Estimate By Robert Boucheron

Based on our conversation at the house you bought on Rundown Lane, here is an estimate for repairs and renovations. These items are not meant to alarm. They suggest, however, that what looked like a real estate bargain will prove to be a money pit.

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The Flute By Steve Carr

Lying in the spongy moss on the bank of the Amazon River, Cristiano stared up at the branches of the kapok trees and watched squirrel monkeys leaping from branch to branch beneath the thick canopy of leaves that blocked out a great deal of the late morning sunlight. From not far away howler monkeys shrieked, their cries reverberating through the rainforest.

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