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Would the state pay her bills if she went nuts? Maybe they’d find a way to saddle Jackson with the expense—since he was probably responsible for driving her nuts in the first place. Actually, inconveniencing Jackson would almost be worth her insanity, except she damn sure didn’t want to end up locked in an institution doodling with finger paints all day. Fine, then. Lord, but you’re touchy. Just a little human contact was all I wanted and you deny me even that. Consider me gone. Mina swallowed.
So she was gaining a cornerstone and losing a house. Gee, there was irony. Still, the attorney had mentioned old family papers. What if some of these papers were valuable? She lifted the stone out of its box. It was heavy, but not as heavy as it could have been. Hollow, obviously. She upended it and noted a sealed portion. Sealed with mortar? Or was that metal, just corroded to a point where it looked like stone? It was hard to tell. She scratched at the seal until a corner of it, already cracked, chipped away, leaving a tiny opening.
I didn’t explode any damned window. ” He sighed. “Hell, I don’t have a clue what really happened. ” He set her carefully on the couch, then glanced briefly through the doorway at the wrecked window. “At least it’s not raining yet. We’d have a hell of a mess otherwise. The clouds looked heavy and green for a bit there. ” “Great. Thanks for the weather report. Any chance you guys could clean up this stuff? ” He scowled at her, but raised his voice slightly. “Guys, could you clear out some of the debris?