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By Daniel Betts

© Copyright 2011 Daniel Betts

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ISBN: 978-0-9867940-0-1

For Brandon, Jillian and Logan

Chapter One

A city stands against a veil of darkness. Towers and spires rise up from grey synthetic ground in stark defiance of the natural world. The city’s bright yellow lights cause the few clouds floating above to glow ominously while dimming the stars in patches of velvet sky.

Walking the streets, the dwellers ignore the night and move about as if it were day. Honking horns, sirens, and low flying aircraft create a din that only seasoned dwellers have learned to ignore. Walking among them, a lone figure, dressed in a long black leather jacket and black felt fedora, is clearly an outsider, but the dwellers are as indifferent to his presence as they are to each other. He is tall and thick. His heavy dress shirt, black jeans, and leather-hiking boots are as worn as his grim face. His dark eyes are filled with hurt and pain. He walks with even purposeful strides and stares ahead toward his objective ignoring those around him.

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