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  • Do you want a boy or a girl, Dad?
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  • Are you guilty, or not guilty?
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  • Why, they're better than piglets--or even milk!
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  • "You're supposed to eat with a spoon or a fork," she instructed calmly as she finished wiping the little hand.
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  • I don't like either the one or the other.
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  • "Look out!" cried Dorothy, who noticed that the beautiful man did not look where he was going; "be careful, or you'll fall off!"
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  • You're going to have a little brother or sister.
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  • Or was it the other way around?
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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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  • The top of the buggy caught the air like a parachute or an umbrella filled with wind, and held them back so that they floated downward with a gentle motion that was not so very disagreeable to bear.
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  • They've brought things to such a pass that there are no carts or anything!...
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  • Two or three times we stopped to rest under a tree by the wayside.
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  • About ten or fifteen minutes ago.
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  • "But WE mus'n't eat them," the Wizard warned the children, "or we too may become invisible, and lose each other.
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  • Right or wrong, the decision had been made.
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  • What have they done for Louis XVII, for the Queen, or for Madame Elizabeth?
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  • Sometimes he would take care of the whole flock while the shepherd was resting or eating his dinner.
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  • Alfonso looked to be a year or so older than Jonathan.
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  • These soldiers guarded the streets of the town; they would not let any one go out or come in without their leave.
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  • I always knew when she wished me to bring her something, and I would run upstairs or anywhere else she indicated.
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  • It's winter - or was at home.
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  • Though it was unintelligible why he had told it, or why it had to be told in Russian, still Anna Pavlovna and the others appreciated Prince Hippolyte's social tact in so agreeably ending Pierre's unpleasant and unamiable outburst.
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  • I don't know if he is actually trying to hide things, or simply doesn't know how to initiate the subject.
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  • After you have written three or four words, you can put them together, can you not?
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  • Whether things in the future stay the same as they are today or change from what they are today, both are understood in terms of the current reality.
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  • Look at the teamster on the highway, wending to market by day or night; does any divinity stir within him?
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  • Or not at all.
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  • But then, she hadn't approved of his drinking or the way he treated Lori either.
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  • And I don't believe a word that Hardenburg says, or Haugwitz either.
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  • He said it would work for a girl or a boy.
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  • "Go in, Annette, or you will catch cold," said the little princess, taking leave of Anna Pavlovna.
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  • All people need rest, even if they are made of wood, and as there is no night here they select a certain time of the day in which to sleep or doze.
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  • Many years before you came here this Land was united under one Ruler, as it is now, and the Ruler's name was always 'Oz,' which means in our language 'Great and Good'; or, if the Ruler happened to be a woman, her name was always 'Ozma.'
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  • And because human nature changes either not at all or very slowly, people make the same choices over and over again.
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  • The town seemed very still; but now and then he could hear the beating of a drum or the shouting of some soldier.
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  • I make the predictions in this book not to be sensational or controversial.
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  • Or astounding technological breakthroughs that have no precedent in reality.
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  • Are you going to be a guardsman or a diplomatist? asked Prince Andrew after a momentary silence.
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  • "Which would you rather have" asked the caliph, "three hundred pieces of gold, or three wise sayings from my lips?"
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  • Everything Miss Sullivan taught me she illustrated by a beautiful story or a poem.
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  • To- day will decide whether Richard or Henry shall be king of England.
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  • Do you want to go or not?
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  • Are you down here taking inventory or doing a lot of thinking?
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  • One does not dress or act like a lady.
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  • But right or wrong, she isn't his daughter.
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  • One day he would order his camp bed to be set up in the glass gallery, another day he remained on the couch or on the lounge chair in the drawing room and dozed there without undressing, while--instead of Mademoiselle Bourienne--a serf boy read to him.
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  • I don't want to spoil them - or anyone else to spoil them.
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  • Whenever anything delighted or interested me she talked it over with me just as if she were a little girl herself.
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  • After many adventures I reached Omaha, only to find that all my old friends were dead or had moved away.
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  • He pushed forward, feeling stirred, but not yet sure what stirred him or what he would say.
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  • Lucky you jumped aside, or it would have wiped you out!
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  • "Oz can do some good tricks, humbug or no humbug," announced Zeb, who was now feeling more at ease.
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  • It took a decade or two for the new medium to be seen in light of itself, not just in terms of what it displaced.
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  • Without love you would not be happy or want to play.
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  • Alpatych, without answering or looking at his host, sorted his packages and asked how much he owed.
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  • Carmen refrained from looking at Alex or displaying the shock she felt at the introduction of two more siblings he had never mentioned - an entire family.
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  • They thought that pictures might take one's mind away from things that were better or more useful.
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  • The schoolhouse was two or three miles from home, but he did not mind the long walk through the woods and over the hills.
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  • One child was six years old, the other two or three years older.
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  • Let us consider for a moment what most of the trouble and anxiety which I have referred to is about, and how much it is necessary that we be troubled, or at least careful.
