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- But because he hadn't shown up yet to pick them up from the salon, she guessed she'd been right in thinking that the whole thing had been a ruse to see her again.Twenty-five (58% in)
ruse = a deceptive maneuver — such as a trick or lie
- Neither of those were options, so instead she decided to stretch the truth just a bit, under the ruse of verifying the arrest report.Thirty-one (53% in)
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