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September 2020:
Zane and Belinda Smith are 38, Sam is 16, Dee is 8, Emily is 6
(Jill Craig is 38, Audrey Sutton is 31)

Zane lets the water fill the sink, listening to the soft whoosh of the water from the faucet. The house around him is quiet, muted with the darkness.

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Waiting

February 2020:
Zared Smith is 37, Carol is 34, Adam and Ethan are 9, and Isabella is 6
(Zane Smith is 37, Lily Gates-Watson is 9)

Carol sighs as she walks into the courthouse early one morning after dropping the kids off at school. She had been summoned for jury duty and isn’t exactly thrilled about it. She has a ton of work to be done–lessons to be planned, end of year tests to prepare for (because she knows the end of the school year will be here far too quickly), artwork assignments that still need to be graded. This isn’t a good time for her to have jury duty.

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January 2020:
Logan and Shelley Gates-Watson are 30, Lily is 9, James is 5
(Audrey Sutton is 30, Adam and Ethan Smith are 9, Matthew Lloyd is 6)

“Can you please turn that game off?” Lily grumbles across the room, shooting an annoyed look toward her brother. “I’m trying to do homework.”

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In the sun

April 2019:
Zane and Belinda Smith are 36, Sam and Lexi are 14, Dee is 6, and Emily is 4

Nick comes over to visit Lexi a lot after school and on weekends. Lexi isn’t yet sure what you’re supposed to do when you have a boyfriend so she sticks to doing her usual routine, which is hunting for bugs to add to her collection now that spring is here.

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School Haze

March 2019, Arcadia High School:
Staff: Melinda Sullivan is 40; Anna Sutton is 23
Students: Lexi Smith, Sam Smith, Nick Sullivan, Isaiah Gavigan, Kari Stephens, and Nora Miller are all 14

“Um, good job, Sam,” Anna tells him during the morning art class. “And what was your inspiration for this piece?”

“A pet rock my sister had when she was a kid,” Sam says.

Anna nods thoughtfully. “Very nice. Um, keep up the good work.”

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September 2018:
Staff: Zane Smith is 36; Carol Smith is 33; Xander Gates is 29

Students: Lucas Craig is 11; Baine Austin is 10; Kat Gates, Violet Craig, and Heather Briggs are 9; Charlotte Craig, Lily Gates-Watson, Ethan Smith, and Adam Smith are 8; Caleb Gates, Phoebe Gates, Skylar McCarthy, Jakob Briggs, John Picaso, and Max Picaso are 7; Dee Smith is 6; Olivia Gates, Matthew Lloyd, Isabella Smith, and Michaela West are 5; James Gates-Watson and Emily Smith are 4

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First up for the birthdays this summer is one-year-old Sasha Lloyd, who looks like a female clone of her daddy. Seeing her reinforced to me just how much Matthew takes after Nancy, because he’s never had the same nose and mouth that Ian had as a toddler/child. But Sasha is 100% Ian’s daughter!

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