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Holly’s head bobbed from side to side with the rhythm of her story. Glazing over her childhood and collegiate exploits, she narrated her marriage, her divorce, and the laid back life she had carved out for herself as an associate profession of photography at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was during her time…

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CHAPTER 3 The Low Country coast dissolved in the rear view as Trainer and Holly headed inland on a road that snaked through the tall southern pines of the Francis Marion Nation Forrest. Wanting to give the Thing a chance to acclimate to motion, Trainer worked his way towards the interstate at speeds well below…

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Once Holly was beyond earshot, Trainer spoke. “I’m guessing that was the favor you mentioned.” Captain Bob nodded. “Not sure hauling a stranger across the country falls in the favor category. And she’s already packed? You sure had confidence I would take her along.” “I wasn’t worried, I knew you’d do the right thing –…

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Trainer turned from the rear of the Thing where he was battening down the top to see the Captain wheeling towards him. But instead of the man’s voluntary geriatric go-cart and wondrous salutation, Trainer focused on the woman walking along the port side of the Captain’s ship. Far too attractive for the ramshackle marina, much…

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Returned to the shrimp shack, Trainer pulled together a small duffle of clothes, which included a suit and dress shirt from his former life. From the cluttered bookshelf, he retrieved a cigar box and raised the lip. The box was brimming with two neat stacks of hundred dollar bills atop of dozen or so un-cashed…

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Betsey returned in short order, brining Trainer’s breakfast along with a cup of coffee for Captain Bob. “You boys all set?” “Sure enough, Bets, assuming, that is, that Train here pick up my coffee.” “Wait,” smirked Trainer, “weren’t you just asking me if I was good to go on cash?” “Yeah, and you didn’t answer.”…

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The shake of Trainer’s head was despondent. “Come on,” encouraged Bob. “It’s easier than you think.” “No, it’s not.” Trainer’s response was adamant, as were his eyes which were now trained on Bob. “I can’t fly, because I’m not supposed to leave the county, much less the state, without authorization. And looking at the timeframe,…