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Falling Inside - Chapter 11.1
As I forced my ancient Chevy pickup down the dusty road, I wondered how my mother ever found this little town we decided to move to. It wasnt even on any maps, for crying out loud! I looked over to the passenger seat where she sat, slumped against the worn leather, sleeping. Back in San Francisco, she was the wife of a wealthy bookbinder. When dad went missing, we lost everything, and she changed. Her bright red hair had faded, her green eyes lost their sparkle, and her frame grew thinner.
I knew I had to get her away from that place, those memories. So here we were, driving along the lonely, dusty roads of northern Arizona, trying to find a town too small to show up on a map.
I shook my head, my ruddy red-brown hair being tugged at by the wind from the lowered window. I tapped a knuckle against
How It Began"God, your two o'clock is here."
"I have a two o'clock?"
"He's been here since 7:45. I figured it's only polite to... sir."
God sighed. "Fine, send him in."
While He waited God cleared His desk of papers and blueprints; no need for outsiders to see His plans. Soon enough the door to His office opened and God stood, smiled, held out a hand towards one of the two visitor's chairs.
"God! Great stuff you're doing in sector 2-7-0! Great stuff!"
The man's hands were clammy, his handshake limp. Rumpled suit, porkpie hat, briefcase... oh Jes-- oh dear, a salesman. God's smile slipped a little but He soldiered on gamely. With luck He could shoo the poor guy away in a few minutes.
"So, what can I do for you?"
The man sat, briefcase across his knees. "Sector 2-7-0! Everyone's talking about it! What do you call it? Man and merman?"
"Man and woman, actually. And thanks. But we're pretty busy around here, and..."
"Oh! Right! No time for the wicked, eh?" The salesman winked and popped his briefcase,
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