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    Goddamnit!Dawnsvoiceechoedthroughthealley.Shedbrushedagainstthepointy

    cornerofadumpster.Thesameone.Again.Sheliftedherhandandinspectedthe

    damage,butitdidntseemtohavetornopentheskin.Shewasheadedtothecafshe

    visitedevery

    night.

    It

    was

    her

    sort

    of

    bar.

    The

    folks

    that

    came

    there

    were

    the

    ifyou

    dont

    fwithmeIdontfwithyoutypes.Finewithher.Shewasnttheoneyouwerelooking

    forwhenyouneededashouldertocryonorafriendwhoyoucouldspendthewhole

    nightonthephonewith.Shecouldnthandleinjustice,though.Whenpeoplewere

    treatedunfairlyorshesawsomeonegetrobbed,shewasalwaystheonewhodidNOT

    lookaway,insteadofpretendingtheclosedupshopacrossthestreetwassointeresting.

    Thosepeoplewereasguiltyastherobber,ortherapistorsomeotherpsychogoingall

    JacktheRipperonaninnocentvictim.Itwasthereasonshehadtakenboxingclasses.She

    radiatedaggression,althoughsheintentionallymadeitso.Shedidntlikepeople

    approachingher.

    She

    crossed

    the

    street

    and

    pushed

    open

    the

    door

    to

    ashabby

    looking

    bar.ThesepartsofCaldwelldidnthavethosefancyrestaurantsandlittlecutediners.

    Copswerenowheretobeseeneither.Itdidntmatter.Shecouldhandleherselfnomatter

    whathappened.

    Dawn,therestaurantsowner,Sam,grumbledtoheringreeting.Dawnnoddedin

    response.Sheloosenedthestrapsonherleatherjacketandtoaseatatthebar.Vodka,

    straight,please,Dawnsaidasshefoldedherhandsonthebar.Samputdowntheglass

    hepulledoutofthecabinetbehindhimandpouredalong/tallGreyGoose.Whileshe

    took

    a

    sip

    of

    her

    drink

    a

    boy

    came

    in.

    He

    was

    barely

    a

    man,

    the

    boy

    didnt

    even

    have

    hair

    onhisface.Buthecouldcomeherelegally,shesawit,itwasinhiseyes.Amaturity

    somehownotfittingcomparedtohisbody.Hemadenoeyecontactwithanybody.He

    justparkedittwoseatsfromherandsheheardhimaskforaCorona.Hekepthiseyes

    downthewholetime.Dawnforcedherselftolookaway,shewasntinterestedinhim.

    Whyshouldshe?Hewasjustasmallboy.Shedrankandstaredintothedistance.She

    watchedSamdryhisglassesandunpacknewbottlesofliquor,andputtingthemonthe

    shelvesbehindhim.Inthecornerofhereyeshesawtheboytakeoffhisbrownjacketand

    revealasimplewhiteshirtunderneathit.Youcouldseethemuscleshedidnthave.His

    shoeswereworndownandshecouldseethesolesweregoingtofalloffanytime.He

    didntseemtocare.Somethingpeculiarabouthimmadeherstopandstare.Hehad

    markingsonhisneck.Circlesandtriangularshapes,allinneatlinesaroundhisthroat

    andtheyseemedtogodowntohisback.Andtheywerevaguelyfamiliartoher.She

    couldntquiteplaceit.Wherehadsheseenthisbefore?Acoupleofminuteswentby

    wheresherakedherbrain.Shewentrigidwhenrecognitionslammedintoher.Itwasthe

    dream.Sheknewthesemarkingsfromadreamshehadeverysinglenight.Everynightfor

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    thelast4yearsshedreamtaboutawall.Awallfullofthemarkingstheboyishmanhad

    onhisneck.Theywerentmeaninglessfigures.Theywereletters.Althoughshecouldnt

    makeouttheindividualwordsorevenrecognizeanythingspecificatall,sheknewit.She

    neededtotalktotheboyandheneededhelp.Itwaslikeshedknownallalong.When

    she

    realized

    he

    needed

    help,

    she

    also

    knew

    she

    was

    the

    one

    who

    had

    to

    provide

    it.

