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Flick the Switch - Chapter 1
Sometimes when their mother went to pick them up from dance class, she would find them alone in the studio after practice was over, dancing side-by-side in the mirror. They would have grins on their faces and the room would echo with laughs and squeals.
Sometimes when she went into their room, she would find the G.I. Joes on Jane's bed and the Barbies on Keith's. Sometimes she would find the toys together in between the beds on the floor with their clothes swapped.
Sometimes when she went into the backyard, she would find Jane and Keith in the plastic playhouse, cooking up fake meals and talking about their days at their pretend places of work. Sometimes she would find them on the swings together. One swinging forward, one swinging backward, giggling as they passed each other.
Sometimes when she made her way into the living room, she would find them asleep on the old sectional sofa, sprawled out perpendicular to each other with their heads touching a
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Pearl had led Jane upstairs to the only bedroom in her apartment and told her to rest for a bit while she took care of Keith. She told them if they were going to leave town and become a set of twins that authorities weren't looking for, they would need to change some things. She was sure Murphy would call this incident in, Pearl just wasn't sure if it would be a case of his kids being delinquent and beating him over the head or an exaggerated sob story about how his darlings ran away maybe even a fake kidnapping.
"Almost finished, hon."
Keith was seated in one of the salon chairs in front of her, his back to the mirror. She had been working on his hair by the light of the dim lamp she had switched on earlier, but that was all she needed. Pearl could do this with her eyes closed.
A couple more snaps of the scissors and Keith watched as Pearl looked from the left side of his face to the right and then leaned down, grabbing the arms of the chair and spinning him around.
Even in the
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Pearl Allen didn't have a very good feeling about that evening and she wasn't sure why. Work had been fine that day, they had their normal amount of customers in the salon she owned and worked for, she had even made plenty of tips. But she felt uneasy mentally and that was making her stomach churn. Something was wrong and her mind kept running through things it might be as she swept the floor of the salon before heading upstairs to her apartment on the level above.
She couldn't place it. Not yet.
Pearl lived alone in the apartment. Her parents lived out in the country and her brother lived in the big city. Sometimes her boyfriend stayed over, but not that particular night. She wished he was though. She figured his presence would get her mind off the unsettling knot growing in her system.
Seating herself on the gray, faux leather couch in her living room with a glass of iced tea in her hand, Pearl's gaze absently caught the pictures on the sofa table behind her. They were framed picture