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knowingly. A fleck of cheese sauce landed on her white dress and she immediately dabbed it off with her napkin, a frown on her face. I glanced down at my own clothes—cargo pants stained with old primer, plaster dust, and wood stain, and a T-shirt I had owned since high school. Her fingertips sparkled with glittery nail polish as she folded her napkin, while my own fingers were rough and chapped from too much time spent pulling glaze off old windows and grouting subway tile. I stood up and began to collect the plates from the table, stacking them haphazardly in the sink. My dishwasher had broken a month ago and I still hadn’t found a replacement. With a stack of ever-growing bills on the entryway table, I needed to fix up the Maple Street house quickly, and get it on the market. Buyers for vintage homes in the area were a special breed. I figured it might take some time to find the right fit—someone who not only wanted an older home, but who would take care of it and appreciate it rather than bringing in someone like Jack Sullivan to start ripping out what they didn’t have the vision to understand. Most importantly, it had to be someone who lived here. Someone who wanted to live here, year-round. A truly elusive requirement: a resident. I had lived in Geneva Lake my entire life, watching the ebb and flow of tourists during the summer season between Memorial Day and Labor Day. They packed the downtown area, spent tourist dollars on T-shirts and bumper stickers, seemed to forget all basic rules of the road when driving on Highway 50 into town, and crossed every street like they dared the residents to hit them. Honestly, I had been tempted more than once. “Can we play outside?” Abby asked. She looked down at her white eyelet dress. “After I change.” I nodded and she scampered down the hallway to her bedroom, where I had set down her pink suitcase as I did each time

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