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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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  • That was when Mary decided to relieve her mind of a troubling thought.

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  • Thanks to Alex, that chore had been turned into a simple twist of a knob.

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  • I always pictured myself driving a van instead of a truck.

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  • Remembering what Felipa had said about the girls being out of a home if Alex refused the inheritance, she smiled.

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  • Carmen made a ball out of a pair of socks.

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  • They sat her in front of a mirror while Felipa worked.

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  • I don't want to put the girls out of a home.

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  • Actually, everything belongs to both of us, but I was the one who had the lifelong dream of a horse ranch.

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  • The table and chairs were made of a dark rich wood, and the tiles on the floor looked like polished bricks.

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  • She woke when the bed sank with the weight of a person sitting down.

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  • The fact that they were expecting two babies instead of one made it more of a challenge.

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  • Carmen felt the full weight of a question that had no answer.

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  • It was the idea that I would never have one... the death of a dream, I guess.

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  • That should have been no big surprise, but Carmen would have thought he would welcome the idea of a willing heir.

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  • As he turned, the lights of a silent ambulance bounced across the long stretch of pasture between the highway and the mangled car.

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  • That wide-eyed innocent look and those full lips reminded him of a fairytale princess.

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  • Why, because he is the son of a prominent family doctor?

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  • She stared into the early darkness of a thick cloud cover.

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  • She carefully drew the outline of a truck around the words on the top.

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  • Beyond that, less than three feet separated the road from the edge of a cliff.

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  • As he had pointed out, it wasn't as if she had much of a choice.

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  • The furnishings were of a dark wood, possibly cherry, with hand carved designs.

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  • He indicated the space behind him with a wave of a hand.

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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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  • But then so was the scream of a mountain lion, and she had never seen one of those, either.

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  • Everything seemed clearer, as though she had come out of a fog.

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  • Exhaustion left her feeling cold and weak, which was probably why her foot slipped on the edge of a rock.

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  • I could have... would have been more of a comfort.

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  • Giddon returned to his place on the couch, his eyes twinkling with humor and the slightest suggestion of a smile playing at the corners of his mouth.

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  • Then why are you suddenly in need of a sitter?

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  • For the most part, the work she did for the Giddon family was little more than she would have done at home - with the exception that at home she probably would have made a sandwich instead of a meal.

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  • She lifted the hair off her neck and sighed as she paused in the shade of a huge oak tree.

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  • The sound of tires crunching on gravel announced the approach of a vehicle.

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  • Like taking a job at the home of a stranger?

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  • As the path turned, the broad side of a metal building came into view, nestled at the foot of a cliff.

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  • Was she always misinterpreting his intent, or was he merely quick-witted enough to think of a good excuse on the spur of the moment?

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  • It was bits and pieces of a telephone conversation with a mystery person.

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  • She felt somehow drawn to the picture of a frail looking girl with dark eyes that looked out hauntingly from a delicately beautiful face.

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  • After a while they were riding around the side of a steep hill through tall grass.

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  • Ahead of him was the possibility of a jail sentence.

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  • She glanced up at him, basking in the afterglow of a good scare.

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  • Yancey expertly caught the head of the serpent between the forks of a stick and bent over to pick it up.

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  • He indicated a chair in the shadow of a rose bush.

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  • She had to get into that building and find out if there was any chance of a relationship with Yancey.

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  • I thought you girls had some kind of a house rule.

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  • Brandon would be horrified by any thought of a romantic involvement with me.

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  • Well, any mother-in-law who isn't willing to baby-sit her own grandchildren isn't much of a grandmother.

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  • At first she was too stunned to respond, and then passion hit her like the fiery breath of a dragon.

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  • She wanted to ask him how long he would stay at the ranch, but she couldn't think of a way to word the question that didn't sound insensitive.

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  • Probably another greenhorn Pete had to pull out of a scrape.

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  • Why Pete hired you instead of a man, I'll never understand.

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  • His bay gelding had the sleek lines of a racehorse and the look of endurance as well.

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  • What kind of a job do you have now?

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  • His expression went from surprise to wary and on to amused in the space of a heartbeat.

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  • But I know for a fact that the glowing end of a cigarette butt can be seen as far away as an arrow can be shot accurately.

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  • She was tending the mules when she saw a rider on top of a sand dune.

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  • From the top of a dune they paused for a backward glance.

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  • The only sound was the muffled sound of hooves in the sand and the occasional clink of a harness.

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  • They halted in front of a dome shaped dwelling with a grass cover.

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  • On the top of a pile of clothes lay a flower and note.

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  • Bordeaux had one arm wrapped fondly around the shoulders of a saloon girl.

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  • I'm not much of a social person I guess.

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  • You'd be happier taking care of a rambling old house in the middle of nowhere?

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  • It looks like something out of a horror movie.

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  • What can you expect out of a recluse?

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  • Apparently he spent a lot of time on the back of a horse, riding his range in all kinds of weather - a fact that prompted more than one comment by townsfolk that he had wasted a good college education.

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  • In one corner a piano perched silently, and the embers of a fire still cast a faint glow from a massive fireplace.

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  • She died of a broken heart.

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  • She shifted her attention to the fire and rubbed the beginnings of a crick from her neck.

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  • After nearly an hour of riding, they descended the steep walls of a draw and followed it to a small valley.

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  • I'm not much of a fisherman.

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  • She wondered what would be worth the investment, but didn't want to wind up in the middle of a feud.

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  • How's that for squirming out of a leading question?

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  • Inside of a week she started work at the diner.

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  • I, Ben Gustefson, collated boring statistical figures while locked in a cramped cubical of a company that offered me no future potential.

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  • Jane, our GPS, as Betsy named her, didn't let us down and we found our friend's cabin at the end of a dusty road, hungry for dinner after a six hour drive.

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  • The friendly action was the beginning of a strong relationship between my two favorite women.

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  • The small kitchen showed signs of its past life, before the addition of a modern sink and electric stove.

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  • The accident did a hell of a job and the long coma and operations further messed him up.

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  • Oblivious as we were at the time, this meeting of the five of us was the beginning of a relationship that fused our lives together in a way we never would have imagined.

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  • Sort of a flash-back you might call it.

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  • Ben can fall asleep in the middle of a conversation.

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  • I heard the faint sound of a phone ringing downstairs.

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  • There were corn fields on both sides of a dirt road and I was at a crossing.

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  • I started to move along the sidewalk and an old man stepped out of a doorway and passed right through me!

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  • I peeked in a place that was sort of a cafe but didn't go in.

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  • I telephoned Martha LeBlanc with the intent of a quick thank-you for our prior weekend visit but she was in a mood to chat.

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  • I missed Betsy desperately and the idea of a couple of unexpected days with her was inviting, regardless of the reason.

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  • The light was coming from under a closed door at the end of a hallway.

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  • This time I was on the edge of a scrub forest.

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  • The scene was the edge of a corn field with a large barn in the distance.

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  • I can think of a thousand scenes and places in history I'd visit!

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  • If that son of a bitch gets away with this it would kill me!

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  • Howie had difficulty locating the apartment and nothing untoward occurred before he was awoken by the sound of a horn, seventeen minutes later.

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  • Perhaps a female voice would offer less chance of a connection to our other calls.

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  • A Colorado farm boy was found cowering from his father's wrath in the loft of a barn while a retarded Illinois ten year old was lured to the house of a local registered sex offender after being told his parents had sold him to the man.

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  • While we refrained from tracking our results, when we learned through public media of a success, we celebrated.

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  • He's a week from retirement and he seems to be something of a maverick.

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  • We tried to help with the South Carolina abduction of a girl taken from her bedroom.

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  • He recited a meticulous inventory of everything in the bedroom quarters, including the page number of a book his wife was reading as she remained in bed.

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  • Merrill Cooms was in his early seventies, a widow and the somewhat reclusive owner of a multitude of businesses.

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  • Now, through happenstance I learn of a way this heartache might be sometimes prevented.

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  • Deputy Baxton had called in after seeing the plate number of a car listed on an all-points bulletin.

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  • Howie located a Salt Lake City missing girl of twelve, hidden in the loving care of a distant aunt.

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  • Finally, we condensed everything on a small computer thumb drive which we hid in the removable base of a desk lamp.

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  • The story related the successful return of a young boy kidnapped from his San Francisco home.

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  • I was wondering if you jumped out of a California closet.

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  • The boy was the son of a dirt-poor single mother.

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  • But first I need company and the affection of a sweet little friend.

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  • The good news is this rag of a newspaper doesn't seem to buy Mr. Youngblood as a certifiable clairvoyant.

