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August 5, 2012: No Place Like It (Nadine Butler/Miranda Powell)

September 9, 2012: Candidate Bed Death (Jill and Patricia Hood-Colby)

October 7, 2012: October Surprise (Molly Page/Shane Sanborn)

November 4, 2012: Sunday Drive (Alicia Ryan/Laura Dugan)

December 9, 2012: A Warm December (ensemble)

January 8, 2012

Girl on a Bicycle

Nadine woke early and saw that it was just after seven.

She carefully freed herself from beneath Miranda's arm, then crawled out from under the blankets to sit on the edge of the bed. She shivered in the cold of the bedroom and blinked blearily at her bare feet as she decided whether she was really awake for good. After a week of unseasonably warm temperatures, it seemed the weather suddenly realized it was winter and started acting accordingly.

After a minute or two of wakefulness, she decided sleeping in wouldn't be an option. She tucked her hands up into the sleeves of her undershirt and padded barefoot to the thermostat. She pushed it up a few degrees, then went back to the bedroom and pecked her wife on the cheek. Miranda murmured, but didn't wake.

Nadine used the bathroom and then stripped out of her pajamas, exchanging them for jeans and a thick sweater over a long-sleeved T-shirt. She slipped quietly out of the bedroom, leaving the lights off as she moved through the house. She found her sneakers under the coffee table and sat down to slip them on. She tied them slowly, then put her chin on her fist and gazed out the window for a few minutes trying to wake up enough to stand again.

Finally, she sighed and forced herself to her feet. She went out through the back door, since it was farther from her sleeping wife and it was slightly quieter when it closed. Outside, the sky was still holding on to the darkness of night, but the sun was beginning to brighten the far edges of the eastern sky over the neighbor's roof. Her shoes crunched the dry fallen leaves as she walked around the side of the house to get her bicycle.

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