little Benjamin Franklin was very happy; for he was only seven years old.

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  • The impulse gone, I fell down and cried for her to take me up in her arms.

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  • "Well, then," said the teacher, "you may take your slate and go out behind the schoolhouse for half an hour.

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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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  • "She's gone out for a walk," said Jim, gruffly.

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  • No one spoke for a long time.

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  • She is the Ruler destined to be my successor, for she is a Royal Princess.

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  • The main point, however, was that they flew, and flew swiftly, if a bit unevenly, toward the rock for which they had headed.

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  • The milkers would let me keep my hands on the cows while they milked, and I often got well switched by the cow for my curiosity.

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  • The day after his son had left, Prince Nicholas sent for Princess Mary to come to his study.

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  • Seeing the position we are in, I think there is little need for discussion.

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  • I knew my own mind well enough and always had my own way, even if I had to fight tooth and nail for it.

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  • Yes, I have heard of his scheme for perpetual peace, and it is very interesting but hardly feasible.

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  • How much did you pay for it?

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  • With his head bent, and his big feet spread apart, he began explaining his reasons for thinking the abbe's plan chimerical.

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  • "Go and get it for me," said the old prince to Mademoiselle Bourienne.

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  • Thank you for inviting us.

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  • Just you light out and make for that rock, Jim; and don't waste any time about it, either.

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  • For the first time it mattered to her.

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  • We're going out for breakfast.

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  • He asked for a samovar and for hay for his horses, and when he had had his tea he went to bed.

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  • But, except for these fleeting memories, if, indeed, they be memories, it all seems very unreal, like a nightmare.

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  • Then try to tell what it is, what it is like, what it is good for, and what is done with it.

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  • She feared for her brother who was in it, was horrified by and amazed at the strange cruelty that impels men to kill one another, but she did not understand the significance of this war, which seemed to her like all previous wars.

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  • Then he tried to tell what it was like, what it was good for, and what was done with it.

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  • "We will all arise, every one of us will go, for our father the Tsar!" he shouted, rolling his bloodshot eyes.

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  • For God's sake send me somewhere else if only in command of a regiment.

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  • Our friends had a good start and were able to maintain it, for with their eight wings they could go just as fast as could the Gargoyles.

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  • There is no hieroglyph for the word "progress" because the very idea of progress didn't exist.

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  • This is not enough for Alex to support?

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  • It had provided the opportunity for him to accuse her of being unfaithful.

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  • The four lawyers rode along, one behind another; for the pathway was narrow, and the mud on each side of it was deep.

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  • When the time came for him to speak, his mother and the minister were both there to hear him.

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  • After that Princess Mary did not see her father for a whole week.

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  • They were glad to see Mr. Harris, for he was the minister.

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  • We've been married for nearly five years, and we just made love.

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  • You have no respect for me?

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  • Alondra watched Carmen reflectively for a while and finally spoke.

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  • No, it is a welcome home party - for you and Alex.

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  • "What for?" asked Alpatych.

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  • These preparations had not consumed a great deal of time, but the sleeping Gargoyles were beginning to wake up and move around, and soon some of them would be hunting for their missing wings.

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  • Pierre suddenly saw an outlet for his excitement.

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  • So he called Tikhon and went through the rooms with him to show him where to set up the bed for that night.

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  • "How CAN we 'scape?" asked Dorothy, nervously, for an unseen danger is always the hardest to face.

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  • Anna Pavlovna's alarm was justified, for Pierre turned away from the aunt without waiting to hear her speech about Her Majesty's health.

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  • While the horses were being harnessed Alpatych and Ferapontov over their tea talked of the price of corn, the crops, and the good weather for harvesting.

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  • "Russia is done for!" he cried.

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  • She was only a month into two years old, but she was big for her age.

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  • For a moment the boy did not know what he meant by this question.

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  • The man with the star stood for a time quietly thinking over this speech.

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  • We who live here much prefer to be invisible; for we can still hug and kiss one another, and are quite safe from the bears.

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  • "I have something here for little Edward," he said.

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  • It wasn't something she would normally do - buying clothes specifically for a trip.

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  • He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.

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  • Age is no better, hardly so well, qualified for an instructor as youth, for it has not profited so much as it has lost.

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  • For another moment she hesitated, and then joined Alex.

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  • Alex looked surprised for a moment and then his lips clamped together firmly.