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  • They understood giving any credibility to a hint of the existence of a psychic tipster adversely affected their ultimate chance for a conviction.

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  • This person needs the counsel of a psychiatrist.

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  • Sort of a Monday morning quarterback team?

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  • I am only one of a number of concerned citizen contributors.

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  • "It's not much of a description to start with," I injected.

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  • This sort of thing is usually done via the witness protection program but I once heard of a situation where fake papers were assembled independent of any government agency.

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  • His voice had the ring of a nervous third-grader giving his first speech.

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  • Julie's sort of a black sheep in her family.

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  • You heard her talk about the million dollar reward that rag of a newspaper is offering and she's poor as a church mouse on food stamps.

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  • Successes were limited for the week with one found child, accidently trapped in a locked room of an empty house and one spousal abduction, in the face of a restraining order.

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  • I'd voiced this concern to Betsy throughout the week and I knew she was of a like mind.

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  • Before there was any mention of a Psychic Tipster.

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  • There's the added temptation of a million dollars.

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  • Check into the murder of a woman named Brenda Washington in Omaha, Nebraska.

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  • Think of a recluse who finds herself in possession of a marvelous gift, through no action on her part.

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  • My careful cross-referencing noted the same name listed as a wealthy grandfather of a kidnapped child who was returned after a strange tip was received.

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  • We tackle our work; professionally and without rancor to one another in spite of a pall of indecision that oft times seeps in like a chill from a leaky window frame.

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  • The eight year old son of a popular rapper named Buzz-Cousin was abducted for a million dollar ransom.

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  • Back and forth smiles were exchanged and there was an instance of a quiet remark, followed by knowing smiles.

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  • Quinn complained of a headache and I silently wondered if he'd over indulged the night before.

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  • I surely deserve the comfort of a little friend to sooth my troubled mind.

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  • I was ready to close the site from pure frustration when a notice of a recovered body caught my attention, big time.

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  • I could hear the sound of a baby breathing coming from a monitor on the coffee table.

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  • When he didn't respond, I added, She'll have a hell of a headache but you guys both have some bridges in need of serious damage control.

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  • Howie and Quinn, and Martha too; they don't know what Julie did so they can't see the possibility of a connection to Julie.

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  • I figured these abductions mirror some old case, and then there's a time break of a few years, like he was away.

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  • He related details of a recent aborted abduction in Vermont.

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  • I've got the name of a sex offender who bought a Volt Wheel electric bike in Oxnard, California.

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  • The house sits on a slight rise, at the end of a long driveway and I had never visited at night.

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  • Others were exposed to bar room fights, muggings, schooled in army combat or at least been the recipient of a bloody nose from a third grade bully.

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  • Next I was shown a photograph of a chubby cheeked man about forty, with short hair and a six o'clock shadow.

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  • I've got to tell you, this guy wasn't looking to rip of a TV and the family silver.

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  • I closed my eyes as I thought of a dozen questions about security breach.

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  • I had barely taken a sip when I had a vision of a motor home I'd recently seen in Keene, with California plates!

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  • I couldn't think of a logical way to advise Detective Jackson.

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  • I wonder if that nasty dog is in need of a walk.

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  • I don't think he feels I'm culpable of a crime but he knows I'm holding back on him.

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  • After ten minutes of pushing back branches, I spotted the back of a pop up trailer.

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  • He didn't get that much of a head start.

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  • I can't think of a nicer reward than remaining here.

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  • I'd talk to the guy if I thought it would accomplish something but he'll just say he didn't do it and it would be a waste of a phone call.

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  • We don't start serving until five o'clock called one of a half dozen women setting out food on a steam line.

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  • I asked, just as a stocky bearded man dressed in a brown religious smock came out of a side door.

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  • At least I'd save the price of a hotel though I wondered how peaceful a sleep I'd manage.

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  • It was my first, and hopefully only, trip in the caged back of a siren-screaming squad car.

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  • Incidentally, he supposedly came on the radar as a result of a tip from this man or woman everyone's read about; the so-called psychic tipster person.

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  • As I understand it, the so-called visions were perpetrated with the assistance of a second person, now dead.

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  • We just received word of a horrific accident about ten miles up the road.

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  • His reminded her of a cobra about to strike, though he'd pulled the gun up to his shoulder.

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  • He's kind of a spaz.

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  • There was an alarm clock on the nightstand beside the black base of a lamp.

