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hospital cafeteria and her story of living across the street from Mercy. He’d scrawled her name across an earlier page of the book: Camilla Prentiss. 268 lewis shiner He turned to a new page and let her face completely fi ll it, blanking his mind so the details would come on their own. At fi rst he worked in his usual clear, strong lines, then suddenly found himself using the side of the lead and blending it with his fi ngers, picking out highlights with a corner of his eraser. It got to be eight o’clock. On the freeway outside his window, red taillights shrank and faded into the cold and dark. Denise was probably wondering where he was. Or maybe she wasn’t, which was enough to keep him from calling. He phoned Southwest Airlines instead. They had his luggage and off ered to send someone out with it. He told them he would pick it up himself. He stopped on the way to the airport for a sandwich, parked in the multistory lot by Terminal A, and got his luggage at the service desk. Then, without conscious plan, he stopped by the
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