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She swept water off her face with a wet hand and then wiped it off on her wet shirt. In the heat, her clothes had started to cling to her like a second skin. “Crack some windows, but don’t let the rain in,” her father said, coughing and swatting at the air. Fortunately, the squall had already blown past and the sun blared through a parting in the clouds. As light entered the living room, the air sprang to life with dancing dust, and items came out of shadow to reveal themselves. Faded black-and-white framed photographs lined the wall along the main staircase; a man whom Jane could only assume was her grandfather posed with famous people like Frank Sinatra, President Gerald Ford, Marilyn Monroe.

Marcus ended up across the hall in a room that looked like it had most recently been used as a study or guest room: a desk, a bed, some old books. Her father took over the second floor, claiming the master suite and the room across the hall as his office. Without conspiring, they’d all three unpacked—Jane had only really brought clothes and books, including that old mermaid book—then lay down and napped on dusty bed linens. She drifted off easily, into a memory of a day at the Ocean Dome, a memory that had long been locked away....

Hundreds of metal sticks, stuck together this way and that, reached up to the sky, toward the tower’s round bloom, where a light blinked brightly even in the midday sun. ” “That,” he said from the front seat of the cab, “is the old Parachute Jump ride. ” Jane couldn’t think of a time when she’d ever had a crazy idea. ” He turned and gave her a wink. ” Jane’s brother, Marcus—one year older and beside her in the backseat—shook his head. ” About twenty minutes and a million degrees before, the Dryden family had stepped out of the hazy August air surrounding them at the JFK arrivals terminal and into an air-conditioned yellow cab bound for Coney Island.

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