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Toil, Hamar, Trouble

Doubtful Joy—Part 1

Nought’s had, all’s spent,
Where our desire is got without content:
’Tis safer to be that which we destroy
Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.
—Macbeth III.ii

I had work to do. I’d been so caught up in sleeplessness, office politics, and relational bliss for the past 30 hours that I’d not yet examined the results of my search for the cyber-bully. Once Cali left my office to go to rehearsal, I settled in with my laptop and transferred control to the tower at my office. Working at the office has advantages since I have a lot more computing power there.

I pulled the drapes in the office and turned out the lights. I cranked up Alice in Chains and started following my leads. It wasn’t quite as dark as the apartment, but the level of adrenaline I felt pumping through my veins as I plunged into Philanthropolis was enough to block out all distractions. …

Chapter 13 of For Toil and Trouble is now posted in two parts.

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