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It had happened four times. Jonas had blinked, looked around, and then Deer Hunting Merry Huntmas ugly Christmas sweater tested his eyesight, squinting at the small print on the identification badge attached to his tunic. He read his name quite clearly. He could also clearly see asher at the other end of the throwing area. And he had had no problem catching the apple. So Jonas laughed too, and with his laughter tried to ignore his uneasy conviction that something had happened. But he had taken the apple home, against the recreation area rules. That evening, before his parents and lily arrived at the dwelling, he had held it in his hands and looked at it carefully. It was slightly bruised now, because asher had dropped it several times. But there was nothing at all unusual about the apple. He had held a magnifying glass to it.