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You’re at a big box store, and the PA clicks on. You’re surprised to
hear it call your name—and even more surprised when it goes into greater
detail about something else.
In a scene, define envy.
You see him in a café and decide to follow him. Two hours later,
you’re sure—it has to be. It’s a character from one of your favorite
books, in the flesh.
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