When the Apricots Bloom
a short story by
© Ellen Larson 2012
First published in Alfred Hitchock’s Mystery Magazine, July/Aug 2010
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A diminutive orange car pulled away from the train station and scooted through the empty streets of Benha, Egypt. It turned the wrong way up a one-way street (to trim three blocks off the trip) and stopped before a sprawling five-story edifice that dominated the city center by virtue of its imposing green façade and air of decaying grandiosity.