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  • To the bison of the prairie it is a few inches of palatable grass, with water to drink; unless he seeks the Shelter of the forest or the mountain's shadow.
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  • Long before I learned to do a sum in arithmetic or describe the shape of the earth, Miss Sullivan had taught me to find beauty in the fragrant woods, in every blade of grass, and in the curves and dimples of my baby sister's hand.
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  • Everywhere you turned, people were speculating about, or building models of, the "House of Tomorrow," the "Car of Tomorrow," or the "Workplace of Tomorrow."
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  • A day or two afterward I was stringing beads of different sizes in symmetrical groups--two large beads, three small ones, and so on.
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  • Do you want the job or don't you?
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  • That's eighty or ninety miles.
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  • Zeb was also escorted to a room--so grand and beautiful that he almost feared to sit in the chairs or lie upon the bed, lest he might dim their splendor.
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  • The retired naval man was speaking very boldly, as was evident from the expression on the faces of the listeners and from the fact that some people Pierre knew as the meekest and quietest of men walked away disapprovingly or expressed disagreement with him.
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  • But to judge what is best--conscription or the militia--we can leave to the supreme authority....
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  • You must go away too, take away what you can and tell the serfs to go to the Ryazan estate or to the one near Moscow.
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  • And I never feel a break or a splinter in the least.
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  • It isn't your doing... or your responsibility to change it.
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  • Maybe he was thinking about what his father would say or do when he came in.
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  • At least tell Len where you're going, or Howard.
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  • She opened her eyes, afraid to move or even take a breath.
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  • Everything is either yesterday, today or tomorrow.
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  • Were his comments genuine, or simply a way to get her to like him?
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  • A simple yes or no would have sufficed.
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  • She had some money tucked away in a cookie jar in the kitchen and she intended to pay him something, whether he liked it or not.
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  • How long did he think he could hide them - or avoid them, for that matter?
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  • He may have spent time there or read about the place; we only had his word to the contrary.
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  • We lived a long way from any school for the blind or the deaf, and it seemed unlikely that any one would come to such an out-of-the-way place as Tuscumbia to teach a child who was both deaf and blind.
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  • Adraksin was in uniform, and whether as a result of the uniform or from some other cause Pierre saw before him quite a different man.
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  • The crowd drew up to the large table, at which sat gray-haired or bald seventy-year-old magnates, uniformed and besashed almost all of whom Pierre had seen in their own homes with their buffoons, or playing boston at the clubs.
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  • Through the streets soldiers in various uniforms walked or ran confusedly in different directions like ants from a ruined ant-hill.
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  • Does that mean I'm supposed to change, or that what I'm wearing is considered casual?
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  • He didn't need any preconceived ideas about his little brother or sister.
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  • Well, whatever it is, it probably won't go down too well with Howard or Len.
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  • The man, or boy, couldn't have been more than twenty, yet his steps were as sure as the hands that whirled her around the room.
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  • Yet he too was an excellent dancer - or maybe everyone's dancing skills were so much better than hers that it only appeared so to her.
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  • His mother or his wife?
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  • The object of a race is to see who can win it--or at least that is what my excellent brains think.
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  • "And mama can't tell whether my face is dirty or not!" added the other childish voice, gleefully.
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  • They made no sounds at all, either in flying or trying to speak, and they conversed mainly by means of quick signals made with their wooden fingers or lips.
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  • Then, after a moment's thought, she asked: Are we friends or enemies?
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  • It wouldn't be possible for even me to get up to that crack--or through it if I got there.
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  • Please tell me, Mr. Wizard, whether you called yourself Oz after this great country, or whether you believe my country is called Oz after you.
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  • After reading my arguments, you may or may not believe the future I describe is inevitable, as I say it is.
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  • She had a cradle, and I often spent an hour or more rocking her.
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  • I only know that I sat in my mother's lap or clung to her dress as she went about her household duties.
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  • It no longer mattered how they were conceived, carried or delivered.
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  • It's not a decision or a wish any more.
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  • Carmen glanced at Alex, but he either didn't notice her attention, or he was avoiding her eyes.
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  • I don't know how many times or how many ways I can say I'm sorry.
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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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  • Whether we want to admit it or not, we all wish everyone would like us.
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  • Did he arrange to have Alex out of the way, or was he simply taking advantage of the situation?
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  • Still, if Señor Medena adopted Dulce when she was a baby and raised her, then he was her father - blood relative or not.
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  • Or have you changed your mind about leaving tomorrow?
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  • The problem wasn't Dulce or his father.
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  • She was the country bumpkin that he had to drag everywhere or be accused of being insensitive.
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  • Maybe it was good for them - I don't know, but I don't think it's going to be good for you - or Alex.
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  • It was now or never.
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  • In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference.
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  • If it was Tessa or Dulce, she needed to fight fire with fire.
