a party. With no rec room or patio, she decided to hold the party in the basement. Through opened windows, musty basement odors were replaced by the fragrance of freshly mown grass. That night conversation crackled with political debate, theater lines, and ribald humor. Some guests brought their children who, like her own, saw the party as a daring adventure into Beyond-Normal-Bedtime-Hours. The younger ones asked questions of the Answer Box; older girls drifted up to Andrea’s bedroom to see her collection of Paul McCartney photos. Around midnight Rachel glanced at the clock; time to get the kids to bed. As she walked toward the Answer Box to gather Harry, it occurred to Rachel that she’d never posed a question herself. Harry was inside the box with the lid on. At least 20 people milled around, talking and dancing in the room. Impishly, Rachel wrote a question on the back of a cocktail napkin, disguising her handwriting: Who is it that put this question in the box? Hiding from the Speak Here window’s view, she slipped it through the side slot usually reserved for answers.
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