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  • "Definitely," Dusty said with a trace of a smile.

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  • He placed the tip of a gun to Bianca's head.

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  • She, on the other hand, was living a Stephen King novel in the clutches of a mass murderer.

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  • Dusty looked up from the computer screen as Toni walked in, staggering under the weight of a massive box.

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  • Sofi's skill relied mostly on reading the future of a specific soul by touching them, and he'd not let her within miles of a vamp since taking over her guardianship.

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  • He saw his sister drop after the strike of a sword.

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  • The door opened, and she heard the unmistakable sound of a gun being cocked as they entered.

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  • She looked around at the quiet foyer of a massive house.

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  • We're something of a rarity.

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  • I dug this out of a box of electronics upstairs and programmed it to be your new phone.

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  • Darian was gone, Jonny distracted by his newfound gun, and she in need of a friend.

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  • She looked down at the swing of a necklace grazing her chest.

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  • More of a challenge nowadays.

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  • She stared at him through listless eyes, the gaze of a human awaiting only the final step in the transformation process.

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  • The world dumped her on top of a pile of sand near the boardwalk with the angry black sea roaring behind her.

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  • When the coldness released her, she stood in the middle of a large conference hall.

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  • The room was otherwise arranged as if for a wedding with two sets of neatly lined chairs on either side of a long aisle.

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  • The conference hall was dimly lit, and he immediately smelled the blood of a recent kill.

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  • "Yes, you did, Dusty!" she said in as stern of a voice as a ten-year-old could muster.

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  • Two figures stood between the two lines in front of a headstone.

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  • Finally, he'd reached the top of a hill overlooking a small, familiar village that glowed with warmth.

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  • Jule couldn't help but feel some relief at the sight of a warm, well-lit interior.

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  • Two men sat at the table, one with blond hair and the other like something out of a movie.

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  • His panther-like physique and tattoos gave him all the appearance of a threat, and yet, he'd fended off her blows with gentleness he didn't have to show.

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  • In the box was a small, simple necklace of a bronze chain and faded bronze coin.

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  • Turning to go, she noted the outline of a door beneath the stairs.

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  • She knew better than to relax around her father, whose hand was likely to fly at the drop of a hat.

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  • She couldn't think of a lie fast enough.

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  • They circled each other, and Jule waited to hear the sound of a car staring in the garage.

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  • Jule prepared himself, pleased to hear the sound of a car starting in the garage.

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  • Jule had the sense of a memory at the edge of his fevered mind.

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  • The armory was not the collection of a wealthy connoisseur; this was the personal armory of a man accustomed to killing often.

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  • I'm not afraid of a boy.

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  • We could use the help of a couple of Original Beings.

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  • Darian had been a shell of a man when Sofi found him several months ago.

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  • It was like standing in front of a bonfire.

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  • When she opened them, they stood outside a stone façade of a compound built into the side of a mountain and surrounded by evergreen trees whose branches were heavy with snow.

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  • Instead, the sense of a shared soul and magic returned.

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  • The assassin gave a trace of a smile, closed his eyes, and disappeared.

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  • Damian appeared to be waiting for him, perched on the corner of a mahogany desk with his arms crossed.

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  • Instincts took her in the direction of the stream, and she reached the top of a shallow ravine in whose valley the stream flowed.

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  • "I can't imagine you came here to watch me beat the shit out of a punching bag," she said and took a long swig of water.

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  • They paused in the doorway of a large library, where a beautiful, petite blonde sat.

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  • A shapely woman with curly dark brown hair leaned against the railing of a paddock between the house and a large outer building.

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  • She was better off pulling a random diagnosis out of a hat.

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  • Normally she acquiesced in favor of a paycheck, but Lacy's demand was bizarre, even by Lacy-standards.

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  • But instead of a rim of darker blue surrounding her irises, they were rimmed by a thick band of iridescent silver.

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  • Damian sat down on the arm of a leather couch, accustomed to the reaction, and pulled off his boot to drain the water.

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  • There was the sound of a phone being shuffled from one person to another, then a flat, deep male voice.

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  • To humans, it would look like the natural give and take of a long battle.

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  • Down one hallway, she heard the ring of a phone.

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  • She'd never known the power of a single touch until everyone who touched her hurt her!

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  • She'd roamed the ground floor before adopting the library as her favorite room and settling in front of a deadened hearth with a stack of celebrity magazines.