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  • She sighed and snuggled against him, feeling the beat of his heart... or was that her own?
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  • It was hard to say whether Alex was withholding facts so she couldn't contest his decisions or simply because he thought she did not need to know.
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  • Just because he doesn't ask for or want your help, doesn't mean he doesn't need it.
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  • Normally he would have asked if she was ready to go to bed, or even if she needed help.
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  • Just because it upsets me doesn't mean I don't want to know - or that you shouldn't tell me.
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  • I don't know why she didn't ask for it before - or why she didn't tell me about the baby.
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  • It makes me feel small when you keep things from me - like you don't trust me, or you think I'm not mature enough to handle it.
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  • I can't see any of the girls running the ranch... or wanting to, for that matter.
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  • That was a pretty good indication of interest - or lack thereof.
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  • It doesn't matter to me one way or another, but I wish you would at least make an effort at seeing his side of it.
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  • Señor Medena's gaze was stern, but his voice was calm.
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  • Natalie needed little encouragement - or maybe it was because Carmen was a little more relaxed and experienced.
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  • Everyone was staring at her as if they expected her to faint or something.
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  • The grass had been mown short for about five feet on either side of the narrow drive, and a tangle of underbrush and trees lay beyond... freedom, or a barrier?
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  • Maybe it was hunger or the pleasant company.
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  • She had always been a recluse at heart, often declining a social outing with her friends so that she could be alone with a book or her writing.
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  • He could easily overpower her in a struggle or outlast her in a chase.
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  • We'd better go in the back way or Mom will have my hide.
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  • Probably not or he would have used it.
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  • He hadn't thought about a sitter before now, or hadn't thought about how much he would pay?
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  • I guess he is... or at least was.
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  • She stiffened, wondering if the job was genuine - or was he was simply looking for a mistress?
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  • Or was it something else that troubled Sarah?
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  • I can't figure out who owns this house or who has the money.
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  • Maybe it was the intrigue, or maybe it was that gut feeling that something wasn't as it appeared.
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  • Was he going somewhere or simply exercising the horse?
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  • There was only one way to find out... well, maybe two, but asking Sarah or Giddon was probably wasted effort.
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  • His remark about how she looked in the swimsuit made it obvious that he saw her as something more than a baby sitter or maid.
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  • He wasn't sure she had seen anything, or surely he would have accused her.
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  • Maybe he was here to see Giddon, and was distracted - or even worried that she would detect his source.
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  • You actually sought out my company - or did you have something earth-shattering to tell me?
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  • What else did he know or suspect?
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  • Thanks, now why don't you get dressed and we'll go out to dinner and a movie or something.
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  • Most of the boys she dated would never have thought of practicing the age-old custom of walking around the car to open her door, or guiding her through the crowd with a gentle hand on one elbow.
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  • You can go with me or stay here.
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  • The birds were silent, watching her to see if she was friend or foe.
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  • Whether he had arranged things to work out this way or not, her resources had been cut seriously.
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  • He needs you right now, whether he knows it or not.
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  • Barely visible a half mile or more across the water were a few other camps.
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  • Roll a five or a seven and you're history.
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  • You're looking for someone treated Saturday night or Sunday morning for a gunshot wound to the leg.
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  • Like it or not, she's part of the show.
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  • I wouldn't go anywhere with someone, or get in a car or stuff like that.
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  • Had anyone actually told her that or had she merely assumed it?
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  • Maybe he felt excluded - or maybe he simply needed a little encouragement.
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  • Her figure was not as well developed as Alondra or Dulce, but she looked nice in the style and color.
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  • No matter how sorry Alex was for what happened, or how many times he apologized or tried to make up for it, he couldn't remove the hurt.
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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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  • I want to be able to focus on solving this problem, not worrying about what might be said or done to you.
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  • The morning after came without shame or embarrassment.
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  • Maybe Sarah or Giddon would take her to the little country store where the dirt road joined the highway.
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  • The battery in the lantern might be dead or the fall might have broken it.
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  • Is your fit of curiosity satisfied, or do you have some more questions?
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  • She simply wasn't looking at it – or maybe for it.
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  • There was no denying that Brandon was a private person - or that he had confided in her more than Rachel or Julia.
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  • So what do you say, yes or no?
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  • We thought maybe you could convince him to go, or at least look at him.
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  • The tops of their heads had no hair, but were carved into a variety of fantastic shapes, some having a row of points or balls around the top, others designs resembling flowers or vegetables, and still others having squares that looked like waffles cut criss-cross on their heads.
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  • "Well, this was a figure of a cat," said Jim, "and she WENT down, anyhow, whether she climbed or crept."
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  • "Your Royal Highness and Fellow Citizens," he began; "the small cat you see a prisoner before you is accused of the crime of first murdering and then eating our esteemed Ruler's fat piglet--or else first eating and then murdering it.
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  • When I get my thoughts arranged in good order I do not like to have anything upset them or throw them into confusion.
