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The High Road, Part OnePart 1
Adam J. Thaxton
March 04, 2007
The rain cheered and roared as an arena crowd as Chesstree fumbled with a set of rusted keys, some green with copper flakes and others simply cold and wet. Streamers of water ran down her dark riding coat and fogged the lenses of her archery glasses, perched on her forehead, since the shade brought by the dark clouds overhead obscured the blinding suns light. Her slick, dark violet skin shimmered with water droplets in the light of eternal street lamps, and her red eyes searched the shape of the doors lock and quickly jerked back down to the keys in her hand.
The scent of tar and steam from the previously sun-baked streets rose out over the
dim evening, mingling with the raw smell of fish that peppered the docks. She fumbled once more with the keys in her hand, finally resting on what seemed to be the proper one, and a sharp click met her twitching ears. She looked up, watching the door open.
Who are you? an old man whistled
LightbulbBruel counted himself lucky that he was able to find an apartment where he did, so far into the city and on the twentieth floor of a high-rise. Everything he needed could be found there, from the television to the couch to his great collection of books both new and old. Everything that is, except milk. One couldnt quite think without a good glass of milk. That was, after all, the reason he was going out.
He ran through his head a list of all-night stores that would carry milk. After great deliberation and thought, he decided on Frappes convenience store across from Antonios tailor shop on 34th street.
He gathered his coat and hat, placing the coat on over his suit, taking care to avoid putting his hat on as he walked down the hallway toward the elevator at the end. He nodded a friendly goodbye to Ms. Stonewall as she left the small lift heading back to her home at the far end of the hall. Stepping lightly and with a smile, he entered the elevator himself and patiently
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