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The alarm clock let out a shrill, tinny sound and Liz’s eyes snapped open to yet another dark Winter’s morning.

In that fuzzy moment between dreaming and waking, it took her a second to pinpoint where that obnoxious sound had come from. She had been having such a wonderful dream and the sudden jerk to the reality of her dark bedroom was like a harsh slap in the face.