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  • Whether you are rich or poor, live in the developed world or the developing world, life today is better and easier than it was a century ago by virtually any measure.
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  • Few know what joy it is to feel the roses pressing softly into the hand, or the beautiful motion of the lilies as they sway in the morning breeze.
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  • No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof.
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  • But on the road, the highroad along which the troops marched, there was no such freshness even at night or when the road passed through the forest; the dew was imperceptible on the sandy dust churned up more than six inches deep.
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  • They would have had to retire of their own accord, for they had no water for men or horses.
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  • His face seemed to have shriveled or melted; his features had grown smaller.
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  • She thought he was speaking of Russia, or Prince Andrew, of herself, of his grandson, or of his own death, and so she could not guess his words.
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  • The old prince used to approve of them for their endurance at work when they came to Bald Hills to help with the harvest or to dig ponds, and ditches, but he disliked them for their boorishness.
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  • The kitchen was open all the time, but Alex didn't drink - or never had to her knowledge.
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  • She was no longer tired - no longer concerned about the children or the strange room.
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  • The kitten looked at the horse thoughtfully, as if trying to decide whether he meant it or not.
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  • The stairs had become narrower and Zeb and the Wizard often had to help Jim pull the buggy from one step to another, or keep it from jamming against the rocky walls.
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  • I'm not afraid of Ozma--or anyone else.
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  • Two or three other shepherds joined him in the search.
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  • As soon as he came across a former acquaintance or anyone from the staff, he bristled up immediately and grew spiteful, ironical, and contemptuous.
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  • Princess Mary spent half of every day with little Nicholas, watching his lessons, teaching him Russian and music herself, and talking to Dessalles; the rest of the day she spent over her books, with her old nurse, or with "God's folk" who sometimes came by the back door to see her.
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  • But never had she felt so grieved for him or so much afraid of losing him.
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  • Everything's dead, up there--no flesh or blood or growing thing anywhere.
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  • Was it honor that forced him to put aside this time and effort to her gain, or was it something else?
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  • Was he falling in love as well, or was he simply taking what he could get?
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  • And yet, the mail man always stopped – or was he simply turning around?
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  • It's our home and you're more than a sitter or maid to all of us.
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  • The only person who didn't view her as a sitter or maid was Yancey, and his viewpoint was as a lover.
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  • Most of the time I'm at the pool or resting in the air conditioned house.
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  • You've never had to pay house payments or utilities.
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  • If Yancey had noticed her earlier or was troubled by it, he gave no indication.
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  • But then, it was like him not to reveal his thoughts or concerns – unless the mood hit him.
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  • She stopped to wait for him, unsure whether to be happy about his presence or annoyed.
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  • Did he actually tell his mother to get the cake, or had she decided on her own?
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  • Or maybe she had a suspicious mind.
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  • But no, he had Diablo with him – or did he?
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  • And yet, every time she saw him, he was on his horse, ATV or in his car.
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  • With the exception of the trail, of course, but he never appeared to be in any hurry – coming or going there.
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  • After examining a rock for ants or other insects, she leaned against it, drawing in the clean smell of the forest.
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  • Occasionally he glanced behind him, as if searching for someone, or something, that might be watching.
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  • Of course, she didn't leap cars with motorcycles or sky dive, but in retrospect, she had always been attracted to danger – at least to some degree.
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  • Maybe it was because Allen was younger, or because Yancey had a child.
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  • One way or another, she had to get into that building.
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  • Either he hadn't seen her or he preferred not to mention it.
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  • You don't know why you hid it, or you don't know if you're afraid of me?
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  • Nothing earth shattering there, nor anything Yancey would find either threatening or interesting.
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  • In fact, until the death of her family, she rarely ever dreamed – or at least didn't remember them.
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  • Len suspected or knew something.
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  • Either he was sticking his neck out to protect her, or he wasn't involved in anything illegal.
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  • It wasn't a relationship she had planned or wanted – until now.
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  • Those eyes would be mocking her, or maybe filled with fear.
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  • It was either an original or an excellent copy, signed by Andy Gordon.
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  • I don't know if he's angry or not.
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  • Did he marry Valorie for love, or because she found out about his business?
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  • Do you want to talk to Len, or Howard?
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  • They wanted her out of the way, or at least silent.
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  • I thought you were involved in drugs or contraband of some sort... you were so secretive.
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  • I would never stop you from going to college or doing anything else you wanted to do.
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  • Who is asking, Andy Gordon or Yancey Giddon?
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  • Mertz said she told him she didn't know who Yancey was or what he did.
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  • I figured that if Giddon was using a pseudonym, he would have to either do his banking with his own name or fill out some kind of paperwork to do business under another name.
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  • Anyway, if it's company you want, why not take Julia or Rachel?
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  • At the moment, she wasn't sure whether she found all his concern touching or insulting.
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  • I might have a stroke or a million other things.
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  • Or was Brandon the one with the problem?
