REVOLVING DOORS 🕘

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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower, where he worked nights as a copy clerk. He adjusted his backpack further up onto one shoulder and unbuttoned his Patagonia parka. On his way to the elevators, he stopped at the espresso stand which also sold magazines
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower, where he worked nights as a copy clerk. He adjusted his backpack further up onto one shoulder and unbuttoned his Patagonia parka. For a moment, he felt disoriented, as if he had just emerged from the revolving door ag
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He stopped in his tracks, confused. He turned around to look at the revolving doors. "This is just the oddest thing," he thought. Am I...did I. Hmmm. He took a few steps toward the elevators and unbuttoned his parka.
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. I must be dreaming. This is one of those slightly unpleasant dreams that keep repeating and you feel stuck and usually happen after you've just eaten something that sits heavy in your gut. What did I have for dinner l
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He set his backpack down on a bench just inside the doors and unbuttoned his parka. The girl who usually worked nights at the espresso stand was there. She had no customers. She read a book while seated on a stool. Be
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He stopped in his tracks. A woman wearing a black hat looked at him strangely as she, too, emerged from the revolving doors and almost ran into him. "Sorry!" he said, and sat down on the bench just inside the doors. W
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. "OK, what the fuck is happening to me?" he thought. A woman wearing a black hat came through the revolving doors behind him. "Did you just see me come through these doors?" he asked her. "Sorry?" she replied and kept
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He ran to the elevators and pressed the Going Up button. He heard the ping of a bell and the middle elevator opened. He got in and pressed 31. The doors closed. He rode the elevator up, all the while tapping his foot
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He turned around, almost ran into a woman wearing a black hat and reentered the revolving doors. He was outside. It was late and very cold and he could see his breath. Everything looked normal. He adjusted his backpac
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He ran up to the girl at the espresso stand and said, "I think. Hey, did you just see me come in here a minute ago?" She looked up from her book and wrinkled her brow. "I'm sorry?" she said. Ben looked around and the
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He ran up to the girl at the espresso stand and said, "Did you just see me come in here a moment ago? Like see me come in just before this time that I just came up to you?" She looked up from her book. "I'm sorry? I w
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He ran up to the girl at the espresso stand and said, "I know this is going to sound like the weirdest thing, but I'm going to go back out the doors and will you please tell me if you see me come back in?" She looked
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He ran up to the girl at the espresso stand and said, "OK, did you see me come in twice?" She looked up from her book and said, "I'm sorry? Did I see you what now?" "Is this the first time you've seen me tonight?" he
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He yelled over to the girl at the espresso stand, his voice an echo, "Did you just see me come in these doors a moment ago and walk over to you?!" She looked up from her book to see who was speaking to her. "I'm sorry
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked over to the girl at the espresso stand and read the name off of her name tag: Maggie. "Maggie, I'm having some sort of problem and I wonder if you might help me." She looked up from her book. "What can I get
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He shouted, "Maggie! Do you see me?" Maggie looked up from her book and tried to discern the direction from whence a voice had just called to her. She saw Ben who was waving both hands in front of himself. "It was me!
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He shouted, "Maggie! Can you see me?" Maggie looked up from her book and tried to discern the direction from whence a voice had just called to her. She saw Ben who was waving both hands in front of himself. "Yoohoo, o
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He took out his iPhone and checked the time: 9:01 PM. He stood and waited. A woman in a black hat entered the lobby through the revolving doors and almost ran into him. Ben said nothing and continued to stare at his p
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He took out his iPhone and checked the time: 9:01 PM. Again. "This just doesn't make any fucking sense at all," he thought and sat down on the bench. For the next ten minutes, he did nothing but sit and watch his iPho
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He took out his iPhone and checked the time. "OK, so last time I got to 9:11 PM before everything resets back to 9:01 PM. A woman wearing a black hat came through the doors and almost ran into him. He checked the time
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He took out his iPhone and checked the time. "That time, I only got to 9:03 PM, he thought, "So it isn't some set number of minutes that I get before I head back through this crazy fucking loop." He took a step forwar
