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“Still working on the paper?”, Sheila asked.
Greg nodded as he typed. Sheila shrugged and started putting on her shoes.
“I’m going out for a walk,” she said as she opened the door. “I need some air. Be back in an hour.”
Sheila closed the door and skipped down to the sidewalk. She looked up and down the street, contemplating which direction she should go.

“Uh-huh,” Greg murmured about 20 seconds later.

Almost 30 minutes later, Sheila’s cell phone rang.

“Greg?”

“Mint chocolate chip,” he said.

She looked around.

“What are– How did you–”

“You walk east when you need air, west when you need to think. That means you’re right around the Baskin-Robbins, if not inside already.”

“Hey, aren’t you supposed to be working?”

“Couldn’t. I was thinking about ice cream.”

“But, but–”

“Gotta run. Thanks!”

Click.

“Make that two,” she grumbled “And lots of napkins. I hate melted ice cream.”

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