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  • The idea that Brandon felt relieved wasn't all that flattering - or comforting, for that matter.
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  • Or get a mother-in-law to baby sit the kids.
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  • They were disappointed when Adrienne didn't invite Michael... or anyone else, for that matter.
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  • Let's go get a hamburger or something.
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  • She couldn't see his facial expression in the dark, so it was hard to tell if he was teasing her or not.
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  • Was she merely a female to hold for the evening - or was this what he had been trying to tell her for so long?
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  • As long as they weren't sleeping together or disrupting the household, what difference did it make that they were in love?
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  • It's been more than that for a long time - or am I only imagining things?
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  • She had no intention of hopping into bed with Brandon before they were married - house rules or not.
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  • Maybe you could even talk him into going to the doctor - or at least calling the doctor.
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  • It's just that sometimes I wonder what is more important in your life - your career or me.
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  • A quick look revealed the speedometer was nearing the ninety mark - or did it merely look like it from her seat?
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  • Was there something else, or was it her imagination?
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  • Was he ignoring her, or was his mind completely occupied with grief at the moment?
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  • The only thing he had to say to me was that I should get you or Julia to pick me up.
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  • Adrienne didn't see or hear from Brandon again until Friday, when he showed up unexpectedly and started packing clothes.
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  • Don't put words in my mouth - or foolish thoughts in your head.
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  • She clung to him, unable to trust her voice or thoughts.
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  • Maybe sometime she'll feel comfortable with having a hired hand around - or maybe she'll get married again.
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  • If he did, he would have called or visited.
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  • Was it really so important what Brandon or anyone else thought?
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  • Do you drink or take drugs?
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  • You aren't giggly or a blabber mouth either, are you?
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  • Was it wishful thinking, or did she see the same love in his eyes?
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  • Whose goals are we talking about here, mine or yours?
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  • A woman your age ought to be looking for a husband – or already married, not chasing all over creation in pants, trying to act like a man.
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  • Or helping with the plowing or hitching up the team?
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  • Or maybe driving the family wagon in for supplies or . . .
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  • They just aren't expected to stray too far from the homestead in the process – or get paid for it.
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  • Yet working girls his age were usually either wives or soiled doves.
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  • She inclined her head to indicate the endless sand, broken only by an occasional yucca or chickweed.
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  • Looked like a hunting party of fifteen or twenty.
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  • No, he didn't know about the Indians until now - or did he?
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  • Maybe he was angry, or maybe he was busy scouting.
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  • He was proud of the fifteen or more miles his freighters could travel in a day.
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  • Anyway, we'll reach Ashley in four or five more days.
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  • A lot can happen in four or five days.
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  • Are you complaining about the help, or are you jealous?
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  • I told you sooner or later somebody would take that whip away from you.
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  • He must have seen something besides tracks or he wouldn't be so concerned.
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  • He could have gone to get those troops - or to Ashley for that matter.
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  • Or, we could throw our saddles on the mules and use the rest for pack animals.
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  • One and a half or two if you leave the wagons - and leave tonight.
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  • Stop arguing with me and get on that horse, or do you want me to put you on it?
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  • But were the Indians interested in the people, or the food the wagons contained?
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  • Was he being sarcastic, or was he still miffed about the losing the mules?
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  • Was it love that had prompted him to propose, or was there something else?
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  • Which would be worse, an uneasy stomach or split lips?
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  • Sometimes that temptation can be stronger than the man - or woman.
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  • She must have let her shoulders droop, or maybe it was her trembling body.
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  • In an hour or so the storm would abate and they could leave.
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  • Unsure whether to move away from him or verbally fend him off, she did neither.
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  • How could men possibly have a greater desire or need than she had just felt?
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  • Bordeaux said it was north of Ashley, or was it north of the desert?
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  • Which would kill her, the Indians or the country?
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  • Do you think it was Pete or one of the other guys?
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  • Or are you having too much fun?
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  • Did Bordeaux actually love her or was it a contrived affair to get her back to the ranch?
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  • Or was it a proposal?
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  • Right now she didn't want to think about Bordeaux or her father.
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  • Were the twins with their father or still at the Hertz ranch?
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  • He could put her in the buggy and he could forcefully take her to the ranch, but he couldn't make her look at her father or talk to him.
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  • So why did you propose marriage, or was that part of your plan to get the ranch?
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  • I can't promise you we'll never fight, or that I'll never take a drink.
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  • Chasing after eight or ten kids should keep her busy.
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  • Maybe it was the fact that he never smiled, or the loneliness in those green eyes.
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  • The conversation was over - or so she thought.
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  • I suppose it is different things for different people - dreams or goals.
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  • The house sits more than a mile off the snow plow route, so sometimes I'm snowed in for a week or so.
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  • It was hard to tell whether the sarcasm had gone over his head or he simply wasn't amused.
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  • Riding horses was one of her favorite pastimes, and the country out that way was gorgeous - winter or summer.