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked over to the espresso stand. "I'll have a two shot Americano, Maggie," he said. Maggie got up off her stool and set down her book. "Room for cream?" she asked. He noticed she was reading REPLAY by Ken Grimwoo
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. "This is one of those loops where I've got to do something specific before I will be allowed out of it. But what?" He went back through the revolving doors, almost trampling a woman in a black hat in the process. He s
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He immediately went back through the revolving doors and started to run down Fifth Avenue. He turned the corner and continued his sprint. He dropped his backpack on the ground and unbuttoned his parka. He was about to
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He immediately went back through the revolving doors and started to run down Fifth Avenue in the opposite direction than the last time. He ditched the backpack, unbuttoned his parka and dropped that, too. At the next
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. "Whatever it is I need to do, I need to do it right here in this lobby," he thought. He looked around. There was the espresso stand. The woman in the black hat. A janitor, mopping. "All of them are strangers to me," B
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked up to Maggie. "I'm sorry, but have we ever met before?" Maggie put down her book and looked up. "I'm sorry...I don't think so? But I see so many people here every day so. I may have seen you? I'm sorry but I
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked up to Maggie. "I'll have an Americano with no room." Maggie closed her book and hopped off her stool. He looked at her. She had a cute splash of freckles across her nose and reddish-brown hair. "Cute," he th
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked toward Maggie, thinking. She's very cute. I've always thought she was cute. I've always checked her out each and every day as she makes my drink. She tamped down the ground espresso with authority and smiled
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked to the espresso stand. "What is that book about?" he asked her. She looked up from the book and said "Oh, it's about this guy who keeps reliving his whole life over and over again and each time he tries to g
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked to the espresso stand. "How long have you worked here?" he asked, with a smile. Maggie looked up from her book. "Ummm, nine months maybe? Why do you ask?" "Oh, just curious. I've seen you here before every o
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked to the espresso stand. "I've seen you here every night and you're always reading something," he said. "Man, I wish I had more time to read." Maggie looked up from her book. "What can I get for you?" She hopp
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked to the espresso stand. "I see you're reading REPLAY. That's one of my favorites," Ben said. Maggie looked up from her book, wary-eyed. Yeah? When did you first realize that Winston was in a loop?" Ben stutte
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat down on the bench and took out his iPhone. He brought up the Kindle app and purchased the REPLAY eBook. He sat quietly and read through the first three chapters. He looked over at the espresso stand and Maggie
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat down on the bench and took out his iPhone. He brought up the Kindle app and purchased the REPLAY eBook. He sat quietly and read the middle third of the book. He unbuttoned his parka. He looked over at the espre
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat down on the bench and took out his iPhone. He brought up the Kindle app and purchased the REPLAY eBook. He sat quietly and read the final third of the book. He got up and ran to the espresso stand. "Maggie, you
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked over to the espresso stand. "REPLAY is one of my favorite books. What do you think of it?" Maggie looked up from her book. "Eh, not so great. I'm unconvinced. And it gets a little contrived when he meets tha
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked over to the espresso stand. "I just read REPLAY myself. I couldn't really get into it. It wasn't super realistic." Maggie smiled and hopped off her stool. "Agree! My friend Zoe and I were talking about that
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked over to the espresso stand. "Maggie, right? I think we might have a mutual friend, Zoe?" Maggie looked up from her book. "Yeah? Where do you know her from?" Ben stared blankly at the medium to-go cups. "Well
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked over to the espresso stand. "I was just talking to my friend Zoe and I told her I worked at Reprise Tower and she asked if I ever saw you in the lobby!" Maggie looked up from her book. "Uh, Zoe Meyer?" Ben l
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked over to the espresso stand. "I hope this isn't weird, but our mutual friend Zoe Meyer said to say 'Hi." Maggie looked up from her book. "Yeah? How do you know Zoe?" Ben unbuttoned his parka. "We live in the
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked over to the espresso stand. "I hope this isn't weird, but our mutual friend Zoe Meyer said to say 'Hi." Maggie looked up from her book. "Yeah? How do you know Zoe?" "We, uh, live in the same building." Maggi
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat on the bench and pulled up Facebook on his iPhone. He searched for "Zoe Meyer" and sifted through several who lived in Brooklyn. Eventually he found a public picture of Zoe with Maggie. "Byron is her last name!
