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Best Friend’s Daughter

To enter facility, press 3 digit code followed by #. Today’s code is 982#. Cindy keys in the code and presses the door. It’s a heavy door in a recessed portico, and must once have been elegant. “Mrs Barton?” she asks at reception. “Upstairs, room 27,” the receptionist says. “You’re her daughter?” “No, just a friend.” “Oh, I wondered. You don’t look unlike her daughter. Thought you might be sisters.” Straight fair hair and a navy jacket, Cindy thinks. The dutiful daughter look, as opposed to the bleached and teased hair receptionist look. There is a huddle of people with…

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