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  • Her dark eyes fixed on Carmen, eagerly waiting for the rest of the story.

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  • Felipa stared at the wall, deep in thought for a few minutes.

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  • "Not for me," Carmen said instantly, and then blushed.

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  • It is not for me to say how he spends his money.

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  • For a moment Dulce actually looked sympathetic.

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  • It must be difficult for Alex to keep you happy.

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  • We'd better go down for breakfast.

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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 always looked nice, but normally he would have worn a suit for the occasion.

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  • She had enough for the entire family.

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  • We'll just wait for her.

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  • For the last time, Howard isn't interested in me.

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  • For a moment she hesitated, and then accelerated.

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  • "That will prove a barrier for some time to come," said the little man, smiling pleasantly all over his wrinkled face at the success of their stratagem.

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  • Next, bolts for the doors of the new building were wanted and had to be of a special shape the prince had himself designed, and a leather case had to be ordered to keep the "will" in.

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  • Pressing his lips together he made that effort for the twenty-thousandth time and lay down.

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  • Everything not connected with the execution of the prince's orders did not interest and did not even exist for Alpatych.

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  • The roar of guns, the whistling of projectiles, and the piteous moaning of the cook, which rose above the other sounds, did not cease for a moment.

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  • She stretched and sat up, reaching for her clothes.

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  • Tomorrow Uncle Henry and I must start back for Kansas.

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  • "For two reasons, my dear," the woman's voice answered.

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  • The strangers took their seats at the table willingly enough, for they were all hungry and the platters were now heaped with good things to eat.

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  • As for reaching the top of the earth, I have never heard that it is possible to do that, and if you succeeded in getting there you would probably fall off.

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  • And now, my friends, please to excuse My lisping and my stammers; I, for this once, have done my best, And so--I'll make my manners.

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  • But all along, they believed they would ultimately prevail—and not just win the war, but also do something epic that would change the course of history for all time.

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  • It took a decade or two for the new medium to be seen in light of itself, not just in terms of what it displaced.

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  • There was the usual amount of discussion as to a name for me.

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  • There is no play in them, for this comes after work.

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  • In his first letter which came soon after he had left home, Prince Andrew had dutifully asked his father's forgiveness for what he had allowed himself to say and begged to be restored to his favor.

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  • Only now in the stillness of the night, reading it by the faint light under the green shade, did he grasp its meaning for a moment.

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  • Dessalles wrote this letter to the Governor for Princess Mary, she signed it, and it was given to Alpatych with instructions to hand it to the Governor and to come back as quickly as possible if there was danger.

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  • And the peasants are asking three rubles for carting--it isn't Christian!

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  • From this you will see that you have a perfect right to reassure the inhabitants of Smolensk, for those defended by two such brave armies may feel assured of victory.

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  • In the end, our fundamental challenge is to become better individuals, and technology offers little help on that front; it is up to each one of us to solve that for ourselves.

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  • My daughter is coming for me to take me there.

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  • "Listen, dear Annette," said the prince, suddenly taking Anna Pavlovna's hand and for some reason drawing it downwards.

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  • And while it may not be perfect, life will be profoundly better for everyone on the planet.

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  • It was the word "water," and I continued to make some sound for that word after all other speech was lost.

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  • She urged her mount a safe distance away, motioning for Jonathan to follow.

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  • Felipa will be punished for her part in the incident.

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  • He paused at the door to wait for her.

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  • "I'm sorry," she said, reaching for his arm.

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  • At home, presents were under the tree, waiting for their return.

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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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  • For a moment they simply looked at each other.

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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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  • Thank you for getting me off the hook.

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  • She opted for the warm bath again.

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  • The children played and they all talked for a while longer.

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  • Carmen headed for their room.

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  • Carmen watched him silently, waiting for an explanation.

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  • She stared at him for a moment.

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  • I'm sorry, sweetheart, but at least for now, I think it's better that you're not involved.

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  • At the car he opened the door for her.

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  • He hadn't developed a liking for her.

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  • There was no reason for him to think his father might be romantically interested in her.

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  • She headed for the door, ignoring the question.

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  • They talked for a few minutes and then Carmen left to take Destiny to their room.

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  • "Carmen," he said reaching for her.

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  • Dulce turned, and for a moment Carmen thought she might strike her.

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  • How long did he think he could hide them - or avoid them, for that matter?

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  • I apologize for my sister.

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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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  • For a moment he frowned down at her.

