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    The first installment of the In Plain Sight series. There was silence – all but the faint sound of police siren in the distance. It was the calm before the storm....

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    Even if he had decided to stay the night in the motel room, Ian wouldn’t have been able to sleep. The events that transpired no more than a few hours prior were too heavily ingrained in his mind. All he could see were flashes of Rebecca’s face and the terrified individuals who saw him...

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    About five blocks from the Rosa Marie Inn was 5th Street Community College. Ian had attended one semester there last year but dropped out. This sub-par institution had a library full of student workers, most of which couldn’t care less about their job....

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    Ian wished he didn’t burn his Starbucks card. In retrospect, it wasn’t even attached to his name. It just had about $70 on it that he won from a cancer awareness raffle three months prior and there he was, sitting in a Starbucks without a Starbucks card...

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    Ian had given himself an extra day just to clear his head the best he could. He was able to blend in with everyone else around him so far since his appearance had changed...

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    Ian’s walk to Eastvale would take a couple hours but at least he would be moving away from the epicenter of the crime scene. Police sirens from any nearby scene were no longer audible...

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    Ian looked at the man in front of him. His rugged face looked almost as soulless and lifeless as the tattered neighborhood itself...

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    Ian sat on the couch diagonal from the black guy who had just cracked open a beer for him. “So Frogman,” he said. “You have any idea what we do here?”...

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    “I apologize for the commotion. We don’t normally get unwired customers asking about our personal shit on the first day. I’m sure you can understand.” Everything changed in a mere ten-minute time frame...

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    Ian sat in a chair across from Jebon as he hammered away on his keyboard while a device next to it made a whirring sound. After finishing his final keystroke, Jebon laughed lightly. “I swear, this peasant grunt shit is not what we’re all about.”...

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    It was Groundhog Day – an exceptionally special holiday, seen as the equivalent of the combination of Christmas, a birthday and New Year’s between Ian and Rebecca –

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    our more blissful months went by when it was suddenly June of that year. Ian and Rebecca were still that couple. Rebecca was a sophomore in college and Ian wasn’t in school. He spent

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    The gun shot startled those who were new to Delta Omega Gamma featuring Joshua Rhuvan. Both Ian and Rebecca knew Joshua from high school. His rich parents bought

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    Chad cracked open a beer and handed it to Josh. Neither of them had looked at a clock in hours and they had only woken up within the past hour. The sun was already

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    It was the day of the charity event. Dream of a Second Chance, brought to you by Delta Omega Gamma. Ian and Rebecca were on their way to the campus grounds

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    “Are you registered to vote yet? Excuse me? Sir? Ma’am? Are you registered to vote?” A squirrelly freshman petitioning for some generic environmental cause ambushed

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    What am I going to do? Ian walked up to the cluster of individuals which included Josh Rhuvan with his douchey arm around Rebecca. He was never the confrontational type and he certainly didn’t

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    “So I’m thinking of joining Kappa Phi,” Rebecca said as she read through a small booklet given to her by the girls at the event. “I never really saw myself as a sorority girl but hey, maybe.”

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    It was Friday afternoon and Ian had just come home from his shift at Panda Express. He changed out of the red shirt and black apron uniform and threw his Panda Express hat on the bed

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    Ian sped down the highway. Even though they lived no more than eleven minutes from each other, this was the longest eleven minutes of his life. He kept calling Rebecca back to see

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    BREAKING NEWS: At 4:37pm, Friday June 26th, on the Kendall cul-de-sac of 23rd street in Los Angeles, a young man named Joshua Rhuvan was murdered in cold blood by another young man by the name of

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    Kevin’s pace casually quickened. He moved in one direction and with one intent – away from Jebon’s place and away from the scene of the incident. He couldn’t get far enough away.

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    f Kevin Demarcos were to start a new life, what kind of life would it be? After a few days of being homeless, he felt much freer than he ever had before.

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    The bartender took one look at Kevin’s ID, glanced at Kevin’s face, and then handed his ID right back without a second thought. The bartender went right back and began mixing his drink as if

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    He slept on the idea for a few days. It took a bit more stalling, pining, dwindling cash, fast food, garbage can food and drinking fountain water when Kevin made up his mind. South Arbon State University

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    It was as if he had made a friend. Garret Hodge, whoever he was, was just as much of a loner as he was. “Have you heard of The Flaccid Flask?” Kevin started. “It’s a pretty chill bar a few blocks

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    To be on the safe side, Kevin applied for a P.O. Box from the South Arbon post office and purchased a prepaid phone from a nearby Walmart. After staying a night on a park bench, he returned

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    ay after day, Kevin went to the SASU admissions office. Every day was pending. Every day would get closer and closer to whatever the final verdict would be. His money was running out and there

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    Kevin stood in the DMV-like line at the SASU Financial Aid office. Out of all the college students standing in line, he was possibly the most excited to be standing there. Waiting. It was still difficult

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    “I’ll take it.” Kevin said to the housing manager showing him a month-by-month tiny studio apartment at Spring Street Quarters.