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  • She felt like she stood at the door of a plane fifteen thousand feet in the air getting ready to skydive, only she didn't remember packing a parachute.

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  • She couldn't make out what was in the garden, but she heard the sounds of fountains and saw the dark green blur of a forest in the distance.

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  • She emerged into the bright light of a warm December afternoon and began to melt.

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  • The images in her mind were of a little boy dying in the street, of Jake's death, of the deaths of many others.

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  • "There's another basement," Damian said, pacing the room in search of a door.

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  • It was the scream of a soul dying.

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  • He felt the flicker of a pulse and prayed it was enough.

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  • Her stomach grumbled but the thought of a ham sandwich disgusted her.

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  • You've been dropped into the middle of a war no human knows about.

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  • He began to cry, the soul-deep weeping of a man who'd lost all and spent his tormented life in a level of hell she'd never be able to imagine.

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  • She made out the shape of the bottom of a tattoo on his bicep, what looked like a half-sun.

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  • Inside sparkled a diamond choker with an unusually worn, plain charm of a half-sun, half-moon pierced by an arrow.

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  • Not providing his brother a proper burial—the burial of a king!—had sickened him.

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  • Almost as bad, how many others had died from the treachery of a single Guardian?

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  • He sensed the visions in her head, not surprised to see his own black memories playing on the screens on the back of her eyelids along with a dark nightmare of a man in a corner crying.

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  • They entered a large neighborhood and drove the same few blocks a few times before stopping in front of a large adobe hacienda walled off from its neighbors.

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  • Pierre pounded on the door with the discretion of a jackhammer.

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  • Sofia watched her take a bite of a muffin, at once longing and agitated.

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  • What kind of a person was he when you met?

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  • "Such is the weakness of a man," he added bitterly.

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  • He'd approved all their purchases and talked them out of a few bad ones during the morning.

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  • She saw glimpses of his shared history with Damian and Dustin and of a time before meeting them that was too dark for her to see clearly.

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  • The staging area was where the vamp remembered it being, tucked at the base of a mountain in a draw.

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  • He pushed his sleeve up farther, revealing the bottom of a thick bicep with a partially visible tattoo.

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  • They passed through two more doors before exiting into a cold desert night on the side of a mountain, overlooking the activity at the elevator's entrance.

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  • The distant beat of a helicopter's wings drew closer as they raced away from the mountains.

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  • Damian's brother was somewhere inside the scarred shell of a man before him.

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  • She was reminded of a scene from a movie, where an army mobilized for war.

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  • She went to him, ducking out of the paths of a few Guardians.

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  • She hugged herself, wanting to throw her arms around him but knowing he was in as an approachable of a mood as Dustin.

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  • The book was the size of a paperback she'd buy at an airport but had to weigh fifty pounds.

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  • The fever had taken her out of her mind and into the alternate reality of a dream.

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  • It helped wake her up without completely lifting the fog of a fever that had been present since yesterday.

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  • Deidre turned off the shower, some semblance of a plan comforting her.

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  • Her two canines were larger than before and gave her the appearance of a vampire.

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  • Across the room, Darkyn held the tension of a taut rubber band.

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  • A flash of a dream went through her mind.

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  • "You son of a bitch!" she whispered.

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  • Have you ever seen the web of a black widow?

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  • In truth, destiny is like the web of a black widow.

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  • Take all the webbing of a normal spider, wad it up and tangle everything together then attach it to random points.

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  • It's more of a cluttered box than a web.

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  • She heard the sound of a weapon scraping a scabbard behind her and turned.

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  • The last time I did it, I robbed him of a few prisoners he didn't want to lose.

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  • The death of innocents, the weakness of a man's honor, heart or soul.

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  • It was too easy of a death for the first Ancient.

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  • You should know the power of a deal with him by now.

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  • Her heel hit the solidness of a wall, and she tried to bolt.

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  • She'd given relationship advice to the woman who condemned her to Hell, advice meant to help snag the heart of a man she hadn't stopped loving.

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  • He was warm and solid at her back, the only thing capable of grounding her in the nightmare of a world she lived in.

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  • She wiped her face then dressed, too distracted to feel the warmth of a certain deity as he appeared.

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  • The response was more of a grunt.

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  • She caught sight of a side passage out of the corner of her eye.

