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The Marriage of True Minds by Stephen Evans {An Excerpt}

The Marriage of True Minds by Stephen Evans {An Excerpt}

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If you like screwball comedies, like Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday, then you’ll love The Marriage of True Minds!

Often laugh-out-loud funny, with bright wit and brilliant machine-gun dialogue, The Marriage of True Minds sweetly explores modern love, undying idealism, and one cracked partnership that can’t be sundered—from without or from within.

If you like screwball comedies, like Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday, then you’ll love The Marriage of True Minds!

Often laugh-out-loud funny, with bright wit and brilliant machine-gun dialogue, The Marriage of True Minds sweetly explores modern love, undying idealism, and one cracked partnership that can’t be sundered—from without or from within.

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Publish date: May 1, 2008
Added to Scribd: Mar 11, 2013
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CHAPTER 1
 Alteration
MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE 
, June 11
Local barrister Nicholas Ward was arrested yesterday for releasing more than 100 live lobsters into the indoor pool at the mayor’s mansionin Minneapolis.Mr. Ward, formerly a prominent environmental attorney and founding  partner of the local firm Ward and Grant, allegedly persuaded 12 Minneapolis grocery stores to donate the lobsters by claiming that thecrustaceans were the rightful property of endangered Hawaiian monk seals. The seals, Mr. Ward reportedly explained, are currently on theendangered species list because humans are stealing their lobsters. At Mr. Ward’s request, Department of Public Works employees filled the mayor’s pool with non-chlorinated saltwater and more than 100 blocks of ice. Unnamed sources at the department confirmed that Mr.Ward convinced them the mayor was having a beach party. The ice, heclaimed, represented the effects of global warming on arctic  populations.Once the lobsters were safely deposited in the mayor’s pool, Mr.Ward summoned the media. During the ensuing lecture, he defended his actions by citing at length numerous obscure judicial precedents. Hethen made his getaway in a chauffeured stretch limousine,accompanied by a gray-and-white sheepdog puppet.No charges have been filed, pending a psychiatric evaluation.
 
 
CHAPTER 2 
 
Impediments
 After the divorce, Lena had thought Nick was just going through anunderstandable period of mourning. She had been certain he wouldsnap out of it eventually. And he had, just not in the way anyone hadexpected.Lena stepped alone onto an elevator in the Wells Fargo Building indowntown Minneapolis. For forty-four floors, visions of ambulances, firedepartments, and SWAT teams danced in her head. She had been outof town for three days. That was more than enough time for disaster tostrike again.On the forty-fifth floor, Lena rushed out of the elevator and sped downthe corridor. At the end of the hallway, she stopped and performed her ritual invocation, running her fingers across the raised letters on thesign:W
 ARD AND
G
RANT
  A
TTORNEYS AT
L
 AW
 She dashed past the reception area and fled into her private officewithout speaking to her assistant, Sharon, who quickly followed her in.The office furniture was a cool mixture of glass and steel, with severalsmall exceptions: on the shelves behind the desk, stuffed animalsroamed a law-book jungle. Most were elephants, ranging from just a fewinches in height to nearly a foot.Lena moved behind her desk and sat, gripping the cool edge withboth hands, steadying herself for the news.“Welcome back,” Sharon began.“Just tell me,” Lena replied.“How was the conference?”

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