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  • He was such a wonderful person in so many ways.
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  • Nurturing was in his personality.
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  • I am not saying we live in a utopia.
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  • "I can't see that it's wrong," remarked Jim, in his gruff tones.
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  • "Second," Katie cut in, "His father's family has been in this country longer than yours."
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  • He put a spoon in her hand.
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  • As it came to a stop the conductor called out in a loud voice.
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  • In Scotland there once lived a poor shepherd whose name was James Hogg.
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  • Talk of a divinity in man!
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  • In fact, he had given her strict orders not to lift anything.
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  • Alex had provided the money to remodel the home, but insisted that it stay in her name only.
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  • There was not an ugly person in all the throng.
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  • The shepherd soon lost sight of them in the darkness.
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  • Stay in the house.
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  • With this thought in mind the girl took heart and leaned her head over the side of the buggy to see where the strange light was coming from.
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  • Reluctantly she pulled away, her pulse and respiration in a race.
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  • If he had been the only child in the family, things might have been different.
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  • She placed the dish in the rack and glanced at Katie.
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  • Alex was doing everything in his power to provide her with all the experiences of a natural mother.
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  • Well, hang in there.
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  • In fact, at times she had been almost brutally clear that she was no longer interested in him.
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  • Carmen stopped washing the dish in her hand and stared at Mary in mute silence.
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  • On the other hand, the dream was in her head, not his.
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  • And so, if she couldn't have it in her head, she'd put it into his.
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  • You are the sweetest boy in the world.
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  • The doctor will be in to talk to you in a few minutes.
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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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  • He held them in his hand, and showed them to the boy.
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  • She wanted to tell him how much she missed him - how much she wished he was there, but he might jump in the truck and travel dangerous highways.
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  • Next minute there was a roar and a sharp crash, and at her side Dorothy saw the ground open in a wide crack and then come together again.
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  • The roof beside them had a great hole smashed through it, and pieces of glass were lying scattered in every direction.
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  • Yet, look where she would, Dorothy could discover no bells at all in the great glass hall.
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  • Felipa asked in a surprised tone.
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  • March came in like a lion with a snow storm.
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  • "It's violet," said the Wizard, who was in the buggy.
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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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  • He was dressed in his usual indigo jeans and western shirt.
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  • And yet, there was something about her that suggested she was in uncharted waters - maybe body language.
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  • When the kids were settled in their room, she turned on Alex.
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  • Katie stared at the potato in her hand.
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  • Less than an hour after the phone call, Destiny woke up in a fit of coughing.
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  • In a way, it was hard to believe it had been that long.
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  • There was a breath of danger in the very air, and every few moments the earth would shake violently.
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  • Far below her she found six great glowing balls suspended in the air.
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  • I belong to Bailum & Barney's Great Consolidated Shows--three rings in one tent and a menagerie on the side.
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  • No one did, because the Mangaboos did not wear hats, and Zeb had lost his, somehow, in his flight through the air.
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  • He lives in the country.
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  • When Carmen's father died, she thought she was alone in the world, yet all these people had been there for her.
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  • And stop this necking before the kids come in.
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  • In business transactions Alex was frugal with his money, but when it came to his family, he was generous.
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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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  • He plopped down in a chair, his intense gaze fixed on her.
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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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  • But then, he had reason - in his head - to believe it wasn't his.
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  • They should be doing an ultrasound in a couple of weeks.
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  • If you want something different, why don't you trade them in on something else?
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  • The roast will be ready in about 15 minutes.
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  • No, she's playing in her room.
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  • Jonathan came in as Carmen was setting the table.
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  • A few minutes later they all marched in and took their places at the table.
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  • "Dad," Jonathan said, "When we get the new baby, where will we put him when we ride in the car?"
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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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  • For a moment she struggled with him until something changed in his eyes.
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  • He had seemed amused by her modesty in the past, and yet it had obviously troubled him.
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  • And yet, in a way, waiting this long might have been an advantage.
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  • They looked a lot alike in some ways.
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  • She caught her breath and glanced at him in the mirror.
