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Annie reached down and picked up one of Steffy’s stuffed bears. She held it in front of her and turned it this way and that. “Mr. Bear wants to play with you,” she said. The baby reached for the bear and she handed it to her, then eased her onto the floor. Annie stood up, slipped on her coat, and picked up her pocketbook. “Thank you,” she said. I stood to walk her to the door, but she waved me off. “I can find my way out,” she said. “I’m impressed,” I replied. _______

The house was big, a 4,500 square foot custom-built contemporary. It had granite counters, stainless steel appliances, a SubZero refrigerator, a wine cellar, a marble bath with a soaking tub and Swedish shower, a master bedroom suite to die for, heated indoor and outdoor salt water pools, a gym, a billiards room, and a library. I bought it after I made a killing in the stock market. We also had a small guesthouse out back for the nanny. Actually, it was an in-law apartment with a fireplace and a loft, custom made closets, a flat screen TV, and a skylight. It had a whirlpool tub and steam shower. The windows overlooked the baby’s playground and one of our gardens. Jane’s parents were supposed to stay there when they visited, but they never did. _______

Annie moved in two weeks to the day we hired her. She drove up to the guesthouse in a Honda Accord and started to unload her stuff. She brought very little with her. Just a couple of suitcases, a laptop computer, a cello, a box of music and a - 77 -

The Fine Line Issue 3  

The Fine Line presents its third compilation of art, fiction and poetry by contributors Francis Raven, Michael Young, Dorothee Lang, Raj Sha...

The Fine Line Issue 3  

The Fine Line presents its third compilation of art, fiction and poetry by contributors Francis Raven, Michael Young, Dorothee Lang, Raj Sha...

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