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  • She tried to think of a retort, but couldn't.

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  • Her residence was compliments of Janet O'Brien, one of a long line of Bird Song's temporary domestics.

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  • Maria was a wee bird of a woman—probably a teenager, Hispanic, and even shorter than Cynthia, who barely topped five feet.

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  • Even Bird Song's gilded front sign, advertising the bed and breakfast, had been washed of a year's dust from the unpaved side street.

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  • He forced calmness into his voice as the thought of a wayward body resurrected very unpleasant memories.

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  • Yeah, but he was kind of a jerk.

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  • Might it have just been some kind of a joke?

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  • Martha signed the dollar bill with a hint of a smile.

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  • The way Fred loves mysteries you'd think he'd be thrilled to be a part of a real jury.

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  • There was a hint of a smile and a roll of her eyes at Fred's pun.

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  • Birds of a feather, Dean thought.

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  • He's a personable young man and a whale of a basketball player.

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  • They had knocked heads and locked wills over the death of a Bird Song guest during the prior January's Ice Climbing Festival when bitter words were exchanged.

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  • Kind of a drag, but he meant well and his old lady's cooking was something.

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  • About a hundred years of a weekly paper—that's about five thousand copies.

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  • Never mind there were only three hundred die-hard fans with nothing else to do in attendance for the end of the year outing of a last place team.

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  • "Hell of a pitcher," Paul Dawkins mumbled.

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  • That, and the little matter of a cookie in the oven of love, which seemed to be taking a back seat in her ire.

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  • It came in the form of a drone who told him in her second language that information of that kind was not available.

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  • The Lucky Pup is one of a dozen or so digs scattered around his property up in Governor's Basin.

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  • Young Billy Langstrom came by for Pumpkin, his newfound friend, announced by the absence of a muffler on his bright red Jeep.

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  • His size was inadequate for any hopes of a serious basketball future but he was obviously a fine athlete.

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  • There, good citizens, is the result of a wasted day in the mountains.

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  • The other guests, embarrassed to see their host so humiliated and wanting no part of a Dawkins brawl, murmured excuses and toddled off to bed.

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  • "It's all still too much of a coincidence for my taste," Dean said.

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  • He pulled the vehicle to the elbow of a switchback.

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  • "I can't think of a less romantic place to have sex," Cynthia said with a shudder.

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  • As they moved down the trail to their parked Jeep, they heard the sound of a vehicle approaching.

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  • As if on cue, the sound of a vehicle starting broke the silence.

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  • It was an hour later before they saw their first vehicle, an old Scout, battered and muddy, coming out of a side trail below them.

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  • The timing was propitious, as black clouds had begun to roll up the valley and gather above them, the advance guard of a summer shower.

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  • The two drinks and lack of a third caused him to be more direct than normal politeness would dictate.

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  • It's kind of spooky knowing that's a part of a human being.

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  • "It shouldn't be much of a load," he said as he ate his dry toast—butter was fattening.

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  • Thirty five miles later he found the address, a private home on the side street of a quiet neighborhood.

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  • As Dean rolled his Jeep down the main street of Ouray, he caught sight of a familiar figure with a rounded haircut.

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  • The next stop on his list was visiting Ms. Lydia Larkin, deputy sheriff, whose presentation of a speeding ticket and general attitude still pissed him off, just remembering it.

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  • Billy Langstrom, behind the wheel of a red Jeep similar to but older than Deans', honked from across the street.

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  • A waif of a girl sat beside him.

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  • They entered into deep conversation, discussing the pending bid item—a statue of a nymph waving a snake.

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  • If there were remains of a man in that mine, I would think you'd want to know who he was.

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  • She's with her mother in some sort of a group house.

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  • "Sounds to me Josh might have been something of a cad," Cynthia said as she glanced at her husband.

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  • She was nearly as tall as he, a natural blonde or the customer of a very good beautician.

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  • She laughed loudly enough to turn the heads of a half dozen spectators.

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  • "It sounds as if you were very fortunate in your choice of a husband," Dean said honestly, but he noted she'd failed to answer his earlier question.

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  • To be honest, I don't like the idea of a murder going unanswered.

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  • But if it was some guy who took advantage of a high school kid, maybe he got what he deserved.

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  • I think her story had enough of a ring of truth that I believed her.

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  • Those hoses pack a whale of a wallop.

