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Scattered Ashes


Maria Rachel Hooley

Scattering Ashes

Smashwords edition

© 2011 Maria Rachel Hooley

Cover by Phatpuppy Art

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Chapter One

It was early one morning as August burned itself toward September’s cooler glory that Jordan Carroway spotted a woman sitting at the middle of a wooden footbridge suspended high above a large river by rope and wire. Although she was completely still, the breeze swayed the bridge slightly, and the fact that she’d braved the height at all upped his estimation of her, considering the drop was a good thirty feet. Her legs were pretzeled beneath her, and the backs of her hands rested lightly atop her knees while she meditated.

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