    Whoa.

    Hitthepauzebuttonhere.Whathadhappenedtoherallofasudden?Shedidnteven

    knowtheguy.Whatthehellwashappening?Whywasshesoobsessedwithaboywhod

    justcometositnexttoher,hadsometatsinunusualplaces,anddidnothingbutordera

    beer?Shemustbelosinghermind.Butsomethinghadflaredupinher,aprotective

    instinctnotentirelyunfamiliar.Whenshedfeltthiswayitwaswhenanoldladygot

    robbedbysomeidiotdudewhowasstupidenoughtodoitinfrontofher.Hehadtodo

    withouthisfrontteethafterthat.Dawnfeltthatwaynow,onlyitwasasifsomeonehad

    butamagnifyingglassoverherandwastryingtoburnherwithit.Theinstinctivefeeling

    waswhatmadeherreachouttotheboy.

    Hi,Dawnsaidinherfriendliesttone.Theboylookedup.Hehadpiercinggreyeyes.

    Theystunnedherforamoment,butsheforcedherselftogetittogetherandsmileto

    him.Thosepeepersofhimwidenedforamoment,butheresponded.

    Hi,hesaid.Helookedawayfromhereyesandstaredattheground.Oh,fuckit,Dawn

    thought,shecouldtalktohimwhenshefuckingwantedto.

    Whatsyourname?sheaskedwhenhelookedbackather.

    Eric.Ah,

    so

    he

    wasnt

    very

    talkative.

    Nicetattoosyouvegotthere.Dawnnoddedathisneck.Wheredidyougetthem?

    Er,nowhere,wastheresponse.

    RightTheartworkisextraordinary.Iwouldntwantanyoneelsetoknoweither.Dawn

    turnedherbodytotheright,soshewasfacinghim.

    Imnotkidding.Theyvealwaysbeenthere,asfarasIknow.Ericshifteduncomfortably

    inhisbarstool.

    Youknow,Dawnsaid.Irecognizethemfromsomewhere.

    Youdo?Ericsfaceturnedfromconfusionintosurprisetocuriosity.Ihaveneverseen

    anythinglikeitbefore.

    Well,Ihave.Shethoughtoftellinghimthetruth,butthenmadeuphermind.Ina

    book.Ericlaughedsoftlyandnervouslybutquietedwhenhesawshewasdeadserious.

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    Whatisitabout?Ericasked.

    Dawnsighed.

    Really?IwishIknewmoreaboutthis,hesaidwhenshesfinishedherimpossiblestory.

    Hewasangledtowardher,notshyanymore.Thatwaswhatshehadbeenlookingfor.She

    didntneedhimholdingback.Shedalwaysheldeveryoneatadistance,tryingtoscare

    themoff,becauseshewantedtobealone.Withthisboy,shewantedtobeletin,andshe

    wasrelievedithappenedsoeasily.Theprotectiveinstinct,inthemeantime,wasroaring

    insideofher.Hereyeswerescanningtheroom,lookingforanypossiblethreatagainst

    them.Itwasinsane,andsheknewit.Suddenlyshejumpedupandlandedherfeetonthe

    floor.

    Ihave

    an

    idea.

    As

    soon

    as

    Dawn

    spoke

    the

    words

    she

    regretted

    them.

    The

    thought

    that

    hadjustpoppedintoherheadwastheonlyleadtheyhad.Shehadnttoldanyoneabout

    herdreams,andhadntputmuchthoughintoit.Ericsbrowspulledtogetherandhe

    stareddownatherhesitantly.Sheknewshewasactinglikea impulsive12yearoldchild,

    butitdidntmatter.Theadrenalinerushedthroughheratthediscovery.Sheknew

    exactlywheretheyneededtogo.

    Listen,Ericsaid.Idontevenknowyourn...

