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Laura dimmed the lights and shut off the engine. The car would need a good wash tomorrow. What a long, winding road Miss Sarah lived on, two miles of rock dust and another of Florida sugar sand. She peered toward the front porch. A dark figure floated from the shadows and moved toward her. She held her breath for a moment before realizing it was Old Man Ben, an uncle, grandfather, or some such.
He thumbed open the car door. “Sarey be in the kitchen. She say go on in.”
Steps creaked under her low heels. A kerosene lamp spurted on the scrubbed oak table by Miss Sarah, augmenting flickers from the wood stove. A ghost of a smile played over the elderly woman’s features. Deep, dark eyes were already a bit glazed. People called it the sight. Whatever it was, hopefully it could ease her mind tonight. Her stomach clenched and twisted like a wet washcloth being squeezed dry.
She slipped into a chair, digging into her handbag and coming out with the handful of change she had emptied from the restaurant’s juke box. She piled it on the table and pushed it over. Her voice trembled. “I still haven’t heard from him.”
Miss Sarah’s palm hovered over the silver, moving back and forth in slow motion as if feeling without touching. Then her hand stilled, and deft fingers flicked up a quarter. Barely glancing at it, her eyes burned into Laura’s. “There’s a hole in this 1923 one.”
Laura’s throat burned. How had it become mixed in with the other coins? It never left her the little gold bag. She reached out. “1923? Give that back. That’s my lucky quarter.”
Miss Sarah remained motionless. “You want to know, or don’t you?”
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Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance