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Evanovich Janet-Plum 00 the Plot Thickens

Evanovich Janet-Plum 00 the Plot Thickens

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T HE L A ST P E EP J an et Ev an o vi ch A S te p ha ni e P lu m s to r y F IR ST AP PE A RA NC E : On e f or th e M on ey , 1 99 4 J an et Ev an o vi ch st ru c k go l d wi t h he r l ad y b oun ty h u nt er St ep h an ie Pl um . R ea d er s a nd c r it ic s a li k e ha i le d b ot h a pp ea r an ce s o n t he s c en e w it h o pe n a rm s a nd en th u si as m . Ha v in g a pp ea r ed i n f iv e n ov e ls to d at e , St e ph an i e T hi s s to ry fi rs t a pp e ar ed in t h e Ma r y Hi g gi ns Cl ar k a nt h ol og y T he Pl ot Th ic k en s. " Oh -o h ," L u la s a id . " Th er e 's s o me th i ng c r aw li n g onme . I t hi n k it ' s bi g a nd bl ac k a nd ug ly . A nd it 's no t m y bo y fr ie n d, y o u se e w ha t I 'm sa vi n g? " L ul a i s a f or me r h oo k er t u rn ed bo un t y hu n te r i n tr a in in g . Sh el oo k s li k e Ge o rg e F or em a n wi t h ha i r by Sh ir l ey T e mp le , a nd sh e h as t h e di s po s it io n o f a ' 54 Bu ic k . Lo t s of po we r u nd e r th e h oo d , he a dl ig h ts t h e si z e of bask e tb al l s, p l us y o u ca n h ea r h er co mi n g a m il e a wa y. I d on ' t lo o k at al l l ik e G eo rg e F or e ma n. I' m m or e W on de r W om a n wi t h a B c up . I 'm th e b ou nt y h un t er w h o' s t ra in i ng L u la , b ut t h e tr u th i s , I 'm n o t ex a ct ly th e b ou nt y h un t er f r om h e ll . A y ea r a go , I b l ac km a il ed my b a il b o nd sm a n co u si n, Vi nn i e, i n to g i vi ngme t h is j o b, a n d no w I ' m go i ng o n e da y a t a t im e , ho p in g t he b a d gu y s ar e a ll ou t o f bu l le ts . " Th is is y o ur f a ul t, " L ul a s ai d . "Y o u' re th e o ne w a nt ed to s e ewh a t wa s i n t hi s d um b -a ss ce ll a r. L e t' s g o do w n th o se r i ck et y s ta i rs a n d ha v e a l oo k, yo u s ai d. Le t' s s ee if S a mm y t he S q ui rr e l is do wn th er e . An d t he n s lam t h e do o r go t c lo s ed a n d lo c ke d, an d y ou d r op y o ur d u mb f l as hl i gh t a nd c a n' t f in d i t, a n d he r e we ar e i n da r k so th ic k I c a n sm e ll i t . He r e w e ar e s ta n di ngon a di rt fl o or w i th t h in gs cr aw l in g on us ." " I to l d yo u t o b e ca r ef ul of t h e do o r! I to ld yo u t o ma k e su r e it st ay e d op e n! " " We ll , e xc u se m e , Ms . S te p ha nie P lu m ," L u la s a id . " I wa s c on c en tr a ti ng on n o t br e ak in g m y n ec k o n th e f ir s t st e p wh i ch h a pp en s t o h av e a b o ar d m is si n g. " " We s h ou ld fe el ar ou n d fo r a l igh t s wi tc h ," I sa id . " Th e re m u st b e a l i gh t s wi tc h h er e s om e pl ac e ." " I' m n ot f e el in g n ot h in g. I' m n ot p u tt in g m y h an ds to p l ac es I ca n 't s e e. " " Th en gi veme y o ur g u n. M a yb e I c an bl as t t he lo ck of f t he d o or ." " I do n 't h a ve n o g un . I 'm we ar i ng s p an de x . I' m m ak i ng a fa sh i on s t at em e nt h e re . I h av e n' t g ot n o oo m f or gu n b ul ge s . I t ho ug h t it wa s y ou r t ur n t o c ar ry th e g un ." " I di d n' t t hi nk I' d n ee d i t. I wa sn ' t pl a nn in g o n s ho ot i ng a n yo ne to da y ." " Yo w! " L ul a s aid . "T h er e' s s om e th in g j us t d ro p pe d o n me ag ai n , an d i t' s m ov i ng . S hi t! Th er e 's a n ot he r o ne . T he r e' s t hi ng s a ll ov er me , I 'm te ll i ng y o u. I be t t he y' r e sp i de rs. I b e t th i s pl a ce i s f il l ed w i th s p id er s ." " Ju st br us h t he m o ff , " I s ai d. "S pi d er s w on 't hu rt yo u. " I c ou l d be re al br av e a s l on g a s th e y we r en 't dr op p in g o nme . " Ah hh h !" L u la y e ll ed . " I h at e s pi de r s. T h er e' s n ot h in g I h at e m or e t ha n s pi d er s. Le t m e ou t o f t hi s p la ce . W he r e' s t he d o or ? W he re ' s th e f r ea ki n g do or? " T he d o or w a s at th e t op o f t he st ai r s, b u t th e d oo r w as lo ck e d. W e 'd a l re ad y t ri e d th e d oo r . " Ou tt a m y w ay ," Lu la sa id , s om e wh er e i n t he b l ac kn e ss . " I'm n ot s t ay in g d ow n h er e w it h n o s pi de r s. " S to mp , s to m p, s t om p. I co u ld h e ar h e r on th e s ta ir s . An d t he n c ra s h! T h er e w as t h e so u nd o f s pl i nt er i ng w o od an d hi n ge s p op pi n g. A n d a s ha f t of li gh t c ut th ro u gh t h e da r k. I r an up t h e st a ir s a nd a n gl ed my se l f th r ou gh th e b ro ke n d oo r . L ul a w as s p re ad - ea gl e o n h er  b a ck , o n th e f lo o r, b r ea th i ng h e av y. "I d o n' t l ik e s pi de r s, " s he s a id . " I go t a ny on m e ?" " Do n' t s ee an y. " I n al l h on e st y, I wa s n' t l oo ki n g to o c lo s el y b ecau s e my at te n ti on wa s d iv er t ed t o a p i le o f r ag s o n t he o t he r s id e o f th e r oo m . We ' d do n e a f as t , ro o m by ro om ch ec k o f t he h o us e, bu t I h ad n 't l o ok ed un der t he so il e d ma t tr es s o r k ic ke d a ro u nd i n t he cl ut t er . S om e f il th y b la n ke t s ha d b ee n T he c o ur t w an te d h im fo r f le ei n g a c ha rg e o f i nd ec e nt e x po su r e. I want e d hi m f or th e a pp re h en si o n fe e w hi c h wa s t en pe rc e nt o f h is bo nd am o un t. Lu la wa nt e d hi m f or he r s ha re of m y s ha r e. A n d so fa r a s I k no w t ha t w as t h eex t en t o f Sa m 's b e in g w an te d . He wa s a s oc i et al dr op o ut of t h e fi r st m a gn it u de . " Uh -o h ," I sa id to L u la . " Sa m' s t ur n ed u p ." L ul a o pe ne d h er ey es an d r ol led h er he ad to t h e si d e. " Y ik es ! " sh e s hr i ek ed , j um p in g t o he r f ee t . T he S q ui rr e l ha d a h o le i n t he mi dd l e of hi s f or eh e ad a n d a t oe t a g ti e d to hi s M r. H a ppy. So me o ne h a d pr i nt ed "G et a li f e" o n t he to e t ag . " Lo ok s l ik e t he Sq ui r re l f la sh e d th e w ro n g pe r so n, " L ul a s ai d . "S o me on e d id n 't l i ke h i m wa g gi ng hi s won ki e a ro u nd ." S ee me d l ik e a h i gh p r ic e t o pa y f or wo nk i e wa g gi ng . " He wa sn ' t sh o t he r e, " I s ai d . "N o b lo o d an d b ra i ns o n t he fl oo r ." " Ye ah , a nd he 's been de ad aw hi l e, " L ul a s ai d. "H e' s p re t ty s t if f. " S he to ok a cl o se r l oo k. "M os t o f h im , a ny wa y ." W e we r e in a br o ke n- d ow n, bo ar d ed -u p b un g al ow on R y ke S tr ee t i n T re nt o n, N e w Je r se y. Th e h ou se ba ck e d up to t h e Co n ra il tr ac k a nd wa s a b lo c k fr o m th e o ld Mi lp e d Bu t to n F ac t or y. Th er e w er e s cr u bb y f ie ld s o ne it he r s id e o f t he h o us e a nd b e yo nd th at mo re ab an d on ed bu ng a lo ws . V er y i so