With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Margaret Hutton received an M.F.A. from George Mason University, where she was awarded the position of Heritage Writer. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Without hesitating, I carried the pie out into the hallway, and climbed the flight of stairs to the third floor, where I knocked boldly on the man’s door. Not a sound from inside. I breathed deeply; the air seemed thinner up here. While I waited, I examined the way the purple syrup had bubbled over the browned pastry. After a minute I set the pie down before the threshold and turned to leave.