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. positive." Perhaps just a little too defensively, she added, "What else could it be?"

He didn't answer. Merely stared at her as if he was waiting for her to answer her own question. Except she didn't know what to tell him. Everything rattling around in her head was still half-formed speculation at best, none of which made the slightest bit of sense. Finally she told him, "Still... let me know if you hear this from anyone else, all right?"

Zack nodded, his gaze never leaving her, as she pivoted on her heel and walked out of the room. Once in the corridor, she paused a moment, leaning her hand against the wall, and taking a deep breath to steady herself.

"What the hell is going on around here?" she asked of the empty air. Unfortunately, the empty air had about as many answers as she did.

Alex Rosen was wondering if something had gone wrong.

He, Leo, and Sheila were seated around a table in the Eclipse Cafe. At first, Alex's heart soared when he saw Sheila and Leo enter together, because to his amazement, Sheila had her arm intertwined through Leo's and she was talking a mile a minute, just like the old days. In fact, she seemed to have a cheerful glow around her, and Alex found himself wondering just how friendly his brother's reunion had been with his former wife.

But the moment they were at the table, eating breakfast, something seemed to change in the air. Alex couldn't quite put his finger on it, but Leo was ... different. Sheila was merrily chirping on about her work, and her life, and this, that, and the other thing, and Leo seemed to be listening. Every so often, though, he would seem to look outward, away from the two of them and out toward something far away.

"Leo, are you okay?" Alex asked at one point when Sheila had paused for breath.

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