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curbs, or the durability of drinking straws. Neil was wearing a dark gray suit and maroon silk tie. She wished she’d taken more care to dress up for the event. West Reseda Elementary was a Title I school, which meant that for 50 percent of the student population, English was not their first language. Kate had thought parent-voters would respond to casual, someone who looked like them. She’d chosen straight-legged corduroys, a simple V-neck sweater, and mules. She’d left her hat at home. “I have something for you,” Neil was saying to Liam. They were standing next to the check-in counter where there was a sheet of “Hello, My Name Is …” stickers and a few black Sharpies. Magic marker smell pervaded the air. Kate wrote a tag for herself and one for Liam, which she stuck on the pocket of his blue plaid shirt. Normally, she dressed Liam with a little flair, too: a scarf here, mismatched socks there, sunglasses. But not tonight. She’d even removed the “No War” bumper sticker from the side of his chair, peeling it off with oily peanut butter and a paring knife. Neil put a green plastic toy microphone in Liam’s lap. Liam tried to reach for it but his bad hand knocked it


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