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  • If he isn't blind or dead, I'm sure he's noticed.
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  • Did you call me to get my opinion or to tell me you're going to take the job?
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  • Obviously it had been a long time since she had seen or talked to Mr. Cade.
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  • Why had he suddenly decided he needed a maid - or was it sudden?
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  • Would she be invited along, or would she be expected to stay on the ranch?
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  • You may call or have friends over anytime you wish - as long as they don't interfere with your work.
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  • Something private - or more interesting antiques?
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  • They looked unused... his mothers' hobby, or was there a sad story?
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  • Which came first, the recluse or the loneliness?
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  • A glance out the window revealed that the snow had piled up to four or five inches.
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  • There again, it's hard to say whether they die from natural causes or attacks by predators.
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  • Like the way his broad shoulders swayed so gracefully with each step as he strode to the corral - or the way he lounged in a doorway, coffee in one hand, one long leg thrown carelessly over the other.
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  • If you use the right colors, and brighten the walls with a few large pictures, or some mirrors, it wouldn't be so dark.
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  • Either she had never seen him angry or he had cleverly concealed it - like every other emotion.
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  • To him it was nothing more than bringing home a gallon of milk or a sack of feed.
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  • Never in her wildest dreams would she have considered her taste stylish or elegant.
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  • Or maybe an expression of relief that she wasn't injured?
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  • Get on in there and set yourself a place - or do I have to do that?
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  • It was hard to tell whether he was trying to impress his sister or shock her.
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  • Sooner or later it would become obvious to Cade himself.
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  • He'll limp around for a week or so and then he'll be fine.
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  • I mean it wasn't like we didn't have the money to buy clothes or anything like that.
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  • Wild imagination, listening to too many stories, or maybe because I have the ranch.
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  • She can't make up her mind whether you're having an affair with me or hiding something.
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  • How she would have welcomed a loving hug or kiss from him.
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  • If you'd fired me, or even hit me...
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  • I don't want you fainting and breaking your neck or something.
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  • Had Cade planned to seduce her, or was he also a victim of mislaid trust?
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  • Was she blinded by love now, or had she merely been unobservant before?
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  • The man she made love to last night or the recluse - Cade?
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  • It was too late or too early to do anything about it now.
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  • Had it meant anything at all to Cade, or was it merely a moment of desire?
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  • Would you like some coffee or something?
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  • Nothing is going to happen - not tonight or any other night.
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  • Or is it because now I have nothing to lose?
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  • You can run away from him, stay in the same relationship, or set your foot down and get things back into control.
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  • I'd travel so far and then I would be stopped by a gully or a creek.
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  • If I didn't bring a horse or something, I'd be afoot from then on.
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  • Whether that was a good or bad thing she couldn't guess, and she didn't have time to ask.
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  • She was faced with three basic choices: Abortion; raise the child herself; or give the baby up for adoption.
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  • That left a choice between raising the child on her own or adopting it out.
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  • It had to be done sooner or later.
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  • I knew I'd have to talk to you about it sooner or later, but I didn't want to hold the financial burden of an unplanned pregnancy over your head like a club.
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  • Obviously she was the dependent type or she wouldn't have stayed out there.
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  • Both of us were new to New York City, and had few or no friends.
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  • It began with a glance as we passed each other the first time, a smile the next two or three laps, and then a pretend rest stop.
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  • The first time I was eight or nine and my action earned me a cracked lip.
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  • Quinn added, We didn't want to wake him, or be talking about him while he might overhear.
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  • After he came out of the coma, he underwent a year or so of therapy.
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  • He was like a boarder, or maybe the visiting brother-in-law you want to kick out but don't know how.
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  • It was either that or start from scratch but he's not even sure he's a catholic, much less committed to anything.
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  • If you're concerned about a messed up head, either shave it all off or comb over the scars.
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  • "Do you remember this, or do I have to teach you?" she asked.
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  • Why should I remember a 'Get out of Jail Free' card and not recognize my own mother, or a picture of my father or sister; or this bratty cousin?
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  • Do you want Park Place or don't you?
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  • Several minutes stretched into ten or more with neither of us closing our eyes.
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  • Just make sure he's not traumatized or something.
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  • Either that or change my eye glass prescription.
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  • A movie or a trip to town was suggested and met with a distinct lack of enthusiasm.
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  • There was a little girl of about six or seven playing with a doll on the floor.
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  • At no time were the images blurred or fuzzy.
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  • But you did wake up... come back, or whatever you call it, quite easily.
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  • Quinn seemed relieved no one was blaming him or his experiments.
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  • I was conflicted; should I support the love of my life or be more pragmatic?
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  • If something occurs that is thought to be impossible, it either isn't impossible or it didn't occur.
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  • Maybe it was the near-inaudible buzz or the rain on the roof, or my imagination, by I actually napped, for about twenty minutes.
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  • Only for a minute or two but it was so cool!
