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He turned to look at her, his brown eyes wide, but his brows pulled together in concern. “Are you going to be okay?”
The smoke from the 1906 earthquake was thick in the air. She repressed a choke. “I’ll be fine.”
“Are you cold? You look like you’re shivering.”
That wasn’t why she was shivering Liv looked down at her clothes and was startled to find herself swathed in a long skirt of heavy silk brocade. Her petticoat rustled its many folds. She was encased in so many layers, she might have been wearing an overcoat to shield her from the wind.
“I’m not cold.”
She turned again and looked down the hill, seeing the ferry building and docks, a familiar landmark. Her emotions calmed.
A man in a bowler hat passed them.
“What’s happening?” Tom asked.
“You’re aware, surely,” the man said. “You see the smoke, the rubble. Pardon me, I must find my family.”
He scooted down the hill.
“In a matter of days, people begin to thirst and even starve,” Tom said. “Half the city is homeless. I just wanted to know if that fellow was a helper.”
“San Franciscans who had something left began to help the others. The city grew together under the devastation. I wasn’t kidding when I said half of everyone here is homeless, or nearly so.”
Liv couldn’t reply. The enormity of what she was seeing choked her. Tears rolled down her face, and when she wiped them away, soot came off her hand. Her face must have already grown gray with the ash from fires. Tom’s had too.
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