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  • They admire you for what you have accomplished.

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  • He reached for her and she evaded his hands, playfully slapping him away.

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  • For a moment she struggled with him until something changed in his eyes.

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  • It was going to be nice having nothing to do but enjoy their little family for the next two weeks.

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  • Is it something new for the trip?

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  • Thank you so much for helping, Jonathan.

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  • She searched his face for some indication of comprehension, eventually finding it only in his voice.

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  • That's what you get for waiting so long.

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  • For the remainder of the trip to the ranch, Alex remained in a good mood.

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  • Carmen met his gaze for a moment - long enough to reunite, and then they both turned back to the others.

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  • That's easy for you to say.

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  • And now she was even resenting Alex for telling his father.

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  • This isn't easy for you, is it?

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  • Not for a while.

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  • It works for us.

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  • He looked startled for a moment, and then composed himself.

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  • Watch for that ambulance.

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  • Howard turned and headed for the door, indicating for Quint to follow.

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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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  • Other than the fact that she and Howard had already disrupted their lives enough for her, it was comforting to have her there.

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  • Connie and Howard talked to the school, making arrangements for graduation.

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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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  • The antidepressants didn't help that much, but maybe they were responsible for the fact that she had not lost control yet.

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  • As for sitting around doing nothing, I'm going to do something about that.

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  • It was a selfish thought, showing no appreciation for everything they had done.

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  • Lisa thanked her for all the help and assured her that she would be fine.

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  • For a moment she hesitated, remembering their last discussion.

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  • If you put me in jail again, when I get out there won't be a safe place for you.

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  • She should be looking for a replacement vehicle, but having another car in the garage would only be a reminder that there was no one left to drive it.

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  • Wildlife hid behind that wall of green, but it was too late in the day for them to be hopping out on the road.

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  • For a moment she felt the dull aching pain of being utterly alone.

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  • She desperately fought the steering wheel for control, but the car weaved all over the road.

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  • For a few moments the car hung there, the back half solidly on the ground, the front hanging precariously over the cliff.

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  • Their eyes met for a moment... piercing blue eyes meeting startled green eyes in a battle of nerve.

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  • After studying the car thoughtfully for a few minutes, he confidently assumed authority.

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  • Go up the hill and watch for cars so you can warn anyone before they get to the curve.

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  • A large rock beside the road provided a place to rest while she listened for vehicles.

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  • It poised for a moment and then took a dive off the cliff.

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  • She counted the seconds in tense silence, waiting for the sound of an explosion, but the only sound was a car approaching from below.

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  • He reached the passenger side of the car and held the door open for her.

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  • Maybe he only maintained the house for someone else.

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  • He strode around to her side of the car and opened the door for her.

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  • At the door, he opened it and stepped back, motioning for her to enter first.

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  • Fayetteville is long distance, but I'll be glad to pay you for the call as soon as I get my things.

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  • Those blue eyes were boring into her soul, searching for heaven only knew what.

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  • Now go wash up for supper.

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  • For the most part, though, her conversation was interesting and helped keep Lisa's mind off her own problems.

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  • I'll lend you one of my night gowns and find some clothes for you to wear in the morning.

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  • It was a lovely setting for a home, secluded in wildly beautiful forested hills.

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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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  • His mouth twisted into what might have passed for a smile.

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  • Apparently this was a favorite haunt for Giddon... and how many others?

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  • Such an unlikely spot for a home site, and yet, the remains of a chimney gave indisputable proof that one had existed at some point.

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  • She glanced around for some kind of weapon as they walked, and soon came up with a walking stick.

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  • She paused for no more than a few moments, but apparently Giddon hadn't heard.

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  • For a moment he looked down at her, his expression somber.

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  • When Señor Medena introduced the girl as his daughter, Carmen caught her breath and looked at Alex for an explanation.

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  • Instinctively her fingers affirmed her hair was in order for the mug shot.

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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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  • And I will be for a very long time.

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  • She sat up and reached for her robe, wondering who might be visiting at this time in the morning.

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  • There she sat for a few moments, gasping for breath.

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  • Glancing down at her sandaled feet, it occurred to her that she was hardly dressed for a walk in the woods.

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  • The grass had been mown short for about five feet on either side of the narrow drive, and a tangle of underbrush and trees lay beyond... freedom, or a barrier?

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  • At such times they were all glad to wait for him, for continually climbing up stairs is sure to make one's legs ache.