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  • There was no shadow or footprints even though I seemed to be standing on grass.
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  • I asked my mother about visiting the country or a farm and she insisted I'd never travelled anywhere but here in New Hampshire until I left for the seminary.
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  • Is no part of this god forsaken state level or the roads straight?
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  • I just stood there for a moment or two, taking it all in.
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  • The town was fairly large with a dozen or so business buildings on each side of the street but, as I said, most were closed.
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  • But I'm not sure there's any accurate way of proving that one way or the other.
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  • We don't know if the cause is the power sources, some or more of the plants or the room itself.
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  • If Howie drops into ten or twenty minutes of anyone's life, chance are all he sees is them picking their nose, reading a book or working.
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  • When my aunt practically insisted he visit me, I was scared to death wondering what he knew or why he wanted to come.
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  • My aunt never said it out loud or even admitted it, but she blamed her son.
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  • He came up to the cabin the week before he was leaving for the seminary, four or five years later.
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  • I assumed she meant a wedding dress or something connected to our pending wedding until she continued.
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  • I called an historical society, or two.
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  • Just a phone call or two.
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  • Isn't seeking medical or scientific help a prudent course to take?
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  • It was coal country, or had been, as much of the depressed countryside screamed of poverty.
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  • "Let's see if the brick building has a museum or historical collection of some kind," Betsy said as we approached the building.
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  • Quinn will think were requesting something like a séance or spiritual encounter but if we don't humor Howie, he'll be devastated.
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  • Remember in grade school when one of those bullies would put you in a half-nelson or whatever you call it, and twist your arm up your back?
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  • Or, perhaps they will be less interested.
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  • Objects attract if their charges are different or repel if they are the same.
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  • Our internal electrical system works by using cells that have built up electrical gradient or energy that can be given off to other cells by direct transfer.
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  • It wasn't the same place or time as my earlier dreams.
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  • There weren't any buildings or people so I 'came back'.
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  • That proves it isn't the plants or location that are the cause of your visions.
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  • As for time; it could have been a year or a century ago.
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  • Off to one side was an old fire ring but no buildings or people.
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  • There were no people or vehicles in sight.
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  • He's never out more than ten to twenty minutes at a time and three or four sessions make a heavy day.
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  • No, nor does Quinn have any idea how or why they are occurring in the first place.
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  • I'm not about to go on your honeymoon with you or watch Martha undress!
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  • Howie directed the four of us to go someplace nearby, inside or outside, and not divulge the location.
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  • Instead we speculated on what we'd personally do if we had this gift or curse and it proved to be a true trip to the past.
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  • "Move the tape ahead, about five or ten minutes," Howie pleaded.
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  • "Call a tip line, or the Warwick police," I said.
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  • They still have them, or the big box stores.
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  • I just know I'll burst into tears or not know how to answer if they ask questions.
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  • Please record this or listen carefully.
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  • He's got this weird thing like if he sees himself, he'll self-destruct or something.
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  • We weren't sure what to do or even if we should report Howie's feelings.
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  • Howie continued to be limited to about fifteen minutes or less each time.
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  • We would restrict our altruistic activity to weekends and possibly an evening or two a week by phone, if it worked.
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  • We have to limit the strain we place him under or he'll break.
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  • Once decided, there would be no discussion or argument.
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  • He needed a written map to perform simple chores like finding a grocery store or getting around Boston.
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  • "I don't know if I more angry or frustrated," she said.
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  • We knew similar situations would arise when missing children would be found dead, or actually murdered.
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  • First off; we can't have you or anyone near you making any attempt to find out anything about us.
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  • You won't know if the source is male or female, old or young, from the east or west or how long the tips will keep coming.
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  • You won't know how many people are involved or how the information is obtained.
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  • I don't think an admission they were dealing with a psychic or someone with supernatural abilities would sit well with their suit and necktie image.
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  • We need an exact location too, within fifty or a hundred feet.
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  • They'll maintain a public web site you might peruse occasionally but they'll know nothing of your group or what you're doing.
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  • He knows there is someone or something out there that has weird and exceptional abilities.
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  • He'll know he wasn't identified by any normal means but he won't have a clue how you do it or what capabilities you possess.
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  • He or she will pay, you Psychic Tipster, whoever you are!
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  • You can expand on it if you want to; say get a driver's license in another state, or establish an address.
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  • I'm sure some trusting farm folk will leave a door unlocked or a window open for my pleasure, for my endless possibilities.
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  • "Whether you like her or not isn't the problem," I said.
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  • "Do you want the good news or the bad news," he pronounced.
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  • If they succeeded, they'd stick your guy... or girl, in a box in McLean and pump 'em dry.
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  • Maybe he's waiting to see if we buy her story or the tip that mentioned his facial hair.
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  • Let's hope he doesn't figure you can't go back more than a day or two.
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  • The gap in the abductions we're looking at is under ten years, meaning he was probably sent up for a lesser crime that could be anything from robbery, burglary, serious assault or rape.