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    Crime Watch: Ian Avery. An unsettling number of these makeshift college level “wanted” posters were displayed on many of the doors, bulletin boards, and windows of South Arbon State University.

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    Kevin replied to the hair stylist, “Yeah if I can just trim it all up evenly and get it back to blonde, that should work.” If he were to start college and begin his life as this new person, he’d be damned if he did it with a crap hairstyle.

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    t was a couple weeks into the semester and this new life became easier to fake every passing day. Sarah, from the group, had not followed up with any indication that she saw through his identity.

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    Kevin, Robert, Cathy, Christopher, Aaron, and Sarah sat at a bench for lunch on campus. These people – were they friends? Kevin ate his bologna sandwich and pondered the idea that he may have

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    News stations and articles swept through the state and eventually the country. Three months had slipped by since the incident. During this time, Ian Avery had crawled up to number three on American Criminals

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    As if Kevin didn’t have enough incentive to hide his identity to begin with, the immediate threat of Robert potentially murdering him if he found out also added to the pressure. However, as close

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    It was later in the afternoon when Kevin set up camp at a bench and table by a tree in front of the SASU library. He had enough charge on his laptop to last him a few hours – at least until his date with

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    The plan was for Kevin to walk back to his tiny apartment, find a better shirt to wear, maybe put on a different pair of jeans, wash his face and head out to Chronos Coffee where he would meet Sarah

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    Kevin arrived at Chronos Coffee in a worse mood than he anticipated due to a tremendous amount of mixed emotions. He met Sarah by a table – she was wearing a different outfit entirely than

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    Kevin looked at the time on his phone. It was 2:18am and he was wide awake but knew full well that he needed his sleep. It was the most frustrating sleepless night he’d had in a while – all due to his thoughts.

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    Days turned to weeks, weeks turned to a few months – and Kevin grew to love every minute of what felt like normal college life. There were even times where he wouldn’t think about his past or his history.

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    “Welcome back to Voice of the People. The country has been taken by storm by the murder of Rebecca Rowen and Joshua Rhuvan by none other than Ian Avery – our nation’s latest villain,”

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    Kevin was the first one to show up at Chronos Coffeehouse. He enjoyed the modern aesthetic of the place. It reminded him of Starbucks with a little less of a corporate feel and more of a locally owned small-business feel.

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    Cecile and Benjamin Rhuvan sat on the couch in front of the live studio audience, trying to gather their thoughts and feelings. The host of Voice of the People gave them space and a moment to collect themselves as the audience waited with bated breath.

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    Anthony Michaels checked the status of his delivery and sure enough, it was delivered. Without hesitation, checked his hair in the mirror, then almost sprinted from his dorm to the SASU mail room, showed his ID and was given his package. A rather heavy box loaded with 500 pamphlets.

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    “Welcome back to Voice of the People,” the host said confidently into the camera. The ratings were higher than ever, and she knew it. Millions of eyes across the nation were glued to their TV screens or streaming devices. “Today, we are joined by Laura and Daniel Avery. The parents of Ian Avery himself.

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    The sun shone brightly through the kitchen window, a light February breeze rustled through the trees outside of Kevin’s studio apartment – birds chirped in a high pitched tone continuously.

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    Kevin stared at the paper in his hand. Need Tutoring Help. Will Pay. He took out his phone and texted the number that apparently belonged to “Kendra” written at the bottom of the paper in cute curly letters.

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    “So” Sarah looked into Kevin’s eyes with an expression of disappointment, “Kendra Priscilla, huh? You got caught in her skanky ass charm too? Her rich bitch prissy pretentious vanilla bean charm.”

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    A few well thought out and cleverly worded texts later, Kevin was on Sarah’s good side again. He felt his dignity take a bit of a jab from the sheer fact that he felt compelled to step up and regain some reputation he felt was unnecessarily lost

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    “Gentlemen, have ever tried shaving with a straight razor?” Christopher asked while the six of them sat at in the library during a shared break. “It’s the closest most comfortable shave you’ll ever have,” Christopher said with very clear and visible cuts all over his cheeks and chin.

