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I slip out the door and close it softly behind me as not to wake Mom. My shoes scrape across the concrete and I pull my sweater tighter. I'm just hurrying down the stairs when I touch my pocket on instinct to check the time and the pocket is empty. My sigh is visible in the air.
I grab the freezing doorknob and push it open carefully. My phone is ringing on the island.
I stand at the doorway as my mom, wrapped in a blanket, listens to the muffled voice.
She looks at me groggily, “It’s for you.”
I stride to her, kiss her on the cheek, and walk back out the door.
“James? Good morning.”
“I’m surprised you got up so early.” I walk down the stairs and squint in the harsh light. The sky is pure white again. Rain is better than this. “What’s different about today?’
James inhales, static.
“I never slept.”
The Parlour IncidentOne day in July, I believe it was, I found myself sitting with several acquaintances in Christopher's parlour. It was one of those deliciously lazy afternoons which only the summer in her full glory can bring. The room had a wan, listless light to it, relaxing the other guests and myself as we languidly chatted over tea and crumpets. The air was also sluggishly heavy, dulling the senses to a slowly-blended calm engendered by the heat of St. Othniel's southerly climate.
At length, after much stimulating conversation, Christopher stood, producing a book of sheet music.
"What do you all say to a bit of music?" he asked.
"Certainly," I answered.
"Oh yes, please do darling!" Tabitha exclaimed, "he's quite the maestro."
Christopher laughed, shaking his head.
"Now, now love, I'd not go that far."
He strode over to the piano as the other guests urged him on. Ida entered the room bearing a merrily steaming teapot and more crumpets.
"More tea sirs?" she inquired, shooting sideways glances at her
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