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Toil, Hamar, Trouble

False Face, False Heart

Away, and mock the time with fairest show:
False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
—Macbeth I.vi

Wednesday morning I had an appointment to keep. I’d almost got used to getting up and shaving, then heading to the office at 8:00. This time it was my own office up on 15th. I had a room and a half in a war-era house rezoned for commercial use. My co-tenants included a two children’s counselors and an accountant. One of the counselors specialized in testing and study habits for ADD and similar learning disabilities. Most of the kids I saw come through here were bright but couldn’t focus in school. I still hadn’t figured out if the accountant had any clients than his three rental mates. We shared the front waiting area. I had the back office and most immediate access to the kitchen. The other three each had one room on the second floor. It was a nice setup, but we were all waiting for our landlord to announce that the building would be torn down to make way for a real office building.

I liked the space….

This is Chapter 7 and you can read the full draft daily at For Toil and Trouble, my 2011 NaNoWriMo.

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