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  • "I do not want money," returned the braided man, "for I could not spend it in this deserted place if I had it.

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  • Also I made pores for porous plasters and high-grade holes for doughnuts and buttons.

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  • But Jim was ready for them, and when he saw them coming he turned his heels toward them and began kicking out as hard as he could.

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  • But the noise and clatter seemed as dreadful to them as Jim's heels, for all who were able swiftly turned and flew away to a great distance.

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  • A sort of inclined tunnel led upward for a way, and they found the floor of it both rough and steep.

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  • If I wanted my mother to make ice-cream for dinner I made the sign for working the freezer and shivered, indicating cold.

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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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  • Here the conversation seemed interesting and he stood waiting for an opportunity to express his own views, as young people are fond of doing.

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  • His daughter placed chintz-covered down cushions for him to sit on and behind his back.

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  • For Christ's sake think of us! cried his wife, referring to the rumors of war and the enemy.

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  • The buggy seemed almost new, for it had a shiny top and side curtains.

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  • We've been away for a long time, you know, and so we're anxious to get home again.

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  • Neither the boy nor the girl spoke again for some minutes.

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  • But the foes were too many to be repulsed for long.

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  • "What is he good for?" was the next question.

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  • Yes; for they eat of the dama-fruit, as we all do, and that keeps them from being seen by any eye, whether human or animal.

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  • Señor Medena came out and watched for a while.

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  • I'm the one who should be apologizing - for dragging you into this.

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  • The nurse would have no way of knowing how uncharacteristic this behavior was for Destiny.

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  • Tonight he divided his attention between the knife and her face - no doubt waiting for her to broach the subject.

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  • For one horrible long moment he was silent.

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  • Do you have a short-sleeved shirt in there for me?

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  • For a moment she surrendered to his warm lips and secure embrace, clinging to him as her heart stepped up pace.

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  • He'll be stuck to that TV for hours.

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  • "Not for them." he said, and turned to the bathroom.

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  • Someone else carries this baby for you.

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  • Dulce stood and motioned for Alondra to follow her.

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  • The room was silent for a few minutes after they left.

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  • Do they resent that your father wants only a son for an heir?

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  • For a moment a pang of homesickness engulfed her.

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  • Carmen leaned on her pillow and watched him dress for bed.

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  • She cuddled close to him and lifted her face for his affection.

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  • For a moment she lay waiting, and then realized he had fallen asleep.

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  • At least he couldn't blame her for any lack of attention this time.

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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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  • For the next two hours, the women talked delightfully about meaningless things that kept them laughing.

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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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  • The smile faded from his lips and he motioned for Jonathan to join him.

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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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  • By the time they got back and dressed for supper, Destiny's eyelids were drooping.

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  • You have much room for this new baby?

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  • "We've all been working on the room for the baby," Carmen added.

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  • For a minute there, I thought I was getting forgetful.

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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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  • Exhaustion eventually ended the game and everyone but Dulce gathered in the kitchen for an ice cream snack.

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  • Wait until you see what Nina has sewn for you.

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  • Come. It's time for you to join the others.

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  • Lifting the skirt slightly with one hand so she wouldn't trip on it, she let the other hand slide lightly down the banister for added balance.

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  • For a moment she almost panicked.

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  • She stood frozen, searching for him.

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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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  • Thank you for the necklace and earrings.

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  • "As for my part," His eyes were like soft chocolate pools as he gazed into hers.

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  • It was a strange thing for a man to say.

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  • For some reason it crossed her mind that he would be fun to know.

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  • I worked with him for two years before I discovered who he really was.

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  • "If it hadn't been for his sister, I probably still wouldn't know," he mused.

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  • That must have been really difficult for you.

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  • She nodded, searching the room again for Alex.

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  • Most people would have said it was difficult for Alex.

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  • She smiled up at him, feeling a sudden need for levity.

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  • I can see why Alex fell so hard for you.

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  • They danced for a few minutes in comfortable silence, and finally he spoke again.

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  • Dulce regarded her reflectively for a moment longer and then walked away without saying another word.

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  • She pushed him back, speaking as firmly as she could without talking loud enough for the children to hear.

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  • As for the drink, there was no point in bringing that up.

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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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  • 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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  • There is something to be said for being poor.

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  • We'd better get ready for lunch.

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  • I should have shown it to you in private - prepared you for it.

