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ONE NATION, UNDER GOD


By Keir Graff


Smashwords Edition


Copyright 2008 Keir Graff

Cover art copyright 2008 Severn House (used with permission)


Discover other titles by Keir Graff at www.keirgraff.com


This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. All rights reserved. No part of this publication can be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the author.




ONE


Maybe, he thought later, if the Mormon kid hadn’t come to Tulsa, the rest of it wouldn’t have happened either. Or if it had happened, he wouldn’t have been involved. He wouldn’t have witnessed anything and wouldn’t have been asked to keep a secret. And if he hadn’t kept that first secret, maybe he wouldn’t have kept all the others. And maybe he wouldn’t have hurt anyone.

But the Mormon kid had come to Tulsa. And he had seen what happened. And he had helped with the rest of it.


It was a Friday night in late July. Summer’s heat had settled in. Seth Stevens was rehearsing with his band, Salvation, in the music room at the Free Church of God’s Slaves. It wasn’t really his band—he was the newest member—but after a year and a half, he had finally stopped feeling like he had to apologize every time he flubbed a riff or played the wrong chord.

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