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  • Am I depositing enough money in the account?
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  • I just didn't see any point in spending money on new clothes when my old ones still had a lot of wear in them.
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  • "It's okay," he said in a flippant tone.
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  • When they finally got on the plane, she and Jonathan had a window seat - Jonathan in front of her.
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  • Outside of this being her first trip in an airplane, the rest of the flight was uneventful.
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  • Felipa looked to be in her early twenties and had a sunshine smile that made Carmen feel welcome.
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  • Her dark shining hair was pulled back loosely with bejeweled combs and hung in loose curls down her back.
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  • Felipa didn't seem to notice anything unusual in his attitude, so maybe he had always treated them that way.
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  • In fact, maybe he didn't know her very well.
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  • I have a mare; and we have a five-year-old mare with a colt, a four year-old filly, and a two-year-old filly... oh, and my mare is going to foal again in January.
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  • In that moment she cringed inwardly.
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  • She searched his face for some indication of comprehension, eventually finding it only in his voice.
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  • It was impossible to know what was going on in Señor Medena's mind by observing his expression.
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  • Jonathan and I will make sure we fill her in on anything she missed.
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  • For the remainder of the trip to the ranch, Alex remained in a good mood.
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  • The maroon tapestry mirrored highlights in the rich hardwood floor.
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  • His gaze sought Carmen and the sides of his mouth turned up in a warm smile.
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  • It was his way of focusing in - pulling her close without the intimacy of touching.
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  • It crossed her mind that Alex might be more than uncomfortable in these surroundings.
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  • Actually, she hadn't thought how it looked to others - and there had never been any doubt in her mind that she was fortunate to have Alex.
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  • Alex smiled down at him in a reassuring way.
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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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  • Señor Medena leaned back in his chair, watching Alex.
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  • In a quiet room with no one looking on, she managed to get her emotions under control by focusing on Destiny.
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  • Señor Medena took her elbow in his hand and led her down the hall.
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  • There was no point in dredging up the past again.
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  • "My breath is bad," she said, squirming in his arms.
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  • "Lust," she said in almost a whisper.
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  • No, if one of us has to get snowed in up here, I'd rather it was me.
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  • You'd better stay in out of the weather... and get some rest.
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  • Destiny clung to her neck, coughing and crying in turns.
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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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  • The nurse put her down in the bed and covered her.
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  • He would want to know, yet if he did, he might try to drive in on icy highways.
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  • Carmen followed her gaze and was surprised to find Señor Medena standing in the doorway.
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  • Even Mrs. Reynolds pitched in with some stuffed animals - a giraffe and horse.
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  • It shouldn't be any surprise, since that was what suffered when he had been troubled in the past.
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  • His tail was short and scraggly, and his harness had been broken in many places and fastened together again with cords and bits of wire.
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  • "Yes; but we're used to such things in California," he replied.
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  • "Why," cried Dorothy, in amazement, "it's Oz!"
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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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  • Did the glass houses in your city grow, too?
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  • Two hundred years ago there lived in Boston a little boy whose name was Benjamin Franklin.
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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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  • There is no play in them, for this comes after work.
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  • A middle-aged man, handsome and virile, in the uniform of a retired naval officer, was speaking in one of the rooms, and a small crowd was pressing round him.
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  • I'll be in the kitchen... when you get decent.
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  • No more searching for frozen half-tires in the snow and stomping the water out of them.
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  • Jonathan and Destiny's room had two twin beds in it, as well as a television.
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  • Amusement twinkled in his eyes and played with the corners of his mouth.
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  • Why don't you put her on the bed in their room?
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  • I don't want her to wake up in a strange room and not be able to find us.
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  • Someone knocked on the door and when she answered it, a man brought in their luggage.
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  • Popping it open, she started hanging their things in the closet.
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  • Alex walked in and closed the door to the other bedroom.
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  • "Jonathan is in there," he said, unbuttoning his shirt.
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  • Do you have a short-sleeved shirt in there for me?
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  • I'm too warm in this one.
