WHILE SUNNY WAS GONE, Ethan resumed his slow, awkward circuit around the Reading Room. Through the expansive window, he could see skiers in the distance, tiny action figures zigzagging their way down the slope. Ethan felt a pang of jealousy and frowned at his swollen knee, still aching and sensitive. Any misstep with the crutches resulted in a flash of pain that reminded him why he was here in this room and not carving down the slopes. Serves me right, he thought. I have no business being on this vacation in the first place. What kind of leader leaves for a ski vacation in the middle of a crisis? He crutched back over to the chair ...

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