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Fahim Farook

Smashwords Edition

Copyright © 2006 by Fahim Farook

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Dedicated to:

My Parents for setting me on this road

My wife for keeping me on this road

Dickens, Dumas and Pratchett for showing me the road

And above all, God, without whom there would be no road.

Chapter 1 - Normal gets held up

The world invariably worked the same way – one guy did all the work, another got all the money. Being held up was no different. It was tiring work, for the guy being held up. Where were the Cheese when you really needed them? Always arrive after the criminal had made off with the loot. Safe for them, but what about me, thought Normal. Normal shifted from foot to foot on the cracked macadam of the old highway. The crevices on the road mirrored the larger fissures in the landscape surrounding them – the devastation caused by bygone wars.

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