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  • In fact, everything about him was masculine.
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  • Gathering her in his arms, he pulled her close - his lips seeking hers hungrily.
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  • The kids are in the next room.
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  • "I'll lock the door," he said, his lips returning to hers and lingering in a way that made her feel weak.
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  • The idea of making love in a strange bedroom was disturbing enough, but with only a door between them and the children, locked or not, it didn't feel right.
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  • There was no way to defend her moral objections without seeding doubt in his mind.
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  • I know, but... we're guests in this house, and...
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  • Maybe he was thinking about Alexia, but that was still on their land, in the old house before it was renovated.
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  • Finally he sat up, a glint of humor in his eyes.
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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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  • Felipa will be punished for her part in the incident.
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  • In that moment she was certain she saw something in his eyes - something akin to remorse.
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  • I'm sorry, but you weren't going to speak in your behalf.
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  • But you are alike in some ways.
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  • He instantly gave in to chase her down the hall.
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  • With nothing more to do, she wandered in to watch him shave.
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  • Leaning her back against the wall, hands behind her back, she watched him in the mirror.
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  • He glanced at her in the mirror and continued shaving.
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  • What's going on in that pretty head?
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  • His warm fingers released her shoulders and traced their way up her neck, cupping her jaws in his hands.
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  • Felipa met them in the main room downstairs.
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  • In the first place, he didn't consider this home.
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  • Felipa stared at the wall, deep in thought for a few minutes.
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  • In the end, he will not refuse.
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  • Jonathan was sitting on his bed, watching TV in his pajamas.
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  • According to the invitation, the party will be held in the main entrance near the Christmas tree.
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  • In the sea of faces, she didn't see Alex.
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  • He was so tall there was a vast difference in their height.
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  • I couldn't even imagine him in a comma.
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  • They danced for a few minutes in comfortable silence, and finally he spoke again.
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  • For a moment she watched them gracefully move across the room - totally in sync.
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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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  • Dulce appeared at Carmen's side, dressed in a dark blue gown with a high collar.
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  • In fact, it was ludicrous - but it still hurt.
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  • If his family had lived in the United States for centuries, why didn't they learn to speak proper English?
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  • Only his profile existed in her quest.
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  • We've kept in touch.
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  • His gaze wandered over her face in that familiar way.
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  • When the band came back Alondra and Felipa danced Flamenco in duet.
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  • "Wait... not now... stop," he mimicked in falsetto.
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  • In fact, what she felt was pity.
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  • In spite of the uncomfortable sleeping accommodations and the situation, she fell asleep almost instantly.
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  • She rubbed a sore spot in her lower back.
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  • His lips covered hers in a long warm kiss that left her short of breath.
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  • Well... I guess so, in a way.
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  • "I think in August," she said.
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  • Carmen found Alex relaxing in a chair next to the bed in their room.
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  • She dropped the picture in his lap and watched his reaction.
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  • In fact, she said it was for me.
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  • Maybe she has someone more suitable in mind.
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  • His gaze shifted reflectively to nothing in particular.
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  • As for the drink, there was no point in bringing that up.
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  • She tossed the picture in his lap again and made a face.
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  • He paced back and forth across the room, deep in thought.
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  • She leaned back in his arms.
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  • If he wants to keep this estate in the family, he'll have to leave it to his daughters.
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  • Otherwise, he'll have to live with the idea that it will no longer be in the family after he passes.
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  • Glancing in the mirror, he straightened his jacket and tucked the tie back down into his vest.
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  • Alex spoke to her reflection in the mirror.
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  • Señor Medena was the first boy in his family.
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  • He nodded, his gaze drifting off in contemplation.
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  • This came in by currier a few minutes ago, sir.
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  • The return address was the Doctor's office in Chicago.
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  • Marked on it in bold letters were the words "Baby A" and "Baby B".
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  • These babies might not be in her womb, but they did belong to Alex.
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  • With the photos in her hands, the fertilized eggs were a thing of the past.
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  • The babies in the photo were living beings.
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  • They were expecting - as surely as if they were in her womb.