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  • The women looked frightened, Faust actually ducked, and David Dean moved to the cover of a nearby boulder, pulling his wife along with him.

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  • Dean emerged from behind the cluster of boulders and jogged to the edge of a clearing where he had a better view down the valley.

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  • He filled Fred in on meeting Jennifer Radisson, their afternoon trip to the mine, and the discovery of a back entrance.

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  • He made the entire trip up without seeing another vehicle, and the lords of luck were with him—Jennifer Radisson's camera was sitting in the crevice of a rock as if it were waiting for him.

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  • It was the piercing screech of a siren.

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  • As Dean rounded a curve, he caught sight of the tail end of a white vehicle speeding down the cliff-hanging road on the far side of the deep valley—a sheriff's white Blazer was his first impression.

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  • He wondered if it was Lydia Larkin, the new deputy, hot on the trail of a speeder.

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  • He rubbed his eyes against the dimness and caught sight of a skid mark.

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  • His sole venture at the end of a rope was the prior winter in Ouray's ice climbing park, under even more tenuous circumstances.

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  • Dean was seated on the step of a rescue vehicle when Lydia was pulled up to the road.

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  • "You've had a hell of a night," Fitzgerald said to her.

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  • Dean muttered an agreement as he began to open Dawkins's bureau drawers, more out of a nosy nervousness than anything sinister.

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  • That's a hell of a thing to do to a relative!

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  • It's not as if I wasn't in police work long enough to know that, but Billy's death was such a god-awful waste of a young life.

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  • I know this is far-fetched and I'm probably only fantasizing because I'm so pissed off at that son of a bitch Fitzgerald in general.

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  • Her side of the conversation consisted of a short series of no's.

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  • Two were reading different sections of a newspaper while Roger was stirring his coffee and chatting, although no one seemed to be listening.

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  • The other two were of a slightly newer vintage.

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  • "That is a hell of a coincidence," Dean agreed.

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  • The only picture was of a teenage boy, apparently the deceased brother.

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  • You're putting me in a hell of a spot.

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  • Dean bumped into Seymour Fitzgerald coming out of a five-room ranch in Whispering Pines.

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  • As he lifted the computer monitor, he caught sight of a paper beneath it.

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  • Martha's with her mother in some sort of a half-way facility.

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  • That was assault of a peace officer in the performance of his duty.

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  • I was sure you'd whack the son of a bitch and maybe kill him and I didn't want to be a jailhouse widow and run Bird Song alone.

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  • There followed a call from Groucho, whose name Dean learned was Coleridge, telling of a report that the Boyd pair was sighted in Kansas, stopped for a tail light violation on Sunday afternoon.

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  • She was quick to see her mistake and had no intention of compounding it at the end of a shotgun.

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  • Dean detected a hint of a blush from his card-playing partner.

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  • I'm surprised you didn't kill the son of a bitch!

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  • The real celebration of Fred's release from jail didn't begin until the pair returned to Bird Song where Cynthia had baked a fresh apple pie, complete with vanilla ice cream, tagged on to the end of a healthy lunch.

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  • Martha, dressed exactly as she had been when she'd left, clutched her new suitcase while the barest hint of a smile graced her pretty face.

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  • Dean reminded the voice on the other end of a three-way conversation that mother and girl hardly knew one another.

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  • It was near ten o'clock the next morning when Martha awoke in a festive mood with the appetite of a hibernating bear.

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  • They continued to watch as the children began tossing small stones at their floating treasure, trying to halt its progress, when the sound of a horn startled them.

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  • I don't want to be out of a job.

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  • Now, eyes open, eyes shut—it was both the same—as black as the inside of a buried coffin on a moonless night.

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  • You couldn't bear to let loose of a ten dollar cigarette tin.

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  • Westlake gave a hint of a smile.

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  • Jake Weller presented it to Dean one sunny afternoon while the two were sharing a diet-breaking ice cream on the stoop of a Seventh Avenue candy store.

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  • That's assault of a police officer!

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  • We'll make a hell of a team.

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  • Had his actions truly set her on this path to end up as the plaything of a creature with no capacity for mercy?

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  • Short, dark hair framed a face with plain features that showed the signs of a lifetime of battle.

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  • Hell ran off deals, but Wynn's life was already in enough trouble without incurring another debt on behalf of a woman who had no hope of ever escaping Hell.

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  • Even if slow, her death would spare her an eternity at the hands of a demon with insatiable bloodlust.

