125.

“Penny.”

“Mmm?”

“Have you seen those slaps around town that are pen and ink drawings of a woman, very simple and graceful lines? She’s wearing a bamboo hat.”

“Yeah, I love those.”

“Did you notice that they’re all viewed from behind except the ones that are along the riverfront on the east side? You can see her face in those.”

“No! Really? That’s a mystery.”

Pepper kicked her leg out behind her and slammed the oven door shut, hands full of hot pies. “Well, now you’ve done it. You used the word.”

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