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    “We sit here tonight on Over The Edge with American Media Analyst, Eric Fredrickson, to discuss the hot topic of Ian Avery and why he is still drawing so much public attention from an incident that happened over nine months ago. From newspapers, to internet articles, to internet memes –

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    “I think he’s probably still alive. He may have changed his identity and may be just living a casual life as someone else entirely. Hell, he may even be watching us right now on TV.” Eric sat back and concluded. “But that’s just my opinion.”

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    Chemistry was never Kevin’s strength nor an interest but sitting next to Sarah every Thursday made him evaluate his short-term academic interests. Sarah seemed so interested in this Chemistry class that she would spend almost the entire two hours writing notes instead of even chatting with Kevin

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    “I like Kevin’s idea! We should get shitfaced,” Cathy exclaimed in the library. Other people nearby looked in their direction and made a shh sound. That wasn’t necessarily the words he used but – not too far off either.

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    “They’re with me,” Aaron said to the huge a bouncer outside the Black and White Lounge. He checked all of their ID cards and let everyone in. The lounge was dark with contemporarily indirect light illuminating the bar tables, bar stools, and dance floor.

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    Kevin woke up on his futon bed, slightly hungover. The blur of events from his birthday seemed to mush together in a conglomeration of distorted memories. I kissed Sarah

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    As slow and buggy as Dargle was, the app was becoming more widely used. Kevin made it a daily ritual to check Dargle every morning when he woke up. Not unlike other mornings, he noticed a few missed messages.

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    Kevin trekked up to the fourth floor of the SASU library to meet with Kendra taking extra caution not to accidentally run into Sarah. She wouldn’t understand. He frequently checked the Dargle map to make sure Sarah’s dot was nowhere near hers.

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    Almost a full year ago, Ian Avery, a young man from Los Angeles with dreams and aspirations of his own, a loving girlfriend and a supporting family, a young man with such promise threw it all away on June 26th, 2015 when he strangled his girlfriend

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    It was June 25th, 5:00 in the morning, Kevin anxiously waited for the group to pick him up for their awaited Las Vegas road trip. He was glad he purchased some nice button up shirts, slacks, dress shoes, and got his hair re-colored with a fresh batch of blonde.

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    Margaritas, Long Islands, and the dangerous AMFs – Las Vegas was one of the few places Kevin knew about that allowed consuming alcoholic beverages outside in public.

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    A few hundred miles away, a notification went off. In a dark and marijuana smoke filled apartment, a voice erupted, “Max! Max! Wake the fuck up!” Lloyd threw a shoe at Max’s head.

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    “This is the biggest breakthrough in the Ian Avery case we’ve seen in a year!” the reporter said as police swarmed around the innocent taxicab on Las Vegas Boulevard, an entire day after the incident.

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    Ian Avery found in the City of Sin! Just when you thought it was over, we have a confirmed lead that Ian Avery made an appearance in Las Vegas last week. With crime among the youth being at its highest in over three decades with speculation of it being linked

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    The most sought-after criminal in the nation also happened to be the majority shareholder of Dargle LLC., the makers of an app capable of tracking users’ locations with staggering precision.

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    Feeling the impact of the $2,500 drop to Max and Lloyd, Kevin was conservative with his finances at the Flaccid Flask bar with Aaron. No drinks – not yet. Kevin saw potential behind the venture.

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    His hair was freshly died. He got a new set of colored contacts. Kevin sat leaned up against a tree on the South Arbon State University lawn in front of the library, scrolling through news articles on his stolen laptop.

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    “Robberies, holdups, grand theft auto, stabbings, murders and now arson – for some unknown reason, the crime continues to climb to levels uncontainable by the local police.” The reporter said to her camera crew as a gas station behind her smoldered in a torrent of flames.

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    The host of Within Our Borders Gregory Bruno started off, “Today on Within Our Borders, we’d like to further draw your attention to the rising crime rate among teens and young adults across the nation.

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    Kevin and Sarah sat at a table once again at Chronos Coffee. It had been a while. It wasn’t a date, but it was just the two of them – and Kevin thoroughly enjoyed the quality time with her

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    Atop the SASU library, six students from the Royal family stood holding either end of three large rolled up vinyl banners. The sound of a marching band echoed from either side of the building as an array of cheerleaders wearing skimpy looking armadillo outfits

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    South Arbon seemed to have become a crime ridden city. Another statistic. For the past three months or so, there was either a murder, a robbery or something else that scrambled the police.

