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Give Her a Hand

Rebecca Less is a superstar, at least to those who watch her popular pricing show, Antique Carnival. When a guest hauls in his family’s Harlequin davenport to find out how much it’s really worth, Rebecca makes the discovery of her career, though it’s not what she expected: it’s a severed hand in a secret drawer of the davenport, stabbed with tiny plastic swords. She is reluctantly drawn into the case when she realizes the mutilated mitt belongs to someone close to her. Short story (5100 words).