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In Those Last Days Before the War

In Those Last Days Before the War

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Published by Jon Thorpe
As war looms, Cabris, an attorney, and his wife, an editor at a literary journal, spend a few uneasy days constructing final memories in their home city before Cabris takes over as dean of a law school in the Periphery.
As war looms, Cabris, an attorney, and his wife, an editor at a literary journal, spend a few uneasy days constructing final memories in their home city before Cabris takes over as dean of a law school in the Periphery.

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Published by: Jon Thorpe on May 30, 2010
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In Those Last Days Before the War 
by Jon Thorpe
 
I.Approximately two years before the death of his wife, and following extensive andstressful rounds of interviews and callbacks, Cabris, a
er a good deal of struggle and thought,
nally acquiesced and accepted the o
ff 
er to become the dean of a highly regarded college of lawin a rather charmless port city in the Periphery. And while Cabris’ wife never complained aboutthe upcoming move, for she truly believed the deanship would serve as an important stepping stone in Cabris’ career, she did quietly resent being uprooted from their rather full and satisfying life in the Metropole.“I suppose I shall be giving my notice then,” Cabris’ wife uttered during dinner a
erCabris broke the news that he had
nally decided to accept.
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“So we are moving?” Jordan, their six year-old daughter asked with caution as she wellunderstood the topic had become a sensitive issue for her parents.“Yes,” Cabris answered. “We will be moving.”“And where are we moving to?”“To the Periphery.”“Excuse me, I need a moment,” Cabris’ wife said, her voice almost trembling, and sheexcused herself form the table and walked into the kitchen.“Is mommy going to be okay?” Jordan asked a
er a long moment.“She’s going to be just
ne.”“Is the Periphery far away?”Cabris shook his head.“Not that far. Just a couple hours by plane.“Across the sea?”Cabris nodded.“Yes,” he answered. “It’s across the sea.”“Is it hot in the Periphery?”“It can be quite warm, especially in the summer.
e autumn and winter are beautifulthough and we’ll be living close to the sea, near the beach. When it’s hot I’ll take youswimming. Don’t you think that would be nice?”
at would be nice.”A smile slowly formed on Jordan’s face.“I’ll need lots of swimsuits then?” she asked.
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