Aphelion Issue 296, Volume 28
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by Denny E. Marshall

Kenneth flies from New York to Switzerland. His cabin luggage is two briefcases, holding four point two million dollars in cash. All in hundred dollar bills. The money is from an offshore account, unknown to family and friends. Before flying home, he buys his wife an expensive diamond necklace for her upcoming birthday.

Kenneth takes his wife out to dinner for her birthday and presents her with the necklace after they finish eating. Angie is overjoyed by the unexpected gift, but surprised at the same time.

For the last few years, their marriage has had some bumps in the road. Angie knows Kenneth is not sleeping around. She felt that he wants to leave, but doesn’t because of the money. Her money.

From that day on their marriage is back on track. Angie has no idea what changed his mind, or what happened to him, and she doesn’t care. She's just pleased that the marriage is working out.

Two years later.

Kenneth walks into a rural mail service building on the West coast, and picks up a check from a P.O. box rented in the name of someone named 'Clark'. Climbing into his car, he  heads for the cabin, where his girlfriend Kim is waiting. As he gets out of the car, Thomas pulls up, ready for their planned fishing trip. Thomas never met Kenneth, but he's known Clark for a couple of years now.

“Ready to catch some fish, Clark?” asks Thomas. 

Clark Grins. As far as he's concerned the money he spent in Switzerland was well worth it. Clones aren’t cheap.


2017 Denny E. Marshall

Denny E. Marshall has had art, poetry, and fiction published, some of it recently. See more at www.dennymarshall.com.

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