l at ed . E xc e ll en t p la c e to du m p a b od y. E ve ry o ne k n ew S a m li v ed i n t he ho us e ,an d e ve r yo ne kn ew he w a sn 't da ng e ro us . L ul a a nd I ha d n' t e xp ec t ed c o mp li c at io n s. L ul a c ut h e r ey e s si d e to si de . " Al l o f a s ud d en , t hi s h ou se is g i vi ng met h e cr e ep s. I do n 't l i ke d e ad g u ys . I e sp e ci al l y do n 't l i ke t h em wi th th ei r h ea d v en t il at e d li k e th i s. " T he re wa s a r at t le a t t he ba ck do or an d L ul a a nd I ex cha ng ed gl an c es . " Pr ob a bl y t he w i nd ," I sa i d. " I' d g o ta k e a l oo k, bu t o ne o f u s s ho ul d c al l t he po li c e ab o ut t h e bo d y. I t 's n o t th a t I' m a fr a id , o r an y th in g ,it ' s ju s t I g ot o t he r t hi n gs t o d o. " U nl ik e L ul a , I w as p e rf ec t ly w i ll in g t o a dm it I wa s s po o ke d. No w a y wa s I s t ay in g t he r e al l b y m ys el f , wa i ti ng to g e t fi tte d f or o n e of th o se t o e ta g s us i ng s o me i n no va t iv e a tt ac h me nt pr oc e ss . " I' m s ur e t he re ' s no re as o n to be a l ar me d ," I sa id . " Bu t j us t i n c as e, we 'l l b ot h c a llt h e po l ic e. " " No n e ed t o p an i c, " L ul a s ai d. " Ri gh t . No ne ed . " T he n w e wh i rl ed ar ou n d al m os t k no ck i ng e a ch o t he r o ve r t ry in g t o g et o u t th e f ro n t do o r.W e s cu t tl ed ac ro s s th e y ar d o f h ar d -p ac k ed d i rt a n d we e ds , t o my bl ac k C RX an d t oo k o ff , l ay in g r ub b er . I u su a ll y c ar ry a ce l l ph o ne , b ut t o da y i t wa s h ome , re c ha rg i ng o n m y k it ch e n co u nt er , s o w e dr o ve a r ou nd , l oo k in g f or a pl ac e t o m ak e a c a ll . I u se d t o h av e o ne o f t ho s e gi z mo s t ha t l et m y p ho n e ch a rg e i nmy ca r, bu t s om eo n e st o le i t , an d I h a dn 't ha d a c ha n ce t o g et a re p la c em en t . If it h a d be e n an em er g en cy I' d h av e s to pp e d an d r ap p ed o n a s t ra ng e r' s d oo r, bu t I d id n 't t h in k f iv e m in ut e s he r e or th er e w o ul d m at t er t o S qu ir r el . A ll t h e ki n g' s h or se s a nd al l t he k i ng 's me n w er en ' t go i ng t o p ut Sq u ir re l b ac k t og e ther ag ai n. I t ur n ed o n to S t at e S tr ee t , dr o ve t w o mo r e bl o ck s a nd f o un d a 7 -E l ev en wi th a pa y p ho n e. I pu t t he c a ll i n to p o li ce di sp a tc h, id en t if ie d m ys e lf a nd re p or te d t he bo dy . T he n L ul a a nd I re t ra ce d o ur ro ut e b a ck t o t he bu ng a lo w. A b lu e a nd wh it e w as al re a dy o n t he sc en e . Tw o u ni f or ms st oo d b es i de t h e car . On e w as Ca rl Co st a nz a. I' ve kn ow n C ar l f or tw en t y- f iv e y ea rs , e ve r s in c e ki n de rg a rt en . W he n C ar l w as ni ne he c o ul d b ur p i n ti m e to th e " St ar Sp an g le dB an ne r ." T h is w a s an ac cc m pl is h me nt I u ns uc c es sf u ll y t ri ed fo r y ea rs to e m ul at e . C ar l g av e m e hi s l on g -s uf f er in g c op lo ok . " Le t m e g ue ss , " Ca r l sa i d. " You w e re t h e on e w ho ma de th e c al l. " " Ye p. " " Is t h is t h e ri g ht h o us e? "
