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Copyright © 2013 by James Hampton

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Chapter One

Mable Griggs found it quaint—to say the least—that, in matters of discipline, an actual paper letter would have to be inserted into an actual cardboard folder. It struck her as a practice better suited to the middle years of the twentieth century, rather than those of the twenty-first. But she was a nineteen-year-old filing clerk who understood that it wasn’t her business to question the way things were done around here; her business was to make sure they got done. And Mable knew she was darned lucky to be employed by the Agency in the first place: even monotonous entry-level positions like the one she held were much-coveted by jobseekers. Good pay, generous healthcare coverage, a superb retirement plan, reasonable hours, and substantial prospect for career advancement…the list of positives about working for the Agency went on and on. So the last thing Mable Griggs wanted to do, especially just three days into her new job, was rock the boat.

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