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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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  • 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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  • I was watching for some encouraging sign.

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  • For a moment he merely stared at her, his expression unreadable.

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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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  • She felt for his hand and knew an instant warm rush when she found it.

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  • The national weather forecast on television was calling for light snow in Arkansas.

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  • She grinned up at Alex as they left the room to go downstairs for breakfast.

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  • For some reason she had always thought Alex would adjust quickly to any lifestyle.

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  • She put a hand to her mouth and glanced around for something to be sick in.

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  • The nausea persisted for a while, but was eventually lost in sleep.

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  • For some reason it struck her funny and she giggled.

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  • But we're married - and have been for a long time.

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  • But I felt it for you before we got married.

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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 he studied her face.

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  • Apparently finding what he was looking for, he finally shrugged.

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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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  • For a moment she stared at it.

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  • His excuse for going to Columbia had been that they needed money.

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  • If not, why had he gone - left her alone for two weeks?

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  • He had apologized for what he had done and she had forgiven him.

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  • How long would it take for him to tire of it?

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  • He studied her for a moment over the rim of his cup.

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  • So, if money wasn't your reason for going, what was?

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  • He held the cup for a few minutes, his neck growing red.

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  • Now it was suddenly all his, and she was spending it for him.

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  • Considering the problems they presented, she could hardly blame him for that.

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  • Still, hiding from them wasn't going to solve anything - especially for his sisters.

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  • This wasn't about what he had hidden from her or the fact that he had left her alone for two weeks to go to Columbia.

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  • After feeding and watering the chickens, she gathered the eggs and headed for the house.

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  • He worked quietly for a few minutes and then finally turned his attention to Carmen.

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  • His solemn gaze searched hers for a moment before he spoke.

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  • "If I've been taking you for granted," he said firmly, "I sincerely apologize.

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  • I've cut enough here for supper.

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  • There was no immediate need for a van and if they did need one, they... he, obviously had the money.

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  • Actually, I would have thought it was a lot more - but then, he did pay cash for the house and clinic.

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  • As for Alex, he likes to control people.

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  • They wanted Dad to annul the marriage - even cut off any money for Mom.

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  • I always wondered if that was why Mom and Dad split up for a while - because Mom was used to a different lifestyle and social circle.

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  • Are you blaming a little boy for what his mother did?

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  • For starters, I think I got derailed when you said your mother's name was Alexandrine.

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  • In fact, he had a strong respect for the security it could provide.

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  • As for buying a child - was it so different from what they were doing?

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  • The brother, Fabrice, went to Columbia for a while - job related.

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  • Mom told me that Dad forgave her for her affair with Señor Medena.

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  • But then, she admitted to loving him at one time, so it's not hard to believe she still felt something for him.

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  • He wasn't even being recognized for his abilities.

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  • Their issues faded into the background as they began preparing the house for the new babies.

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  • Alex decided to build a room upstairs for his office, out of the reach of Destiny's exploring hands.

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  • Since his current office was directly across from their bedroom, it seemed a better place for babies that Alex said could be born early.

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  • Carmen had always looked forward to evening when Alex returned from work, but she was doubly relieved for the evening hours now.

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  • Carmen took her to the doctor, but he said there was no cure for the common cold and not to worry about it.

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  • Carmen fed her a light lunch and she lay down to sleep for a while.

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  • Carmen sat in a chair next to the bed and prepared for a long night.

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  • A few times she nodded off, but for the most part she was able to stay awake until Alex arrived the next morning with Katie.

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  • It was almost three O'clock in the afternoon and her stomach was screaming for something to eat.

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  • They ate and then she put the remaining food in the refrigerator for Alex.

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  • We ate supper and put the rest in the refrigerator for you.

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  • Someone from the church or clinic must have been by and brought it for Alex.

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  • Once she asked for daddy, but went back to sleep when Carmen told her he was asleep.

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  • Win/win for everyone.

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  • Carmen assigned responsibility for that to herself because she didn't notice early enough that Destiny was sick.

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  • God is punishing my daughter for what you did.

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  • Would god take Destiny from them - a trade for the twins?

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  • They went through their evening routine and then left for the hospital.

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  • Carmen pushed the button for the nurse and cuddled Destiny.

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  • A few minutes later they came in and got Destiny to take her for more x-rays.

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  • Hands clasped, she prayed fervently, asking God not to let Destiny suffer for what they had done.

