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75

Fleeced

Even though Thomas had been totally understanding, Janey couldnt help but feel sick to her stomach about what shed done. In the grand scheme of things, I suppose its not so bad, she thought. But today she imagined that everyone in the world must be talking about her-the woman who was no better than a grave robber.

In the ladies room on the first floor of the club, she looked at her reflection in the mirror. Ive got to redeem myself, she thought. But how? Shed told Thomas that she was going home to gather up all the cakes and pies and cookies shed baked for tonight. Although theyre probably all stale by now, she thought with a pang of guilt. She ran a comb through her hair, picked up her coat and purse, and opened the door just in time to see Daphne storming by.

When are you bringing back the sheep? the guard asked Daphne.

Not till Im good and ready, Daphne cried.

Janey froze and watched Daphne fly out the door.

The guard shook his head and looked at Janey. Shed better bring them back today. Thomas really wants them here for the party.

Through the glass panes on the front door, Janey could see Daphne jump in a cab. This is my chance for redemption, Janey thought, and ran outside. Another cab had just let out a fare next door. Janey flung her body into the backseat and yelled, Follow them!


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