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Dead Living copyright © 2011, 2012

by Glenn Bullion.

Cover art by Mooney Designs.

All Rights Reserved.

This book is a work of fiction. People, places, events, and situations are the product of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or historical events, is purely coincidental.

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Chapter 1

Joe Thompson lowered the prongs on his forklift and set the crate near the end of the trailer. He backed out of the thick heat and wiped a bead of sweat from his head. The loading dock itself was much cooler. It was beautiful outside, a cloudless seventy-five degree day. A great day to be anywhere except at work loading freight.

It was the Saturday before the last week of the month, always the busiest shipping week. Someone had to draw the short straw, and this weekend, it was Joe. He tried to use his pregnant wife as an excuse, but she was still a few weeks from her due date, and the excuse didn’t fly. He knew they needed the money. He shot his supervisor Danny a dirty look as he climbed off the forklift. He knew he should feel bad for Danny too—he had to work every single weekend—but Joe was having trouble being sympathetic.

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