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  • The ultra sound photo brought back a vivid memory of Alex watching the screen as the baby moved in her womb.
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  • I should have shown it to you in private - prepared you for it.
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  • "I did not know," Felipa said in a voice that sounded stricken.
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  • "I'm OK," she said in a voice saturated with tears.
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  • "I'll take her in the other room," she said, shaking her head when Alex started to assist her.
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  • She was just surprised by what was in the envelope.
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  • It was amazing how children honed in on parents emotions and sympathized.
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  • Sitting her in her chair, she glanced around the table.
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  • Apparently something had been discussed in her absence.
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  • Mom used to say that people suspected in others what they had experienced or what they would do in the other person's shoes.
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  • After supper they all gathered in the room with the tree.
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  • I think a few days cleaning in the stable would pay for it.
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  • Early in the morning.
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  • Maybe some of it was soaking in.
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  • Maybe he was thinking about what his father would say or do when he came in.
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  • That evening after Destiny and Jonathan were asleep, Carmen was picking up in their room.
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  • "I didn't see any point in telling you," she said.
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  • "But you thought you should defend me," he said in a calculating tone.
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  • Did you chew her out in front of everyone?
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  • Besides, there was nothing to be gained in either case by saying anything – to either of you.
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  • Carmen glanced at him, but he was still deep in thought.
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  • In fact, he'd probably be horrified to know he slipped and did it now.
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  • That evening Alex and Dulce were standing in the entrance room.
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  • Dulce had hands on her hips, leaning slightly forward as she spoke to him in Spanish.
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  • Later that evening in their room Carmen asked him about the exchange.
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  • In other words, it's none of my business.
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  • She let the conversation drop that night, but early the next morning Dulce caught him in the hallway and it was clear that she didn't think anything was settled.
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  • Dulce remained in a sour mood, and left the group as soon as possible.
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  • On Christmas Eve, we sit in front of the fire and take turns reading Christmas stories.
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  • Then, on Christmas morning when everyone is awake, we lounge around in our night clothes while we open presents.
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  • So tell us, how is your life in Arkansas?
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  • Alondra and Felipa were watching her intently, and even Señor Medena seemed to be interested in what their life was like at home.
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  • On week days, I get up about 6:00 in the morning and fix breakfast.
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  • Felipa asked in surprise.
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  • Señor Medena was watching her in a strange way.
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  • I lost track of time until Alex came along and revived my interest in the ranch.
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  • Señor Medena leaned back in his chair, his attention lost in thought.
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  • Sometimes Alex and Jonathan play soccer, and sometimes we all go for a ride in the buggy.
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  • Like Alex, it was impossible to guess what was going on in his mind by the expression on his face.
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  • I'll be up in a few hours.
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  • He glanced up and smiled when she came in, his gaze drifting from her to the door.
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  • He might never say anything to Jonathan about it, but Jonathan would know in other ways how he felt.
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  • I am in the middle of it right now - only I don't know what I'm in the middle of.
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  • His bittersweet chocolate gaze wandered over her face in search of something, or maybe he was digesting the information.
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  • He picked at a thread on the couch, his mind obviously lost in deep thought.
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  • There's nothing you can do about this and there's no point in burdening you with it.
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  • All right, but I don't like being kept in the dark about all this.
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  • He'd been in a grumpy mood since he got up.
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  • Hopefully he would be in a better mood after they got back home.
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  • The Alex she met and fell in love with was confident and generally happy.
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  • "I want him to know where I am in case he returns," she said, flipping open her phone.
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  • She flipped the phone shut and put it back in the sheath.
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  • Choking down fear, she climbed inside and sat down in the luxurious leather seat.
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  • Her fingers searched and found the door handle - just in case.
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  • Señor Medena was watching her again in that strange way, as if it truly mattered what she thought.
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  • Carmen accepted the outstretched hand and placed a foot in the vacated stirrup.
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  • You're the person he wanted to put in the house.
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  • No wonder he was upset in the stair room.
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  • She said in a cool tone.
