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“It,” she corrected, placing the platter down on the island. “Where will it sit? There are only six places at the dining room table,” Molly pleaded. “Relax, honey,” her husband, Aaron, cooed, accepting the wine from Virgil, appraising it, and taking it to the bar in between the kitchen and living room. “We’ll pull out a folding chair or something. Pop him in the corner.” “It.” “It. Right. Sorry,” he said, pouring out two cocktails from a pitcher. “Lindsay, does it even eat?” Carol Jasper asked in lieu of a greeting, adjusting the glasses beneath her graying bangs. “Well, of course it eats. Thanks, Aaron,” she said, taking one of the cranberry margaritas out of his hand. “It’s no longer attached to my body, so it has to sustain itself somehow. Mmm, this is excellent.” “And what have we here?” Aaron asked, nosing around Lindsay’s platter. “Grilled eggplant dip with parmesan fried pita,” Lindsay announced, unveiling the appetizer. “It’s not contagious or anything, right?” Carol pursued after everyone had crunched through several mouthfuls of eggplant, complimented Lindsay’s work, making small talk and expressing their delight that the dinner club had resumed meeting after the yearlong hiatus. “No . . .” At this point the doorbell chimed, breaking off Lindsay’s train of thought. The Johanssons and the Jaspers froze. “Shall I get it?” Lindsay asked, wrinkling her pointed nose. “Yeah, uh, make yourself at home,” Aaron said, running a hand through a tuft of his generous platinum hair. Page 57 | The Paragon Journal

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The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

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