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  • She hadn't looked in a mirror, but she guessed she had the healthy coloring of a mortal.

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  • At least she had the mind of a deity still, the memories and … She froze.

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  • She stopped to admire the colors of a fruit pyramid and the textures of textiles.

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  • Her Gabriel, who spent his life a part of the shadows, radiated the quiet power of a deity that reached her from across the room.

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  • The pain settling into her was of a different kind.

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  • In the course of a few months, the old understanding between Immortals and demons – that humans were off-limits – crashed to the ground.

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  • The thought of the Dark One reminded Gabriel that he lost three death-dealers to him in the course of a week, not to mention the deal Deidre made.

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  • Son of a bitch!

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  • Without the senses of a deity, she was unaware of him.

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  • His blood was already humming with desire; he forgot how much of a turn on arguing with her was.

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  • She'd gone from defiant to yielding in the space of a single kiss.

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  • Assuming she's not still dying of a tumor.

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  • And yet, he couldn't deny that Deidre was back or at least, a woman who had the knowledge of the goddess and the body and heart of a human.

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  • There had to be millions of lost souls to create that vibrant of a glow.

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  • You're not thinking of a deal with Darkyn.

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  • The sky was given the status of something pure and clean, the earth sort of a dirty wasteland, and anything below water level or the ground considered Hellish.

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  • Her gaze lingered on a small bunch of colorful flowers hugging the base of a tree.

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  • She stopped in front of a small mural depicting a triangle with a form at each of the points.

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  • Her eyes rested on the figure of a girl representing the humans.

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  • She slowed, hating that she no longer had the heightened senses of a deity.

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  • A huge, triumphant grin with the satisfaction of the goddess and the beautiful flush of a human.

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  • He didn't realize how great of a transformation had really taken place within the small woman gazing up at him.

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  • She didn't just have the body of a human and the knowledge of the goddess; she wanted to help him enough that she was willing to overcome her fear.

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  • The worst case scenario – that she died of a tumor – was no longer possible.

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  • At the time, she had viewed it all as part of a process.

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  • For a moment he was certain the familiar voice of a woman was a memory, perhaps brought on by standing in Deidre's apartment.

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  • The instinct that Darkyn was protective of a mate rose again.

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  • At one point, Fate had told him a story about how he tricked the goddess into a series of agreements that landed her out of a job.

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  • I cared enough to let Darkyn strip the powers of a goddess when every other deity in the worlds wanted her dead-dead.

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  • The Dark One had let it go once as part of a deal.

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  • She didn't expect to find the human alive, let alone of a mindset to make a joke.

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  • "The soul of a deity or former deity has special standing," Deidre pushed.

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  • He leaned away to look down and confirm that she wore the dress of a demoness.

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  • The growl of a demoness was almost a whimper.

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  • This one was the size of a small apartment, stacked ceiling to floor with bodies.

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  • Jonathan wasn't much of a talker.

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  • He had helped her blend her dream of a horse ranch into a profit making package of a guest ranch.

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  • Exhausted and in need of a bath, she finally agreed to let him take her home.

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  • Like the reverse of a doll, when she lay down, her eyelids popped open.

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  • Did he think she was that much of a prude?

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  • Lori's idea of a relationship was probably: use them and leave them.

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  • His silence reminded her of a time when they were fighting.

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  • In fact, he wasn't much of a lover at all.

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  • Leave it to a man to avoid expressing how he felt, but it had to make him feel less of a man.

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  • One night he woke her out of a sound sleep by pushing at her.

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  • Were you afraid I was too much of a prude to acknowledge him?

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  • I'm kind of a plain Jane.

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  • In this case, we pay for the use of a womb.

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  • Deidre saw the strange flash of a red, glowing tattoo on the lady's exposed neck.

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  • He stopped in front of a door near the far corner.

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  • Aside from drama, it was going to take half an eternity to straighten out the underworld without the distraction of a woman in his life.

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  • He was bigger than he looked from a distance, the size of a linebacker.

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  • "You're right," he said at last, a trace of a smile pulling up the corners of his full lips.

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  • She couldn't remember the last time she'd been so honest or embarrassed, and in front of a complete stranger!

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  • Kind of a blur.

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  • Gabe turned towards Rhyn, in sore need of a pep talk as only his best friend could provide.

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  • Son of a bitch.

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