by Leigh Michaels
Published by Leigh Michaels at Smashwords
Copyright 2010 Leigh Michaels
First published 1993
All rights reserved
Cover illustration copyright 2010 Michael W. Lemberger
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It was such a perfect Indian-summer morning that on the spur of the moment Rachel decided to walk to work.
The October breeze was just crisp enough to make her glad she’d pulled her new wool suit out of the closet this morning. But the sun was shining, giving an extra glitter to the red and gold and yellow of the trees lining the quiet residential streets of Lakemont.
The few leaves that had already fallen made a satisfying crunch beneath Rachel’s feet. Another floated down from a maple tree as she passed and alighted in her hair, a bright yellow accent against her dark copper curls.
On a lawn nearby, half a dozen children had scraped together a big pile of leaves, and they were jumping into it with abandon. For one instant, Rachel thought about joining them, but then she shook her head with a smile.