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The letter had been sent by a dead man.
There was no doubt in my mind.
Fine. There was a little doubt. Okay, a lot of doubt. Buckets of it.
But after thirteen long hours in the car during which I’d thought of very
little else, I couldn’t come up with anyone else who might have sent the
note. Not one single person, other than Alexander Bryant, who’d died
exactly a month ago yesterday.
Yesterday also happened to be when a late-summer breeze blew through
my apartment’s kitchen window and caused an unassuming envelope to fall
from the thin stack of this week’s mail on the countertop. The letter had
drifted steadily downward, soundlessly landing at my feet while I’d been
The strange thing was I didn’t remember receiving the letter. I didn’t get
much mail, so it should’ve stood out to me. But I had no recollection of the
crisp kraft brown paper envelope that had no return address. Or the way my
name and address had been hand-printed in neat letters that almost looked
machine-produced except for the unevenness of the blue ink. I definitely
didn’t remember the butterfly stamp in the upper right corner of the
envelope, the colorful sticker unmarred by an adjacent postmark too
smudged to read.
Now, as I rolled to a stop at a traffic light, waiting to turn left down a
road lined with palm trees that swayed in the breeze, I thought it extremely
odd I’d not noticed the stamp. Usually, all things animal-related captured
my attention. But I had to admit that life had been a bit of a blur since Alex
had passed away. My mind had been elsewhere, tangled up in a guilty net of
what-ifs and should-haves.
“Are you sure this is the best job choice for you?”
My mother’s voice drifted through the car’s sound system, her concern
crisp and clear.
“Only one way to find out,” I said, adjusting the volume on the
Bluetooth system. Her sharp worried tones made my ears ache.
“Ava,” she said on a sigh. “I know you’ve been a little lost this past
month, but this feels rash. You’ve always worked a computer job from
home, now suddenly you’re applying to be a caretaker?”
I’d told her a little bit about the job I was applying for, but not all. I
hadn’t told her how the position had come to my attention. Or that the job
was in Alabama. Or that I’d driven through the night to get here.
It didn’t matter that I was twenty-seven years old—she’d have thrown a
fit if she thought for a second I wasn’t taking good care of myself.
I almost hadn’t answered her call at all, but that would’ve only sent her
into a blind panic. It was better to ease her fears now, get them out of the
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