Book 2: thirty-seven

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His feet were rooted to the floor. But a force pushed him forward. As he left Ashleigh's side.

He approached Lauren, reaching out to hold her; feel her. To make sure that she was more than an illusion.

But, before he could, she stepped back.

He stopped in his tracks like he'd just been slapped.

He watched helplessly as she further moved away. Until she finally turned around and ran.

But he didn't miss the tear that tumbled down her face as she turned her back on him.

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