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  • There was no reason for him to think his father might be romantically interested in her.
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  • In fact, at the party he had spent an unnecessary amount of time with the woman he almost married – and hadn't even introduced her.
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  • Jonathan was in his room watching television.
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  • I'm disappointed in you.
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  • She found Felipa and Destiny in the dining room where they were having an ice cream snack.
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  • She wasn't looking forward to being in the room with Alex right now - especially so with the children there to listen.
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  • "It is always Alex," Dulce continued in a bitter voice.
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  • Dulce lifted her head and managed to reclaim some semblance of pride in spite of the situation.
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  • In other words, when he shook himself free of his current family, he would come to Dulce.
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  • I knew because I was in love with you.
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  • She silently folded them and put them in the suitcase while he watched.
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  • I wasn't the one who wanted to come here in the first place.
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  • She continued to pack in silence.
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  • Why are you disappointed in me?
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  • Then he turned away and rubbed the back of his neck in that way he did when he knew he was wrong but wasn't sure why.
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  • Aside from his solemn expression, there was nothing in the way he acted with the children that might indicate anything was wrong between them.
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  • Alex wasn't interested in Dulce.
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  • If Dulce hadn't chased him so hard, would he have fallen in love with her?
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  • Who could say what might have been if the smallest thing had been different in their lives?
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  • But then, he had made it clear from the start that he didn't want any of them in his life.
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  • In fact, he must be struggling to float on the ocean of problems this family represented.
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  • If they were truly soul mates, she should be in his corner all the way.
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  • With that in mind, she went downstairs to collect her valuables.
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  • Alex was lounging with one shoulder against the wall on the other side of the family room when Carmen walked in.
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  • Carmen smiled, basking in the warmth of his attention.
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  • By the time she finished bathing and dressing Destiny, Jonathan was in bed.
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  • It wasn't in him to do that.
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  • Somewhere in her musings, she finally fell asleep.
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  • He had a lot of friends in Texas.
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  • In any case, there was nothing that couldn't wait to be discussed at home.
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  • They would be there tomorrow night, so there was no point in making the remaining vacation time unpleasant.
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  • Even in sleep he was irresistible.
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  • The national weather forecast on television was calling for light snow in Arkansas.
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  • Carmen and Destiny dressed mother/daughter style in red/green/yellow plaid blouses and hunter green jeans.
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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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  • Señor Medena said goodbye to them at the house, but Alondra and Felipa rode with them in the Limousine to the airport.
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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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  • In fact, maybe that was why Dulce didn't come to breakfast.
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  • That thought ushered in another.
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  • At his nod, she leaned back in her seat.
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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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  • She put a hand to her mouth and glanced around for something to be sick in.
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  • She fell asleep again and didn't wake until they reached NXA in Arkansas.
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  • Alex collected their luggage and had it loaded in the car.
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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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  • 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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  • "I don't know why you didn't just undress me when you put me in bed," she said.
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  • The humor in her eyes summoned the dimple under his eye and lifted his brows.
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  • In the bathroom she brushed her teeth and removed her clothing.
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  • "Alex!" she squealed in mock fear.
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  • Morino came in after Tessa left and Señor Medena left.
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  • I guess I'd wonder too, if I were in your shoes.
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  • In the darkness, Alex found her and pulled her into his arms.
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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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  • And if so, would they be able to fit three people comfortably in the front seat?
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  • The car was six years old now, but it was in good shape and still had low mileage.
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  • In any case, Alex hadn't actually concealed his financial status.
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  • It was in his nature, and it was something that wasn't going to change.
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  • In fact, if she confronted him now and then, he might be more inclined to volunteer information before she found out about it.
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  • When Alex came home that evening, Jonathan was in his room painting and Destiny was topping off her nap.
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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 picked up the coffee cup and leaned back in his chair, eyeing her thoughtfully.
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  • It was neither good nor bad in her mind back then - it simply was.
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  • All this time I thought the company was interested in him because he could speak both Spanish and English.
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  • When we were in Texas, I got the feeling that Señor Medena loved Alex - that he was saddened by the way Alex rejected him.
