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By Darrell Bain

A clerk operating within the census bureau discovers a chain of anomalies within the inhabitants of a small urban positioned within the Ozark Mountains. Intrigued, the clerk maintains to enquire. He reveals that, on common, the folks of town and surrounding valley, are a bit smarter, much less spiritual, extra thrifty, marry much less, have the next point of schooling, are extra sexually liberated and feature fewer health problems. the town additionally refuses govt cash for colleges and roads, has little crime and no signal of racial unrest. None of those components may suggest a lot taken on my own, yet jointly, they spell out a inhabitants that's notably skewed from the traditional. strangely, not often someone within the valley realizes that almost all of them are assorted from the common. they only imagine they reside in an excellent position between solid humans. Then the research starts...

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Daniel raised his eyebrows at her. ” “I didn't say that. I'm religious; I just don't particularly care for it to be shouted from the rooftops by a stand-in. ” “Not overtly. So far, anyway. Well, we elected him; we're stuck with him until next time, at least. These things run in cycles. Not too many years ago, we thought the government was too liberal. This is just a reaction. ” Daniel wasn't so sure, but he declined to comment. Presently he glanced at his watch. ” **** Even though he had eaten in mid-afternoon, Daniel found his mouth watering at the smells of cheese, crackers, summer sausage and a shrimp dip.

I make damn certain that I don't know whose DNA I'm working with. The samples are given to me without labels. It's completely blind, but I had to do something to get a base of sorts from around here, and another from outside. I thought for sure they would show some differences, but so far as DNA goes, we're as normal, so to speak, as the preacher up the road or the crook in prison. ” He paused in contemplation for a moment then continued. “That's good in a way. ” “They identified us,” Fred said.

Daniel didn't know if it was pretty or not. Old homes, whether renovated or not, did nothing for him. However, the yard in front was well kept and aflame with flowers and bushes in full bloom. He thought some of them were azaleas, but had a vague notion that it was too late in the year for them to be blooming. One day, if he ever got married and settled down, he supposed he would have to learn about those things. The driveway curled around to the back to where there was ample parking. A little walkway of paving stones made from irregular pieces of slate led to a small porch on the side of the place, near the back.

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