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The bus was full of chatter. Cora, alone in her seat, was staring out the window when she felt the rise and fall of the cushion beneath her legs. The chatter stopped abruptly. Cora froze upon seeing Elliot Mitchell next to her. Her heart raced. She became distinctly aware of his shoulder’s proximity to hers. A long silent minute passed. Then the chatter resumed, leaving Elliot and Cora alone in the seat they now shared.