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Temporary Measures

by Leigh Michaels

Published by Leigh Michaels at Smashwords

Copyright 2010 Leigh Michaels

First published 1991

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Cover illustration copyright 2010 Michael W. Lemberger

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Chicago’s Magnificent Mile —with the mad bustle of pedestrians surging in waves down the sidewalks, the constant roar of traffic on North Michigan Avenue, the distant wail of a dozen sirens scurrying in all directions—she had missed it all.

Coming home to Chicago was by far the best part of her frequent business trips, Deborah Ainsley thought as she made her way with the ease of long practice through the rivers of people on the sidewalk until she reached the safe haven of a small sheltered entry. She stopped just inside the glass door of the Ainsley Gallery and swung the canvas bag down from her shoulder, reaching into it for a pair of ultra-fashionable high-heeled pumps to replace the running shoes that had smoothed her walk along the Magnificent Mile from her apartment not far from the lakeshore. She dropped the running shoes into the bag, straightened the paisley scarf at her throat—the only bright accent against her cream-colored dress—and stopped to admire a tiny oil painting that glowed like a jewel against a gray velvet drape on an easel near the entrance.

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