She was out back on the chaise a half hour into the manual when she began to feel  small stinging striations on her fingers. She used three, the index middle and ring curled over the top of the book to separate the fold and her thumb and pinky steadied the hold from behind the covers. Lately she had been reading electronically but today was the chance to do it college style. The manual covered the basics of home repair; wiring, concrete, plumbing, HVAC. The small paper cuts reminded her of afternoons eating cereal reading books which cost more than it would to get the ac fixed now. She was quite happy though seeking a more natural fix reading real paper and ink planning how to stay cool till the solstice.


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