"Thirty days," intoned the judge, gavel thundering onto its wooden target. "Auctioneers for the sale will be paid by the court, and all belongings not for sale—there being no joint property—removed beforehand, by order of this court."

That pronouncement put paid to her marriage, its last half something far different than its first. Alyse Ybarra Ballentine, now no longer any connection to Powell Glazer, had drawn one hard breath before her relief showed in the set of her shoulders despite the courtroom's poignant solemnity.

Thirty days . . .

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