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" Ye p. " " We ll , I d o n' t k no w h ow t o b re a k th i s to yo u. . . bu t t he r e' s n o bo d y he r e. " " It 's la yi n g in th e l iv in g r oo m ," L u la s a id . " Yo u c an 't mi ss it . I t' s a nak e d bo d y wi t h a b ig h o le i n i ts he ad . " C ar l r oc ke d b ac k o n h is h e el s, th um b s st u ck i n h is ut il i ty b e lt . " I we n t al l t hr o ug h t he h o us e, an d t he re ' s no bo dy . "T wo h o ur s l at er , L ul a a nd I we r e ea t in g f re nc h f ri e s an d s uc k in g m il ks h ak es in t h e Mc D on al d 's l o t ju s t ou t si de ce nt e r- c it y. " I kn o w wh a t I s aw , a nd I sa wa d ea d g uy , " Lu l a sa i d. " T ha t S qu ir r el w a s de a d, d e ad , d ea d. So me o ne c a me a n d sn a tc he d t ha t b od y . An d i t w as n 't t h e po l it e t hi ng to d o e it h er , b ec au s e th a twa s o ur bo dy . W e f ou nd it , a nd i t w as ou rs . " Sh e c ra m me d s om e f ri es in to he r m ou th . " Th i s w ho le th in g i s c re ep i ng m e o ut . " I w as cr ee p ed o u t, t o o. B u t mor e th a n th a t I w as s l ac k- j aw ed an d b ug - ey ed wi th du mb f ou nd e d cu r io si t y. W h at t h e he l l ha p pe ne d t o S qu ir r el ? W e' d b ee n g on e t hi rt y m in u te s t op s. Wh y w ould so me o ne d u mp a bo dy an d t he n r em o ve i t ? " I ha d p la n s fo r m y s ha re of t h e re c ov er y f ee , " Lu l a sa i d. " I d on ' t su p po se Vi nn i e' s g on na gi ve us t h e mo n ey no w th a t so m e lo s er c a me a n d t oo k o ur b o dy ." I t se e me d u nl ik e ly s i nc e w e ha d n' t r ec ov e re d a ny th i ng . " Yo u k no w S qu ir r el ?" Lu la as ke d . " I we n t to sc ho o lwi t h hi m . He wa s f ou r y ea rs ol de r t ha n m e. St ay e d ba c k a c ou pl e t im e s an d f in a ll y d ro pp e d ou t i n j un io r h ig h . I' v e on l y s ee n h im i n p as s in g l at el y ." " He u sed t o t al k t o m e so m et im e s wh e n I w as o n t he co rn e r do i ng m y p re v io us pr of e ss io n . Us e d to ri de up o n t ha t r ic k et y r ed b i ke o f h is . B e t th a t bi k e wa s a h u ndre d y ea r s ol d ." I 'd f o rg ot t en a b ou t t he b i ke . M os t s tr ee t p eo p le n e ve r v en tu r ed f a rt he r t ha n a c o up le bl oc k s. B e ca us e S qu i rr el ha d a b ik e h e w as a b le t o l i vei n a n a ba nd o ne d h ou se an d r an ge fa r a nd w i de f o r re c re at i on al pe ep i ng . " Do y o u re m em be r s ee i ng t h e bi k e at th e h ou se ? " as k ed L u la . " No pe . T ha t b ik e was n 't t h er e. An d w e wa l ke d a ll o v er w i th t h e co p s. W e l oo k ed i n t he ba ck an d t he f r on t, an d w e lo o ke d a ll t h ro ug h t he ho u se ." W e bo t h th o ug ht ab ou t t ha t or a mo m en t. " Sq ui r re l w as n' t a b a d pe r so n, " L ul a s ai d , se r io us vo ic e d. " W as j u st t h at h i s tr a in s t op pe d a f e w fe e t fr o m th e s ta t io n. He l i ke d t o wa t ch pe opl e. L i ke d t o lo o k in be dr o om w i nd ow s a t n ig ht . A nd th en on e t hi ng wo ul d l ea d t o a no th e r, a n d pr e tt y s oo n S qu ir r el w o ul dn ' t ha v e no cl o th es on , a nd s o me tim es h e 'd g e t ca u gh t a nd g e t hi s b on y w hi t e as s h au l ed o f f to ja il . " L ul a w as r i gh t a bo ut Sq ui r re l n ot b e in g a b ad pe rs o n. H e c ou l d be da mn an no y in g. An d see in g h is no se pr es s ed a g ai ns t y ou r w in d ow a t o ne in th e m or ni n g co u ld b e s ca r y as he ll . B ut Sq ui r re l w as n' t m ea n . an d h e w as n' t v io l en t. An d I