Stephen J. Schrader

Published by Foremost Press at Smashwords

Copyright © 2006 Stephen J. Schrader

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This work is dedicated to the person who taught me what it is to not just be a man but to be a good man, my father.


Dortmunder leaned back in the creaking chair and sighed. While still tall, his once broad and well-formed shoulders were stooped and his once tanned complexion had faded to a sallow shade just the tan side of jaundiced yellow. He rubbed his sunken, blood-shot eyes with the back of a grimy, soot-stained hand. After taking a moment to glare at the water dripping into the bucket on one corner of the table, he tiredly shuffled the dirty, water-stained papers on the table that was doubling as his desk before nodding to the next petitioner to enter.

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