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  • Why hadn't she thought of his comment in that context?
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  • In fact, I think Uncle Fabrice had him convinced that he couldn't sell a cheeseburger to a starving man.
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  • It seemed like hours in the emergency room before the diagnosis.
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  • The x-rays were conclusive and indicated a bad infection in the lower lobe of one lung.
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  • Her eyes were large and imploring as she was wheeled down the hall to a room in the pediatric ward.
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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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  • Carmen dozed in the chair a few times off and on until about midnight.
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  • It was only two thirty in the afternoon, but she didn't want to go back to sleep.
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  • They have her in pull-ups now and she's not happy about that.
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  • A feeling of panic grew in her as she reached for the button to summons a nurse.
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  • A few minutes later the nurse came in.
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  • You can sit up, but you have to stay in there.
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  • Carmen swallowed a lump in her throat and blinked tears from her eyes.
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  • Carmen handed Destiny the doll and she wrapped it in her arms.
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  • Every breath rattled, and she coughed in her sleep.
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  • I came in a charter helicopter.
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  • Felipa waved a hand in dismissal.
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  • Is Alex in the house?
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  • In the background she heard Alex ask him who he was talking to.
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  • You should have seen her when he came in carrying a doll.
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  • "I'm still here," he said in a tone that sounded tired.
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  • I don't want to be in the middle of your feud.
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  • If he was in bed under the current circumstances, he must be sicker than he was letting on.
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  • He said Destiny's fever had broken and if she continued to improve, they would take the tent off her bed in a few days.
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  • After he recovered from the stabbing, the Doctor said he had scar tissue and would be susceptible to pneumonia in the injured lung.
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  • He's at home with Jonathan and he can't come in because Destiny might catch what he has.
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  • On the other hand, Alex needed to be in a position where he was forced to actually talk to his father.
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  • Eleven months earlier Alex had her bred to a handsome Appaloosa stud in Indiana - via AI.
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  • Alex was away on a call when she discovered Princess in labor.
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  • Alex told her to call him back if she didn't give birth in an hour.
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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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  • She was cleaning the coffee pot and Alex was reclining in a chair at the table, enjoying the last cup of coffee.
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  • Carmen was making the bed while Destiny slept in.
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  • She gathered it in a hug and smelled deeply of it.
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  • She started to put the pillow down and caught the movement in the mirror from the corner of her eye.
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  • They stood there for a moment, watching their image in the mirror.
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  • His gaze wandered away in reflective thought.
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  • The snow melted, leaving in its wake a harvest of spring flowers.
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  • Maybe it was therapeutic for him in some way.
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  • The plants she had started in the house in March thrived.
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  • As April slipped into May and the last threat of frost passed, she began planting them in the garden.
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  • It was wandering in circles and looking around.
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  • When she was close enough to the house, she ran to the courtyard and slipped in through the back door.
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  • Once inside, she locked the door and ordered Destiny to stay in the house while she called Alex.
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  • It's wandering around in circles and it's not at all afraid of us.
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  • I'll be home in a few minutes.
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  • It didn't take long for him to get home, and when he came in from the garage, he went directly to his gun cabinet and took out a rifle.
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  • When Alex came in that evening, he announced that he was making another trip to Texas.
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  • Carmen waited until after the children were in bed before questioning him.
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  • It's nothing you want to be involved in, Carmen.
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  • "Is it something you want to be involved in?" she asked.
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  • Maybe she was right, and if Alex hadn't been such a perfect husband in every other way, she might have done it.
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  • He looked up in surprise.
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  • She blinked to relieve the stinging in her eyes.
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  • I know you would stand beside me - maybe even in front of me with the intent of protecting me.
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  • If I would be in danger, then so would you.
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  • The only danger I'm in is financial.
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  • How could a man with four million in the bank be in financial danger?
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  • Whatever the problem was, it remained in his mind alone.
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  • One word was missing in all that...
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  • There was no point in working herself up this way.
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  • He was normal in that respect.
