7 LOOK FOR WHAT COULD BE, NOT JUST WHAT IS

It was something, Moira thought as she made her way down the ramp and away from the noise of the break room, to encounter a succession of people so seemingly devoted to maintaining the status quo. She sniffled a little and dabbed at her eye. Surely the guard knew more than he was letting on. Surely Hedger didn’t really believe in standing still. Surely Bolt had generated a communiqué, at one time or another, from or to or relating to the elusive room 133A. Surely Vert wouldn’t take her red shoes. Could he be as mean as that? Was stealing at Zenobia somehow legal?

What had become clear to Moira was that she and her quest lay outside the norm—neither were recognized entities in a world lavishly devoted ...

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