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Donald Gruber


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Copyright 2012 Donald Gruber

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This book is a work of fiction and any resemblance to persons, living or dead, or places, events or locales is purely coincidental. The characters are productions of the author’s imagination and used fictitiously.

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The following story is based on a true incident, albeit the real incident was without the drama described herein. The scene was real and some of the descriptions within the story were real. I took creative liberty with the imaginary portions of the story. It takes place at a time before cell phones were standard equipment, not that a cell phone would have changed the outcome of this story. I hope you enjoy it.


Deep January, 1984: Coopersville, Illinois lay buried and frozen beneath winter on a part of the planet that was tilted away from the Sun's warmth, the cold of space penetrating to the deepest roots of the old Union Oak in Central Park. Cars drove slowly, crunching through the snow and ice that had been piling up since early December. Clouds of steam rose from their exhausts as they made their way down Elm Street and Water Street and Main Street carrying their occupants to work, as they did faithfully every morning. There they would wait outside in the cold, mindlessly dreaming mechanical dreams, waiting to grind their way through frozen streets to carry their owners home again.

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