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Chapter Twelve (Original)

Chapter Twelve – Just Another Day, Take Two 2020, Post-Pulse Seattle, Washington – Present Day Minutes earlier… Max entered the shipyard unhindered. She’d plied the guard dogs with some raw steak she stole on the way. It never hurt to be prepared and her foresight had proven helpful. The dogs were chewing away happily and she was inside. She heard Logan through the earpiece. “Okay, Max. Let me know when...

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Chapter Eleven (Original)

Chapter Eleven – Just Another Day 2020, Post-Pulse Seattle, Washington – Present Day Max stopped short. She heard a heated conversation coming from the kitchen. Best not to enter before hearing what was being said. The cautionary inner voice told her to tread carefully. Asha was arguing with Logan. “I refuse to stay in the same house with her, Logan! She’s an animal! She could have killed me last night! Don’t...

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Chapter Ten (Original)

Chapter Ten – Reemergence 2020, Post-Pulse Seattle, Washington – Present Day Max slipped into the penthouse undetected. She’d spent the night up on the Space Needle and the entire day hanging out with Kendra. Facing Logan again after her outburst the day before was not something she looked forward to. And so she’d dragged the time out as long as she could, avoiding him. If she admit it to herself, she had been hiding...

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Chapter Nine (Original)

Chapter Nine – Contemplations 2018, Post-Pulse Seattle, Washington – Long Term Mission From Manticore X5-714 and X5-664 sat at the table and studied the men entering the room. They had been sent in undercover by Manticore under orders from Directors Renfro and Lydecker. It was strange; their mission parameters differed. 714 had been told to listen carefully to what was being discussed at the meeting, while 664 was told to study...

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Chapter Eight (Original)

Chapter Eight – Nightmares 2018, 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington – Manticore Facility A young man with sad, hazel eyes dulled and hollow from pain, lay back on his bunk staring at the ceiling of his cell. His perfectly sculpted body was lean from lack of food and his full lips, a high contrast to the rest of his appearance, were twisted in concentration. His hair and face were damp from perspiration and tears. The mission...

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Chapter Seven (Original)

Chapter Seven – Unravelling the Past 2020, Post-Pulse Seattle, Washington –  Present Day They sat down to a dinner of pasta, salad, roast chicken and pre-pulse wine. Max couldn’t get over the size of Logan ’s wine collection. There must be over 200 bottles. She thought as she watched him withdraw one from the huge pantry and carefully read the label, only to return it to its place and pick up another. I’ll never get...

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