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat on the bench and looked up "Maggie Byron" on Facebook and Google. He found out that her hometown was Minneapolis and she majored in theatre. She liked The Beatles. He found pics of her surfing in California wit
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat on the bench and looked up "Maggie Byron" on Google while also cross-referencing some of her interests. He found a page that listed her as Ophelia in her college's production of HAMLET. He also saw that she had
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat on the bench and looked up "Maggie Byron" on Google while also cross-referencing some of her interests. He found a page that included many pictures of Maggie with her dog, which appeared to be a Rhodesian Ridge
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat on the bench and looked up "Zoe Meyer" on Google and discovered that Zoe and Maggie were not longtime friends, but both belonged to a Brooklyn book club Meetup. They had just read THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO and
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked over to the espresso stand, saying, "I think we're in the same book club. Did you also just read MONTE CRISTO?" Maggie looked up from her book. "Yes, but only like 2 other people showed up." She looked creep
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked behind the espresso stand and dug around under the counter, looking for Maggie's purse. "Hey, what are you doing in there?!" Maggie hopped off her stool and took two steps back. Ben found a purple pocket boo
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked behind the espresso stand and snatched Maggie's purple pocket book from behind a stack of to-go cups. "HEY!" Maggie screamed and ran into the middle of the lobby, frightened. Ben opened the pocket book as he
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He snatched Maggie's purple pocket book from the espresso stand and rifled through it as he ran off. He saw her driver's license, old student ID, her library card. He saw a picture of her with her parents and a sister
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He snatched Maggie's purple pocket book from the espresso stand and rifled through more of it as he ran off. He found a ticket stub from a recent Tom Cruise movie and some chewing gum. Spearmint. These were not amazin
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He ran over to the janitor, snatched the mop from him and hit him over the head with it. When the woman in the black hat came through the revolving doors, he hit her with mop, too. "What am I supposed to do to get out
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat on the bench and brought up the book club Meetup Web page. He found a Meetup for the club from several months ago where there were twenty attendees, including Zoe and Maggie. It'd been HUCK FINN. He thought he
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked to the espresso stand. "Maggie? Were you at the HUCK FINN Meetup in October? I was there too and I saw you. I'm Ben!" Maggie looked up from her book. "Ben? Nice to...see you? You were there, huh? What did yo
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked to the espresso stand. "Maggie? I think we met at the HUCK FINN Meetup in October." Maggie looked up from her book. "That's one of my faves," she said with a smile, "What can I get you?" "An Americano with n
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He walked to the espresso stand. "Maggie? I know this is going to sound weird, but we're in the same book club. (I was at the HUCK FINN one). And now I see we both work in the same building! I was wondering if you'd l
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat down on the bench. A woman in a black hat came through the revolving doors. "I never seem to have enough time to get anywhere with anything," Ben thought. He stayed quietly on the bench for two hours. Eventuall
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat down on the bench, closed his eyes and covered his ears. All he could hear was the sound of his own pulse. After several hours, his arms grew tired and he needed to go the bathroom. He held it as long as he cou
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat down on the bench and remained motionless. After several hours, he needed to pee. He released his bladder and felt the heat of urine penetrate his boxer-briefs and soak the left leg of his pants. His sock was w
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat down on the bench. "The less I do, the more time I get," thought Ben. He went back into the revolving door and kept revolving in and out of the building. After about 30 times through, he began to feel sick to h
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He ran to Maggie. "Hey, we both just read HUCK FINN. And I've seen you with your dog at a dog park. Our mutual friend Zoe told me to ask for your number. Hi!" Maggie looked up from her book. She smiled warily. "How do
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He ran toward the espresso stand and dove directly into it. The stand was pushed back several feet and to-go cups scattered all over the floor. Maggie jumped up from her stool and looked fearfully at Ben who lay on th
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat on a bench, took a notebook and pen out of his backpack and wrote a love letter to Maggie. He included everything he knew about her and how he'd been building up the courage for weeks to ask for her number. He
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    Ben heard a loud report—as from a car, backfiring—and emerged from the revolving doors into the marble-lined lobby of Reprise Tower. He sat on a bench, took a notebook and pen out of his backpack and wrote a love letter to Maggie. He walked to the espresso stand and handed her the note. She read it and smiled. She wrote her number on a napkin and h
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    anded it to Ben. "I think I've seen you at book club," she said, being polite. Were you sort of in the back?" "Yes, I was!" Ben replied. "Red sweater?" she asked. "Yup, that was me! Anyway, I hope this isn't too weird, someone asking you out in real life." "Nah," she said, "It's sweet. Can I make you something?" She put down her book and hopped off
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    her stool. Ben had the unsettling feeling that something was different. "Maggie, did you, uh." He stopped. "Actually, can you make me an Americano with no room?" "Sure!" She started the bean grinder. "Now that I think of it, I remember you. An Americano is your standard order." Ben watched her freckles as she made his drink. She handed it to him. "
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    Well I've gotta go to work," Ben said. "But I'll call you tomorrow. Do you want to maybe go for a walk and hit some bookstores?" Maggie returned to her stool. "Yeah, I'd love that. Call me!" Ben headed toward the elevators and pressed the Going Up button. He rode the elevator up to his floor. He sat at his desk and looked at Maggie's number on the