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Finding a dead body on the edge of the lake first thing in the morning wasnt myActually it wasnt how I started my day First I had rolled out of bed then I had aglass of orange juice and followed that with donning my jogging suit the thickest pair ofsocks I owned my beat-up old tennies and my girl hat as my ex-boyfriend liked to callmy knit cap decorated with tassels and cute little flowers I had opened the door of mycottage prepared to brace myself against one of the coldest winter storms Lake Tahoe hadever experienced because like it or not I had to jog or I didnt function through the day and had been shocked by the incredibly still airuntil I closed the door and steppedout then wind gusted up and almost knocked me flatBut finding a dead body half in the lake half outseeing her hair splayed acrossthe pebbles the snow piling up on her body the back of her parka puffed up and floatinglike a buoy the murder weapon a blood-drenched rock only inches away made theorange juice rise to my throat and turn sourHelp Who in their right mind other than myself was out for a jog at six am Itwas after all still so dark that the seagulls hadnt shown up for their breakfast ofminnows Thank God Im not sure if I couldve handled seeing a dozen birds scouring herOh Jessica I wanted to touch her to hold her to bring her back to life Id onlyknown her two weeks She had been the sweetest chair lift operator Id ever encounteredand Id encountered a few over the past five years of living in Tahoe few of them sweetSee Im a lonely ex-soap opera writer gone astray Id moved to Lake Tahoe tofind myself to find my inner voice ah hell to write a novel that to this day is nowherenear finished Thankfully the bountiful goodness of my grandfathers inheritance
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