By Karolyn Cairns


Smashwords Edition

Copyright by Karolyn Cairns 2012



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1811 London

The man sat outside the house for hours. Nicholas Van Ryker sat up in the coach, fatigued from his nightly ritual. He thought of the lies he gave his wife of where he went and gritted his teeth. The damage he did was reflected daily in the contempt that grew in her eyes.

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