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ne More Year Later 137 148 160 )peratiou Pendulum "he Longest Day of My Life I 165 . IiedgeJ11ents rologue CareBeginnings erminator arefoot on Metal ine Dra'i.. ckno.Contents . .po i11tSorneth ing IX Xl 1 12 24 32 48 60 71 ok Speaks ne Year Later he Mice Theory ooperate to Dominate 76 96 [07 116 134 he Gift eha Speaks odka .·ing ake Notes not War ive.

g r'"d'""1 S"\\' • ~~r..ti.Ql:1.a <ltery ~nd $'ta~U me Lighl tin 'th.'o. the p:~sl . SDme ~ of rh. . 0- of them.fll~ W~U to sa~ this is.and.'Pu~d like to thank .? Ii [)4Y of Letter. tlommefl. [ \'l.hook" d~f' kept her .!'i.all the l-\''''Y_I 'i\'ol.. malll:usmpt an dO° ·w~. IUy {b0o'k w(.i'l""~~ of A'ly Life' VI nJ..and .:so 'wonde:rfut .g(J&t Day of Life J'n llHt tonges'L D~y oeM\( Lf[" rv ~nt(' .ki It.ged and hara_ssed me .a wife . them also s.e end.yed\.e ~ncide.halldlcd me and my SIOmetinl~ (Hr. lvnrld.~en-ifilg.duct ~llldnot upsetting . A-ngel.s up a IOJ:l_g tlme agcp'.ing the p:r. ~Qme 0 r du.eilm b~4d:mc a _PHlduct tI.s!.M\' Life [J ol'.h~o L.a"\Mu1!Jg. " AM of.rf-iJ(tI'lL'bile. an-d wa~ th~ first reader of the d-aft Ap~rt from bel ~g.on~. Ri~u. h!..:t:at YQU are hD~dil1:g in )rpw..t('lng~st Mr " ~~he J ringc$t Da)' ~. ]~mes :rur ner.nl°tfud ftriend.re-n.3u.emen~ d'lt..til.JD. 'Who rni'ug~tmoe mTi! baSiiQs of .:r husband. Meeting .\~·r{rlO'"~s once a classmate . ga~ '['l.Jteof~C9'rntl"ol emotions so welt II\J1usilw8haga:t .: .Y RJ~Hl Spc~b "?fu-hLl:r11 \. Gaur. .UJ . hockC'dby..u' ~likt ] eA~icaRo~enbetg.a:m~irn.calm M she had to' [zuo.Day or .e: the tough job of imru.~.lld 'hill\·e~ven thi.tuid be' to·tally ~ntrt1e' At b '·lit.Jl. and in particular: Shlni~ Anb')Il)' ~ mentor~ gu.\~S n1)' dream. There are p~oplc: trJJth. H she hadrl't encorur~.al'ld Wl'rnjlbirn 'Ch.Malik! lhlcie }mg .vm We Ma.fl~dcly five Point SO'nle[r~ Ac1d1owlede.\.t$.~th me in.llts in the .~.tlpad~.rMy Li1(~V [he to.lat made ihi's dr..

j·lizc:Sl :the tr"C .'!i" G..' ] S1WOl"~.r J3jll G~.~ the' doctor later told us. a boo!..reor~giu~l1y 'Ivhite. Vp.a]J.ok lay there uJ)J["·eoognb:. 'on ·tneIl1. serrol. Rajee.luli IMdltll~ lP:ago AsselTl. omy when one \iVI'ites 3 b90k l·. lire fUJ:'I..llltn..1}'!!+ I fe)llly will. this book MlcfQ'Sro.mcn:rs.3. and if[ bad w bet my l"norie}~ rJ hi11'l:: s:lid he \l~$' dead.. f.rolly\vrite.of i:lttlarlt.: them a~]so much thatI couM lite. Tha.. med~cine.oil_o. .gh the process. that on. v.s&iDfI~!and rrk'ndly thlrm.."t.suppon for me. My plali.h re. needed their inadon.n't .aW . Hke" e"..ft . it is. l<u.lnl~ foom ~mmrar replf:u:e.u:I['e inch of them. box ~yrrlQUlDdltd bvo beds."ouId mili~e you think Alok U'jJS boneless.. There was. And! ]as:tJy. It was kjlld of crazfneas at tinses.C!)r.. ha\tre.ut'h l~ke an old rna 1"Iiwithout dentures. and Of. [nstr'lLI. I \L\..nnei!..rofi:.. Manhas.lls roiled up and his tongue collapsed outside his mQ.gel1es WP. :h~l'.lole. . tJniOim~ me."'it1:I1OUt thjls softwaee.less.~ lvlauu~ Slha::nky. Like a hosphal was suddenly il&. Hey 1 creepy.i1't.. the.sdU.ace for me'~lld Ryan {o stand even as i\Iok got to sp:ra"v'lout. t.'ll} write a book ab~llt our Cr. i( My ii·i.f.ii t."i:Lkable behef ill me :t:h~t bordered 011 r bEld never been 'inside an ~a'mbu~ancebe{o~. johri.kedto.ill)' tI. ~·oveme . !k.nd·sin Hong [(ong. ~ gue:ssw]'th thirteen fF3'CtW'~s you k!nd of dese:rv!i" a bed. This is a work ... [t is the kind oj' absurd promise you I'l'l:ake to J'oLlfsdf when you are. -nl.t~m fifty haurs .-our fl"on't teeth gpl1e. R.rd to tell now' . jrusdike bis fadu~r's right 8ide1 th right kne~ bent in a \vay tI:liM . iG? My irr frtends Ashish iGI). loye.. drips.hardJ'Ii"l'fly sp.e meeks to "1 f Al!ok makes i. AI..Puneet.'C'rj' a.polwer of M5\M...md oi:ake li'fditor and 'the' entire tea m at RUpl for being. tillS. ~hl:ll.l1:ip 1!:vith them goes heyond the' 'Qmmon. ." The she'c:ts we.1!'> Mot's b1o~d cnvered every sq.l1k YOy M. ~f ~s sin'lpl\."lth an Irrational. ·t . would not b0' "witten.~IJ}.. 1Uflb.tes.head !II'U! you h.tion needs rea] il'l~piratloil. ibat.r Ids eyeba.'i:..t thro~~l. pack up arid move.ly!:l19m Rekha "m~g<lUu"lfjbl~·mhe'r KetaJ:l'jJ 'l'\vo peopl1e !i..'and i Co ~p.s. He was .e' Ill)' \york looUeagu£S:! my yogg! teachers 'Ultl ethers that .. catheters. Chapar and ~HOtile-r.s.m~ght~. aile! l. which was ba.iLsly messed up in.so p'.e. His limbs were motion. Pappu. "v..

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