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  • Together they went to the kitchen and began putting the food in serving bowls.
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  • When Alex returned to the table, he sat in the chair Carmen held for him.
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  • He participated in conversation, but whenever it lagged, he watched her questioningly.
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  • She melted in his embrace, returning his hungry kiss.
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  • She gently broke the embrace and stepped away, smiling up at him in an inviting way.
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  • She'll wake up in the middle of the night, wide awake.
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  • When she returned, he was absorbed in the paper.
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  • Carmen climbed off Alex's lap and took Destiny's soft little hand in hers.
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  • They moved around the room; her head on his shoulder, her hand in his.
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  • Carmen leaned back in his arms and smiled up at him.
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  • He was watching her, a wry smile on his face and an amused twinkle in his eyes.
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  • She relaxed in his arms, comfortable in surrendering to his lead.
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  • Their relationship was no longer swathed in innocence.
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  • Even Katie noticed the change in him and asked Carmen about the cause.
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  • He's always been secretive, and whenever I ask him, he just tells me it's something I don't want to be involved in.
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  • Those words stayed in her mind all afternoon.
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  • The worst thing was their terror of reaching the bottom of this great crack in the earth, and the natural fear that sudden death was about to overtake them at any moment.
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  • So he followed the Prince into the great domed hall, and Dorothy and Zeb came after them, while the throng of people trooped in also.
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  • We are all vegetable, in this country.
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  • But the five phenomena I chose to tackle in this book are among the great blights on humanity that I believe the Internet and technology will help solve.
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  • Even in the days before my teacher came, I used to feel along the square stiff boxwood hedges, and, guided by the sense of smell would find the first violets and lilies.
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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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  • I don't like him, she added in a tone admitting of no rejoinder and raising her eyebrows.
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  • In any case, Alex might not be happy with her old-fashioned ideas.
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  • She was slicing some left over pork roast for a recipe tomorrow when Alex walked in and announced that Destiny and Jonathan were asleep.
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  • Finally she put the knife down and started putting the sliced meat in a plastic container.
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  • Partly - in a way.
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  • He looked as if she had hit him in the stomach.
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  • Back in Kentucky with his step father.
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  • Carmen left her chair in one quick movement and circled his neck with her arms, kissing him on the temple.
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  • The sincerity in his voice brought tears to her eyes.
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  • Probably because he didn't know how to handle the situation - and Alex always wanted to be in control.
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  • A person couldn't be in control all the time - right all the time.
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  • Then he drew back, his gaze running over her face in that familiar confident way.
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  • In fact, it was a virtual revelation.
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  • If she focused on the past, he would be encouraged to hide things in the future.
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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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  • His gaze wandered over her face in contemplation.
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  • She greeted them with a big smile, hugging each of them as if they were old friends she hadn't seen in a decade.
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  • At any rate, Alex joined forces with his father in the request for a DNA test.
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  • When Alex approached Carmen about giving Tessa some money, she said it was up to him, but keep in mind that the issue could have been something like drugs.
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  • Alex was sitting in their room the last night they were at the hacienda.
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  • He frowned, his gaze slipping away in contemplation.
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  • You have the education, the experience in business and the personality.
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  • I can see it in his eyes.
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  • His gaze traveled over her face in that familiar way, his expression reflective.
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  • Even Dulce isn't interested in that part.
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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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  • In any case, she would never be a social fit.
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  • Is being in control so important that you're willing to sacrifice the happiness of your only son?
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  • She paused, sucking in a deep breath, and then threw her hands in the air in defeat.
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  • She said in exasperation.
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  • Seconds literally ticked away on the old grandfather clock in the next room.
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  • Maybe they would both think about it before they jumped at each other next time - especially in front of the children.
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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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  • She found him in the living room reading the newspaper.
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  • He was sitting in his chair, everything from the top of his head to his thighs covered with the newspaper he was holding out to read.
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  • Well, I hope I don't have a gallon of milk in there!
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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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  • By the time they arrived at the hospital, the twins were being placed in incubators.
