A. Sparrow

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 by A. Sparrow, All Rights Reserved

To Alex

Chapter 1: Monrovia

The harmattan had come and robbed the sky of its blue and its stars. The sinking sun, reduced to a fuzzy red orb, shimmered over a sea of zinc roofing. Even now, in the depths of dry season, the air was a dank and fetid sponge, pungent with wood smoke and burning plastic. Shadows of dead palms stretched like talons. Every surface, every child was coated in dust.

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