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The old man looked like he was in his 70's or 80's. He was a bit slumped over, with thin gray hair and thick glasses. He smiled as he approached me.

"Can I help you, mister?" he said with a squeaky cracking voice.

"Yes, sir. My name is Teddy Martin. I just moved to town and I was interested in some of its history. Does your paper have an archive?"

He shook his head, "Used to. There was a grease fire several years ago at the restaurant next door and it spread to our building, took out our whole archive."

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    Neville Hunt 4 months ago

    I don’t reckon that grease fire was accidental Teddy.

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    Christopher 4 months ago

    Well, I was trying to word it in such a way where it could go either way, in case I can't fit it into the story. I've also written myself into a corner about the house changing owners every ten years after her son died. I'm not sure how to work that one out.

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    Neville Hunt 4 months ago

    I have great faith in your ability to work it out Christopher. And if all else fails you can always edit that out/rewrite it post-hoc and either fess up in the comments or simply not bother. We’re a forgiving bunch out here.

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    Christopher 4 months ago

    Thanks for the support. 😊

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    Drew Martyn 4 months ago

    Yes, I reckon you'll find a way, and if you don't, well, its still hell of a ride lol.

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    Christopher 4 months ago

    Thanks, Drew. I think I have it worked out in my head now.

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