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The First Book of Changes, Commonly Called

SHEN


Published by Heather Douglass

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Copyright 2012 Heather Douglass


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CHAPTER ONE

When no one was looking, David set off his own ring tone. He pretended it was a call too important to miss, left Alyson talking with his brother-in-law and walked away. He faked some responses to imaginary questions. As soon as he was back in his office and out of earshot, he put the mobile in his jacket.

And he went round the room one more time. The sealant on the window frames, in a few places, wasn’t perfectly smooth. A hairline crack had started under the bracket that held the flat panel television to the wall. And when he ran a finger along the back of the radiator it already came up dusty. It all looked old, now that it was less than brand new. When Alyson finally came looking for him, he was crouched under his desk.

“OK,” she said, “so you’re not Simon’s best friend. But that was rude.”

He didn't reply. He got out his phone again, and used it shine a light on his chair.

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