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Spoiled for Choice UNDER THE HOMOGENIZED SKY, she stepped back from the fir tree which had taken on a menacing air, however a tree might do that, assuredly only in her mind. A mind that rattled and skittered and paused and picked up steam. Usually she felt at her best in the great outdoors but today, with that bland sky that might have been artificial and this tree which loomed ominously -- those two things disrupted her comfort zone. But she hesitated to return indoors, into the big, old creaky house of echoes which she’d inherited and was clueless about turning into cold, hard cash, which she needed. It was in disrepair, this house, and located where few would chose to live. The term godforsaken was apt. In other words, it would be a hard sell. Insane asylum, boot camp for juvenile delinquents, hermitage for a self-sufficient, independently wealthy writer of true crime? A home for a Miss Haversham? How to advertise for such? The ordinary real estate agent would not be interested, not have the sort of connections necessary for such a unique venture. She peered again at the tree. It looked less menacing. She decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. It was, after all, naturally on guard and she was the interloper, unfamiliar, might possibly be planning an excavation of the entire area for a glittery casino. In truth, she was just a confused young woman. It would be some time before any changes would be made, if they would. The tree might live a long and undisturbed life until nature took its course. In the meantime she would heat some soup and curl into her sleeping bag on the front porch and try to stay awake long enough to see the stars – there must be multitudes here. 44

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