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young and would walk through town with my parents, staring up at the old mansions in town, wondering what kind of charmed secrets and luxuries were hidden inside. It was the kind of house that I imagined would bring happiness to the people who lived there simply by being so beautiful. “$210,000,” Jack said. I slowly closed my eyes and bit down hard on my lip, trying to stifle my next bid. It didn’t work. “$220,000,” I said, my voice barely above a whisper. Jack gave a low whistle. “You’re out of your league, Alex.” “Not the first time I’ve heard that, but thanks,” I said. My eyes darted around wildly, half-hoping someone else would outbid me. But the bid remained and the auctioneer said, “Sold! For $220,000 to Alex Proctor.” “Good luck, kiddo. You’re going to need it,” Jack said, giving me a conciliatory pat on the shoulder. “Not a chance,” I said, but the panic began to bubble in my stomach as I slowly walked over and handed over the funds in cashier’s checks. I hoped we didn’t find anything unusual in the house, or else my profit margin on the project would be nonexistent. A fruitless endeavor filled with dirt, sweat, and rodents. “Here ya go. All yours,” the clerk said as she unceremoniously pushed a key in my direction. I held it in my hand and took a deep breath. It will all be worth it, I told myself. This is something I’ve always wanted to do. And when I was done, the house would host a family, through good times and bad. They would walk to the lake and appreciate the way it seemed crystal clear, even during the summer season, when boats churned through the water like a thousand duck feet. The house would become a home again. “Mom, does your new house have spiders in it?” My daughter Abby looked at me, her dark blue eyes narrowed in suspi-

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