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  • I'm not doing this for the five hundred dollars or getting in your book.
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  • It could be a man or a woman.
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  • Most of our cases proved to be runaways or missing persons and our limitations due to non-specific known time or age of the event continued to plague us.
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  • Julie maintained no Face Book or Twitter account, nor could Betsy locate her on any other social network sites.
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  • Baby Claire was often in evidence in our work place, sleeping on mother's arm or in her file cabinet remodeled crib, or supping on Martha's breast.
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  • Like it or not, we need to take the initiative and set the record straight.
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  • None of the tips concern a crime more than a day or two old.
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  • If you tell me every little thing you know or even suspect, I'll just drive away and let you walk down the lane to one of those farm houses we passed.
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  • You wouldn't need a specific date or time and you could probably find your old home, given enough tries.
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  • But Julie doesn't know you're sessions are by phone or what causes the terrible dreams, does she?
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  • It's not good for a relationship to be built on lies, Howie; or secrets.
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  • I was resigned it was my duty to explain the situation, with or without Howie's input, but Betsy interrupted before I could begin.
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  • I thought of leaving a note of thanks to the Psychic Tipster, so kindly confiding to me, albeit vicariously through dear departed Brenda, his or her limitations.
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  • She certainly is adapting her career to documenting his or her works and doing a good job of it as far as I can see.
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  • We do understand, or at least try to.
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  • Surely you dwell here or in one of these surrounding towns.
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  • By the way; is the psychic a she or was that just bull shit?
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  • Her visions are limited as to time or location and she has no idea when they might disappear.
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  • I'll tell you if it's on or off the record.
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  • A lot are cases of runaway or lost and many are children found quickly.
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  • Is the government involved, or backing her in some way?
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  • The palace contains no moat, or armed guards, nor do I detect any sophisticated security system.
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  • If he tried to follow a moving automobile, he could sometimes attach himself, if the vehicle was slow or stopped, but the act was tenuous at best.
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  • Howie, if Quinn could get you back to the road, is there any way you could stay with this guy to his car, or whatever he's driving?
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  • Mr. Cooms didn't involve the police so I don't know how we'd check the area clinics or doctors.
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  • Watch yourself; you're public and he might very well target you or your people.
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  • We've denied, honestly, we have no information or knowledge whatsoever and frankly, we weren't sure such a person existed.
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  • I prayed our Delabama killer didn't stalk Agnes Delanco before she or her detectives tracked him down, quickly I hoped.
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  • My wife thought he should go or Howie should simply kiss his mother's hand, give an excuse of pressing business, and come back east.
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  • I sensed her nervousness; or panic.
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  • So a week or two later, I asked him out... dinner at my place.
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  • What do we all do, take those fake papers and run off someplace and start over, or go into hiding?
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  • Nobody following you or creeping around?
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  • If our boy made his getaway at more than five or ten miles an hour, you can bet your ass he was on one of these babies.
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  • Either they forgot to ask or didn't bother.
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  • "We should all go out there and either drag his ass back home or do our thing in California," Quinn said as he paced.
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  • It looks like he's moving east and maybe will drop down in the states in New York or New England.
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  • "Or Boston," I said.
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  • This isn't like you; or Quinn for that matter.
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  • Quinn hasn't slept with me since month four or five.
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  • It rang a dozen or so times before I half-fell down the stairs and located it.
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  • I don't know where we'll find a place to do our thing; this joint is like a zoo with honking horns and either back-fires or gunshots!
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  • With luck, he'll tell us if it's our man or some local hoods trashing Julie's place.
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  • I expect my equipment here in the next hour or two and we'll get going.
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  • I put aside a dozen or so that looked promising but that was all.
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  • Now that Molly had confessed more knowledge than any of us suspected, I felt obligated to tell Martha the full story before she learned it from overheard conversation or from Molly directly.
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  • Give me an hour or so and a number where I can call you.
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  • Whether or not she tells him is the big question.
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  • I'd say you have few choices; get protection, get a gun or head for the hills.
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  • Are you ready to come out in the sunshine; or at least take a peek?
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  • The problem is they'll know what I did sooner or later and when I resurface, they'll be on me like John Dillinger at the movie.
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  • He paused before saying he thought Howie suspected it might have been Molly's father or some old boyfriend.
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  • Neither of us mentioned her conversations with Quinn, or the lack thereof.
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  • Was it her drunken advances or the information I'd withheld from her?
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  • She asked if I thought Martha would fly out for the funeral or memorial service.
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  • This aunt I never met... or maybe I did but don't know it... she thinks I'm like practically a priest and she wants me to do all this stuff at the memorial service, for our side of the family!
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  • Or just buy one in Santa Barbara, Howie.
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  • "Just make it brief and talk about what you do know, or remember," I said.
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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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  • I don't know how long I remained unconscious; probably only a minute or so.
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