d id n 't l i ket h at s o me on e h ad ki ll e d hi m . An d , I a ls o d id n 't l i ke t h at I ' d lo s t th e b od y . Wh a t we r e th e p ol i ce g o in g t o te l l Sq u ir re l 's m o th er ? S om e on e s ai d t he y s aw y our s o n wi t h a b u ll et ho le i n h is he ad , b ut we c a n' t f in d h im . S or ry . " Th is ha s g ot te n u gl y ," I sa id to L u la . " Da mn sk ip p y. I ' m fe e li ng do wn r ig ht cr an k y ab out t h e wh o le t h in g. In f a ct , t he m o re I th in k a bo u t it , t he cr an k ie r I 'm g e tt in g . I f in i sh ed my m i lk sh a ke a n d st u ff ed th e s tr aw un de r t he li d. "W e n ee d t o fi nd Sa m ." " No t m e, " L ul a s ai d. "I 'm no t l oo ki n g fo r n o d ea d g uy . I d on ' t li k e de a d gu y s. " " I th o ug ht yo u h ad p l an s f or t h e re c ov er y m on e y. " " We ll , n ow that I th i nk a b ou t i t I g ue ss de ad gu ys ar en ' t so ba d. At l e as t t he y d on 't sh oo t a t y ou ." U su al l y, I re li e d on th e b on d a gr ee m en t t o pr o vi de so me le ad s . In th isca se it w a sn 't mu ch he lp . S qu i rr el ' s br o th er , B ru c e, h a d pu t u p t he bo nd to g e t Sq u ir re l o ut of j a il . B ru ce wo rk e d at th e p or k r ol l f ac to r y an d w as an o k ay gu y, b u t I d id n' t t hi n k he kn ew mu ch mo re th an we di d a bo ut Sq ui r re l. Sq ui r re l w as a br ot h er w h o li v ed o n t he fr in g e. H e w as a th i rt y M yr a S mu li n sk i h ad f ile d t he i n de ce n t ex p os ur e c ha r ge . I k ne w M yr a , an d I k n ew S q ui rr e l mu s t ha v e ma d e a r oy al nu is a nc e o f hi m se lf fo r M yr a t o c al l t he p o li ce . M yr a l iv e s onRo os e ve lt , i n t he h e ar t o f th e b ur g . An d m os t ly S q ui rr e l is to le r at ed in t h e bu r g. A f te r a ll , t ha t' s w h er e h e wa s b or n a nd th at ' s wh e re h i s fa m il y s ti ll li ve s .T he b u rg i s a t i gh t T re nt o n ne i gh bo r ho od of s e co nd - a nd th ir d -g en e ra ti o n It a li an s , Hu n ga ri a ns a n d Ge r ma ns . I t' s r ou g hl y s ha pe d l ik e a p i ec e o f pi e , an d i t exi st s o nl y i n t he m i nd s o f it s r es i de nt s . W in do w s ar e k ep t c le a n. N u mb er s r un n er s n ev er mi ss ma ss . A nd at a n e ar l y ag e , me n l ea r n to ch an g e th e ir o w n oi l in t he a l le ys an d s in gl e c a r de t ac he d g ar a ge s t ha t h un ke r a t t he b a ck o f t he i r lo t s. L ik e S qu ir r el , I w as bo rn in t h e bu r g an d l iv e d th e re m o st o f m y l if e. Four ye ar s a go , a t a ge t w en ty - si x , I m ov ed in to an a p ar tm e nt b e yo nd bu rg bo un d ar ie s . Ph y si ca l ly I ' m at th e c or ne r o f S t. J a me s a nd D u nw or t h. M e nt al l y, I susp e ct I ' ll a l wa y s be an ch o re d i n th e b ur g . Th i s is an a d mi ss i on t h at c a us ed my s p hi nc t er m u sc le to t i gh te n i n t er ro r t ha t s om e da y I 'l l t ur n i nt o m y m ot he r . Is ho v ed t h e la s t fr e nc h f ry i n to m y m ou t h an d c ra n ke d t he e n gi ne ov er . " I t hi nk we s h ou ld vi si t m y g ra nd m a Ma z ur ," I to l d Lu l a. " I f th e re ' s an y th in g g oi n gth r ou gh th e b ur g r um or mi ll ab ou t S am Fr an c o, G r an dm a M az u r wi l l kn o w. " G ra nd m a Ma z ur m o ve d i n wi t h my pa re n ts t w o ye a rs a g o wh e n my gr an d pa w e ntt