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I SHOULD KNOW better than to start off any conversation with a question like, “Just how stupid am I?” Of course, that realization hit me right after I’d blurted it out, so I had to correct myself, which left me in the weaker position from the get go, an ongoing problem. I rephrased, “Better question, how stupid is this idea?”
My beautiful sister, bless her wee little heart, is nothing if not honest. She shrugged and said, “Pretty stupid.”
“But I need the money.”
“Everybody needs money, Cara. Sane people don’t decide to solve a murder to collect the hundred thousand reward. I thought you were going to win the lottery.” She gifted me with her first eye roll of the day. “Even I will admit that the lottery thing is a better plan than becoming a murder huntress, and I’ve been making fun of the lottery plan since we were the same height. Before the big growth spurt of the fourth grade. Dear God, Cara, it’s hard to believe, but putting all your eggs in the lottery basket might be the more sensible plan. Do you see how insane that is?”