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Barb Wolfe


Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2012 Barb Wolfe

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Chapter 1

It was a sweltering day and the gym wasn’t air-conditioned. The owner and Sensei, DJ Brown, liked it that way. She felt that the old-time boxing gyms had the right idea; no air conditioning for them. It should be all about the training, not comfort.

So when DJ decided to open the first women-only Mixed Martial Arts gym in Minnesota, she had no intention of babying anyone. Summers here didn’t last very long anyway. Today, however, was definitely one of those mid-summer scorchers, the kind of day that proved the whole global warming thing was not just some figment of a scientist’s imagination.

No one dared grumble about the sauna-like conditions. The first time someone did, she was immediately refunded her money and shown the door. Everyone knew the story, and everyone learned the lesson.

DJ looked at her watch. “She’s thirty minutes late!” If this interview didn’t have so much potential to increase her clientele, she would never have agreed to it. She didn’t trust reporters, didn’t trust their objectivity, or lack thereof. Everybody had an agenda. Okay, to be honest, she didn’t trust most people, but those with the potential to influence really irked her.

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