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The Apartment #23

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Ryland is on the back of a flatbed lorry, the journey making his whole body vibrate. Also on the back of the lorry are four dozen boxes of detonators. All is as it should be. A bearded private is asking how he is, what happened? what's wrong? But he's got Tisha Lopez's voice, this private. Ryland doesn't officially know Tisha Lopez, but he does, so ssshhhh! Then the private has her face. The noises in Ryland's head abate, but he still trembles and sweats. He's clinging on to Tisha Lopez's arm. He may throw up. He must phone the police.

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