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    “When you said food and drinks were waiting at home, I pictured a yuppie palace, the way you were talking. I wasn’t expecting this.”

    “No, the Roseate is no yuppie palace, but she is lean and acrobatic as a tern and handles like a dream. She’s small, but I think you’ll find her comfortable.”

    “You live here?”

    “When Hal and I split up, he took the house and I took the Roseate and I’ve never regretted it.”

    “Hal. Harlan, Harlan Harrison. You married Harlan.”

    “Yes. No. He’s Harlan Hardan, not Harrison. He was a very handsome boy, the tall dark silent stranger type. Just the opposite of Billy Owens. He lived next door to Billy Owens and was his best friend until he moved away in 4th grade. He came back half-way through our Junior year. Long story.”

    “You had a crush on Billy.”

    “We all did.” She opened a drawer under the counter. “Look, our yearbook. The Outcrop. 1964. That was a long time ago. Here’s Harlan. Billy’s, here. I have post-its marking the places.” She handed the book to Dana.

    “Oh my God!” Dana screeched and put her hand to her heart. She closed her eyes and looked away from the book. Then she looked back. She blanched white; blood drained out of her face.

    “What is it?” Peggy asked, sounding alarmed.

    “I knew a boy who looked just this, and his name was Harlan Harrison. I can’t believe this.” She let out her breath. “I was confusing the name; I also would confuse the face. I read somewhere that everyone has a double. Maybe Ami is mine, but she doesn’t have nearly the identical name. Your Harlan is like a doppelgänger for my Harlan. Or maybe vice versa—it’s eerie.” She flipped ahead to the page marking Billy Owens.

    “‘Billy, the most likely to drown at sea.’ What the heck is this? Was this taken and written after his death? This is sick.”

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    Small terrors: I am writing this novel bit by bit as I go along here. This becomes very frightening when I do not know what's going to happen next.

    Links for Cowbird installments of Serial Novel Hopeful, Discovery at Little Hog Island. I apologize. Life keep getting out of hand and I behind again with the links. WIll try to get caught up. The installment links ONLY lead BACK TO COWBIRD!! I am not selling anything, just trying to make it possible to read the serial novel ON COWBIRD from wherever you come in.

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