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The Theory of Attraction

The Theory of Attraction


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The weather forecast called for a high of ninety-nine degrees. Again.

Still two digits, though, no big deal for Houston in August. It felt like melting when you stepped outside, but you were just supposed to pretend like it was not all that hot. People would ure you they’d known much, much worse.

It wasn’t all bad. Hot enough to wilt the lettuce I’d attempted to grow in the backyard, but at least the roses were thriving. I could see them from myputer desk, nodding their pink and crimson heads in a stray breeze. And then a shadow crossed them, blocking their light. Standing up for a better view, I saw my neighbor Ivan heading out for his run.

This told me it was six-thirty, and I needed to stop checking work email from home and get dressed, so I could go into work and continue to check email from there.

I didn’t bother to check the clock, because Ivan was better than a clock. Over the past two years I’d learned his routines until I thought I could probably tell you his location at just about any moment of any day. Not that I’m a stalker. But Ivan loves routine the way some guys love football.

He glanced up at my window and gave a nod and wave, which I returned as I did every weekday morning. I wasn’t awake that early on weekend mornings, although I knew Ivan still went for his run at the same time. Six-thirty in the morning, out for a run each and every day. He took one of three routes, which I knew because I drove past him most mornings...
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