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Roylsden #250

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"You want to know what the third alternative is, Joshua?"
Her laughter died abruptly as Lucy McGinley spoke, to be replaced by a harrowing chill that seemed to encase every word.
"Maybe I will tell you, if you promise on the Good Book that you will do exactly as I tell you to."
The aim of her pistol left Sheriff Cole and pointed at her husband.
"Or maybe... I will kill you, too."
Sheriff Cole tensed.
"Ma, no!" Samuel and Zeke cried.
"Sshh, children," she said gently. Her aim returned to Cole's head.
Cole swore silently. A chance had gone.

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