Again by Sharon Cullars

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But as Joseph stared at Anne Luce’s set gaze, he knew that he could never marry a woman he held in such disregard as his father had held his mother. Theirs had been a marriage with rarely an exchange of kind words. Anne’s attempts at intimate conversations and loving embraces had been met only with dark silences that delivered more pain than any physical blow ever could. Even as a young boy, he had picked up this tacit hostility and had wondered about it, thinking then that this was what marriage was about.

The only thing I can tell you is that we may be able to retrieve something from the auto save files. I have to reboot. Sorry. ” Tyne closed her eyes in frustration, mentally castigating herself for her stupidity. This had happened before; she should have remembered to save every five minutes. Especially on this ancient equipment. The Clarion hadn’t updated anything since 1998. The screen flickered as Lem did an Alt-Ctrl-Del and the Microsoft 98 logo appeared. The dialog box asking for user-name and password followed.

David walked to the faucet, ran the water cold, got a glass, downed it in a few gulps. He felt hot, sweaty, as though he had just been through a strenuous workout—or a prolonged lovemaking session. He needed a woman. Karen had been gone only two months and already he was falling to pieces. Women might be able to go without for weeks on end, but men were different. He was, anyway. He ran the water again, downed a second glass, but his thirst wouldn’t go away. Water wasn’t what he needed. What he needed was a good fuck.

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