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A Couple Paragraphs from Chapter Seven


Here are a couple paragraphs from Chapter Seven of my novel-in-progress, Taking Stock. Other excerpts are located here and here.

With just 94 days left before the human race is seared from the universe like a gnat caught in a wildfire I go into Spend Easy, to work the same shift I’ve been working since July, to find Gilbert in the middle of a rare bout of work. He’s zipping back and forth between the aisles and the warehouse. He doesn’t say hi, doesn’t even make eye contact. He’s reminding me of Casey a little bit.

Our uniforms changed recently—no longer the yellow of sun shining down on steaks sizzling on the barbecue bought on special from your local Spend Easy, smiled upon by you and your family in eager anticipation. Now we’re wearing long-sleeved collared shirts, the white of snow, Spend Easy’s red and green logo scrawled in tiny script over our hearts. Now is the time to stock up, solemn-faced, for winter, in case it doesn’t end.

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