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Leafing through the remaining heap, he came to rest at the second to last piece, a worn envelope readdressed twice over. He noticed the original postmark, which was weeks stale, but it was the opposite corner of the envelope that snared his full attention. Sublette County School District 1000 Wind River Road Pinedale, WY 82941…

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Consisting of a couple dozen moorings and slips, a gas dock, dated boatlift, maintenance hangar, and a hub of a main building, the marina was a sleepy facility infrequently used by weekend warriors, sailing club members, and a few old salty regulars. Trainer coasted by the familiar cars scattered across the other otherwise desolate parking…

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Trainer rinsed the viscous mud from his shins and feet before climbing aboard setting out. He paddled through a small tidal creek and emerged into a small bay, where the current was dictated by the tides. He kept his paddle from the water and drifted with the hour’s current. With fingers running through the brackish…

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The roughhewn pine shanty had been built a half-century prior by a Gullah family of fishermen and shrimpers. It the had changed hands several times over in the subsequent decades, and in recent years until Trainer took up residency, was used sparingly has a fishing retreat for a trio of brothers out of Charleston. The…

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CHAPTER 2 The dilapidated dock, bleached gray by the Carolina sun and battered by the low country weather, spanned the puff mud and green sweet grass meadow as it bridged the shore and tidal creek. The dock also hosted Trainer, who sat at the end, as he had for the better part of an hour.…

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Hank fell into formation and followed Trainer from the stage. The two snaked their way around the arena’s underbelly, all the while, Hank angled to placate the star before he met his fans. “Remind me to get copies of the dailies to you and Laura. I took a peak at the monitors during the show…

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Hank’s right fist was still clenched in victory when Trainer arrived at his side. He praised his friend with childish exuberance. “Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. You nailed it, Train. I mean it. Looked great, sounded great, was great. The whole thing, top to bottom, fantastic.” Despite Hank’s babbling exaltation and the fading applause from the other…