By Darrell Bain
A clerk operating within the census bureau discovers a chain of anomalies within the inhabitants of a small urban positioned within the Ozark Mountains. Intrigued, the clerk maintains to enquire. He reveals that, on typical, the folks of the town and surrounding valley, are a bit smarter, much less non secular, extra thrifty, marry much less, have the next point of schooling, are extra sexually liberated and feature fewer health problems. the town additionally refuses govt cash for faculties and roads, has little crime and no signal of racial unrest. None of those elements could suggest a lot taken on my own, yet jointly, they spell out a inhabitants that's particularly skewed from the traditional. strangely, not often somebody within the valley realizes that the majority of them are varied from the typical. they only imagine they dwell in an outstanding position between sturdy humans. Then the research starts...
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She, too, had caught the vibrations between Daniel and Lisa, but in her case, she thought it might be a good thing if the two were attracted to each other. She didn't believe for a moment that the agents were really married. Daniel returned to the car for their luggage. He removed it from the trunk while the three women waited, still grouped around the entrance, with Marybeth and Lisa obviously on one side of an unseen female barrier and Shirley on the other. They weren't even talking. Daniel hurried to them before the situation deteriorated even further.
From there he had gone on to discover a few other of the anomalies and had mentioned them to the mayor, which in turn got him admitted to the club. He was the first to speak, frowning as he did. “Tyrone, you know some of those people in Washington. ” “We have a hyper-religious President in office and the same kind of fundamentalist in charge of the National Security Agency. We're no threat to anyone, of course, but I believe we'll be touted as one, simply for political advantage if nothing else.
He pointed it out to Shirley. “I like that name. In fact, in the morning you can drop me along here. I need a haircut anyway and a bar is always a good place to pick up on what the locals are talking about. The park looks interesting, too. ” “Good plan. I'll get my hair done, too, if I can get an appointment, then do some shopping along the main drag. ” Daniel was driving slowly, then spotted just what he wanted; a used bookstore. He pointed. “There. Pageturner's Bookstore. ” “That they are. ” “Yup.
A Strange Valley by Darrell Bain