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She had to possess the secret code

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Nautilus
Sep 12 · 14 min read
A woman sits and an old man writes surrounded by giant fortune cookie fortunes that have math equations instead of fortunes.
A woman sits and an old man writes surrounded by giant fortune cookie fortunes that have math equations instead of fortunes.
Illustrations: Jeffrey Smith

By Steve Erickson

He had removed the number where he lived, prying off the digits with a simple kitchen knife he got from room service. B-something…523? Numbers were a kind of theology for him, so he was bothered at first they weren’t a more auspicious 001 or 600, at one extreme or the other of a discrete numerical spectrum, especially since it was the last door in the…

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