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Rubicon -- A Short Story Collection

Jacquelyn Smith

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 Jacquelyn Smith

Cover design by Jacquelyn Smith

Stock images: Stock images: Stock images: “COLLECTION OF BORDER AND CORNER DESIGN” by Nspals, “SMART DAGGER” by Sibrikov

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The Unclean

Jared was late. He cursed as he weaved his way through the back streets of the city, hoping the shortcut would get him to his destination in time. He dodged a cart filled with fish, pushed by a swarthy man from the docks. The man stumbled, overturning his wares onto the cobblestones. Jared hiked up his blue mage robes to step around the slimy mess, dead fish eyes staring up at him. He tried his best to breathe through his mouth. The air reeked of fish and garbage. The man shook his raised fist and yelled after him. Jared ignored him and ran on.

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