"Fifty dollars," she says, picking up a brush and continuing. She hopes to complete this one today.

"Excuse me?"

"You're here to buy a painting. Fifty dollars. Cash only please."

The man glances at his partner briefly before fishing a wallet out of his pocket. He pulls out two twenties and a ten, and holds the bills out to her. As she takes the money, Carol sizes up the pair. Partners indeed.

"Which one of you needs the painting?"




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