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    From under his bed, Kevin took out a non-conspicuous shoe box. He set it on his bed and opened the lid. He looked inside with a reassuring sense of security. He reached into his back pocket and pulled out his wallet.

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    Captain Morrison sat at his desk as report after report filed in. There just simply wasn’t enough manpower to handle all of the cases.

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    “Anthony, you are the man!” Max’s shouts echoed through the Dargle meeting room. “Seriously Anthony, dude your connections and marketing pull is way over the top, I love it!”

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    The fake snow crunched beneath Kevin’s feet as he walked on the ground of Silent Night, the philanthropic event Robert was organizing for Delta Omega Gamma.

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    “You have reached South Arbon 911 Emergency. All operators are busy so please remain on the line.” Nathan smiled and hung up the phone as he stared at Concord Bank on 18th street. Totally defenseless.

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    Robert watched the carnage unfold before his eyes. The Silent Night event – an event his fraternity thew to spark unity, community and giving had turned into a bloodbath.

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    Carrying a knife for protection, his footsteps echoed down the sidewalk near campus with the sound of light rain – but the echo from the memorial speakers were louder.

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    Not an ounce of Christmas spirit was felt over the next few weeks, nor were there any cheers during New Year’s. The Silent Night Massacre was but a slightly larger blip in the overall crime throughout the nation.

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    After a grim Dargle meeting involving the subsequent business events regarding Kevin’s extra $5,000 investment, he never knew he could feel so guilty about seeing a $6,500 return

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    Kevin couldn’t remember when he last worried about money. He paid his February rent with ease, purchased groceries, bought himself a few new shirts and checked his bank account from his phone.

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    It was a peaceful Saturday afternoon as Sarah peered out through the windows of the Avery residence. Their house was clean. Spotless. Not a flake of dust anywhere. Ian Avery used to live here.

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    Sarah seemed more excited than ever to fill Kevin in on her findings. Kevin’s heart began to beat a little bit faster as the evening approached.

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    Robert was forming a hunting party to take out Ian Avery, Sarah was writing a research paper on Ian Avery, both Aaron knew his ID was fake and that he had colored contacts

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    Kevin held his phone tight up against his cheek. His palms are getting sweaty and the panic was setting in. A panic he hadn’t felt since the beginning.

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    Kevin felt the pressure increasing. He became solely dependent on his stash of money in his shoe box to pay for food, his rent, and his phone bill – a bill which he now had to actually go to a physical store location and pay it manually.

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    Nathan took a drink of water from a glass in the kitchen sink. Using one of his crewmember’s houses as a base of operation seemed a little cleaner than the broken-down shack fifteen miles from town.

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    “Kevin! Guess what!” Sarah exclaimed excitedly. She threw her arms around Kevin’s neck.

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    Kevin stared out of his apartment window. The trees branches rustled in the moonlight. The scenery was at least pleasant to look at.

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    “Rogelio’s Flowers! Creations from one heart to another,” Kevin unenthusiastically recited as he delivered a bouquet of roses to a stressed-out woman at her downtown office.

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    Kevin asked for the day off from Brad so he could attend his graduation. It was time. Two years at SASU had come and gone almost quickly. He wished he could start over from the beginning

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    Kevin became more and more annoyed and more irritated at his surroundings. His true birthday had come and gone completely unnoticed a few weeks prior.

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    Kevin sat at Rogelio’s Flowers during his lunch break and ate his ham sandwich, “Hey boss, I have a question.”

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    Flashes of the Silent Night massacre crossed his mind. Hundreds of dead bodies on campus. Thousands of people robbed, mugged, hurt or killed over the past two years throughout the country.

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    Sarah wanted to meet with Kevin but not at Chronos Coffee because she felt “sickened” by that place since she knew that Ian Avery was there.

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    Over the recent days, Kevin felt the noose getting tighter around his neck. His options were running out. If he were to run away, he would draw too much attention to himself

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    Kevin sat in front of Officer Thomas Fraser at the South Arbon police department. His office was small and put away in the corner of the building. So many cops

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    Kevin’s been in the bathroom for quite a while. Officer Fraser stared at his computer screen waiting to have him sign the last remaining forms

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    I have to confess, he thought. It is only a matter of time before it gets out. He knocked on Sarah’s door again in the pouring rain. She’s the only one that can help me now. She could vouch for me.

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    “We’re interrupting this program bring to you a startling development – Ian Avery has been found and discovered living under the alias of Kevin Demarcos and has been residing in city of South Arbon for the past two years.