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The Storm before the Calm

The early lives of Hiro and Venus

By Ron D Smith

Smashwords edition

Copyright 2012 Ron D Smith

For Isabel, Noah and Sophia


The farmer stood in his doorway and watched the sky turn dark with the formation of roiling, tumescent clouds. He should have been overjoyed, because his land and the land of everyone else he had ever known desperately needed moisture. But years of drought had taught him that optimism was for fools. If the Powers let it rain, it would be time to rejoice. If not, well, he was used to that already.

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