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  • I heard they had the airport cleared for flights now that it's stopped snowing.

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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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  • She was right, of course, but having mama stand there watching her suffer was just as upsetting for Destiny.

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  • For the first time, it crossed Carmen's mind that he was kind of cute.

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  • "For being greedy and making children without god's consent," Carmen said.

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  • Then again, maybe he was still defending his fight for Alex.

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  • More important, though, was the fact that he believed the child should not suffer for the sins of the parent.

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  • I will watch for a while.

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  • For a moment she envisioned him and felt a pang of loneliness.

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  • The line was silent for so long that she checked her phone to see if the call had been dropped.

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  • "You don't know that for sure, Alex," she said gently.

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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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  • For Carmen, it was an enlightening experience.

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  • Jonathan rarely asked for anything and the idea of having someone in the house playing music was appealing.

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  • For once his expression was readable.

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  • He knew exactly what he wanted and I told him we would buy it for him.

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  • She met his gaze defiantly for a moment longer, but he made no attempt to argue.

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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 don't know what the odds are, but I figure god is responsible for both - don't you think?

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  • Yet it was a short period of time for so much to have happened to them.

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  • Katie found some material to match and made quilts for the cribs.

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  • They stood there for a moment, watching their image in the mirror.

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  • Whether he meant that his feelings for her were the same was unclear.

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  • Maybe it was therapeutic for him in some way.

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  • Carmen watched with Destiny while they waited anxiously for Alex.

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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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  • He said he would be gone for two days, but didn't say why he was going.

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  • He'd feel sorry for her and she didn't want that.

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  • This time she wasn't going to wait for him to romance her.

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  • Alex didn't like highly spiced food, so she decided to bake Cornish game hens for the base of the meal.

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  • With everything ready, they sat on the window seat and watched for Alex.

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  • Mommy and me get pwetty for wou.

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  • When Alex returned to the table, he sat in the chair Carmen held for him.

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  • She melted into his arms, eagerly returning his warm kisses and welcoming the feel of his fingers as they searched for the zipper on the back of her dress.

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  • The seduction was going all too well - for her.

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  • She ran the bath water for Destiny and helped her into the tub with her toy before rejoining Alex.

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  • So why was she looking for more?

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  • Actually, it wasn't romance she was looking for.

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  • I'd better get her ready for bed.

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  • After her bath, Carmen dressed Destiny for bed.

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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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  • 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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  • While her romance session failed to reveal his problem, it did wonders for her confidence.

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  • I mean - does he tell you what to cook for supper and what to wear?

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  • Just because he doesn't ask for or want your help, doesn't mean he doesn't need it.

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  • Maybe it was good for them - I don't know, but I don't think it's going to be good for you - or Alex.

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  • If Alex needed help, he wouldn't ask her for it.

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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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  • You've been quiet for weeks - since we left Texas.

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  • She followed him to the table and sat opposite him, waiting for him to open the subject.

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  • Immediately his gaze riveted on hers, searching for every emotion.

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  • Maybe he was so distraught that he turned to Dulce for comfort.

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  • So, is she suing you for child support?

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  • I don't know why she didn't ask for it before - or why she didn't tell me about the baby.

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  • I can only imagine how difficult this is for you.

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  • Why lie when she made it so easy for him to avoid talking about it at all?

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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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  • Freedom from that ugly feeling gave her the ability to speak of it lightly for the first time.

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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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  • Of course he would feel responsible for working it out and not troubling her with it.

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  • At any rate, Alex joined forces with his father in the request for a DNA test.

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  • If it hadn't been for Katie, she might not have discovered that she was right.

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  • I can't see any of the girls running the ranch... or wanting to, for that matter.

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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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  • June leaped into July and Random gave birth to a little filly for Jonathan.

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  • As she was dressing for church one Sunday, she was having zipping up her dress.

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  • Alex was in the family room and Jonathan was still in his room, so she went searching for Alex to help her with the zipper.

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  • "Isn't it early for all of that?" she asked.

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  • They had already made arrangements for Katie and Bill to watch Jonathan and Destiny while they went to pick up the babies.

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  • Katie arrived an hour later to pick up Jonathan and Destiny, and thirty minutes later Carmen and Alex were in the car headed for the airport.

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  • "I've dreamed of this for years," he said.

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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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  • Carmen glanced up at the nurse for reassurance.

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  • Carmen stroked his cheek again and Matthew went back for another try.

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