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By S.W. Benefiel

Published by S. W. Benefiel at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 S. W. Benefiel

Cover photography by Robert Benefiel

Cover design by Alex Bennett

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The Outer Territory

Cara fastened the hook on the roll she stored vials of all her potions in. She felt a mild sadness over having to leave her potion kegs behind, but her desire to get the hell out of the oppressive home she’d lived in for the past twenty-two years punched that sadness down in her gut. She slipped the roll into her black leather backpack and turned the light off in the pantry.

Tiptoeing through the kitchen toward the front door, she glanced at her husband’s sleeping form drooped over the edges of his recliner in the den. The hour before she’d slipped him a memory potion, although she’d considered giving him something a little more lethal. When he awoke, Edgar Grant would realize that his wife was gone, but wouldn’t be able to recollect much of the arranged marriage both of their parents had forced them into at eighteen or the years of misery that had followed. More importantly to Cara, he would only have vague memories of their son Aiden. Cara was taking the real, important memories with her.

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