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Alexis! ” her mother said. ” Alex went on undaunted. “And before she started making the space pilots’ food she made energy bars for bomber pilots. She gave me one. It’s got coffee and raisins in it. ” John made a noise. Alex was delighted; she’d got to him. She was always fighting for a place in the conversation. “Why she’s telling you this stuff, I can’t imagine,” John said, “but if she’s for real and you ever see her again find out why we want to go up there in the first place. It’s empty!

Alex gently pushed her mother’s hand away. She felt a cautious tenderness for her, as if her mother were a delicate china cup. “It’s time for you to act more ladylike, Alexis, pay more attention to your schoolwork, start music lessons, and dress more carefully. Skirts. ” “I’m not,” Alex protested, “but I don’t want to do that other stuff. ” “No, Alexis,” her mother said. ” Alex lurched away. “What do you mean? Mrs. King had us read about this woman who flew alone across the Atlantic. They called Earhart a tomboy too, but she wasn’t.

Stuart put his finger to his lips and pointed upstairs. The policeman continued in a whisper. ” Stuart frowned and nodded slowly. “He says he’s an orphan,” the officer went on. ” “I’ll take care of it,” Stuart said finally in a quiet voice. ” “He’s our son, and I never hung him from anything,” Stuart said. “So now, officer, it’s late, and you’ve got other things to do. I appreciate your help. ” With that, he eased the man out. Chuck started talking fast as the door shut. “I wanted to see if I could feel the broadcast.

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