Arch Patton

DOWN IN THE VALLEY Chapter 12

By James Strauss

  Peeling the duct tape from Virginia's face was like peeling skin from the surface of a Kiwi fruit. Virginia said nothing. Her eyes spoke for her and there was as much warmth in them as there is warmth emanating from the bottom of blue glacier ice. "There," Arch announced…

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