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  • Natalie and Matthew lay separated in their incubators, each sleeping.
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  • Carmen leaned against the nursery window, gazing at them in awe - Alex at her side.
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  • Carmen had assumed breast feeding would be a natural thing, but as Matthew lay fussing in her arms, it seemed a major obstacle.
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  • I think the milk is coming in.
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  • A lump formed in her throat and tears spilled from her eyes.
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  • In the weeks of natural stimulation, she had been the one who was embarrassed.
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  • It wasn't as if she was in the habit of discussing such things - especially with strangers.
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  • The nurse knocked on the door and then came in carrying a crying Natalie.
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  • Whatever the case, Natalie began suckling as soon as the nipple was in her mouth.
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  • It won't make any difference to you whether they are adopted or biological - not in how much you love them or how you treat them.
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  • Savor it and stash it in your memory for safekeeping.
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  • Later, in their room, Alex explained.
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  • Maybe that was how it was in any marriage.
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  • Some people changed together and others went in different directions.
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  • Sharing their problems was a step in the right direction.
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  • Alex paused at the door to their bedroom, a tray of coffee in his hands.
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  • Carmen and Felipa were engrossed in feeding the twins.
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  • Alex handed him the cream and sat down in his chair.
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  • They sipped their coffee in silence for a few minutes and then Señor Medena spoke.
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  • You have your children in your home.
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  • He leaned back in his chair, observing Alex over the rim.
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  • I wish it to be so with all who live in my home.
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  • Señor Medena leaned forward, cradling the cup of coffee in both hands.
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  • He didn't succeed in gaining custody.
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  • In spite of the continual struggle for custody, he had felt more welcome at the Medena home than he had with his step-father's family.
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  • Señor Medena was looking at him in a strange way.
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  • Lightening flashed in the east and thunder rumbled a posthumous threat.
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  • In the ensuing darkness, red and blue lights flashed his shadow on the wet grass.
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  • The train crouched silent on the tracks in a feline pose, as if hovering over a kill.
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  • Quint knew he should quell the ire that surged up and pounded in his neck.
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  • Well, for starters, I'd have had to compete with every other guy in school.
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  • I graduated two years ahead of her and didn't keep in touch.
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  • Take him along just in case.
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  • A person could change a lot in a few years, especially when they were that young.
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  • Lathum waved a hand in dismissal, his mind already firmly entrenched in another project.
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  • He walked away with his clipboard in hand, barking some orders at another officer.
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  • He'd like to believe in good and the happy-ever-after, but that innocence could never be retrieved.
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  • In the hilly city of Fayetteville, that was a threat during any heavy rain.
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  • Hopefully her family would be in the restaurant now – safe from any flooding on the highway.
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  • In those last moments when it was too late, she had decided to go with them.
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  • Dad was in a hurry to beat the storm, so she had said nothing as the car backed out of the drive.
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  • Only Nick noticed her standing in the door.
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  • It was a moment that lay in her stomach like a week-long hunger, regardless of the fact that they had been gone only minutes.
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  • In spite of what Allen thought, no incriminating words had crossed her lips.
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  • Uncomfortable about riding in the car with him, she had offered to drive.
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  • He had enough alcohol in his veins to believe he could drive, and too much pride to leave the party in the passenger seat.
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  • The minute Howard had arrived; Allen was in his face, accusing him of stealing his girl.
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  • In the week before his arrest, her attention had shifted to her siblings, Nick and Angela.
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  • They would all get together and wash her old car, winding up in a gleeful water fight.
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  • No one in her family ever questioned her innocence.
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  • Still, that nagging feeling in her stomach didn't go away.
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  • Maybe Nick and Angela would like to go with her to visit the old place in the mountains after she graduated.
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  • A few weeks wouldn't mean the difference in paying for college, and she could use the time to relax.
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  • He was still in jail.
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  • Her heart skipped a beat and then began to pound in her ears.
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  • May we come in?
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  • Instinctively her fingers affirmed her hair was in order for the mug shot.
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  • She sat down obediently in the chair and crossed her legs.
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