    ItsDawn.

    No,itsnot.Its1a.m.

    No,myname.ItsDawn.

    Imstillnotsure,Ericseyeslefthersandherstaredathisfeetagain.

    Comeon.Nothingwillhappentoyou,Dawnheldoutherhand,andsmiled

    reassuringly.Sheletthesmilewaverwhensherealizedshedbecomeatotalsissyoverthe

    lasthour.Herhandstayedwhereitwas,though,becausesheneededhimtocomewith

    her.Youhaventgotanywheretogo,haveyou?

    No,Idont.ItsjustbutDawncuthimoff.

    Doyouwanttoknowwhatthemarkingsmean,ornot?Takeitorleaveit.Iwontbite.

    Much.Hetookherhandhesitantly.

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    Two

    Inhere?!Ericalmostshouted.TheywereinfrontofaclubindowntownCaldwell.Ithad

    beenquiteawalk,buttotallyworthit.Shewasabsolutelysurenow.Clubsingeneralleft

    hercold,buttheonetimeshedbeenhereshedhadagoodtime.ZeroSumwastopofthe

    foodchainintheCaldwell.HighclasshookersandcocainewereSOPinZeroSum.She

    didntknowtheReverend,butshedheardofhim.Theymadetheirwaythroughtheline

    in30minutes,andsheresentedeverysecondofit.Shehatedlines.Thebouncerinfront

    didntwanttoletEricin,butnoddedwhenshesawDawnputtingahandonhisshoulder.

    EriccringedwhenshesawthemenaceonDawnsface.Theyneededin,andtheropewas

    putasideforthem.Thegenpopsectionoftheclubwashadredlightseverywhere.The

    dancefloor

    was

    amixture

    of

    young

    women

    in

    skirts

    so

    short

    they

    almost

    werent

    there,

    andmenwhoweredancingasiftherereallywasnothingthere.Itwasnotwhatshewas

    lookingfor.Shescannedtheplacefurther,butsawnosignofwhatshewaslookingfor.

    Hereyessearchedtheplacefromtoptobottom,butshesawnothing.

    Imnotsosureaboutthisanymore,sheheardEricyellinherear.Shehelduponehand

    tosilencehimandfocusedonthewaterfallthatseparatedthegenpopsectionfromthe

    V.I.P.zone.Ithadtobehere.Shesseenitbefore.Goddamnittohell,sheknewitwas

    here.ShewalkeduptotheV.I.Psectionandstoodbeforetherope.Asshetookapeek

    inside,she

    saw

    what

    she

    was

    looking

    for.

    Above

    the

    bar

    were

    the

    some

    of

    the

    markings

    Erichadaroundhisthroat.

    Doyouhaveastamp?thehugemanthatstoodbytheropesaid,makingherlookaway

    fromthebar.Dawnscrutinizedtheman,lookingupanddownhishugemuscularbody,

    bitmostlytohiseyes.Heseemedtoosmarttobelieveanythingshecouldthinkof.

    Wellberightback,shemouthed,assumingheunderstood.Sheturnedaroundand

    grabbedEricshand.

    Whatdoyouthinkyouredoing?Ericalmostscreamedinherear,hisimpatience

    seepingthrough.Themusicwassolouditwashardtomakeouthisvoiceabovethebeat.

    Sheignoredhimandstartedfortheexit,herleatherjacketmadeiteasiertopushthe

    hornycrowdaside.Afteralotofelbowingshewasattheentrance.Ericwantedtowalk

    out,butshegrabbedhimbythearmandforcedhimtostop.Whenacrowdoffour

    walkedthroughtherope,freshlystamped,shemadehermove.Shewalkeduptothelast

    inlineandrammedthelastmansshoulder.Hestaggeredback,butshecaughthim.

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    Ohmygod,Imsosorry!Areyoualright?Dawnmadeashowofgrabbinghishandand

    hugginghim.

    Hey,baby,youcanbumpintomeanytime.He