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January 2020 ISSUE

Aster's Partialities: Vitri's Best Store for Sundry Antiques

The Unhappy Impetus
If the book had begun differently, perhaps it would have ended. Syd was overconfident. Reckless enough to edge into paranoia. She practiced verbal deflection and kept her notebook on a table rigged with gunpowder. It was not enough. Of course. Every thief knows doors are near useless on good days and secrets [...]