o h is fi na l l ar d -e n ri ch e d, a l l- yo u -c an - ea t b re ak f as t b ar i n t he sk y. Gr an d ma i s p ar t o f a c ha i n of bu rg wo me n w ho ma ke th e i nt er n et l o ok l i ke c h um p c ha nge w he n i t c om es to t h e i nf or m at io n h ig h wa y. M y mo t he r o pe ne d t he do or to L u la a n d me . S he ' d ne v er m e t Lu l a, a n d sh e w as ma ki n g a g oo d e ff or t n ot to l ook d a ze d a t se e in g a h ug e b lo n d- h ai re d b la c k wo m an w e ar in g b ri l li an t a zu r e ey e s ha d ow s p ec kl e d wi t h si l ve r s pa rk l es , s ho ck i ng p i nk s p an de x s ho r ts a n d a poi so n g re e n sp a nd e x ta n k to p , st a nd in g o n h er p o rc h. Gr an d ma w a s jo c ke yi n g fo r p os i ti on be si d e my mo th e r an d w as n 't n e ar ly so c i rc um s pe ct . " Ar e y ou a Ne gr o ?" G r an dm a a sk e d Lu l a. " I d id n 't k n ow N e gr oe s c ou l d ha v e ye l lo w h ai r. " " Ho ne y , we ca n h av e a ny c o lo r h ai r w e da m n we l l wa n t to ha ve . I 'v e g ot yell o w ha i r be c au se bl on d es h a ve m o re f u n. " " Hm m, " G ra n dm a s ai d, "m ay b e I n ee d t o ma k e my ha ir bl on d . I c ou ld us e s om e f un ." M y fa t he r w as i n t he li vin g ro o m wi t h hi s n os e p re s se d t o th e s po r ts s e ct io n . He mu mb l ed a fe w w or ds ab ou t m y g ra nd m ot he r h av i ng f u n on th e m oo n a nd su nk lo we r i n h is c h ai r. " I've go t a c ou p le b i g th i ck s t ea ks fo r s up pe r ," m y m ot h er s a id . " An d I m ad e a c a ke ." " We c a n' t s ta y, " I t o ld m y m ot h er . " I ju s t st o pp ed ar ou n d to se e i f yo u'd h e ar d a ny th i ng a b ou t S am my Fr an c o. " " Wh at ab ou t h im ? " Gr a nd ma wa nt e d to kn ow . " Ar e y ou lo ok i ng f o r hi m ? Is th is a ca s e yo u 'r e o n? " " He g o t ar r este d f or in de c en t e xp os u re a g ai n a nd d i dn 't sh ow up f o r hi s h ea r in g. " " I kn e w he go t a rr es t ed ," Gr an d ma s a id . " Po or My ra di dn ' t ha v e no ot he r c ho i ce . S hes a id h e w as al wa y s in he r b ac ky a rd . S ai d h e tr a mp le d h e r ma r ig ol d s in t o th e g ro u nd ." " An d t ha t' s i t? Th at ' s al l y ou ' ve h e ar d? " " Is t h er e m or e? " " Sa mm y's b e en s h ot . S om eo n e ki l le d h im ." G ra nd m a su c ke d i n ai r . "N o ! Ho w t er r ib le ! " M y mo t he r m ad e t he s i gn o f t he cr os s . My fa th e r we n t ve r y st i ll i n h is chai r . I t ol d t he m t he wh ol e t hi n g. " I sa w a T V s ho w o nc e o n b od y s na tc h er s, " G ra n dm a s ai d. "T he re as o n th e y wa n te d t he b o di es wa s s o th e y co u ld e a t th eir b r ai ns . " " Do n' t m ea n t o d is re s pe ct th e d ea d, " L ul a s ai d , "b u t th o se s n at ch e rs w o ul dn ' t ma k e mu c h of a me a l on ol ' S qu ir r el ." G ra nd m a sl i d he r u pp e rs ar ou nd so me wh il e s he th ou g ht . " Ma yb e i t w as o n e of Sq ui r re l' s r el a ti ve s t ha t c am e a nd go t h im . M ay be he 's do wn s ta i rs a t S ti v a' s o n on e o f t he m g ro ov e d ta b le s. " S ti va wa s t he b u rg u n de rt a ke r o f ch o ic e, an d h is m o rt ua r y wa s t he so ci a l hu b o f G ra nd m a' s u ni ve r se . S he r e ad t h e ob i ts l i ke o t he r p eo pl e r e ad t h e mov ie s e ct io n .
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