Shannon O'Reilly (Chapter 5, page 1 of 13)


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Chapter 5

Saturday, October 13th was the day that set everything in motion for Shannon. Until that day, things had been as normal as they could be for a ninth grader. She had a lot of homework, assigned chores and a few television shows to catch up on. The morning had started out normally with her father, Brendan, leaving for an auction at the Leesford Auction Barn. Her mother was working in the family antique store, The Opportunity Shop, which was located downstairs in the front of their home.

Shannon was having her usual weekend breakfast of strawberry-banana yogurt and bacon strips. Her mother had allowed her the luxury of not having to work in the store that day so she could focus on her schoolwork. Unfortunately, this also meant that she couldn't make her usual pilgrimage to the town library. Victoria knew that her daughter did more reading of mystery novels in the library than working on her schoolwork; Hazel Middleton saw to that. She was the town librarian and resident snoop. Anything that Shannon did in the small library would be reported back to Victoria that day, and Shannon was well aware of it.

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Brendan had left at 7 AM that morning to get to Leesford in time for the beginning of the auction. As a re-seller of antiques, he needed to be there before items were auctioned off so he could inspect them. He had arrived at the auction barn just as the rest of the other antique dealers were fussing over a lot of old side-by-sides, dinner tables and a few old school desks. Historically speaking, the side-by-sides were hard to come by, especially if they were in very good condition. This particular auction was full of quality estate antiques that needed only minimal restorative work.

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