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By Leigh Michaels

Published by Leigh Michaels at Smashwords

Copyright 2010 Leigh Michaels

First published 1988

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Cover illustration copyright 2010 Michael W. Lemberger

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The smell of chalk dust and dry, overheated air hung in the big classroom, mixed with the pungent aroma of burnt toast and overcooked sausage. Mallory Mitchell watched patiently as her students scrambled to clean up their mess before the buzzer released them to go to their next class. While the remains of their experiment in cooking breakfast looked impossible at the moment, two years of experience in the home economics classroom had taught Mallory that it could indeed be cleaned up in less than ten minutes.

“Depending, of course,” she muttered under her breath, “on your definition of clean!”

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