Arch Patton

Down In the ValleyChapter 13

By James Strauss

  Arch took a seat next to Virginia who acted like he wasn't there, staring at her upraised menu, as if it offered something other than common island fare. Ahi and Matisse sat across from them with General DeWare holding court at one end. "Did we really come i…

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