Benjamin hung around after church services, fidgeting with his tie and brushing lint off his suit until he worked up enough nerve to ask Esther to an upcoming barn dance. He had watched her every Sunday during fellowship time and was attracted to her fierce independence and strong personality. Benjamin was twenty-five years old, five foot six, had blonde hair and a build like a fireplug, short and squat, but all muscle. Esther was twenty-one, short and stocky. When she said yes, she would go to the dance with him, Benjamin let out the breath he’d been holding.
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