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Abide with Me by Ian Ayris

By Ian Ayris

Third could, 1975. 8 yr previous John watches his liked West Ham win the cup, while while, Kenny tumbles out front door of the home contrary, blood far and wide his face.

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He had his hands in his pockets. He was looking the other way. Jessica understood. Sometimes you had to look away. RIP Florita. Twenty minutes later, Byrne and a quartet of uniformed officers entered the building and began to clear the structure. While they were inside, Jessica crossed the street to a bodega. She bought a half dozen strong coffees. When Byrne emerged from the row house, Jessica handed him a cup. The rest of the team found their coffees, and Tastykakes, on the hood of the car. ” Jessica asked.

Are you Laura A. ” Jessica asked. ” “We’d like to ask you a few questions,” Jessica said. ” The woman put a hand to her throat. She looked at a point in space somewhere between the two detectives. Her eyes were a clear sapphire. ” “No, ma’am,” Jessica said, hedging the truth. ” The woman hesitated, then seemed to relax, the tension leaving her shoulders. She nodded, and without another word opened the door fully. She gestured them inside, closed the door behind them. The apartment was blessedly cool.

The girl hesitated. She put her hands in her jacket pockets. Eve wondered what she had in there. “I just . . can’t, that’s all. ” “You don’t have to be afraid,” Eve said. ” The girl issued a humorless laugh. ” For a moment, Eve thought the girl was going to leave without another word. Then, haltingly, Cassandra said, “I’m not going back there. ” Eve studied the girl. Her heart nearly broke. The girl had the haunted look of the ever-vigilant, the ever-cautious, someone who never slept, never let down her guard.

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