The First Twenty Steps


by Michael D. Smith


Published by Sortmind Press at Smashwords



Copyright 2011 Michael D. Smith



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It was past midnight and I was bushed. I’d wasted the whole day on the outskirts of downtown One-West under the low, fat clouds, so low that the brilliant tip of the Spaceship was lost in them, setting them aglow. I kept to the shadows of the tiny manufacturing buildings, but all the while I was attracted to the Cathedral Complex. I found myself tracing an arc a dozen blocks from the blinding domes, the white wires, the Spaceship itself. I had nowhere to sleep--that is, nowhere I was willing to pay for. The two hundred bucks must remain intact, I kept vowing as I wandered the deserted streets, sure the cops were about to scream out of the night, slam me to the pavement, and snap on the handcuffs.

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