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“I’ll make a point of it from now on. The jeep doesn’t have air-conditioning, so we should eat and go.” 

He looked across to the gas station where his jeep and the BMW were both parked. “One thing else, I think that parts house in Vegas is open now. You might want to cancel that order.” 

She thought, and then laughed. “I’d like to, but it seems a bit vindictive. Larry would probably get an ulcer if he had her around another day.”

“Oh, he’ll just find a belt that’s about the right length and put it on. She’ll probably make it to Vegas before it breaks.” 

They were gone before Janet was up. Stephanie laughed as the hot dry air dragged through her hair and the tires sang on the tacky asphalt. She hung her hand out, airplaning it on the breeze. 

Matt paid no special attention to the battered pickup that followed them; most traffic followed the highway without diversion.

 In Tonapah he found her a place to stay, then dropped her off at the employment office. The pickup driver waited until Matt was gone, then emerged and limped toward the employment office door.

(END Chapter 1)

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